Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce reveals decals to struggle anti-Asian hatred
May 06, 2021, 8:10 p.m. EDT
Updated on:May 06, 2021, 8:10 p.m. EDT
Amid the surge in anti-Asian hate crimes in the city, elected officials and business owners from Brooklyn came together on Thursday to take a stand and work to turn words into action.
According to the NYPD, there were already more anti-Asian hate crimes in the city this year than in 2019 and 2020 combined.
“It’s sad to see a few bad apples ruin what we love here in Brooklyn. Diversity in Brooklyn – Diversity here in Brooklyn makes us special,” said Ana Oliveira, chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce .
Elected officials and business owners joined the Chamber of Commerce of the Park Asia restaurant in Sunset Park, saying that just condemning and opposing the attacks is not good enough and that action is needed too.
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce unveiled new decals that can be freely given to businesses and residents of the district to show their solidarity.
“It’s a signal to everyone else, to everyone else who comes by and says that the people in this house – we tolerate others, we support others, we value and we love other people,” said Senator Andrew Gounardes of Brooklyn.
Entrepreneurs say they already have more community efforts planned that they hope will highlight the combination of Asian and New York cultures.