Volunteer Group Walks Through Koreatown With A Protective Eye
Nearly two months after a Korean American man was reportedly assaulted in Koreatown by assailants yelling racial slurs, dozens convened on the same corner determined to keep such an assault from happening again.
The group of more than 50 volunteers meeting at Kenmore Avenue and 6th Street Thursday night were told to keep an eye out for pedestrians and street vendors, many of whom work alone in Koreatown.
In Koreatown tonight, 50+ people walked the wide boulevards with the aim of deterring anti-Asian attacks.— Josie Huang (@josie_huang) April 9, 2021
Community patrols sprouted up in NY & the Bay Area months ago.
Efforts in LA have been slow to gain steam but that's changed after the Atlanta shootings. pic.twitter.com/xUIVhYRvX7
Similar volunteer efforts started months ago in cities like New York and Oakland, which have seen the highest concentrations of violent attacks on Asian Americans over the last year.
Volunteer initiatives in Los Angeles have been slower to build, but the organizer of the Koreatown group -- the Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA) -- has found turnout growing each of four weeks its been canvassing the neighborhood.
PANA, sensitive to concerns that such groups engage in racial profiling, calls its effort Neighborhood Safety Companions.
"We're not trying to police people," said volunteer Linda Dao, a labor organizer who lives in Koreatown. "We're just ... trying to make sure that the neighbors know that we're here and that we're keeping our eyes open and making sure people feel safe."
Other organizations such as Compassion in SGV and Asians With Attitudes offer to escort anyone who needs their services in the San Gabriel Valley.
I was walking in Alhambra when this “Stop Asian Hate” flier fluttered to the ground in front of me from the group Compassion in SGV.— Josie Huang (@josie_huang) April 9, 2021
They’ve been canvassing the streets, letting people know they’ll chaperone you to your car or wait with you while you close shop. pic.twitter.com/AUGy1idm1n
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