Congresswoman Nikema Williams Votes to Strengthen Defenses Against Hate Crimes, Protect AAPI Communities
Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) issued the following statement after voting for the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, landmark legislation that strengthens the nation’s defenses against hate crimes. This bipartisan bill will help combat the growing and grave crisis of anti-AAPI discrimination, violence, and bigotry stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thousands of hate crimes have been documented in every state over the last year. Tragically, that number includes the March 16 Atlanta spa shootings where eight people, primarily of Asian descent, were killed,” said Congresswoman Nikema Williams. “Everyone has the right to live without fear of violence or harassment. I will always stand up and speak out against all forms of violence and bigotry. That is why I was proud to pass this life-saving legislation, so we can combat the rising epidemic of anti-Asian hate crimes and honor
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