President Obama signs Hate Crimes Prevention Act

This past week, Brian from the AAPI Momentum team attended President Barack Obama’s signing of legislation that included the landmark Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expands hate crime protections to outlaw attacks based on sexual orientation and gender. At a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, President Obama stood at the podium with family members of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., who were victims of violent hate crimes in 1998. Through this law, it will strengthen the protections against crimes based on the color of your skin, the faith in your heart, or the place of your birth. “No one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hands of the person they love. No one in America should be forced to look over their shoulder because of who they are or because they live with a disability,” the President remarked. This event is something that many Filipinos and Asian Americans should be aware of especially with the unfortunate murders of Fil-Am Joseph Ileto and Chinese American Vincent Chin. There is a long history of hate deep within America’s roots, let us not pass the many opportunities to pull out these roots and ensure a better future for our children. To learn more about how you can be a voice and support causes to having Asian and Pacific Islanders’ voices heard please go to AAPI Momentum

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