Protesters are demonstrating today at the State Capitol with colorful signs that read, “Say no! anti-Asian racist terror! “for the” Stop Asian Hate Rally and March, “in the wake of recent deadly shootings at Atlanta spas.
A white man was charged with shooting and killing six women of Asian descent and two other people at spas in the Atlanta area. The shootings have sparked outrage and demonstrations in Georgia and across the country to denounce racism, xenophobia and misogyny.
Today’s event includes a march from the State Capitol through Maunakea Street in Chinatown and returns to the Capitol with a rally in front of the Father Damien memorial statue. The event began at 10 am and will continue until 1 pm with the aim of supporting those affected by racism and misogyny.
Organizers hope to create a safe space for grief and healing, as well as generate support in Hawai’i for various laws at the state and federal level that would combat the rise of white nationalist extremism and hate crimes against minorities and women. . Organizers would also like to see racism and white supremacy declared a public health emergency in Hawaii, ”according to a press release.
Today’s speakers include community organizers and state legislators, including Senator Stanley Chang, Rep. Adrian Tam, and Miss Hawaii USA 2021 Allison Chu.