Richmond activists call for anti-racism policy

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Community activists Naomi Leung and Karina Reid are advocating for stronger anti-racism policy in Richmond at tonight’s public council meeting.

Leung is a 17-year-old climate and racial justice activist with Metro Vancouver-based youth movement Sustainabiliteens. In a public video shared to social media, the Richmond teen explained that anti-Asian hate crimes are experiencing massive growth.

“I’m choosing to speak up against racism and the urgent need for anti-racist policy in Richmond because I recently celebrated the birthday of my 78-year-old grandma amidst staggering anti-Asian hate crimes rising,” she said.

Leung called on city council to collect data on race-based hate crimes and “go far beyond Richmond’s current cultural harmony plan in order to address racism properly.”

She said she would support the creation of an anti-racism and equity advisory committee in the city, as well as an anti-racism action plan.

“City councillors and Mayor Malcolm Brodie, I ask that you become allies for Asian, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour through action,” said Leung.

To view Leung’s video message, click here.

For more information about Sustainabiliteens’ message to Richmond city council, or to contribute your thoughts by sending city council an email, click here.

Members of the public can view tonight’s city council meeting live on YouTube at 7 p.m.

Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel