During a hate crime, nearly 2,000 New Yorkers signed up to voluntarily escort Asian Americans to their destinations.


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The demonstrators will march on March 20, 2021 during a protest against Asian hatred at Times Square in New York, USA. Michael Nagle / Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua / Michael Nagle via Getty Images)

  • Approximately 1,800 New Yorkers use Safe Walks to volunteer to escort Asian Americans from public areas.

  • Volunteers applied in response to the surge in anti-Asian violence in both New York and the United States.

  • Most recently, a 65-year-old Asian woman was attacked on a sidewalk in New York City during the daytime on Monday.

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More than 1,800 New Yorkers have enrolled Asian Americans to walk from public places to their destinations to combat and prevent anti-Asian violence and hate crimes.

Volunteers (many of whom speak Mandarin or Cantonese) patrol the neighborhood of New York City, such as Chinatown, and provide escort services to those seeking help, Pix11 News. report..

This initiative is part of SafeWalks NYC and started in January. A series of attacks on women On the subway.

Volunteer Pix11 News reports handing out leaflets and wearing bright safety belts. Each shift lasts 2 hours. A Fundraising activities We’ve raised about $ 17,000 since it was posted to GoFundMe in February to support the SafeWalks initiative.

“We need to show humanity. We can’t let people hurt our seniors and elders,” volunteer Lisa Gold told Pix11 News.

Anti-Asian violence surged

There have been many anti-Asian attacks in New York City over the last few weeks.

Just on Monday, a 65-year-old Asian woman Assaulted and yelled at New York City sidewalk.. Her perpetrator, 38-year-old Brandon Elliott, Kicking her to the ground and trampling her head many times while two doormen in a luxury condominium watched over. Security video Released by a police show. When Elliott left, the doorman closed the door of her apartment.

Nationally, recent stories related to anti-Asian violence also draw harsh pictures.

Two weeks ago, police arrested a man in connection with a series of incidents Deadly shootings at massage parlors in three Atlanta regions.. Six out of eight victims were Asian women. Each attack took place on Tuesday in three massage parlors within an hour of each other.

Shooter, 21 years old Robert Aaron Long A native of Woodstock, Georgia, suggested to police that the attack was due to sexual addiction and not racial motivation.

Studies have confirmed that the number of anti-Asian crimes and violence surged last year.

Analysis from Research Center for Hatred and Extremism For example, California State University, San Bernardino found that hate crimes fell by 7% overall in 2020. According to the same survey, hate crimes, especially for Asians, increased by about 150%.

Stop AAPI Hate, a non-profit organization that tracks violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islands people. Release report This has identified approximately 3,800 anti-Asia discriminations over the past year.

And that’s a very gentle estimate, Stop AAPI dislike said in that report.

“The number of hatred cases reported to our center is only a fraction of the number of hatred cases that have actually occurred, but how vulnerable Asian Americans are to discrimination and how they are. It shows the types of discrimination we face, “the report said.

“There is not enough to protect Asian Americans from rising levels of hatred, discrimination and violence. Now we have to take concrete action.” Press release Hate said from Stop AAPI. “Nothing else is accepted.”

New York pedestrians who want to request safe escorts or volunteer can do so with Safe Walks website, Request @ safewalx.com by emailing or DM @SafeWalksNYC Process with Instagram.

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