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Sunnysiders Take Stand Against Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

Attendees at the Stand Up Against Asian Hate rally in Sunnyside Saturday (Photo: Queens Post)

March 6, 2021 By Christian Murray

A crowd of more than 125 people congregated under the 46th Street–Bliss train station Saturday to express their outrage about the spike in Anti-Asian violence–and to make clear that there is a united front of residents in Sunnyside who aim to stamp it out.

The event was organized by Steven Raga and Julie Won, both candidates running for 26th District city council seat to replace the term-limited Jimmy Van Bramer. They were joined by at least five other candidates who are running for the seat who were there in solidarity.

Many families attended the event, accompanied by young children. Several attendees carried signs that read: “Hate is a virus” and “Stop Asian Hate.” One person held a sign that read” “Enough is Enough.”

Raga, a Filipino American, and Won, a first-generation Korean immigrant, decided to host the rally—called “Stand Up Against Asian Hate” in Sunnyside to bring awareness of the issue in their community.

Julie Won and Steven Raga, organizers of the Stand Up Against Hate rally in Sunnyside Saturday (Photo: Queens Post)

The pair were at a recent rally in Manhattan protesting anti-Asian hatred but felt the need to show the world that Sunnysiders are just as outraged as activists in Manhattan.

“Last week Julie and I attended the ‘Rise Against Hate’ rally down town and we spoke afterwards,” Raga said. “We wanted to bring it [the rally] here–in Sunnyside.”

Won said that the way to combat the problem is by coming together as a community.

“It is important that we stand in solidarity because it’s through community that we resolve these issues of violent attacks,” she said.

She later urged people to speak up when they see someone being attacked and said that everyone needs to act with “love and compassion.”

The rally comes in the wake of a recent spike in attacks against Asian New Yorkers—with the bigotry tied in part to the outbreak of COVID-19.

There were 28 hate crimes against Asian Americans in New York last year, compared to just three in 2019, according to the NYPD. This year, there has already been a series of attacks.

Several council candidates running for the 26th Council District such as Jesse Laymon, Julia Forman, Amit Bagga and Heajin Hallie Kim also spoke out against the violence. So too did Carolyn Tran, running for the 25th District council seat.

Candidates such as Brent O’Leary and Emily Sharpe, both running for the 26th District, as well as Alfonso Quiroz, who is running for District 25, were in attendance.

Laymon warned that racism has no boundaries and that everyone has to look out for each other.

“Bigotry is itself an epidemic disease that is constantly mutating with new variants, and what is targeting one community today will target another community tomorrow and targeted others years before that,” Laymon said.

Attendees at the Stand Up Against Asian Hate rally in Sunnyside Saturday (Photo: Queens Post)

“This anti-Asian hate is not so different than anti-Semitism, from homophobia and the hatred directed to our Muslim neighbors…This is all one disease, and we must fight it together, or we will not succeed against any of it.”

Meanwhile, Potri Ranka Manis, a frontline nurse who is from the Philippines, urged people to resist the hatred. “Let’s stop the Asian hatred. Let’s unite. Let’s not allow hate to succeed. Let’s champion love and unity.”

Sharon Lee, who served as acting Queens Borough President in 2020, said that hate crimes against Asian Americans is nothing new.

“This is not just in the last couple of weeks,” Lee said. “This is not new. I urge everyone to speak up.”

Lee said that Asians have a history of not reporting these crimes.

Meanwhile, Van Bramer, who noted that as a queer man he has been subject to homophobic attacks, said that the violence against Asians Americans is about bigots trying to instill fear.

“All of us are the answer and we will all protect each other,” Van Bramer said. “We will not allow anyone in our community to be isolated or feel alone. We will never accept that—and allow hatred to leave anyone to feel powerless.”

Attendees at the Stand Up Against Asian Hate rally in Sunnyside Saturday (Photo: Queens Post)

 

 

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Concerned Citizen

Did the rally work? Or should we follow common sense protocols and add more police patrols and centralized CCTV with facial recognition?

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Neo

Unfortunately, common sense doesn’t exist in these posts. I say bring back broken windows policing. If certain people commit crimes, how is that racist. It’s their upbringing. You can’t play the race card on everything. But this is the current political strategy used by progressives. Divide communities, victimize communities, blame white supremacy, and tax the pants out of the middle class, so the poor don’t feel bad about their situation.

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The instigator

Doesn’t help that the state of New York fuels some of this racism by pushing policies that discriminate against the asian population and creating race warfare.

Just look at what they are trying to do with the specialized high school exams.

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More fire to the flame

Yup. Look at the frivolous lawsuit by “students” for desegregation in nyc schools. No offense, but education starts at home. If you don’t start early to help educate your kids, don’t blame the schools if they can’t get in to a good high school or college. Can’t blame racism on everything.

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Nydia

About picture at top of the article. At this location you will find a tent or two and other makeshift housing. This situation has been an increasingly visible symbol of the housing crisis in NYC. But it seems the area was cleared up for the event.

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Jerry

Just a publicity stunt. No evidence that it is not random crime against Asians. These people are only out protesting when people of color are the victims of bias attacks.

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Fight against racism but who’s missing?

Where was the black community to stand in solidarity against racism? … crickets crickets… And you still want to stand with these people? They are out for themselves. Well at least they didn’t show up so no looting, then again we don’t have Gucci stores and LV stores in our humble little community. Stay woke Asians!

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Concerned Citizen

Other POC are the ones committing attacks on the asian communities but they are not ready to have that conversation. It derails the narrative that progressives are trying to build.

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Charles Castro

Are people attacking all Asians or are the brain washed, closed minded, labeling oriented politically correct wanna be’s just talking about Chinese, and Koreans? There are 52 countries in Asia. Why is the term Asian limited to Chinese and Koreans. I never once heard anyone say, ” Hi, I am North American”. STOP LABELING Chinese and Koreans as Asains, they are Chinese, and Korean, PERIOD. hERE YOU GO, EDUCATE YOURSELF. A
Afghanistan
Armenia
Azerbaijan
B
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Bhutan
Brunei
C
Cambodia
China
Cyprus
G
Georgia
I
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Israel
J
Japan
Jordan
K
Kazakhstan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
L
Laos
Lebanon
M
Malaysia
Maldives
Mongolia
Myanmar (formerly Burma)
N
Nepal
North Korea
O
Oman
P
Pakistan
Palestine
Philippines
Q
Qatar
R
Russia
S
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Syria
T
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Turkey
Turkmenistan
U
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Uzbekistan
V
Vietnam
Y
Yemen

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Breathe brother

Dude let it go. In the eyes of the ignorant ghetto folk and trailer park folk all yellow skinned small eyed people are Chinese. All brown people are either Indians or A-rabs. And anyone who looks white despite being Russian, Palestinian or Armenian are white. Ghetto and hick culture at its best. And they want free college. Lol.

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Isaac

We are Americans, we live here, pay taxes here, suffer like everyone else here, why should we be treated differently ? We are all on the same boat people.

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