FULL STOP! Racism & xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
At the March 9 City Council Meeting, Council Member Mai Vang addressed the increase in violence and racist rhetoric directed toward the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. In response, the council adopted
a resolution that the city will work closely with members of the AAPI community to respond to this crisis. This resolution is a huge step towards acknowledging xenophobia directed at & heinous crimes perpetrated against people in the AAPI community specifically.
This resolution is meant to:
Acknowledge the history of racism and xenophobia against people in the AAPI community, and affirm the city’s dedication to this matter.
Create solutions to eradicate systemic racism in the AAPI community.
Put those solutions into action, and promote racial harmony.
“But a resolution is not enough, to address safety in our communities we must understand what makes us safe. Extreme economic inequality, systematic poverty and racial inequalities make people unsafe and pit minorities against each other,” said Cha Vang, the Deputy Director for the AAPI Specific Empowerment & Education Fund.
All council members voted YES on this resolution. Going forward, the Mayor and the Sacramento City Council will work with AAPI community partners to support data-gathering that is culturally appropriate, and that will increase the scope of work for the Department of Community Response in relation to these issues.