Saint Paul, Minn – Sen. Foung Hawj has been an outspoken advocate to find ways to address the rising reports of discrimination against Minnesota’s Asian American community. Legislation is currently under discussion, and today the Walz administration launched a Discrimination Helpline to allow those who experience or witness discrimination to report incidents to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. The toll-free helpline is at 1-833-454-0148 or submit this online form. Translation/interpretation services are available. The phones will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Senator Foung Hawj released the statement below in response to the discrimination hotline:
“The wave of anti-Asian racism that looms in response to the global coronavirus pandemic is unwarranted and frightening. We need to protect every person in this state regardless of their race, culture and religion. The helpline is a proactive step the state is taking to address racial bias. However, there still continues to be a need for stronger collaboration with community groups during the state of our health crisis.
Next, we need a clear definition of hate crimes in statute. If hate crimes are not clearly defined, it will be difficult to recognize and respond to crimes against our neighbors. I recognize that we cannot stop every instance of racial bias in our state, but having a good bipartisan legislation in place can help. Passing SF 4332 is a step in the right direction.”
If you want to reach Sen. Foung Hawj, please email him at email@example.com or (651) 296-5285.