For updated global info & data on COVID-19, please click HERE.For updated global data & graphs on COVID-19, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases and death counts in USA by state, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida via Florida COVID Action, please click HERE.For COVID-19 cases in Florida, via Florida state government, please click HERE.On Thursday, April 22, 2021, the Senate passed a bill, S.937 – COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, overwhelmingly with bipartisan support, 94:1 (Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri was the only one who voted “No”) designed to curb a spike in hate crimes targeting Asian Americans during the coronavirus pandemic. The legislation marks the most concrete action Congress has taken to respond to a rise in violence and harassment directed toward Asian Americans since the pandemic started in 2020. It followed an increase in racist rhetoric directed toward China over the origins of the virus, including ones from former President Donald Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill. Anti-Asian hate crimes jumped by about 150% in 2020 in 16 of the largest U.S. cities, according to a study released last month by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Senator Mazie Hirono, who wrote the bill with Representative Grace Meng, from New York., has spoken about her own fear of violence. Earlier this month, she said she no longer feels comfortable walking while listening to an audiobook on her headphones.In the video published on April 22, 2021, “US Senate passes bill to fight anti-Asian hate crimes“, below:
In the video published on April 23, 2021, “Sen. Hirono Applauds Senate Passage Of Anti-Asian Hate Bill | The 11th Hour | MSNBC“, below:
The bill incentivizes the police to keep track of hate crimes and works with local agencies to raise awareness on the issue. It will head to the Democratic held House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi from California, has backed the bill, and President Joe Biden has signaled he would sign it into law.
The proposal would instruct the Justice Department to expedite the review of hate crimes related to COVID-19. It would also provide state and local law enforcement more resources to track the incidents and send guidance on how to root out discriminatory language used to describe the pandemic.
In the video published on April 22, 2021, “Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Hate Crime Bill Responding To Anti-Asian Violence In Wake of Covid-19“, below:
Senator Mazie Hirono, the Hawaii Democrat Senator and co-author of the bill, said, “The AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) community is being targeted for hate crimes and other incidents and the Congress needs to stand up to condemn these kinds of actions.”
In the video published on April 22, 2021, “Senate overwhelmingly passes anti-Asian hate crimes bill“, below:
In the video published on April 22, 2021, “Senate passes rare bipartisan bill on anti-Asian hate“, below:
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a floor speech just before the vote, “To our Asian American friends: We will not tolerate bigotry against you. And to those perpetrating anti-Asian bigotry: We will pursue you to the fullest extent of the law. We cannot – we cannot – allow the recent tide of bigotry, intolerance and prejudice against Asian Americans go unchecked.” In the video published on April 14, 2021, “Chuck Schumer highlights bipartisanship on anti-Asian American hate legislation“, below:
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