Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Crowds Gather In Little Tokyo To Denounce Anti-Asian Violence

Former LA County CEO Bill Fujioka was among the speakers at a March 3, 2021 rally in Little Tokyo to denounce incidents of anti-Asian violence. (Josie Huang/LAist)
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your tax-deductible financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

Amid a continuing wave of attacks against Asian Americans during the course of the pandemic, hundreds of people gathered in Little Tokyo on Saturday to denounce the violence and show support for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

The rally, called "Love Our Communities: Build Collective Power,"was billed as a healing space to "meet, collaborate, and build with grassroots organizations doing direct work in Los Angeles Asian American communities." It was held outside the Japanese American National Museum. (See the livestream here.)

The event featured speakers from throughout Asian American Pacific Islander communities. Among them was former L.A. County Chief Executive Officer Bill Fujioka, who said strangers have approached him during the pandemic to say he and others like him brought the coronavirus into the country. He called on elected leaders "to take aggressive action to protect our communities."

Support for LAist comes from

"Ignoring it, denying its existence, or refusing to speak up is almost as bad as participating in this disgusting behavior,” he told the crowd.


Our news is free on LAist. To make sure you get our coverage: Sign up for our daily newsletters. To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.