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Governor Hochul Denounces Hate Crimes and Pledges $30 Million to Support AAPI Community

In a powerful address, Governor Kathy Hochul denounced hate crimes against the AAPI community and pledged $30 million in support. New York also declared Lunar New Year a public school holiday, demonstrating its commitment to combatting hate and fostering inclusivity.

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Governor Hochul Denounces Hate Crimes and Pledges $30 Million to Support AAPI Community

Governor Hochul Denounces Hate Crimes and Pledges $30 Million to Support AAPI Community

In a powerful address at the Flushing Chinese Business Association’s annual Lunar New Year Parade, New York Governor Kathy Hochul denounced hate crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. The event, held on February 11, 2024, was a poignant platform for the governor to reiterate the state's commitment to protecting and supporting the AAPI community, especially in light of recent hate crimes.

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In a show of solidarity and resolve, Governor Hochul announced that the state has allocated $30 million to support the AAPI community and ensure their safety. This substantial investment underscores New York's dedication to combatting hate crimes and fostering a more inclusive society.

Lunar New Year as a Public School Holiday

In a historic first, Lunar New Year has become a public school holiday across New York State. This decision, implemented to recognize and celebrate AAPI heritage, reflects the state's commitment to fostering an environment that cherishes diversity and promotes cultural understanding.

The Battle Against Hate Crimes

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The Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States government is tasked with investigating and prosecuting hate crimes, defined as acts of violence or threats of violence motivated by bias based on statutorily-protected characteristics. This Section often collaborates with United States Attorney's Offices and federal and local investigators to handle cases that are of national interest.

A Personal Mission

Governor Hochul, a firm believer in freedom, identified a domestic enemy who supports hate crimes, opposes women's rights, and subscribes to Trump's claims about the 2020 election. This individual also admires Adolf Hitler. The governor argued that these views are not only racist and religiously bigoted, but also antithetical to freedom.

Having personally witnessed the horrors of the Holocaust, Governor Hochul is resolute in her belief that the domestic enemy's beliefs have no place in a free society. She emphasized that New York stands firmly against hate and intolerance, and will continue to fight for the rights and safety of the AAPI community and all marginalized groups.

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