Meeting Time: April 08, 2021 at 9:00am PDT
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Agenda Item

4-C ID 21-502 RESOLUTION - Denouncing the discrimination against the Asian American communities during the COVID-19 crisis in Fresno.

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    Mai Yang 6 months ago

    I would like to lend my full support for this resolution. Many Asians are suffering all over the US. They are physically punished for hate and lies circulated by politicians who are supposed to help them. I want Mayor Dyer and Chief Balderrama to create a task force to fight any crimes against Asians. We don't have to wait for a horrific event before taking actions. The City has to be proactive to prevent crime instead of waiting for a hate crime to happen. My children are afraid. My elderly parents are afraid. We have to do something. Please start with the resolution and then do more by putting a task force together to prevent hate crime against any minority living in Fresno.

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    Varaxy Yi 6 months ago

    As a Khmer American woman and educator, I fully support this resolution. Fresno must take action to condemn the violence against Asian American communities and work to ensure that we feel safe again. Not only this, the city must address the root causes of xenophobia and work to dismantle the systems that reproduce racism. The passing of the resolution will be an important symbolic act; however, there is more work to do to ensure the safety and security of our community. Please pass this resolution and ensure that the grief, fear, and anxiety within the Asian American community is seen and acknowledged as a first, basic, and humane step.

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    John Cho 6 months ago

    My name is John Cho and I have been an instructor of Asian American Studies at Fresno City College for about thirty years and a board member of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Fresno for over twenty years. This last year has been unprecedented in the reality that Asian people in America have been the targets of random acts violence solely on their perceived identification of being Asian. Violence towards Asians and other peoples of color is well documented in American history going back to when the Chinese came to California in search of gold in the 1850, continuing with riots towards communities of Asian Indians in the state of Washington, Filipinos in Watsonville, and Vietnamese in the gulf coast of Texas. As Americans we are horrified when we see video clips of elderly Asians being assaulted along with pictures of Asian children having their faces slashed open. The perception in Asia today is that it is dangerous to be an Asian person in America. It it time for all of us to speak and take a stand that violence towards any group in the United States is unwarranted and criminal and should be roundly denounced by all governmental bodies. We need to uphold and practice the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, meaning equal rights and protection for all.

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    Boonmee Yang 6 months ago

    My name is Boonmee Yang, and I am an ally of the Fresno Hmong community. I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of this resolution for the safety and well-being of Asian communities and all communities in Fresno.

    This resolution is important to me because marginalized voices need advocacy. This Asian American resolution is a step the city can take in making sure that Asian community members are heard and supported not only in this moment, but for future generations to come as well.

    It is essential that the City of Fresno takes action to work in partnership with community based organizations that work closely with community members to address the discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and all people of color by providing services that are culturally responsive and accessible in promoting their wellness and safety. Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety of not just Asian Americans, but for the necessity of safety and inclusivity of all community members.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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    Sheila Yang 6 months ago

    My name is Sheila Yang and I am a community member of Fresno. I am writing in support of this resolution. It is without a doubt that Fresno is home to many diverse demographics, one being specifically Southeast Asians. As a first generation Hmong American, I proudly call Fresno my home. But most importantly, Fresno is where I, along with my people belong, just like anyone else. However, the rise in anti-Asian sentiment has impacted the Asian community, leaving us and our families feeling unsafe, fearful, and alienated. In order to fight against this war on Anti-Asian hate, it is crucial for the city of Fresno to do everything in their power to ensure the necessary support and tools for communities like mine during times like this. Please vote in support of this resolution.

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    Kalue Yang 6 months ago

    My name is Kalue Yang and I am a student at Fresno State. I too believe that Southeast Asians experience some of the lowest education attainment rates and the highest poverty rates. As a community, we should be able to feel safe in a city that we call home. And as elected officials and members of our city, you have a responsibility to care. Please vote to support this resolution because it is the voice and support that we, the Asian community in Fresno, needs.

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    Ger Xiong 6 months ago

    My name is Ger Xiong and I am a community member of Fresno, California. I am writing in support of this resolution for the safety and wellbeing of Asian American communities. Fresno’s social, cultural, economic, and political history has long been impacted and transformed by Asian Americans and like ethnic groups before them. Senseless violence and discrimination towards Asian Americans must be denounced, and I trust that the Fresno City Council Members and Mayor continue to build, uplift, and protect Asian communities by voting in favor of this resolution.

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    Meng Thao 6 months ago

    My name is Meng Thao and I am a community member of Fresno. I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of this resolution for the safety and wellbeing of Asian communities and all communities in Fresno.

    This resolution is important to me because Asian American Lives matter just like everyone else'. This Asian American resolution is a step the city can take in making sure that Asian community members are heard and supported not only in this moment, but for future generations to come as well.

    It is essential that the City of Fresno takes action to work in partnership with community based organizations that work closely with community members to address the discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and all people of color by providing services that are culturally responsive and accessible in promoting their wellness and safety. Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety of not just Asian Americans, but for the necessity of safety and inclusivity of all community members.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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    Julianna Phoukhao 6 months ago

    Fresno City Council Members and Mayor,

    It is the absolute minimum to vote in favor of this resolution. As a Lao American living in Fresno, the violence towards Asians has me terrified for myself, family, friends and the community. It is imperative for the city of Fresno to denounce the increasing harm and discrimination towards the Asian American community. This is a necessary step towards protecting more that 70,000 Asian identifying members of our Fresno community.

    The alarming increase of hate crimes must stop now. Complicity will not be tolerated. Fresno must condemn hate, xenophobia and white supremacy. This violence is harming and traumatizing our entire city. With a community centered framework, the city of Fresno must work with the Asian community to provide resources to protect and improve our communities.

    We need to start loving Asian people the way we love Asian food and culture.

    Thank you,

    Julianna Phoukhao (she/they)
    District 1

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    Syamporn Boonthavongkham 6 months ago

    Good Evening Councilmembers and Mayor Dyer. Thank you for taking the time to hear our voices and concerns. My family and I whole heartedly support this resolution to denounce discrimination against Asian Americans. For too long our community has been wrongfully harmed and attacked, thus leaving many to live in fear. We can no longer remain quiet on this important matter, but we cannot do it alone. We need your support. Please vote in favor of the resolution. Thank you in advance.

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    Pheng Lor 6 months ago

    My name is Pheng Lor and I am a resident and community member of Fresno. I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of this resolution for the safety and wellbeing of Asian communities and all communities in Fresno.

    This resolution is important to me because it stresses the importance of not only protecting individual members but the community as a whole. This Asian American resolution is a step the city can take in making sure that Asian community members are heard and supported not only in this moment, but for future generations to come as well.

    It is essential that the City of Fresno takes action to work in partnership with community-based organizations that work closely with community members to address the discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and all people of color by providing services that are culturally responsive and accessible in promoting their wellness and safety. Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety of not just Asian Americans, but for the necessity of safety and inclusivity of all community members.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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    Khampha Thephavong 6 months ago

    Hello and thank you so much Mayor Dyer and all the councilmembers for considering this very critical and important resolution. My name is Khampha Thephavong, and I am a community physician and the board chair of the Laotian-American Community of Fresno. These past 11/2 years have been extremely challenging and disheartening for many, many Asian-Americans in the valley , and across the nation due to the escalating violence, brutality and hatred. As our leaders, we look up to each of you to guide our communities, families and children, to live in a society that is safe, respectful and with humility. No one should have to fear for their lives while walking our streets or get attack for looking a certain way.. Just like other communities, the Asian-American community in Fresno has contributed to the growth and progress of our city.
    Please support our community and this resolution , and together lets make our city safe for everyone. Thank you in advance for your support.

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    Lany Sivongsay 6 months ago

    Laotian American Community of Fresno (LACF)

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    Va Xiong 6 months ago

    Hi, my name is Va Xiong and I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of this resolution against anti-hate crimes and violence on all minority groups in the Fresno Community. It's important that all Americans feel safe in their own communities despite their ethnicity. Thank you for your consideration.

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    Jack Yang 6 months ago

    My name is Jack Yang and I am a Counselor at Fresno City College. Asians are oftentimes overlooked due to the falsehood that we are a thriving race. This is further from the truth, especially here in the Central Valley where the primary population of Asians are Southeast Asians. Southeast Asians have some of the lowest education attainment rates and the highest poverty rates. We need to feel safe in city that we call home and as elected officials and members of our city, you have a responsibility to care. Please vote to support this resolution as it is the voice and support that the Asian community in Fresno needs.

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    Thai Lee 6 months ago

    My name is Dr. Thai Lee and I am a member and advocate of the Hmong community. I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of this resolution for the safety and wellbeing of Asian communities and all communities in Fresno.

    This resolution is important to me because we must protect the most vulnerable in our communities and send a message that hate and racism will not be tolerated in our cities and neighborhoods. This resolution would signal that the city cares about its citizens and that it stands in unity with the Asian American community against hate and violence.

    It is essential that the City of Fresno takes action to work in partnership with community based organizations that work closely with community members to address the discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and all people of color by providing services that are culturally responsive and accessible in promoting their wellness and safety. Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety of not just Asian Americans, but for the necessity of safety and inclusivity of all community members.

    Thank you.

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    Josh Sanghera 6 months ago

    My name is Josh Sanghera and I am a community member of Fresno California. I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of this resolution for the safety and wellbeing of Asian communities and all communities in Fresno.

    This resolution is important to me because I myself am an Asian American and it pains to see my community being treated so horribly. This Asian American resolution is a step the city can take in making sure that Asian community members are heard and supported not only in this moment, but for future generations to come as well.

    It is essential that the City of Fresno takes action to work in partnership with community-based organizations that work closely with community members to address the discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and all people of color by providing services that are culturally responsive and accessible in promoting their wellness and safety. Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety of not just Asian Americans, but for the necessity of safety and inclusivity of all community members.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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    Maysee Yang 6 months ago

    My name is Maysee Yang and I am a community member and organizer of Fresno. I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of this resolution for the safety and wellbeing of Asian communities and all communities in Fresno.

    This resolution is important to me as I am a former Southeast Asian refugee who wishes for our limited English speaking elderly to enjoy the last few years of their life outside their homes any time anywhere without fear for their safety. This Asian American resolution is a step the city can take in making sure that Asian community members are heard and supported not only in this moment, but for future generations to come as well.

    It is essential that the City of Fresno invest to work with CBOs, churches, community organized groups to address the discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and all people of color by providing services that are culturally responsive and accessible in promoting their wellness and safety. Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety of not just Asian Americans, but for the necessity of safety and inclusivity of all community members.

    Thank you for your consideration.

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    Baolia Xiong 6 months ago

    Community loved ones and leaders, I write to you in support of this resolution. I would like to take this moment here and acknowledge all those involved to put this effort forward as an agenda item for our city, thank you all very much! We feel heard, we feel seen.

    Baolia Xiong
    Community Health Advocate
    Community Yoga Healer

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    Chali Lee 6 months ago

    My name is Chali Lee and I am a community organizer of Fresno. I am writing to ask you to vote in favor of this resolution for the safety and wellbeing of Asian communities and all communities in Fresno.

    This resolution is important to me because as a first generation Hmong-American, my communities is at risk of being violated and harmed- especially in Fresno with the largest Hmong population nationwide. This Asian American resolution is a step the city can take in making sure that Asian community members are heard and supported not only in this moment, but for future generations to come as well.

    It is essential that the City of Fresno takes action to work in partnership with community-based organizations that work closely with community members to address the discrimination and violence against Asian Americans and all people of color by providing services that are culturally responsive and accessible in promoting their wellness and safety. Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety of not just Asian Americans, but for the necessity of safety and inclusivity of all community members.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    In Community,

    Chali Lee (he/him/his)