Sadly and tragically there has been a rise in anti-Asian violence and racism because of the Corona virus. This was brought to national attention by the tragic, senseless act when a man fatally shot eight people, including six Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas.
Justifiable outrage has led to numerous marches and vigils. This included a #StopAsianHate March in Cleveland's AsiaTown on Sunday March 28 from 1-4 PM.
Even before the virus Anti-Asian discrimination has been very real and causes great pain, fear, and trauma for many in our community. Harassment, racial slurs, and threatening behavior have become far too common here and are completely unacceptable. Events such as this not only help unify the Asian community but shows them that they have friends and allies in other communities. Whether Asian heritage or not, it is essential for all of us to speak up and stop anti-Asian harassment, slurs, threats and beyond if we witness it and to help prevent it from happening in the first place.
ClevelandPeople.com was proud to be one of the supporting organizations of the March along with:
- AsiaTown Cleveland
- Asian Services In Action, Inc.
- OCA Greater Cleveland
- APAPA Ohio
- Community Innovation Network
- Global Cleveland
- Greater Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce
- MotivAsians for Cleveland
- Frontline Development Group, LLC
- Margaret Wong & Associates
- The Young Latino Network
- Neighborhood Connections
- AJC Cleveland
- and more organizations continuing to join
Despite not the best weather about 1,000 people gathered in the former Dave's parking lot for speeches and then the march through AsiaTown. Here are some photos of people at the rally.
Johnny Wu and Ray Elkin
Lisa Wong, Jeff Johnson and Gia Hoa Ryan
Steven Jung, David Huang, Jennifer Fierabend,
Rohit Shastry, Vera Boggs and Siu Yan Scott
Subodh Chandra with Lisa and Wayne Wong
Vietnamese and Lebanese supporters
Zack Reed and Blaine Griffin
Francis Elhelou, Basheer Jones and Pierre Bejjani
Basil Russo and John Barnes
Ron Calhoun with Yvonne and Kevin Conwell
Joe Meissner and Jason Lin
Mary Bejjani with Mehmet Gencer and wife
Jeff Johnson, Yvonne and Kevin Conwell,
Blaine Griffin and Zack Reed
Mary and Pierre Bejjani and
Zack Reed and Jason Lin
Jeff Johnson, Zack Reed, Pierre Bejjani, Jason Lin, Lisa Wong,
Blaine Griffin and John Barnes
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