Preventing and Responding to AAPI Discrimination and Violence in Cities
On March 16, 2021, a series of mass shootings at spas in the Atlanta area resulted in eight fatalities, six of whom were Asian women. The event brought into sharp focus the growth in anti-Asian American Pacific Islander incidents – violence and hate crimes, among them – during the Covid-19 pandemic. On April 1, the Conference of Mayors conducted a webinar designed to update mayors on the problems and discuss what can be done to prevent them and to respond to them when they occur. (On the previous day, President Biden had announced his administration’s additional actions to respond to anti-Asian violence, xenophobia and bias.)
The webinar is moderated by Fremont Mayor Lily Mei, who describes her personal experience with anti-Asian sentiment. Discussing the issues are John C. Yang, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice; representing the White House: Howard Ou, Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement, and Gabriel Uy, Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs; and Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, also of Asian descent and a Past President of the Conference of Mayors. Opening remarks are made by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the current President the Conference. The webinar was recorded and later shown on C-SPAN.