CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland community on Sunday united to march against hate and honor victims of anti-Asian violence.
Many local organizations came together to host a Stop Asian Hate march and rally.
The event started at 1 p.m. Sunday at 3238 Payne Ave in Cleveland.
Anna Vecchi was one of the marchers.
She says it’s important for those who are not from the Asian community to become better allies, speak up, and not be bystanders.
“I think that it’s at the fingertips. It’s important to actually make the first step and reach out — look for those opportunities because they are there,” she said.
The rally kicked off with people revisiting tough experiences from their past.
Educating the public about the struggles Asian Americans have faced in America not just now but throughout history.
Speakers included local AAPI leaders, according to an event posting.
Organizers of the event shared this message in their event posting:
“Join us in solidarity for a rally and march through AsiaTown to honor the victims and speak out against the resurgence in anti-Asian violence and racism... And show your support for our residents, workers, businesses, and community members. In a year where we have all been told to ‘go home,’ we hold this space to show our community that this is our home. We can’t wait to see you soon. Together, we rise. Together, we are Cleveland strong.”
Click here to learn more about the organizers of this event, public transportation routes to the march and fundraising efforts.