Rally organizers are echoing Go's call for political leadership in the face of growing racism against the Asian community by urging lawmakers to act against hate and condemn "scapegoating Chinese people for the COVID-19 pandemic".
The demonstrations are the latest to come in the wake of the deadly shootings at three Atlanta-area spas last week that killed eight people, six of whom were women of Asian descent. He has told police he has a sex addiction and saw the businesses as a temptation, but many argue he specifically targeted Asian women and feel he should be charged with a hate crime as well.
Stop AAPI Hate, an organization that tracks and reports bias crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, tallied almost 3,800 incidents from March 19, 2020, to the end of last month nationwide. General hate crimes doubled in the same timeframe.
Kee-Lang McDonald attended with her husband Ron and said she had recently had an bad experience at a mall in Burnaby, when someone asked her aggressively not to stand so close.
For the first time, Cordero says she's felt unsafe, especially reading statistics and headlines over the past few months.
Authors of the report said that racist and false ideas about the spread of COVID-19 largely fuelled the spike in hate.
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Several people are in custody following the shootings, police said, but it remains unclear of their involvement. A second person was killed in a separate nearby shooting incident, Neudigate said.
"I truly believe that this isn't segregating any community.
It's great", said Matt Davidson who was passing by the rally. "That's what really makes up Canada".
The rally is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m.at Olympic Plaza.
New York Congresswoman Grace Meng said she wanted to honour the lives of the victims, particularly the Asian women, whose "stories and lives are just as American as anyone else".