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Sat Apr 10, 2021, 06:29 AM

'A sigh of relief': Crowdfunded cab rides aim to get Asian Americans home safe

NPR, 4/9/21

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In response to recent attacks against Asian Americans, community-based efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York and Boston are pooling funds for taxi or app-based rides for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who feel unsafe walking or taking public transit.

Over the last month alone, Asian Americans have been attacked at work, on the way to church, and while waiting to cross the street. In a widely-cited report, the organization Stop AAPI Hate said it received close to 3,800 reports of incidents ranging from verbal harassment to physical assault from last March to this February.

Candy said her fears worsened last month, after a shooter in Atlanta killed eight people, including six Asian women.

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"I started thinking about all my student days when I couldn't afford to take cabs and I chose to take the train or walk, even if it was late at night, just to save money," Park said. "I thought, there must be so many people who can't afford these car rides that might be putting themselves at risk."

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By Thursday, Cafe Maddy Cab had reimbursed at least 400 of more than 1,000 requests. Park said many of the requests have come from nurses, medical personnel and other essential workers who often work night shifts. She's also received messages from people escorting older relatives to COVID-19 vaccinations and doctor appointments.

More: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2021/04/09/npr-a-sigh-of-relief-crowdfunded-cab-rides-aim-to-get-asian-americans-home-safe

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It's sad that it's come to this. With hate-mongering Trump (and Trumpsters) vigorously fanning the flames -- "China Flu", "Kung Flu".

Cross-posted Asian Group
https://www.democraticunderground.com/12507979

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