Suozzi Joins Thousands at Rallies Across his District in Support and Unity with the Asian American Community
- In response to the mounting anti-Asian sentiment, rhetoric, and the ensuing hate crimes linking Asian Americans with COVID-19, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D - Long Island, Queens) joined local elected officials, Asian American lawmakers, community leaders, and representatives from many civic and religious organizations at three separate rallies across his District over the past two weeks.
The rallies, in Bay Terrace (Queens), Mineola (Nassau County), and Hauppauge (Suffolk County), are part of a larger national movement called #StopAsianHate, which aims to highlight ways for individuals, businesses, and communities to end racism and violence targeting Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).
“We must stop the hate! Bias crimes against Asian Americans are a growing problem and rallies like these are an opportunity for us all to learn, speak out, and commit to ending the hate,” said Suozzi. “In 2020, hate crimes fell 7% nationally, but attacks against Asian people rose 150%, according to a report released by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino. The study examined hate crimes in 16 of America's largest cities and, while many of these crimes remain unreported, found the first spikes rose alongside COVID-19 cases in March and April of last year.”
“From one end of my District to the other, in Washington, D.C., and across this country, I will continue to call out and reject hatred, racism, and xenophobia each and every time it rears its ugly head. We rise by lifting others.”
As a Member of Congress, Suozzi is a co-sponsor of four significant pieces of legislation to combat hatred in our country:
- H.R. 1843 - “To facilitate expedited review of COVID-19 hate crimes;”
- H.R. 1834 - “To establish a United States Commission on Hate Crimes to study and make recommendations on the prevention of the commission of hate crimes;”
- H.Res. 151 - “Condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID–19;”
- H.R.350 - The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2021