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or i don't want to keep going into my time and we have several senators here, three more and another on the way but i just want to no, you know, could they hurt you in little ways that would be hard to detect? >> they could hurt us in little ways and in big ways and they could easily remove our app and they could again as they are doing and post a 30% tax that they never imposed on us before and there are many, many ways they could hurt our businesses. we are all afraid, that's the reality, senator. we are fortunate your listening to us today. >> the senate judiciary subcommittee on antitrust and consumer rights with heard complaints from match, specify and other app store developers who accuse tech companies of anticompetitive practices and charging unjustified developer fees. representatives from apple and google denied the claims and defended their companies. watch the entire hearing tonight starting at 8:30 p.m. eastern on c-span2. >> next, a look at the rise in
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recent hate crimes against asian americans and pacific islanders. mayors from around the u.s. and white house officials discussed ways to respond to and prevent these types of crimes. >> we have all been very appalled by the increase in violence and hate crimes directed at asian americans and specific civic islanders over the last year. these acts have no place in our cities or our nation and the united states conference of mayors has always urged mayors to speak out on all hate crimes whenever and wherever they occur and we have urged our police department to report all hate crimes to the fbi and hate crimes is nothing new and we had a famous mayor of san jose who was interned along with 27000
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under the direction of president franklin roosevelt and incarcerations of over 120,000 people and we had a current past president who has referred to the virus as the conch flu which has not helped either. throughout this i have had discussions with the mayor and i had several conversations over the last three months because of the increase we have seen with asian hate crimes and we have discussed the need to bring this together and we've had great leader inside our organization from day one who's created or created compassion in the cities and that's mayor greg fischer. i would like to now turn this over to mayor fischer for remarks and to thank all of you who are being here with us today recognizing that we will do anything we can to support the good asian people with their ancestry and true americans,
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thank you very much. >> thank you to the entire staff. want to thank fremont california mayor for organizing this webinar on this very serious and timely topic. on one hand it's a real honor that the united states conference of mayors is a plot form to speak out against hate and determination of any kind. on the other hand it's just that we have to do this way too often here in this country so whenever any type of form of hate or determination appears the people of america can depend on the u.s. conference of mayors to speak out. we talk about march 16, 8 people were killed in and around atlanta in six of them women of asian descent. on monday a 65 -year-old latina was brutally attacked in new york and was told she did not belong here by her attacker, nonsense. the men who witnessed the attack stood by and did not intervene
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or do anything. this is all makes your blood boil and makes your mouth file when you see this and it's infuriating and disgusting and totally unacceptable. unfortunately, it is nothing new. such acts against asian americans and pacific islanders have been increasing and becoming all too common in our country today. one way we can stamp that out is to speak up. on tuesday president biden announced additional actions to respond to anti- asian violence. he is a leader in this area the we are all grateful for and may he respond swiftly and strongly. there is no place in our country for hatred or racism of any kind and it betrays the idea of the foundation of our very country and we, as mayors, have to
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condemn and must condemn and we will continue to condemn any type of hatred or racist violence in the strongest possible terms. when i became mayor of louisville over ten years ago we established compassion is one of our founding values here in our city and by compassion we mean respect for every one of our residents to fulfill their full human potential and we extend that compassion as a priority with the conference to mama compassion and equity in any time that we could and in any instance we could so this webinar has been organized as part of the conferences work on our center for compassionate and equitable cities. it will take all of us to work together as we have so frequently said and to stand up to injustice anytime we see it to make our city and our nation more inclusive so that people every race and national origin and ethnicity feel safe, secure
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and accepted and not just accepted but embraced and celebrated for who they are and the value they bring to our country. let me now introduce an outstanding mayor and board member of the conference of mayors fremont california who will moderate this discussion. mayor, thank you so much for your leadership. >> thank you, mayor fischer and tom for being with us today and for that kind introduction. i'm lily may, mayor of fremont california which is also a city that treasures compassion. like many chinese-americans i too have experienced discrimination throughout my life. whether it was as a child growing up in pennsylvania and the vietnam war era and having to face that directly as a student and as a community member where i wondered why people were upset or hating on my family and not understanding how we could discuss the topics
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that are so raw and emotional or even more recently now even here in this era where we had this conversation i too have experienced this during my past elections and just in the community in general. i was shocked to see how some of these conversations because of the rhetoric that is being discussed with covid would lead some people to create allegations when i was creating information and asking people to be conscientious of the covid-19 impact that i would be called out as a communist or called out as a spy and to watch sometimes people who are even bystanders or longtime friends not speak up, including fellow elected's and i think we owe this community leaders to make sure that the conversation is being held in disgust. it's so important that we now in this situation that we have facing other countries we want
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everyone to know today that this is something we are inviting you to be a part of this conversation. in fact, this is open to the press and c-span is recording today's discussion. the horrific murders in atlanta shocked our nation and brought it all to a head in the violence inflicted as mayor fischer mentioned earlier inflicted on the 65 -year-old filipino woman monday in new york city is beyond pale but not all that unusual. today we are honored to have with us president and exec of director of asian american advancing justice who will provide an update on anti- api incidents and violence and some advice for mayors about what they can do in their cities to prevent and respond to these incidents and we are especially pleased to have two officials from the white house howard oh, associate director of the office of public engagement and engage in the associate director of the
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office of internal governmental affairs and they will brief us on president biden's actions to respond to anti- asian violence and hate crimes and that is a real leader and a good friend of the conference of mayors and of past presidents who will discuss her thoughts on the current situation and what she's been doing that makes the aap i community feel included and safe. let's get on with it, john yang, the floor is yours. >> thank you very much, mayor mae and thank you mayor fischer for your remarks and setting the stage for all of this. i thought what i might do is talk about where we are, how we got here and where we go from here. all you've seen the news i appreciate both mayor may and mayor fishers thoughts on the attack in atlanta so what we are seeing over the past year in
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terms of where we are is between an organization called stop aap i hate in california and our organization asian american advancing justice there are about 4500 reports we have received, voluntary reports, of anti- asian attacks over this past year since february of 2020. now, to be clear of that 4500 about 90% of that would not qualify as a hate crime but would fall under the category of what we kite called bullying or involve racial ethnic slurs and things of that nature. as we think about a response i want to ask you to remember that there is potentially a law-enforcement element to it but a lot of what our community is looking at doesn't necessarily deserve a law enforcement response but it's just this notion of how we protect our community and how do we make sure that our community feel safer during this time. now, in terms of how we got here
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i think both mayor fischer and mayor mei started to outline how we got here and that is number one, covid-19 and covid-19 produces fear and that's understandable, health fears and economic beards. unfortunately, especially with respect to the buyer president and other policymakers or people with media voices the asian american community was made at target of that fear and should not be a scapegoat of that fear. there is that that we have to wrestle with the fact that the previous administration is gone but there's still a ripple effect. i also want to emphasize that independent of covid-19 this is an issue we will all have to grapple with. what i mean by that is low, our geopolitical tensions with the chinese government are real and there absolutely things we should be calling them out on, whether it's prepress, whether
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it's a treatment of -- but we should be doing that but when we do that we need to be careful not to make a link such that the asian american communities become that scapegoat or become that target. we seen that happen in the past and mayor fischer alluded to it that when we are in world war ii they legitimately was an enemy of ours and that did not mean that japanese americans should have been treated the way they were. we saw that after 911 when there were terrorist attacks on our soil but that does not mean that there should be backlash against our muslim communities and part of the framing one thing i would ask all the future members that this will continue and that we need to be smart and how we talk about some of these challenges that we face. in terms of where we go from here, there is a few thoughts i have. first, just remember that for the asian american community what we are grappling with
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typically is huge stereotypes. one stereotype is of the potential that no matter how long they've been in this country, whether we are born in this country we are seen as a or and or and is an other and therefore we are seen as something sometimes subhuman and that we are not deserving of respect and so that is one narrative that we must continue to call out and recognize the asian americans are on the front lines of adjusting covid-19 whether it's in grocery stores or on the farms or whether it is a health profession. number two is with respect to the stereotypes we are facing is on the flip side of what we call the minority stereotype. this notion that asian americans really should not be complaining and there's nothing to complain about because the perception is that we are fine economically on an education level and redoing above the median, so to speak. when we break that down it's just not true.
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it's true that there's asian americans doing well but just like any community there is a gap and frankly, the wealth gap between the lowest in asian american communities and highest of the asian american communities is the largest gap of any community here in the united states. making sure they were mindful of that stereotype as well. in terms of where we go, mayor fischer hits upon it that we need to continue to speak out about these issues and to make sure the people understand that it's real and certainly if you talk to your asian american constituents this is not just in the back of their mind but in the front of their mind. you should not be fearful of raising the topic because this topic is on their mind. we would ask you all to continue to speak out at your press conferences, and different events that you have and the fact that president biden spent a whole minute during prime time coverage of his speech a few weeks ago and talking about the covid relief package was meaningful to our communities because it made our community as a bull and all of that.
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number two i would say to make sure you meet with your asian american constituents. again, they need to be seen right now and they need to feel like there are people that are looking out for them and being protected so try to hold some events to give them that space and if there's a feeling of pain and a feeling of suffering and part of it is for them to have that ability to recognize that people are, people are in positions of power are citizens. on a tactical level consider creating a task force of some sort that will address these issues. when i say a task force please don't just focus on the law-enforcement but yes, that's absolutely an aspect that needs to be addressed where were talking about hate crimes and violence but that task force needs to include mental health because of the trauma that a number of these victims have and they're not just a hate crime victim but the victim of these racial and ethnic slurs. the task force that could include community verses that
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are working on these issues and they also include other elements within your government structure that they think about how we get into or get into the education space whether it's with school districts to make sure that we have the proper narrative and the last thing i would offer is will be called by standard intervention training and making sure people are aware of what they can do if they -- as angry as i was in the attack on the woman i was even more furious with those three individuals that did nothing and not that they did nothing during the attack. look, one of the things i recognize is we don't want to put anyone in physical harms way and i don't know what exactly those three individuals facing during that attack themselves but after that attack and the fact in the video shows this that the fact that they first closed the door to the building nothing for at least two minutes before they decided to go out makes no sense and so the other
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piece is speak up and at least find ways to talk to the victims if you don't feel like you are equipped to do something in that moment and find the tools that you have so that our communities members feel more safe. obviously, i'm happy to engage in further discussions about all of this and it's a topic that's important not just to our community because the reality also is, as you all recognize, we are in a moment of racial reckoning here in this country and to me, to our communities, this is a segment that is part of what we saw with george floyd or breonna taylor and that we need to show solidarity across all these committees of color and have these courageous conversations with all the different communities about what we are seen and what we can do to address it together. they should very much, i'm happy to answer questions and with that i will turn the microphone over, so to speak, over to gabe to talk about what the white house is doing which is fabulous
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from my perspective. >> thank you, john. thank you mayers for having us here today. my name is gabe from the white house and my other white house colleague howard and i would like to provide a detail update on what the biden and harris administration is doing to address the rise of anti- asian hate that they mentioned in their remarks. in the first week in office present biden signed a presidential memorandum condemning and combating racism, xenophobia against asian americans here in the united states. as john said in the first time address to the nation the president also condemned anti- asian violence as un-american and called on every single american -- following the tragic murder of the individuals in atlanta six of which included women of asian descent and the president and vice president went to atlanta to meet with asian american leaders to denounce the anti- asian violence and the gender-based violence. additionally senior white house officials from the policy
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counsel, office of public engagement, office of intergovernmental affairs and the general policy council often convened roundtables and listening sessions with asian american leaders across the country to discuss the rising case incidences. following all of these with asian american leaders the deferment of justice also announced that combating anti- asian violence is among the deferments highest priorities and that taking a fresh look at ways to reinvigorate the hate crimes enforcement and prevention initiative in identical ways that we can improve and expand data collection and report and additionally the department of health and human services also hosted a listening session with asian american leaders to discuss equity in the nation's covid-19 response that was mentioned previously and also announced combating xenophobia is one of the top priorities of the covid-19 equity task force. last friday a national day of
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action and healing the white house office of public engagement hosted an event with our senior advisor and initial asian american chamber of commerce to discuss the rise of anti- api hate in the direct impact on a api businesses across the country. the first 60 or 70 days of this administration president biden announced that the official policy of this administration is to condemn anti- asian bias and violence and present biden has also called on congress to pass the covid-19 hate crime act that was sponsored by senator herb ono and congressman ming and also created a historically diverse administration and 15% of all appointees and myself and howard identify is asian american and pacific islanders. i will now turn it over to my colleague howard that will go over the announcements this week. >> thank you to all the mayors
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with their leadership. earlier this week the president released official action to respond to the increase of anti- asian violence including reinstating and reinvigorating the white house initiative on asian american pacific islanders with an initial focus on anti- asian bias and violence according across federal agencies to combat anti- asian violence especially anti- asian violence at the intersection of gender-based violence and over the coming weeks the menstruation will meet with asian americans and pacific islander leaders and the organizations for structure and community engagement. the president will appoint a permanent director to lead the initiative in the coronation of policies across the federal government and the hawaiian and pacific island or. survivors of domestic violence and domestic assault was also announced allocating 49.5 million in american rescue plan for community-based
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specific services and programs for survivors of the basic violence and sexual assault with additional barriers such as language access barriers. president biden also directed the astonishment of the deferment of justice cross agency initiative to address this violence. this included the deferments hate crime enforcement and prevention initiative focused on the rise of hate crimes and a community publishing a new and rapid hate crime hate website to ensure transparent and the nations hate crime data and efforts led to shed a spotlight on anti- asian violence and removing barriers to hate crime information and partnering with community to expand public awareness and education about preventing this and holding nationwide civil rights events to prevent state, local law-enforcement's reporting of hate crimes. health and human services also announced the settlement of a task for subcommittee of structural drivers of how help
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and equity and seen a phobia with an emphasis on a fencing health equity for specific asian communities including specific islander communities who have disproportionately affected by covid-19. also, the national endowment is launching a virtual library to include resources educators, leaders, and families to explore these and address this history of anti- asian racism in the united states. biden and menstruation are committed to working hand-in-hand with leaders and communities to have inclusion for all. thank you for inviting me to speak and thank you for your leadership and for addressing these and reach out any time for resources and i now pass it off to may or may. >> thank you. next we will hear from the mayor who will share some of her personal experiences and her insight as a leader for the u.s.
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conference of mayors. welcome. >> thank you, may or may and thank you for your leadership on this. thank you mayor fischer for your leadership and your center for compassion and for tom cochran, the leadership of the u.s. conference of mayors and all of the activities that we need to address and with everything that's going on in our country. what we are experiencing is something that everyone has spoken to that it is something that we cannot tolerate in our country. let me tell you a little bit about myself and then i will go on and talk to you about what i did hear in my community right after the atlanta massacre. then what we've been doing in my community since i became mayor in building the building blocks. as you see in my background in 2019 we started our effort,
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another building block and this is a brand that everybody, everybody belongs here in burnsville. i use this as my backdrop because i want people to know that when you think about burnsville you're thinking about a community where everybody belongs here. the day after what happened in atlanta i decided that i wanted to make sure that i connected with the people my community, my asian american community. i went out to all the stores in my community where i know there are a lot of shoppers target, walmart, costco and one around with a handful of business cards and i went up to asian americans and i introduce myself, told them who i am, handed them my card and i asked them if they
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lived in burnsville. most of them did and i asked if they felt safe and they said they did. those who didn't live in burnsville but worked in burnsville were very appreciative that someone cared enough to ask them how they were doing and if they felt safe. that did not mean my community members didn't feel safe but they know me and they know that i have been there and i keep doing that. this morning i went for my last shot at the hospital for covid-19 and we had nurses, asian american nurses and i went up to them, handed them my card, introduce myself and asked if they were safe and they did not live in burnsville but they do work in burnsville at our hospital. they were very appreciative. people need to know that they are cared about and people need to know that we know what is going on and that we will reach
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out. this is what i have been doing and i also went to the business where i get my manicure and pedicure run by vietnamese women and i asked them how they were doing and i asked if they felt safe and they did. i also asked if they had a plan and to be vigilant. they did not have a plan and so i helped them to work with the plan and what they needed to do and i handed my card to each one of the women who are in there and i said everybody is involved in all of this. you see something, call 911. they were very appreciative so these are practical things that mayors can do on an ongoing basis. about 15 years ago what we did in burnsville was to make sure the people knew that they were cared about and we launched i love burnsville which goes on
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and it's still very active today and what is i love burnsville? drop burnsville our community is integrated and were a very international community and so there isn't a chinese neighborhood or a somali in a so forth but everybody is integrated within the neighborhood and what we wanted to do was to help people get to know one another. we believe that when you get to know one another then you're not going to be afraid of that person or you will not see that person as the other and that person belongs as a part of your neighborhood. the different activities for about a week and then everybody did that but it was also built onto that with unite tonight in august where we go all out with the police officers and everybody and go out into the neighborhood and meet people and talk to them and help them to understand what their city and their law enforcement can do to
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help. all of these things that we do our building blocks and be even went into our schools for i love burnsville and our third graders write an essay about why they love burnsville and what comes out of those and -- by the way, we partnered with a bank, credit union and what that credit union does is gives $25 to each student who wins and to the teacher and they write these essays so every third-grader in all of the schools in our community are asked to write about it. what comes out of those essays is not only the park system that they enjoyed but what they signed is that they feel safe in the community and they also liked their neighbors because everybody is different. they talk about that.
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i find that refreshing and we do this on an ongoing basis and continue to build the building block around all of this. mayors, what i think we need to do is to be courageous. we need to be out there in our communities when these things happen because i can tell you from my experience when you are out there, as a leader, you community members realize that they are no longer invisible and they are recognized. one of the biggest, one of the primary values we have here in burnsville is mutual respect and inclusion. that is why you belong here is important. this is about a community that welcomes everyone and is inclusive. so, one of the things that i want all of us to understand as mayors is that little things like going up and asking when
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these tragedies happen throughout our country and find out how people are feeling it helps a great deal. last summer doing the riots and protests in minneapolis which is just on the road for me, what my community members know is that i am there for them. they talk to me about wanting to have a protest and they talked with me about a rally and we said what do you need and one of the things is that they didn't want police presence in my police chief was with me. we said okay, we won't have police presence so however, we need to know how you will communicate these rallies and protests because if it goes sideways we need to make sure the community is safe. >> you can find this entire conversation online at c-span .org. 'v

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