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Speaker Bio’s

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating to people around the world. The socioeconomic implications will be felt for many years to come. However, a more insidious side of the pandemic has been the recklessness of far-right extremists, including elected leaders, attempting to scapegoat the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. Hateful, bigoted rhetoric and attempts to racialize the virus with terms such as “the China virus” or “Wuhan flu” have led to a dramatic increase in attacks on APIAs since the pandemic started a year ago. 

Legislators in Congress have introduced measures to combat hate crimes and ensure the safety and security of residents. Activists and policy experts have been on the ground lifting up the stories of APIAs who have been directly impacted by these attacks.

Join us for a conversation with activist leaders, legislators, and community members to learn from their experiences,  how we can support efforts and legislation to address this issue, and actions we can all take to help stop the rise of anti-APIA racist violence.