As our nation continues to battle a pandemic, there is an ongoing increase in anti-Asian hate crimes, resulting in the tragic shooting in Atlanta two weeks ago. Throughout the past year, nearly 4,000 hate-related incidents against Asian Americans have been reported with a growing number of older adults, specifically women, being targeted (Stop AAPI Hate 2021).
With the safety and wellbeing of older adults at the forefront, Keiro is partnering with local community organizations to increase public safety and awareness.
If you experience any hate crimes, report here: https://stopaapihate.org/reportincident/
1. Tips for Safety
In partnership with Little Tokyo Service Center, Keiro is widely disseminating these safety tips, in multiple languages, to raise awareness and keep our community members safe. We encourage all community members to share these tips and more importantly, remain aware of your surroundings when going outside. We should not have to be fearful when going out but we do need to remain vigilant.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Limit distractions, such as phone use.
- Walk in groups while conducting errands, whenever possible.
- Speak out in a loud and firm voice if you are being followed or threatened.
- Seek help immediately. Ask others to call 9-1-1 if assistance is needed.
- Report the incident to someone you trust. Also report any anti-Asian incident you experience or witness (even if it is not a crime) to stopaapihate.org. Stop AAPI Hate is a community group that is gathering information on all anti-Asian incidents across the country.
Below is a flyer that summarizes these safety tips for going out. This tip sheet is provided in partnership with Keiro and Little Tokyo Service Center.
2. Online Webinars for Safety
With the safety and wellbeing of older adults at the forefront, Keiro will host two additional Virtual Keiro Forums to share safety tips and guidelines for us to feel safer and more aware when we go out in public.
Thursday, April 8 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Situational Awareness with Ron Ito
Being aware of yourself within your surroundings is critical for your own personal safety. Retired LAPD detective Ron Ito, and Keiro’s Program Analyst Kent Marume, will engage in a Q&A-style discussion on best practices.
Wednesday, April 14 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Observe and Report with Brian Kito
Part two of the Senior Safety series includes Little Tokyo Public Safety President Brian Kito, and Keiro’s Program Analyst Kent Marume, who will engage in a Q&A-style discussion on best practices for observing and reporting.
3. Supporting Koban
Keiro will be working closely with Little Tokyo Public Safety Association/Koban to ensure safety of residents and visitors of Little Tokyo, which is home to thousands of Asian American older adults.