De Blasio, John Cho, Rep. Grace Meng unite for event to fight racism against Asian Americans
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New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioDisjointed vaccine distribution poses early test for Biden Fauci said second COVID-19 vaccine shot knocked him out for 24 hours Ohio vaccine distributor suspended after improperly storing, spoiling 890 doses MORE (D) will join Rep. Grace MengGrace MengRemember Asian American voters Democrats see spike in turnout among Asian American, Pacific Islander voters Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet MORE (D-N.Y.) and a list of celebrities at a virtual event aimed at combating racism targeting Asian Americans.

An invitation on the website of Act to Change, an anti-bullying organization focusing on Asian Americans and Pacific islanders (AAPI), states that the two New York Democrats will be joined by Hollywood stars including John Cho, Randall Park, Padma Lakshmi and others.

The event's organizers told Deadline that the COVID-19 crisis, which experts have said has led to a rise in violence and discrimination against Asian Americans, heightens the need for the event.


"Act To Change puts together an annual national AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate to stand in solidarity and recommit to our movement. Sadly, COVID-19 has only exacerbated the xenophobia and racism that AAPI communities have always faced. It’s inspiring to see leaders and individuals from all over the country stand with us, honor the legacy of Vincent Chin, and pledge today and everyday, to stand up against bullying and hate," Act To Change co-founder Maulik Pancholy told Deadline.

"It’s more important now than ever that we stand up to xenophobia and racism. Our virtual program, UNITED WE STAND, will commemorate this day with special guests and performances," reads the invitation.

Other prominent guests attending the event include journalist Lisa Ling, who hosts "This is Us" on CNN, as well as actor Kal Penn, who served in a White House outreach role during the Obama administration.