|Sen. Mazie Hirono is a leader in stopping hate crimes against Asians and Pacific Islanders,|
particularly during the pandemic, which has seen blame cast on Asians for COVID-19. Photo from Hirono
“Working closely together, Senator Collins and I identified changes that will broaden support for the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act while retaining the bill’s core purpose to combat anti-Asian hate. I am confident that with these changes, the Senate can pass this legislation with a strong, bipartisan majority and send a clear message of support and solidarity to the AAPI community. As the Senate continues debate on this measure, I urge my colleagues to reject any amendment that seeks to weaken our bipartisan proposal and join us in supporting this bill,” said Hirono.
“I thank Senator Hirono for her leadership on this amendment and urge my colleagues to support it. In doing so, we can affirm our commitment to stand with our Asian American and Pacific Islander community against all forms of violence and harassment.”
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|Moderna is the vaccine delivered last Thursday and|
Saturday at mass clinics in Ka'ū,,with more to
come, May 15 and June 15. Photo from Moderna
A statement from The White House today says, "Providing paid time off for vaccinations is an investment in the safety, productivity and health of an employer’s own workforce and their community. No working person in this country should lose a single dollar from their paycheck to take time to get the shot or recover from it. The paid leave tax credit that President Biden signed into the law in the American Rescue Plan ensures that no small businesses or non-profits will lose a single dollar by providing such paid leave to workers receiving a vaccination."
|A small piece of the Ala Kahakai Trail, an Historic|
National Trail on the west side of Hawai`i Island.
Photo from Ala Kahakai Trail Association
|Maria Gyrangaya. |
Photo from HPD
On Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 7:30 a.m., after police consultation with prosecutors, Girangaya was charged with two counts of criminal contempt of court, a single count of unauthorized control of a propelled vehicle stemming from the removal of a sport utility vehicle from South Point on April 1, 2021. The vehicle was recovered from a property in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates on April 20, after tips from the public were received regarding the vehicle’s location.Girangaya’s bail was set at $3,300. She was scheduled to make her initial court appearance today in Kona District Court.
Volcano Village on April 17th. Kapua Kaʻauʻa will also be holding a live demonstration of kaula pā hā/ pā walu at the VAC gallery on April 24th. See more at volcanoartcenter.org/events.
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