'Drive Out The Hate' protest, rally in Sacramento draws large crowd in support of Asian community

Elk Grove Vice Mayor and Asian Resources Inc. executive director Stephanie Nguyen (with
megaphone) fires up the crowd at the "Drive Out The Hate" rally in Sacramento. | 

A protest organized by Sacramento-based Asian Resources Inc. was held this morning in Sacramento to condemn the increase in anti-Asian crimes and hate speech.
The vehicle procession protest started at ARI's Elder Creek Drive offices and made its way to the parking lot at the former Sears on Florin Road. As the police escorted procession made its way along Stockton Boulevard through the Little Saigon District, participants were encouraged to honk.
Along with the main procession from ARI offices, more vehicles from two other locations joined the protest. Approximately 300 decorated cars drove, expressing solidarity with the Asian community and denounce anti-Asian violence and hate speech.
Along with ARI executive director and Elk Grove Vice Mayor Stephanie Nguyen, a host of elected officials and other representatives from several community-based organizations who helped organize the event spoke to the crowd. Among elected officials on hand who spoke in support of the Asian community were Rep. Dr. Ami Bera, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, Sacramento County Supervisor Patrick Kennedy, and Sacramento City Councilmembers Eric Guerra and Mai Vang.
The two-hour event ended just after 11 a.m. and drew about 1,000 people.

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