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WATCH: How Filipino communities in New York unite to fight racism

‘We’re going to the community, we’re asking our community members how they feel, and what they would like to see for support,' says Fil-Am activist Zila Renfro

Anti-Asian attacks rose in the past year in the United States, especially towards the elderly. Racial injustice is a long standing issue in the US, as highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd

Attacks towards Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) increased by almost 150% in 2020 alongside the rise of COVID-19 cases. When he was still president, Donald Trump blamed Asians for bringing over the “Chinese virus.”

But despite Trump’s exit from office, racism rages on. (READ: For Fil-Am youth, fighting Asian hate in the US means breaking silence)

In this video, two young Filipino-American activists living in New York talk about their work within the Stop Asian Hate movement. Clifford Robin Temprosa and Zila Renfro discuss Asian hate crimes in the US and what they are doing to educate and protect their community. – Rappler.com

This video is co-produced by Rappler interns Tara Mercene, Sarah Villanueva, and Kris Angel Ditan.