Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng announced on Tuesday, July 20, that she has secured $30 million in a key spending bill to expand provisions in her Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act, which President Biden signed into law in May to help combat the ongoing hate and violence against Asian Americans and other impacted communities.
Meng attached the funding to the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. The measure now heads to the House floor, where it is expected to pass later this month.
“I am so proud of the new $30 million grant program that would advance community-based approaches to addressing hate crimes. This vital funding would reinforce and expand the critical groundwork that these community groups have been doing; it would help them scale up and expand out,” Meng said. “I look forward to this funding being approved by the full House and passed by the Senate — so that our neighbors can live free from hate and violence.”
The money would be provided directly to community-based organizations to implement the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act’s goal of community engagement, empowerment and education. One of the major provisions in the new hate crimes law directs federal agencies to work with community-based organizations to raise awareness of hate crimes during the Covid-19 crisis.
“Community-based organizations are the heartbeat of our communities,” Meng said. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, they have been on the front lines standing against the rise in bigotry and attacks. They’ve worked tirelessly to help victims and stop this spike in discrimination and intolerance, and they have done all this under-resourced.” (Source: qns.com)