Meeting Time: April 08, 2021 at 9:00am PDT
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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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    James Vang at April 07, 2021 at 6:44pm PDT

    My name is James Vang 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 I have seen enough of anti-Asian hate, racism, and drastic incidents happening across our nation. I wish to see something change and addressed about it. 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.

    Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety and inclusivity of all communities in Fresno.
    Thank you for your consideration.

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    Sonepheth Mounvongkham at April 07, 2021 at 6:42pm PDT

    I support denouncing the discrimination against the Asian American communities during the COVID-19 crisis in Fresno. Folks need to have empathy and be kind hearted. Just because we are Asian looking in no way should we be put blame on the virus. Education needs to put forth and misinformation needs to be weeded out. People’s lives are in danger. Let’s take the correct measures for the Asian community’s safety.

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    lysing prathammavong at April 07, 2021 at 6:26pm PDT

    My family and I support this resolution and is asking all community Leaders for your help and support. This resolution will provide my Asian family and friends a sense of safety and will show that our City Leaders and Official are listening to our request for help. Thank you.

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    Kami Thepphavong at April 07, 2021 at 6:03pm PDT

    I am in full support of this resolution, as we have seen the dramatic increase of anti-Asian hate, racism, and horrific incidents across our nation. This resolution will provide a strong message that the city of Fresno will not tolerate these kind of acts, that we are a community that is inclusive and cares and respects all our diverse communities. Thank you

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    Katie Moua at April 07, 2021 at 4:41pm PDT

    Hello Mayor and Councilmembers. I am Katie Moua and I am submitting my comment as a Hmong-American community member, Director of Programs at Hmong Innovating Politics and a long time resident to District 4. I write to ask for your vote in support of this resolution for our Asian American community.

    Fresno has been my home for a long time and I am proud to call this city home because of the rich culture and diversity of our community. A yes on this resolution would also help me continue to feel safe in this city and help me feel ensured that my community is protected and that our leaders recognize and condemn the racist attacks we have seen and experienced. We have seen a rise in attacks on our Asian American community members and meeting the demands of this resolution is a step we can all take to move forward and continue growing Fresno into a place everyone can call home. 

And is it crucial that the city continues to work with community based organizations to strengthen the relationships and trust of community members.

    Thank you.

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    Chai Her at April 07, 2021 at 4:30pm PDT

    My name is Chai Andrew Her and I am a Hmong-American 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 ever since covid 19, the rise of hate crimes and violence towards the AAPI community has soared through the roofs. Anti-Asian hate crimes has increased by nearly 150% in the past year. 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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    Dillon Savory at April 07, 2021 at 3:09pm PDT

    Members of the Fresno City Council, it is with pride that the Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings, Central Labor Council stands in support of our brothers and sisters in the AAPI community and this resolution. It is also with shock that we all have to address violent discrimination in our society in 2021. Our nation has been divided by misinformation and irresponsible influencers on social media and even previously in the White House. We owe it each other to stand up to bullies, racists and white nationalists who seek to alter the reality of America's racist history. A history that saw our government send 120,000 Japanese residents to internment camps just two generations ago. A history that has incarcerated millions of black Americans for petty crimes. A history that will tell future generations that an angry mob broke into our capitol building wearing shirts suggesting the holocaust was fake or not complete. We do not seek to convince these violent radicals about the fundamental rights of every resident in this country. Instead we look to aggressively denounce their actions and force their hate and violence back into the dark corners of this nation. We are not only proud to stand by our members who are APPI, but with all AAPI residents and with any other such group being targeted by bigots. We will not tolerate hate in workplaces, neighborhoods or this city. We thank those that helped draft the resolution.

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    Daniel OConnell at April 07, 2021 at 2:47pm PDT

    I am Daniel O'Connell, Executive Director of the Central Valley Partnership, a multiracial, intergenerational and gender-inclusive progressive network of leaders and organizations in the San Joaquin Valley.

    Our organization is dedicated to achieving social, racial, environmental and economic justice across the region. Therefore it has been deeply painful to witness the rise in racially motivated hate crimes and violence occurring against our Asian American neighbors and friends. This violence can be seen as a direct result of highly discriminatory rhetoric that President Trump and some in his administration used to inappropriately frame the Covid pandemic in racist terms.

    In California - a state with a long history of historic, systemic and institutionalized anti-Asian legislation and policies - we are cognizant that now is the time to forcefully stand against this scourge of racism.

    Therefore, we support this resolution and look to the mayor and city council to go beyond its current recommendations to actually fund anti-racism initiatives across the city.

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    Brandi NuseVillegas at April 07, 2021 at 2:33pm PDT

    Thank you for bringing this as an action item. It is imperative that the city take a very official, clear stand against this discrimination in our community. People have be justifying racist language regarding COVID-19 by denying that it's racist or harmful. Howver, the experiences of our AAPI community members say otherwise. The rhetoric, which may range from careless to deliberate, has encouraged people to act out against our neighbors. One role of our leaders is to promote the safety and value of our residents and the City of Fresno must absolutlely take a zero tolerance approach to discriminatory language and actions. I ask that you continue to pursue how this looks in action. Carefully read all od the comments from our affected community members and do not stop with this resolution but seriously pursue their requests and guidance. Continue to listen as learn as well. Our community members have a right to be safe.

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    Jeremiah Sataraka at April 07, 2021 at 12:48pm PDT

    My name is Jeremiah and I am a Korean-Samoan American who works in 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 an Asian American the recent rise of anti-Asian violence has brought fear and physical violence to my community. I remain fearful and anxious when I'm in public because I don't want to be attacked. I also live in fear for my mother, who is much older. Elected officials play a huge role in providing safe spaces for all communities, and this resolution is an important first step towards that direction. 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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    Vang Her at April 07, 2021 at 10:52am PDT

    My name is Vang Her and I am a Hmong-American 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 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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    Christina Vang at April 07, 2021 at 10:07am PDT

    My name is Christina Vang and I am a Hmong-American 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 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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    Xayaphone Salinthone at April 07, 2021 at 1:52am PDT

    Good morning Mayor Dyer and Fresno City Councilmembers. My name is Xayaphone Salinthone, I am with the Lao Student Association and Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) of Fresno. I am representing myself as a Laotian-American community member. I ask you to vote in favor of this resolution because this ensures the safety and wellbeing of the Asian communities and all communities in Fresno.

    This Asian American resolution is a step the city can take in making sure that Asian community members are heard and supported. 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 and inclusivity of all communities in Fresno.

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    George Yang at April 06, 2021 at 11:11pm PDT

    My name is George Yang, and I'm a public health worker of our community. I want to thank you all for your hard work in our community. I'm writing to ask you to vote in favor of this resolution on behalf of every community in Fresno.

    This resolution is important to me because I grew up on the streets of Fresno and have witness incidences of violence and racism throughout my life. Often, there isn't a way for the victim to voice their concerns due to language and cultural barriers. This resolution is one of the first few steps that the city can take in making sure that all community members are heard and supported.

    Additionally, the city must work with community-based organizations. These organizations are trusted by our community members and are a reliable way to work with the community you all love and serve. These organizations understand the existing barriers, issues, and potential solutions to problems in the community.

    Lastly, from a public health perspective, it's imperative that the city work to establish disaggregated data on Asian Americans and move away from the notion that Asian Americans have a monolithic culture. Multiple health and sociological studies have concluded that disaggregated helps shed light on issues and system issues often overshadowed when Asian Americans are clumped together. Disaggregated is needed, and disaggregated data starts with your vote of support for resolutions like this.

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    Joy Yang at April 06, 2021 at 10:23pm PDT

    My name is Joy Yang 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 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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    Shai Chang at April 06, 2021 at 9:42pm PDT

    Good afternoon Mayor Dyer and city councilmembers. My name is Shai, I am with Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) and am representing myself as Hmong-American community member.

    Thank you to the councilmembers who helped support this initiative from the collaborative Asian American organizations. This is a great step in bringing our city together by addressing systemic racism that is rooted in the oppression and unvoiced violence that many Asian Americans in Fresno have faced. I am writing today to urge you all to invest in working with the community based organizations that have been working with community members who have experienced racial violence or hate incidents. The city needs to provide services that are culturally responsive and find ways to support data disaggregation for Fresno’s Asian communities that would better support its Southeast Asian communities. Each group has their own struggle with disparity and racial inequities that also needs to be addressed if we are to move forward together as a city to reach collective racial equity. Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety of not just Asian Americans, but for the initiation of safety and inclusivity of all community members.

    Thank you for your consideration

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    Kathy Vue at April 06, 2021 at 8:35pm PDT

    My name is Kathy and I am a concerned advocate 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 everyone deserves the right to be safe in their home and city. 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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    Penny Shapiro at April 06, 2021 at 7:21pm PDT

    I support the legislation denouncing the discrimination against Asians, Asian Americans, and any other group being singled out due to ignorance and fear. We must stand together as a community and support each other.

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    Matthew Vang at April 02, 2021 at 7:06pm PDT

    Good afternoon Mayor Dyer and city councilmembers. My name is Matthew, I am with Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP) and am representing myself as Hmong-American community member.

    Thank you to the councilmembers who helped support this initiative from the collaborative Asian American organizations. This is a great step in bringing our city together by addressing systemic racism that is rooted in the oppression and unvoiced violence that many Asian Americans in Fresno have faced. I am writing today to urge you all to invest in working with the community based organizations that have been working with community members who have experienced racial violence or hate incidents. The city needs to provide services that are culturally responsive and find ways to support data disaggregation for Fresno’s Asian communities that would better support its Southeast Asian communities. Each group has their own struggle with disparity and racial inequities that also needs to be addressed if we are to move forward together as a city to reach collective racial equity. Please vote in favor of this resolution for the safety of not just Asian Americans, but for the initiation of safety and inclusivity of all community members.

    Thank you for your consideration