We were saved by the bell, using boxing language. The nationwide "stay at home" order was the bell. In the last 10 days very few people have been out on the street. As a result, few violent crimes owing to COVID-19 were committed against AsAms.
If and when normality returns, and we are walking, shopping, and/or riding the subway alone or even in a group, could violent crime or humiliating incidents happen to you? We hope not. But we can't just hope. We must take actions to help ourselves IN ADVANCE.
Last week, an 80-20 e-newsletter reported to you that 80-20 Educational
Foundation was taking 2 proactive measures: (1) planting the seeds in the minds of our community leaders that we may need to form a temporary coalition if a wave of crimes against AsAms occurs, and (2) working closely with Jewish organizations to take collective actions to ask the government to protect AsAms.
Taking More Proactive Actions
Three days ago, 80-20 approached Sen. Tom Carper of DE to discuss meaningful proactive action that the Senate could take to help AsAms. The following emails from Sen. Carper's office may indicate how things are proceeding.
Hello Mr. Woo,
The Senator is available on Thursday, April 9 at 11:00 am. If this time is agreeable I will be happy to send conference line dial-in information.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you!
State Scheduler and Executive Assistant
Office of U.S. Senator Tom Carper
Appealing To Leaders of All AsAM Orgs.
80-20 appeals to all leaders of AsAm orgs. to look ahead and take their own proactive projects to help AsAms guard against crime and xenophobic racism against us, when normality returns. TOGETHER, WE SHALL OVERCOME.
Seeking Your Help
80-20 has political know-how, but it has no expertise in ways to guard against possible crime and xenophobic acts against AsAms in streets. Tell us, within reason, what 80-20 as an org. can do and/or what the Legislative Branch of our government can do. Please help us to help you by posting your ideas at 80-20's poster board.