Los Angeles leaders and local artists recently launched “LA for All,” a multilingual public service campaign led by the city’s Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department to share resources for reporting hate crimes and hate incidents, and to celebrate diversity, belonging and inclusion.
“LA for All reaffirms what Los Angeles is and can be at our best: a place where everybody belongs and where no one should face discrimination, bigotry or violence because of who they are, what they look like, who they love or what they believe,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said. “Our campaign brings our city’s creative spirit, our commitment to human and civil rights and our rejection of intolerance together under a single banner, and makes sure Angelenos can find resources and support in the face of prejudice and hate.”
The campaign, led by the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Public Works, includes artwork and designs from six local Asian American and Pacific Islander artists, as well as resources for reporting hate crimes and incidents. The campaign was launched amid a rise in hate crimes in Los Angeles, including a 114% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans reported to LAPD in 2020. Hate crimes have increased 55% in Los Angeles since 2016, according to LAPD data, and have reached new highs against members of the Black, Latino, Jewish and LGBTQ communities.
“LA for All” artwork will be featured on bus shelters, street light banners, DASH buses, sanitation trucks and digital billboards in every terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, as well as on social media.
“’LA for All’ is more than a campaign, it is a call to action,” said Capri Maddox, executive director of the Civil + Human Rights and Equity Department. “Hate crimes in Los Angeles have risen 55% over the past five years, affecting the AAPI community and so many others. This is a crisis we cannot ignore. We must make it clear that Los Angeles will not stand for hate or discrimination, and that we celebrate the diverse mosaic that defines our city.”
“It is imperative that we continue to invest in meaningful, ongoing efforts to support and celebrate the AAPI community. As we work to build an inclusive, anti-racist Los Angeles, it must start with proclaiming that L.A. is for all and speaking up emphatically and unequivocally against all forms of hate and violence,” said Councilmember Mark Ridley-Thomas, 10th District. “I stand in solidarity with the AAPI community today, and every day.”
Anyone who has seen or experienced a hate crime or incident can report it anonymously to the LAPD by calling (877)ASKLAPD, or visiting lavshate.org/report.
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