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February 27th, 2021

Andrew Yang Statement Regarding Anti-Asian Hate Crimes in New York City

**RELEASE** February 27th, 2021

Contact: press@yangforny.com

New York, NYToday, Andrew Yang, Democratic Candidate for Mayor of New York City, released the following statement following a surge in violent hate crimes against Asian Americans:

Said Andrew Yang, “The social and mental health declines stemming from a year of overlapping crises are having terrible consequences including an increase in racial violence. Hurt people hurt people. There is a lot of pain right now and it is spreading in virulent and heartbreaking ways. My hope is that a city that not long ago cheered from their windows for our essential workers can again unite for those being attacked for no other reason than their ethnicity. As the son of immigrants and an Asian American with kids these incidents hit home. I see my family members in those attacked.

Yang continued, “Justice must overcome inertia. AAF has been at the forefront of this struggle from Day 1, and today’s  ‘Rise Up Against Asian Hate’ rally is the exact type of people-powered activism we need to ensure leadership does everything possible as fast as they can. I am humbled to join with community leaders from across the City to come together, lock arms, and urge the City to expand and accelerate its efforts into an all-hands-on-deck approach to combat hate and racism.”

Today at approximately 1pm, Yang is attending a rally with Asian American Federation and New York Leaders to 'Rise Up Against Asian Hate' in Foley Square, Chinatown, with media availability.

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