Crimes against people based on the color of their skin, how they pray, or who they love are on the rise across our country. Los Angeles is no exception. I co-introduced a Hate Crimes motion in 2017 that revealed a 17% increase in reported hate crimes across the City of Los Angeles between 2016 and 2018. More recent data has shown the rate of hate crimes against the Jewish community, African-American community, LGBTQ+ community and others has only continued to rise.
During the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen a disturbing rise in anti-AAPI hate crimes.
A crisis is a time for us to work together - not be torn apart by bigotry or ignorance. A pandemic is no excuse for hate, and incidents of hate or xenophobia against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community - or any other community - will not be tolerated. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a hate incident, there are resources that can help:
You are not alone - and your story matters. Please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.
A rising tide of hate means we must do more.
I have co-authored legislation to make Los Angeles a national leader in hate crime reporting and proactive prevention. This includes security improvements across all religious, ethnic and cultural institutions, information sharing among targeted groups, and improved tracking by LAPD of hate incidents.
But I want to go a step further. That's why I've launched the CD4 Hate Crimes Security Fund
We can't wait around for the legislative process to protect vulnerable institutions - we need to protect our City's diversity now. That's why I have dedicated a portion of Council District Four's Discretionary Funds to a new Hate Crimes Security Fund. This fund is available to cultural, religious, ethnic or LGBTQ+ institution in Council District Four. Each institution will be awarded up to $3,000 for security upgrades, staff training, and more. It may not be everything, but this funding could make the difference to help a vulnerable institution and community space improve their safety protocols.
This fund is available to CD4 institutions only. Click here to apply.
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Our diversity is our greatest asset. It's time we stand up and protect it.