PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Local organizers planned a rally in Southeast Portland Friday afternoon in the wake of a rise in targeted crimes and attacks on members of the Asian community.
“Stop Asian Hate” started at 4 p.m. Friday at Harrison Park on SE 84th. A number of local young activists and Asian American Portlanders spoke about their experience with white supremacy and racially motivated violence.
They also expressed solidarity with Black and Indigenous Portlanders.
Organizers said “the hundreds of cases of violence against Asians, show how xenophobia & anti-Asian sentiment have become more viscous during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
There was another rally this past Tuesday at Revolution Hall not only to condemn the violence fueling this trend but also to call for other changes that root out racism.
Speakers at that event echoed the rally cry, “Learn our names!”, urging allies not to label victims of crimes — like those in the Atlanta shooting rampage — as “foreign” or “other.”
Research shows there have been about 3800 racist incidents in past year.