On Friday, I hosted 'No Place For Hate
', a live conversation led by LA Civil Rights with city and AAPI community leaders about hate against the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander community and how LA is responding. You can watch it here
The data is clear - hate against Asian Americans is reaching an all-time high. In 2020 alone, hate crimes against AAPIs increased in the City of Los Angeles by 114%. This comes after five years of increasing hate in LA - and when any one group in Los Angeles is stigmatized - we all suffer.
LA Civil Rights stands in firm solidarity with the AAPI community, and anyone facing hate in Los Angeles. We are working to not only respond to hate, but proactively build a more resilient and equitable city where all communities feel empowered, included and safe. It was inspiring to see our city leaders stand together and make clear that hate has no home in Los Angeles.
'No Place For Hate' was our department's third anti-hate event - but it is far from our last. In the coming weeks, I will be excited to share with you some of the programs and initiatives that LA Civil Rights is working on to turn the tide of hate and support Los Angeles' diverse communities.
Because Los Angeles belongs to all of us - and all of us build a better Los Angeles.
- Capri Maddox
Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department