PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Hundreds gathered in Chinatown Thursday for a “Rally for Solidarity” and march to City Hall to urge lawmakers to do more to protect Asian-Americans, both here locally and across the nation.
Crowds began forming here at 10th and Vine Streets in Chinatown before 3 p.m. This is the second rally here in as many weeks and comes on the heels of what Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw calls a surge in racist rhetoric and violence.READ MORE: Dianna Brice Murder: Arrest Warrant Issued For Justin Smith In Connection To Murder Of 21-Year-Old Pregnant Girlfriend
Just yesterday, we showed you the photos of hate graffiti sprayed on the flower box here at a community garden.
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Nationally, the California State University Center for Hate and Extremism reports anti-Asian hate crimes have surged 145%, while overall hate crimes have fallen during 2020.
City Councilmember Helen Gym says Asian-American visibility is so important right now.
Participants headed to City Hall to peacefully urge lawmakers to do more to protect this community.MORE NEWS: Flyers Sign Forward Scott Laughton To Five-Year Contract Extension
CBS3’s Alicia Roberts contributed to this report.