Stop the Hate Event at the Fresno Center

David Rasavong, whose family owns Love & Thai Restaurant, spoke about the hate his family was subjected to after a false claim against them on the Internet.
David Rasavong, whose family owns Love & Thai Restaurant, speaks about the hate his family was subject to after a false claim against them on the internet.

The latest effort by the San Joaquin Valley Media Alliance, the Community Alliance newspaper and several co-sponsors in the Stop the Hate campaign was a meeting at the Fresno Center in southeast Fresno on Jan. 24. The “Take Action Workshop” featured information on how to report a hate crime. Around 75 people attended.

Cyndee Loryang of the Fresno Center spoke first. She is program manager for Stop the Hate at the Fresno Center, which provides a range of services to underserved communities in Fresno, focusing on the Southeast Asian community. Simultaneous translation in Hmong was available at the event, as was translation into Spanish.

Around 75 people attended the January 24 Stop the Hate event at the Fresno Center.
Around 75 people attended the January 24 Stop the Hate event at the Fresno Center.

David Rasavong, whose family owns a Thai restaurant, spoke about how the family’s original location had to be closed because of hateful rumors on the Internet. Community Alliance writer Paulina Cruz reported on the closing and the opening at a new location in southeast Fresno with a new name, Love & Thai. Love & Thai catered the meeting, and the food was much enjoyed.

Efraín Botello Cisneros from the California Department of Justice spoke about the department’s investment in fighting hate crime under Attorney General Rob Bonta. Fresno Police Department Lieutenant Mike Gebhart, commander of the Southeast District, spoke about actions the City takes when hate crimes are reported. Lt. Gebhart brought with him two Hmong patrol officers, who were well received.

The keynote speech was by Hina Fatima, who spoke about treatment for traumatic experiences related to hate crimes and other experiences of repression. She said that trauma causes issues with our internal narratives, which can be explored and healed by techniques related to language.

In closing, the Community Alliance presented a concept for a bumper sticker and lawn signs saying, “Stop the Hate, Be the Love.” The items feature significant colors and a fist representing community power.

Photos by Peter Maiden

Hina Fatima, Trauma Relief Coach, gave the keynote speech on trauma and how it can be relieved.
Hina Fatima, Trauma Relief Coach, gave the keynote speech on trauma and how it can be relieved.

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    The Community Alliance is a monthly newspaper that has been published in Fresno, California, since 1996. The purpose of the newspaper is to help build a progressive movement for social and economic justice.

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