Dear neighbors,

We are living through a wave of hate crimes against Asian Americans that we must bring to a halt.

Hate crimes are not only horrific acts of violence affecting individual victims and their families—they are a poison in our civil society by making whole communities feel unwelcome.

Each and every one of us must speak out against these abhorrent acts and the ugly beliefs that inspire them.

Yesterday, the Senate unanimously affirmed with Resolution 8610 that we stand in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities affected by the rising threat of hate crimes.

As the resolution says, and I repeated on the floor of the Senate: Nobody who calls Washington home should live in fear because of who they are, how they are perceived, or what part of the world they or their families came from.

If you or someone you know experiences a hate crime, please know that you can contact the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs or the Washington Attorney General’s Office for help.

As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly for any needs. Stay safe and take care.

Sincerely yours,

Sen. Manka Dhingra
45th Legislative District
Deputy Majority Leader