Two Queens lawmakers champion initiative to combat gender-based violence in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

Posted: March 17, 2022

As communities mark the one-year anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings that killed eight people — including six Asian American women — on Wednesday, March 16, two Queens lawmakers are championing a $64.5 million AAPI Equity Budget. The initiative will combat gender-based violence to make Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities safer for women and other vulnerable residents.

The initiative is championed by Senator John Liu (D-Bayside) Assembly members Zohran Mamdani (D-Astoria) and Yuh-Line Niou (D-Manhattan) in light of rising anti-Asian attacks that have sparked protests, fear and calls for funding and resources to protect AAPI communities in New York City. 

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“Little has happened this past year following the horrifying killings in Atlanta to set the minds of Asian Americans at ease. The AAPI community continues to endure attacks on an almost daily basis, and we now look to new solutions to combat the nonstop racial and gender-based violence with initiatives like the AAPI Equity Budget,” Liu said. “By supporting our state’s intricate network of community-based organizations, we aim to empower those who are best suited to aid our struggling community during these perilous times.”

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