I was proud to to introduce a resolution reaffirming Alameda County’s commitment to providing a welcoming home for our racially and ethnically diverse community and condemning acts of hate and discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, or cultural basis. Yesterday’s vote comes on the heels of another spike in racially motivated crimes against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, who have been targeted during the COVID-19 pandemic due to false claims the AAPI community is at fault for this public health crisis. There is no racial, ethnic or cultural basis for COVID-19. In an effort to encourage our AAPI communities to speak up and report hate crimes, the Alameda County District Attorney’s office has partnered with community members from the Oakland AAPI community to provide services in Cantonese and Mandarin.

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