A rally is taking place in Richmond to mark the National Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism on Tuesday afternoon.
Members of Richmond’s community will gather outside of Brighouse Skytrain Station at 5 p.m. to show solidarity against anti-Asian racism on May 10.
Similar rallies will be held in Burnaby, Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey and Mission this afternoon from 5 to 6 p.m.
Doris Mah, organizer of the event and co-founder of grassroots movement Stand With Asians Coalition (SWAC), said it is important that community members come together to voice their concerns on topics such as racism.
“We believe that when our voices come together, they become louder in denouncing all forms of racism and hate in our community,” said Mah.
“We must condemn all forms of hate, which create unsafe conditions for members of Asian, Black and Indigenous people, people of colour and all racialized communities.”
The City of Richmond signed a proclamation for the first time this year to show its stance and support in building an inclusive society.
Richmond community activist Karina Reid, who is going to attend the rally in Richmond, said the proclamation is a great gesture of solidarity, but further action needs to be taken.
“Statements declare support, express intention, and should then result in action. There’s a referral with the City of Richmond on anti-racism policy and training. Public statements should include what the city is planning to do to combat racism.
“Municipal governments share responsibility and have an important role to play in combating racism and discrimination and advocating for an equitable and just city for all citizens,” said Reid.