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17 Mar, 13 tweets, 4 min read
There was a mass shooting in America last night. Sadly that is not uncommon. Many of the victims were AAPI. Tragedy sits at the intersection of multiple broken parts of our society. To honor victims and save lives, we must make progress across all. #StopAsianHate (THREAD)
I’ve been asked if the violence against AAPI is new, and if it is getting better with the increased recent visibility. The answer to both is no. Discrimination/violence existed before COVID and it will continue after. And sadly, I don’t think we have seen the worst of it. 2/13
I can’t tell you how much it means to me and others that anti-AAPI violence has gotten attention. Biden’s mention in his speech was powerful. Now we need follow through. Give AAPI communities more resources/coordination. Give us tools to counter. Listen to our needs. 3/13
What we saw last night also reinforced the deep problem we have of gun violence. Last week I voted in Congress to pass universal background checks for gun safety. #HR8 is a right step for our nation. Nearly every American supports it. It is wrong that we fall short. 4/13
It’s too early to tell if these specific measures would have prevented this particular tragedy, but what is important is that we not be numb/apathetic in the face of violence. We have to keep working to reduce. Otherwise we implicitly accept violence as normal. 5/13
Between COVID/gun violence/healthcare/overdose/hatred/racism and other causes, we have grown accustomed to so much death in our communities. My 5 yr old boy talks about people we lost in last year with too much normalcy. We should fight for every life. 6/13
I’m very aware that I am AAPI member of Congress representing a district that 85% white and less than 3% AAPI. I’ve had people recommend that I not talk about my heritage/AAPI issues here. But I have to say that people in my district want me to stand up to hate in all forms. 7/13
We should never be outraged by violence only targeting those who look like us. Hate comes in many forms. I will work to be a better ally and an empathetic person to understand all these manifestations and to fight for others as I would for my own children. 8/13
Systemic racism is deep and we must always recognize the struggles of others. We mourn collectively the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s murder this past week. Let us all commit to be vigilant and present in each other’s struggles. 9/13
It’s also worth noting that all but one of the victims yesterday were women. The Senate let the #ViolenceAgainstWomenAct expire. Today, I’m going to vote again to bring it back so we can add tools to addressing violence targeting women. 10/13
I’ve received a lot of messages overnight. Many have asked what can you do to help. Please spread the word. I spoke to someone yesterday that told me that they didn’t realize the struggles of AAPI until they heard Biden mention it. We have more work to do to raise awareness.11/13
We need cities/states/federal to listen. Really listen. Work with the communities to identify needs. Again not just AAPI communities. Minority/immigrant and other vulnerable and underrepresented communities all need to be at the table. 12/13
We in Congress/WhiteHouse/DOJ/Governors/Mayors have our work cut out for us. Let us pass NoHateAct, followup ExecMemo with more resources, and fight this hate with constant/relentless engagement. No single law can solve these problems, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying (END)

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18 Mar
I was asked if murder was racially motivated if killer wasn’t yelling KungFlu? Answer is yes. The killer fetishized Asian women and targeted them to murder(dominate) because of his hypersexualized objectification. AAPI racism isn’t just about Covid. #StopAsianHate (THREAD) Image
The fact that the killer doesn’t see his violence as racist is exactly the problem. The killer’s actions were motivated by the way he saw Asian women. Regardless of what he said, his actions and violence spoke the truth of his motivations. 2/7
And for members of the AAPI community, his message of hate is loud and clear. It’s a message that hits at the intersection of this hate crime. We don’t need to hear his spin, now is a time to instead listen to AAPI women who sadly know this discrimination/fear personally. 3/7
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Agnes Chow just spent 24th birthday behind bars fighting for democracy in Hong Kong. While locked up, China this week imposed law meant to extinguish democracy once and for all. Here’s why Communist Party is terrified of this 24 yr old woman and others(THREAD) #StandWithHongKong
ORIGINAL BROKEN PROMISE: When Agnes was 7 months old, China agreed to respect Hong Kong’s autonomy for 50 years until the year 2047. When skeptics questioned China’s promise during the 1997 handover, China’s premier said China “would prove her words by her deeds.” 2/19
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6 Mar
Her name is Kyal Sin and she was brutally murdered this week. She wore this black shirt that said “Everything will be OK” when she was shot in the head by Burmese military. Know her courage. Here’s how her memory may stop this coup and help protect democracies everywhere (THREAD)
WHO KILLED KYAL? One man set this chaos in motion - Min Aung Hlaing. A General so unremarkable that colleagues once gave him a nickname meaning “cat feces” as he reminded them of "something deposited quietly but leaving a powerful stink." 2/14
UNREMARKABLY REMARKABLE: Perhaps incorrect to describe him as unremarkable because he orchestrated the Rohingya genocide. Nearly a million displaced. Tens of thousands massacred. Thousands of women and girls raped. While quiet in personality, he is ruthless in action. 3/14
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4 Mar
I just received an email from Capitol security about “new and concerning information and intelligence” about possible militia actions against the Capitol tomorrow. We are now rushing to finish our legislative work tonight under threat of Qanon. This is insane. (THREAD)
Tomorrow March 4 is being called Qanon’s true Inauguration Day. Conspiracists say that Trump will become the 19th President tomorrow. That’s right, 19th, because supposedly the last legitimate President was Ulysses S. Grant who was sworn in on March 4, 1869 as our 18th. 2/8
I began to try to understand why 3/4 matters, but I realized that it’s not worth it. Something about the gold standard and secret laws. Supposedly there will be a ceremony anointing Trump, followed by “the storm” of military tribunals/executions. It’s impossible to follow. 3/8
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3 Mar
My dear friend Anna Ruch stepped out the other day to share with us a story that is difficult to tell, especially when the whole country is watching. I called her last night. Not knowing exactly how she might be feeling, I asked How are you doing? (THREAD)…
Anna sounded strong. She always has been for the years I’ve known her and her voice was confident. We talked about why she decided to share her story. She was honest about how she struggled with the decision. Ultimately, she felt compelled to say something. 2/14
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I just finished reading the declassified memo on killing of #Khashoggi. I’ve read thousands of intel reports in my career in national security, but this one stands out. Here’s why we need to take this seriously and why we need to do more to hold Crown Prince accountable. THREAD
HIGH CONFIDENCE: The memo starts with “We assess that…” While that doesn’t seem like a blistering opening, for me, it’s like a hammer. Lack of phrases like “low/medium confidence” is striking and rare. Unusual to have such a clear and definite assessment without modifier. 2/15
WHO WROTE THIS? The summary says questions to be directed to the NIO for Near East. This is important. NIO stands for National Intelligence Officer who sits on the National Intelligence Committee at the CIA and is the most senior analyst on the Middle East in our government. 3/15
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