Unity Against Hate rally draws bipartisan support

SESHADRI KUMAR
s State Representatives Ron Reynolds (D) and Jacey Jetton (R presented a Texas House Resolution in support of the Unity Against Hate National Rally to Qaisar “Q” Imam, President APAPA Houston.)
The Greater Houston Region's "Unity Against Hate" rally was held at the Fort Bend County Justice Center on May 15.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Asian American Pacific American Public Affairs (APAPA), a national bi-partisan non-profit organization for the AAPI community held a nationwide "Unity Against Hate" rally at 15+ venues around the USA to commemorate this historical moment and to stand up united against Asian hate.

People from all walks of life, regardless of political affiliation, community, race, ethnicity, or gender came together to show solidarity. More than 80 community organizations came together to make the rally a success nationwide.

Chief rally organizer, Qaisar “Q” Imam, President APAPA Houston, said the ally was a huge success.

“It was a great display of solidarity with a strong message of unity against hate consistently relayed by speakers at the state, county, city, and grassroots levels.”

Q also thanked Dr. Helen Shih, rally co-organizer and a long time AAPI leader and a team of volunteers who worked hard to bring rally to fruition.

“In America, there is no place for hate,” said KP George, Fort Bend County Judge who reminded the rally crowd that he is of Indian descent and that there will be no place for hate in Fort Bend County while he is serving.

He was joined by top Fort Bend County law enforcement officials including Fort Bend District Attorney Brian Middleton, Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan and FBC Precinct 4 Constable Nabil Shike.

“The nation should live its creed. The surge of Asian hate must end. Let us remain true to the creed, let us stop hate,” said Middleton.

“All this hate has to stop,” said Sheriff Fagan. “As your Sheriff, I am committed to stop this hate. With God on our side, we will succeed.”

Several other leaders addressed the rally to affirm their commitment to stand united against hate. Speakers included Fort Bend County Judges Julie Mathew and Toni Wallace, Missouri City Mayor Robin Elackatt, Houston Council Member Dr. Letitia Plummer, Sugar Land City Council Members Naushad Kermally, William Ferguson, Suzanne Whatley, Stafford City Council Member Alice Chen, and FBISD BOT Member Judy Dae.

Several community leaders including the NAACP stood shoulder to shoulder with AAPI leaders in solidarity.

Texas State Representatives Ron Reynolds (D) and Jacey Jetton (R) expressed their strong commitment to end hate in society by passing sensible legislation in Austin. They also presented a Texas House Resolution in support of the Unity Against Hate National Rally to Qaisar “Q” Imam, President APAPA Houston.

“Our work doesn’t end with this rally. It only begins” APAPA Houston President Qaisar “Q” Imam told the rally attendees. He pointed out the collaboration between NAACP and APAPA as one of the most important developments moving forward. The rally provided one of those rare moments when politics was put aside for the good of the greater society and firm commitments were made to stand united against hate.

Read about "Together, We are united" rally here.