Labor and Economic Opportunity
Contact: Camara Lewis, 517-930-4928
LANSING, Mich.-As the country continues to see a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) and its' 21-members are proud to announce the passage of several local municipal resolutions further condemning anti-Asian hate, discrimination and rhetoric.
According to Stop Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Hate report, 3,795 anti-Asian incidents were reported between March 2020 and February 2021, from all 50 states, including 16 in Michigan.
The following municipal leadership groups denounce all forms of anti-Asian sentiment and the rise of hate crimes directed at Asian Americans:
"We are glad that elected officials and bodies across the state are unifying to pass similar resolutions mirroring Sen. Chang and Rep. Puri Senate Resolution 30 and House Resolution 61 condemning anti-Asian American sentiment," MAPAAC Chair Ayesha Ghazi Edwin said. "These statements send a clear message to our Asian Pacific American (APA) community that hate has no place here, and that we see you, hear you and stand with you."
MAPAAC fully supports the adoption of these resolutions and encourages Asian Americans and all Michiganders who experience hate crimes to report such incidents to local law enforcement or the Michigan Department of Attorney General's Hate Crimes Unit at 313-456-0180, and those who experience discrimination to file a complaint with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.
MAPAAC encourages all elected officials, city, and county bodies across the State of Michigan to consider approving similar resolutions to support our Asian American residents and condemn the rising hate crimes and racial discrimination against residents of Asian and Pacific Islander decent. Contact MAPAAC@michigan.gov for further guidance.
To learn more about MAPAAC visit Michigan.gov/MAPAAC.