Hmong American Ad Hoc plans Elk Grove march to highlight racism they say is directed at them by an elected official

The civil rights group calling itself the Hmong American Ad Hoc is planning a protest event in Elk Grove to address what they say is racism in Elk Grove directed at them by an elected Trustee of the Elk Grove Unified School District.

The 1.5-mile protest march on Saturday, October 10 is being called a March for Justice and will start at Elk Grove City Hall and will parade to the corner of Bruceville Road and Laguna Boulevard. The event is the fourth in a series of protests to bring attention to what they say were racist comments directed at the Hmong culture by Elk Grove mayoral candidate and EGUSD Trustee Bobbie Singh-Allen. 

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Since Singh-Allen entered the mayoral race in late July against incumbent Steve Ly, who is Hmong-American, the group has held two other events after they accused her of making disparaging comments about their centuries-old clan system. In published reports and social media platforms, Singh-Allen called on Ly to disavow the described patriarchal clan system after several people in Elk Grove said Ly and associates in the Hmong community had threatened and bullied them over the last eight years.

Singh-Allen who is one of the people who has accused Ly and his associates recently held a news conference with California Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) claiming she also received a threat on social media by an individual who prominently posted images of weapons and ammunition. The comments have been referred to the Elk Grove Police for investigation. 

More recently, several individuals thought to be sympathic to the Hmong American Ad Hoc group made comments during the Wednesday, September 23 Elk Grove City Council meeting where they made several accusations against Singh-Allen. After receiveing a letter from attorney and Elk Grove City Council District 1 candidate Ali Moua demanding actions be taken against Singh-Allen, the Elk Grove Unified School District in late August told the civil rights group they had no jurisdication over comments made by any Trustee that were made outside the realm of their elected duties.

In addtion to the October 10 march, the group has also announced it will stage a protest at the Cosumnes Community Services District Wackford Center on Tuesday, September 29. The Wackford Center is the location of a debate between Singh-Allen and Ly.   

A separate story will be post later today on the accusations leveled against Ms. Singh-Allen.    

The October 10 protest route. 

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