The gathering on Saturday at 2 p.m., was part of a “Unity Against Hate” rally to show compassion and solidarity in wake of the rising hate incidents against Asian Americans and other minority groups, according to a release from the APAPA.
Jackie Tang, who organized the Cleveland event said, “My friends and I would rather walk in a park in the beautiful spring than organize rallies and marches, but we have to do it to stop the spread of hate and to prevent more people from getting hurt.”
Speeches by state and local officials, community members and youths were a part of the event as well as group art activities to celebrate diversity and inclusion.
Yellow whistles, a symbol of self-protection and hope, were passed out to those in attendance as they peacefully walked in downtown Cleveland.
Stephanie Howse, representative of the 11th district of the Ohio House of Representatives, spoke at the rally saying it’s her and other elected officials responsibility to speak up when something is going wrong.
“Regardless of what you look like, regardless of your race or culture, ethnicity, your gender or your socioeconomic status may be, you want leaders that are going to speak out.”
Community groups and municipalities will have booths to provide information about public service programs, voter registration and the COVID-19 vaccine.
A speaker opened the rally singing John Mayer’s 2007 hit song “Say.”
New legislation, House Bill 224, introduced in support of the Asian American and Pacific Islander, AAPI community gives more opportunity for elected officials to hear Asian American’s voices
Global Cleveland, that makes up more than 100 diverse groups, says it’s their job to educate the public about diversity. They are in a fight to protect not only AAPI but all people, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”
Empathy is described as being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and know how they feel
Yellow whistles: symbol of self-protection, yellow is a spring color for hope. They were passed out to those in attendance at the rally.