On March 16, Chris Kwok testified on behalf of AABANY before the City Council Committee on Public Safety in support of two changes to the NYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force: to fully fund the Task Force and to replace its volunteer staff with paid personnel. An AABANY Board Director and Chair of the Issues Committee, Chris shared that AABANY was the first to publicly voice these recommendations in its report on anti-Asian violence. The report recounts numerous instances of assault and harassment against Asian Americans in New York over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Chris highlighted the persistence of such racially fueled attacks to this day. Chris also noted that media outlets, community leaders, and politicians have since backed AABANY’s proposals to fully fund and formally staff the Task Force. Among these supporters, Chris identified the inspector of the Task Force itself, New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, and all of the District 1 City Council candidates. District 1 covers Manhattan’s Chinatown among other neighborhoods and sites. In the face of unrelenting anti-Asian violence throughout the state, the statement concluded with Chris’s call for a fully funded and full-time task force to foster trust within the Asian American community and to encourage the continued reporting of anti-Asian hate crimes. To read Chris’s written statement, submitted with his testimony, click here. AABANY gratefully acknowledges Student Leader Taiyee Chien for his assistance in drafting the statement.
From our Friends at CACF: Coalition for Asian American Children & Families Report Release
Join Us Thursday, October 10th!
Asian Pacific New Yorkers Count
Presentation & Reception
When: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM– 7:30 PM
Where: Sunshine Sachs
136 Madison Ave, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10016
The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) and the Fund for Public Advocacy invite you to attend a presentation and reception for our Asian Pacific New Yorkers Count project on Thursday, October 10th from 5:00pm – 7:30pm, generously hosted by Sunshine Sachs at 136 Madison Avenue, 17th Floor.
The Asian Pacific New Yorkers Count project is a partnership effort to create awareness and action to support the fastest growing community in New York City, Asian Pacific Americans. At our October 10th event, we will present our report and recommendations for action from our comprehensive analysis of demographic data, a Community-Based Organization survey, data on New York City services, and information on funding for the Asian Pacific American community of over 1.1 million individuals.
We hope you will join us and other community leaders to share your ideas and support for the needs of the changing face of New York City on October 10th.
Please RSVP to Andrea Wu by Monday, October 7th.
Seating is limited!
For other questions and concerns, please contact Dabash Negash at Dabash@fundforpublicadvocacy.org or (212) 669-4092
The Fund for Public Advocacy and the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families thank the Ong Family Foundation for generously supporting the Asian Pacific New Yorkers Count project.