Congresswoman Maloney Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement ahead of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which begins tomorrow, Saturday, May 1.
“Today, I join the AAPI community across NY-12 and the country in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This year, as we celebrate and honor the rich history, heritage, and contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, we must redouble our efforts against the violence and hate our AAPI neighbors are experiencing. Asian Americans have been attacked and harassed because of misinformation and xenophobia that wrongly blamed them for the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am encouraged by the Senate’s overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and will be voting for it when it comes to the House floor this month. I thank Senator Hirono and Congresswoman Meng for their leadership in Washington, DC on this legislation and commend the advocacy of the AAPI community and allies across the country for making it clear we will not abide racism and bigotry.”