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Mountain View--Rising Up Against Anti-Asian Discrimination
by No More Silence
Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021 10:24 PM
Chanting "Stop the Violence--No More Silence," more than 500 demonstrators marched from the vicinity of the historic Caltrain Station at the end of Castro Street to rally in the Mountain View City Hall Plaza on April 11.
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Photos: Tomoki Chien, please credit @tomoki_chien

Hate crimes in Santa Clara County, where the city of Mountain View is located, have jumped dramatically according to Chief Assistant District Attorney Jay Boyarsky. Hate incident cases are thought to be in the hundreds or thousands. Both hate crimes and incidents go largely unreported, especially when victims are Asian.

Local high school students organized a march and rally on April 11, saying that with the rise of violence against Asians it is high time to unite. Last month 75-year-old Pak Ho was the victim of a hate crime and robbery in Oakland. After the killing of eight people, including six Asian women at Asian owned spas in Atlanta, therapists were flooded with calls from Asians mentioning the shooting or racial trauma.

Speakers at the rally on Sunday condemned widespread racism targeting Asians. Some described how the pandemic has been used as ammunition to attack them as a group.

Allies of all races joined the action. Their march started at the Mountain View Transit Center that carries historic significance as Japanese Americans were processed at that location before being shipped to one of 10 internment camps across the U.S. during World War II. From there demonstrators marched along Mountain View's main drag, Castro Street, once part of the city's historic Chinatown.

Today busy downtown Mountain View is populated by restaurants of all kinds. On Sunday afternoon as customers were enjoying outdoor dining in warm weather, many cheered the marchers by clapping; a few raised fists to demonstrate solidarity.


§Sign-making at the Transit Center
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§Allies at the Transit Center
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§Say Their Names
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§Marching
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§Marching
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§Speaker Evan Low, State Assemblymember
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Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021 10:24 PM
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Low is part of the LGBTQ caucus
§"Bad day" sign
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Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021 10:24 PM
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§Diversity is a Strength
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Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021 10:24 PM
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§Hate is the Virus
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§Taking photos in the plaza
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§Listening to speakers
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§Korean sign
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§On the outskirts of the plaza
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Participants found shady area
§Families participated too
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Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021 10:24 PM
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§Youth of many ages participated
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Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021 10:24 PM
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§We shouldn't live in fear
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Wednesday Apr 14th, 2021 10:24 PM
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