A virtual news conference of community leaders came together to share their support.
- Developing this evening, President Biden commits to combating hate crimes in this country. He and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta today. The visit is just days after a gunman killed eight people in three different spots. Most of the victims were Asian.
The president is urging Congress to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, which would expedite the federal government's response to the rise of hate crimes. It would also give support to state and local governments to improve hate crimes reporting. In the wake of those deadly shootings, the metro area minority communities are coming together in a show of support.
- They're voicing support for the Asian American, Pacific Islander community. Denver Councilwoman Jamie Torres hosted a virtual news conference alongside Fran Campbell, the president of the Asian Chamber of Commerce. The speakers included the director of the Asian Pacific Development Center, and he called for a stop to racist and derogatory terms.
HARRY BUDISIDHARTA: Our community is strong. Our community is resilient. We are united in our resolve, and we will work together with our allies to put a stop to all hate crimes against our communities of color.
- Another activist also emphasized what we've been hearing this week-- that many hate crimes go unreported.