Groups call for end to anti-Asian hate at all-day cultural event in Old Town

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Dozens of organizations and groups are gathering successful Old Town Saturday with a singular call: extremity anti-Asian hate.

Local leaders are highlighting Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander civilization and speaking retired astir the surge of unit and hatred crimes leveled against the assemblage since COVID-19 swept the globe.

“The extremity of Oregon Rises Above Hate is to item AANHPI issues to the broader assemblage portion uniting our divers and chiseled communities of Asian descent unneurotic successful 1 voice,” said organizer Anne Naito-Campbell successful a property merchandise up of the event. “Together, we volition emergence against hate, we volition face it, and we volition emergence supra it. We volition physique a aboriginal that brings the committedness of America to reality.”

The all-day event, enactment unneurotic by Oregon Rises Above Hate, is free, unfastened to the public, and is being held arsenic portion of AAPI Heritage Month, which started May 1.

“We privation to marque our dependable precise wide — we basal agreed with the Old Town Chinatown assemblage to powerfully condemn radical intolerance and unit wherever it occurs,” said Elizabeth Nye, enforcement manager of the Lan Su Chinese Garden.

Festivities began with performances connected Flanders Festival Street astatine 10 a.m. and are scheduled to past each day, concluding with a lantern lighting astatine 6 p.m. astatine the Lan Su Chinese Garden. The vigil, held astatine dusk, is meant to grant those who died during the pandemic, organizers said.

There volition beryllium nutrient carts and section artists successful attendance, organizers said, and practice institutions volition unfastened their doors to promote radical to travel larn astir their cultures.

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