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‘Grieve, heal, and support’: Atlanta rally to bring people together

Hundreds of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders turned to social media to air their anger, sadness, fear and hopelessness after Tuesday’s events in Georgia when a white gunman was charged with killing eight people, most of them Asian women, at three massage businesses. Since then, Asian American organizations have put together events across the U.S. aimed at showing unity and that will continue Saturday in Atlanta, where two of the shootings took place, with a #StopAsianHate March & Rally. Participants are being encouraged to wear masks and social distance in the event being shared on social media as an opportunity to “grieve, heal, and support.” The event comes a day after President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the first Asian American vice president, met with Georgia state legislators and Asian American and Pacific Islander advocates to listen to their perspectives on the rise in hate incidents targeting Asian Americans.  

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