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'I want lasting change.' Following hate crimes, community members stand up for Asian Americans

Downtown march, rally draws about 250 people

A march and rally to raise awareness of the injustices facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders took place in downtown Palo Alto on May 2, 2021. Video by Palo Alto Online.

Around 250 people marched and rallied in downtown Palo Alto on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness about the recent attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to increase voter registration within this group.

City Council member Greg Tanaka launched an "8 by 8" campaign at the May 2 event, challenging people to invite eight others to register to vote within eight days. Tanaka is a candidate for U.S. Congressional district 18, the seat currently held by Rep. Anna Eshoo.

"I want lasting change," said Tanaka to the crowd gathered outside City Hall. "And lasting change is really going to help through voter registration and more participation politically."

The event was organized by Tanaka and Lydia Kou with the help of about 70 volunteers. It began with a 2 p.m. march from the city parking garage at 528 High St. and continued with a 3 p.m. rally at King Plaza.

Eshoo, former Rep. Mike Honda, Kou and state Assembly member Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park, also spoke to the crowd assembled outside City Hall.

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Attendees were able to stop for information at booths set up at the rally by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, Palo Alto Chinese Parents' Club and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Peninsula Chapter. Two additional educational exhibits highlighted the Chinese rail workers in North America and the Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters projects at Stanford University.

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'I want lasting change.' Following hate crimes, community members stand up for Asian Americans

Downtown march, rally draws about 250 people

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, May 3, 2021, 7:27 pm

Around 250 people marched and rallied in downtown Palo Alto on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness about the recent attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to increase voter registration within this group.

City Council member Greg Tanaka launched an "8 by 8" campaign at the May 2 event, challenging people to invite eight others to register to vote within eight days. Tanaka is a candidate for U.S. Congressional district 18, the seat currently held by Rep. Anna Eshoo.

"I want lasting change," said Tanaka to the crowd gathered outside City Hall. "And lasting change is really going to help through voter registration and more participation politically."

The event was organized by Tanaka and Lydia Kou with the help of about 70 volunteers. It began with a 2 p.m. march from the city parking garage at 528 High St. and continued with a 3 p.m. rally at King Plaza.

Eshoo, former Rep. Mike Honda, Kou and state Assembly member Marc Berman, D-Menlo Park, also spoke to the crowd assembled outside City Hall.

Attendees were able to stop for information at booths set up at the rally by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, Palo Alto Chinese Parents' Club and Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association Peninsula Chapter. Two additional educational exhibits highlighted the Chinese rail workers in North America and the Arboretum Chinese Labor Quarters projects at Stanford University.

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Neal
Registered user
Community Center
on May 4, 2021 at 6:37 am
Neal, Community Center
Registered user
on May 4, 2021 at 6:37 am

This sounds like a campaign rally for Greg Tanaka than a rally to support Asians.


Derek McKennon
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Stanford
on May 4, 2021 at 10:03 am
Derek McKennon, Stanford
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on May 4, 2021 at 10:03 am

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resident
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Stanford
on May 4, 2021 at 11:10 am
resident, Stanford
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on May 4, 2021 at 11:10 am

This was NOT a campaign rally for Greg Tanaka, but thanks for pointing out that he was there, along with Rep Anna Eshoo, supporting young people who want to stop Asian hate crimes and encouraging community engagement.


Jim Colton
Registered user
Green Acres
on May 4, 2021 at 2:11 pm
Jim Colton, Green Acres
Registered user
on May 4, 2021 at 2:11 pm

This was BOTH a rally to stop Asian hate crimes AND a way for Greg to kick off his campaign.


Lorraine
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2021 at 3:12 pm
Lorraine, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on May 4, 2021 at 3:12 pm

"This sounds like a campaign rally for Greg Tanaka than a rally to support Asians."

"...a way for Greg to kick off his campaign."

^ If so, political ambitions are alive and well in Palo Alto.


YP
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Crescent Park
on May 4, 2021 at 6:01 pm
YP, Crescent Park
Registered user
on May 4, 2021 at 6:01 pm

i always find it interesting that when there is an Asian hate crime that the victim's race is (obviously) reported but seldom the attackers, Hmmm wonder why ?? doesn't fit the progressives narrative I would think.


RealityBytes
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another community
on May 4, 2021 at 7:19 pm
RealityBytes, another community
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on May 4, 2021 at 7:19 pm
Watch Your Back
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Stanford
on May 4, 2021 at 7:40 pm
Watch Your Back, Stanford
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on May 4, 2021 at 7:40 pm

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YP
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Crescent Park
on May 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm
YP, Crescent Park
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on May 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm

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Another point is that those on the far left are said to be "progressives" signaling moving forward, well those on the far right are "extremists". Just another sign how todays media , including Palo Alto Online are so biased. To say they are a source of "news' is laughable , rather a source of spin....


Harley Lambert
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another community
on May 4, 2021 at 7:53 pm
Harley Lambert, another community
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on May 4, 2021 at 7:53 pm

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Pat Downs/Chico
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on May 4, 2021 at 8:04 pm
Pat Downs/Chico, another community
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on May 4, 2021 at 8:04 pm
Larry At Large
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2021 at 9:13 pm
Larry At Large, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on May 4, 2021 at 9:13 pm

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Paly02
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Crescent Park
on May 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm
Paly02, Crescent Park
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on May 4, 2021 at 10:03 pm

I feel bad that almost none of these comments were about the actual event.

It was very well thought out, lots of people who aren't used to coming out to rallies made it there, and as a bonus there was live music and free food at the end. If attendees go home and get friends and families registered to vote, even better.


Granny B
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Midtown
on May 5, 2021 at 1:28 am
Granny B, Midtown
Registered user
on May 5, 2021 at 1:28 am

Only East Asian speakers, but other than that it was inspiring, well managed, and loud (appropriately so). "Black Asian Brown White, One Struggle, One Fight"


felix
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 5, 2021 at 6:32 am
felix, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on May 5, 2021 at 6:32 am

This issue is is real and terrible and Sunday’s march/rally is Palo Alto’s 2nd one - a good thing.

That said, most speakers seemed chosen by Tanaka for their endorsement and funding potential of his congressional campaign against Eshoo rather than connection to our community.

Not a single Pacific Islander spoke though this event was about those folks too. Astounding.

Voter registration - sure. But given he designed this event wholly or partially for personal political gain, it’s hard not to see registration as Tanaka just getting more voters signed up for him.



Jim Colton
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Green Acres
on May 5, 2021 at 10:59 am
Jim Colton, Green Acres
Registered user
on May 5, 2021 at 10:59 am

I am a volunteer photographer for Pro Bono Photo. Our organizations documents activities of nonprofit groups including many events around social justice issues. Here's a link to my photos from the anti Asian Hate rally in Palo Alto:

Web Link


Christian Scientist
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 5, 2021 at 11:37 am
Christian Scientist, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on May 5, 2021 at 11:37 am
Paly02
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Crescent Park
on May 5, 2021 at 12:33 pm
Paly02, Crescent Park
Registered user
on May 5, 2021 at 12:33 pm

Thanks, Jim, for posting those photos!

@ Christian Scientist - As someone who was ACTUALLY there, I can attest that there were African Americans at the rally.


Err On The Side Of Caution
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Professorville
on May 6, 2021 at 9:01 am
Err On The Side Of Caution, Professorville
Registered user
on May 6, 2021 at 9:01 am

# As someone who was ACTUALLY there, I can attest that there were African Americans at the rally.

I too attended the rally and yes, there were one or two African Americans who were in the company of their Asian friends but nowhere significant in any large numbers or outspoken advocacies.


Fr0hickey
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Old Palo Alto
on May 6, 2021 at 11:21 am
Fr0hickey, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on May 6, 2021 at 11:21 am

Seems to me like it was a political rally masquerading as a racial rally. I don't really much care about the race of the victim. I care more that the crimes occur and the culprits are not being brought to swift and righteous justice.


Seong Kim
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another community
on May 6, 2021 at 11:41 am
Seong Kim, another community
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on May 6, 2021 at 11:41 am

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Accommodate The Homeless
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Barron Park
on May 6, 2021 at 1:20 pm
Accommodate The Homeless, Barron Park
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on May 6, 2021 at 1:20 pm

The only way to end this aggression is for Asian people to physically defend themselves against attackers attempting to do physical harm.

Verbal taunts are less important as the old 'sticks and stones' adage goes and those instances, just consider the source and move on.

It's time to strike back and retaliate if need be, but in self-defense only.


David Liu
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Professorville
on May 6, 2021 at 8:23 pm
David Liu, Professorville
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on May 6, 2021 at 8:23 pm

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DANGER - Will Robinson!
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Crescent Park
on May 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm
DANGER - Will Robinson!, Crescent Park
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on May 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm
A Clear View
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Los Altos
on May 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm
A Clear View , Los Altos
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on May 7, 2021 at 5:11 pm
Welcome To The Jungle
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on May 7, 2021 at 6:58 pm
Welcome To The Jungle, Leland Manor/Garland Drive
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on May 7, 2021 at 6:58 pm
Jerry Underdal
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Barron Park
on May 8, 2021 at 8:39 am
Jerry Underdal, Barron Park
Registered user
on May 8, 2021 at 8:39 am

Thanks to Jim Colton of Pro Bono Photo for making his photo album from the demonstration available free for non-commercial use. At my request, he used my iPhone to take a photo of a BLM supporter (myself) standing next to Allan Seid, founder of Asian Americans for Community Involvement, both of us supporting the anti-AAPI hate movement. I can make this photo available for inclusion in Jim Colton's album.

I wouldn't mention this if comments here didn't argue, incorrectly, that the absence of photos showing BLM support at the demonstration proves is doesn't exist. This is perversely incorrect. On Thursday, April 15, an East Palo Alto group staged a demonstration at the corner of University and Bay again racist hate as allies of the movement against anti-AAPI Hate. I have provided photos of that demonstration to the Weekly.


Not So Fast
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Barron Park
on May 8, 2021 at 10:08 am
Not So Fast, Barron Park
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on May 8, 2021 at 10:08 am
Concerned Asian Youth
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Gunn High School
on May 8, 2021 at 7:25 pm
Concerned Asian Youth, Gunn High School
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on May 8, 2021 at 7:25 pm
Paly02
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Crescent Park
on May 8, 2021 at 7:58 pm
Paly02, Crescent Park
Registered user
on May 8, 2021 at 7:58 pm

Wow, this comment section is the worst. At least I finally know that many of the hateful comments have been written by the same person from multiple accounts.

Let's remember that Asian Lives Matter AND Black Lives Matter. It's not a zero sum game. Please let's stop casting aspersions on folks.


Then Show Some Support
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another community
on May 8, 2021 at 9:09 pm
Then Show Some Support, another community
Registered user
on May 8, 2021 at 9:09 pm

- Let's remember that Asian Lives Matter AND Black Lives Matter. It's not a zero sum game. Please let's stop casting aspersions on folks.

So true and the best way to show your support for BLM advocacy is to open your wallets and contribute to the cause.

We must end racist police brutality and the unwarranted killing of young black men.

And collectively strive for the economic equality of the black community by ensuring financial equity to compensate and remunerate for the chronic wrongdoings [portion removed.]


deshaun williams
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East Palo Alto
on May 9, 2021 at 9:12 am
deshaun williams, East Palo Alto
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on May 9, 2021 at 9:12 am

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Palo Alto Asian
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Charleston Meadows
on May 10, 2021 at 3:16 pm
Palo Alto Asian, Charleston Meadows
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on May 10, 2021 at 3:16 pm
the mandarin way
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Palo Alto High School
on May 10, 2021 at 3:27 pm
the mandarin way, Palo Alto High School
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on May 10, 2021 at 3:27 pm
Give Me A Break
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Mountain View
on May 10, 2021 at 3:42 pm
Give Me A Break, Mountain View
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on May 10, 2021 at 3:42 pm
A BLM Cop-Out
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Crescent Park
on May 10, 2021 at 4:13 pm
A BLM Cop-Out, Crescent Park
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on May 10, 2021 at 4:13 pm
James Wong
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Downtown North
on May 10, 2021 at 5:15 pm
James Wong, Downtown North
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on May 10, 2021 at 5:15 pm

>>"the best way to show your support for BLM advocacy is to open your wallets and contribute to the cause."

° Does the Palo Alto Weekly endorse and support fundraising endeavors on behalf of outside parties?

If so, there should be a separate section devoted to various advocacies including those of various church groups, environmental concerns, and political activism.

Promoting solicitations and fundraising efforts on a discussion forum is a questionable call.


The Average Resident
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Barron Park
on May 10, 2021 at 5:45 pm
The Average Resident, Barron Park
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on May 10, 2021 at 5:45 pm
Afraid To Walk Outside
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Mountain View
on May 10, 2021 at 6:50 pm
Afraid To Walk Outside, Mountain View
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on May 10, 2021 at 6:50 pm

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