Asian Americans Rising sponsored a letter in circulation signed by religious leaders who are standing in solidarity against anti-Asian xenophobia related to the President's use of the term "Chinese Virus" to refer to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The letter says, "the racialized fear-mongering has grown so severe that a new FBI analysis warned of an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow. The report noted there has already been a surge in hate crimes, listing a series of incidents across the country."
"We ask that elected leaders and candidates pay attention to anti-Asian bigotry in our community and share the Stop-AAPI-Hate website on their social media platforms as a practical way to raise awareness and combat the trend," the letter continues.
Asian Americans Rising, along with other prominent Asian American advocacy and nonprofit groups across the country, sign on in support of H.Res 908 sponsored by Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) condemning all forms of anti-Asian sentiment as related to COVID-19. In addition, Senators Kamala Harris, Tammy Duckworth, and Mazie Hirono have introduced its companion resolution in the Senate.