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File #: 21-0869    Name: Anti Asian American Hate resolution
Type: Resolution Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 3/17/2021 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 3/23/2021 Final action:
Title: Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian American Hate. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
Attachments: 1. 21-0869_RESOLUTION condemning anti-Asian hateAB 3 22 2021 (002), 2. 21-0869_Final Resolution

City of Alexandria, Virginia







DATE:                     MARCH 17, 2021


TO:                                          THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL


FROM:                     MARK B. JINKS, CITY MANAGER   /s/


DOCKET TITLE:                     


Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian American Hate.  [ROLL-CALL VOTE]




ISSUE:  Condemning anti-Asian American scapegoating and hate violence that is occurring in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.


RECOMMENDATION:  That City Council adopt the attached Resolution condemning anti-Asian American scapegoating and hate violence, and affirming the City’s commitment to actively combatting racism and protecting its vulnerable residents.


BACKGROUND:  President Biden issued an Executive Memorandum on his 6th day in

Office committing the Federal government to Condemn and Combat Racism, Xenophobia,

And Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  Incidents

of anti-Asian American hate violence and harassment have increased since the beginning of the

pandemic, including efforts to scapegoat Asian Americans for the virus. 


A Pew Research Center study found that one third of Asian Americans report being the target of

racial slurs or scapegoating since the pandemic.  There have been horrific incidents including

assaults, slashing, and deaths in communities around our nation.  Asian American businesses and

workers have suffered economic losses and unemployment at an alarming rate due to bigotry and



Nearly 6% of Alexandria’s population is of Asian descent, and the Asian American population of Alexandria makes significant contributions to the cultural, educational, and economic fabric of our community.


ATTACHMENTS: Proposed Resolution



Debra Collins, Deputy City Manager

Jean Kelleher, Director, Office of Human Rights