Silence Equals Death

Angered by Asian American attacks, Californians rally to demand change

A grassroots anti-hate rally brought out a very large crowd in San Jose last month, reports CBS San Francisco.

Rally participants said they were fed up and that they would no longer stay silent.

Gay state assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) fired up the crowd by asking “What is our collective response to being called a model minority, being silent? What do we say? Fuck that! No more.”

Gay state assemblyman Evan Low: “What is our collective response to being called a model minority, being silent? What do we say? Fuck that! No more.”

Participants were uniting to stand up and speak out against the increased violence targeting the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

More than a thousand people filled the San Jose city hall plaza. The “Stop Asian Hate” event was started by Adam Juratovac who simply was worried about his mother’s safety.

“She was afraid to go to the stores after-hours,” Juratovac said.

His Korean mother worried someone would attack her simply because of her skin color.

Among the elected leaders standing up with the crowd was retired South Bay congressman Mike Honda.

“We’re not going to put Clorox on it and whitewash it. We expect action and tangible results and that means curriculum in schools and actions by policy makers,” Honda said.