Unite Against Hate Edmonds rally set for Highway 99 March 21

A Unite Against Hate Edmonds rally is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21 on Highway 99 in Edmonds near Ranch 99 Market.

According to the event listing posted on Facebook, the goal of the rally is to support “our Asian American, immigrant, and Pacific Islander community members who have been facing rising incidences of hate and violence.”

The event is being held in partnership with the Edmonds Diversity Commission, the Mountlake Terrace Anti-Racist Coalition and the Lynnwood Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission.

Participants plan to gather along the sidewalks, lining both sides of Highway 99 from 220th to 228th Streets Southwest. Those who plan to attend are asked to bring signs to show support.

Details on parking will be shared at the Facebook event link but attendees are asked not to park in the Ranch 99 complex parking lot.

The event is not connected with a rally being planned by Edmonds residents Will Chen and Jenna Nand. (More on that in their letter to the editor here.)

“This other rally kind of took us by surprise. It seems like it was planned completely independently of ours. But the more the merrier,” Nand said.

“I am glad to see it happening,” Chen added.

  1. When you visit the event page, the ABOUT tab actually has information about the event and who is organizing it. Were you unable to reach any of those contacts for information? I’m happy to help you find someone for details so you don’t have to worry about distinguishing it from a campaign event for a city council candidate.

    1. Wonderful to hear it is to recognize all immigrants. We are a country of immigrants. Great to hear that my Canadian and European immigrants are also included.

  2. Thanks, Christine. I did get more details and we will be covering it tomorrow. And for what it’s worth, It seems like everything becomes a campaign event during an election year. I imagine there will be plenty of candidates at tomorrow’s event too.

    1. I find it easier to identify the true campaign events as being the ones hosted by a candidate and promoted using the candidate’s campaign brand/ vanity URLs and email address versus events hosted by independent community organizations and the official diversity commissions of several surrounding cities, which are expected to be attended by multiple candidates and existing policy makers from our area. Thank you for going the extra step to capture more information about tomorrow’s important event.

      1. It’s so sad that you feel the need to criticize another gathering. Let’s just all be glad that there are multiple demonstrations against hate and racism.

        1. Exactly!!
          Besides, are people really questioning the motivations of a man who immigrated to the US from China who wants to spread a message of inclusion and support to the whole of Edmonds?
          If he has the platform to make a difference, he should and he can use it to affect change.
          We’re all in this together, people!

        2. Heather, not sure who that comment is directed at as not one comment on this article is criticizing either the event or the rally or the motivations of the organizers in either case. My comments are specifically aimed at ensuring our local news has access to everything and everyone they need to publish more complete information.

        3. Just as long as people think like you, right Heather? Otherwise it is “sad” if you feel criticized or someone has a different opinion. Your hate and racism is being used as a political tool. It is pure politics.
          Where were you last year when a candidate currently running for City Council said The Nail Salon should not have called the police when they were afraid in their own shop when there was a dispute with a customer who happened to be black? Why aren’t the Asian ladies of that business afforded equal rights?
          The political jockeying of pitting race against race is already in full swing for our upcoming City Council seat 2. Who is the biggest “victim”? It does not seem to be about what they can do to guide Edmonds as a whole, for all people in Edmonds. You would think the mess that the mayor has made with his gang would wake up voters. But it looks like instead they will double down to divide us all, and you are taking the bait.
          Since I am “brown” should I stand with a sign on the corner and have people feel sorry that I have been called derogatory names and have experienced racists actions? Everyone can call out when they were a victim, but why would you? You change peoples racist perceptions by responsible behavior and deeds. You will never change it by being a “victim”, that is what is truly “sad”.

  3. To use a phrase oft said by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, I’ve been trying to get Edmonds to “Circle Back” to the big Lights For Liberty campaign, which rallied against policy that put kids in cages under Trump. Basically the effect of that rally was to get together hold up signs, then vote for Biden, then ignore what has become a massive humanitarian crisis as there are more than ever kids in more than ever cages, then move onto something else (such as Asian hate crime). Judging on how we all forgot about Lights For Liberty and those protests, the next step is to move onto something else should Biden re-instate FDR’s Japanese internment or something parallel to that.

    Remy, “I need a Hashtag”

    1. Heather, I like how there are multiple events going on for the same cause and that they are in contention. Alicia Crank sort of boycotted the BLM march here in town last year because they didn’t coordinate with her. Anti-hate isn’t a zero-sum game. There’s enough hate for hate to go around.

      1. Matt, not true. The coordinator of the BLM March you speak of reached out to me less than 48 hours before it happened, and I was already committed to a similar event in Everett scheduled for the same time. While I wished the coordinator had reach out to other Black residents in Edmonds ahead of time as part of the planning, I did not discourage anyone from participating. In fact, when this came up in the My Edmonds Neighbors FB group that morning, I encouraged participation.

        1. You def deserve the benefit of the doubt, but I doubt this. “Nothing about us without us”

          “There is a problem. [A white person organized it], but we, the black people of black lives matter was not included in the planning.”
          ^^^ Skip past the part where the Asians were blamed for calling EPD when they were afraid of rowdy customers.

          I laud your communication skills BTW, and you were loud and clear about this. People, there’s enough anti-hate for all of us.

        2. Matt, once again you bring “Facts” into the conversation. Not perception , not excuses, nor political rhetoric, just facts. Thank you.

  4. Just curious. How does one “sort of” boycott something? Seems like a “boycott” is something you either do, or you don’t do; but you don’t generally “sort of” do it. Is “sort of” boycotting a demonstration purposely driving by but not waving or honking?

    A major aspect of hate is the need to justify one’s own perception of what is going on around him or her. When we can’t explain or understand the actions of others; we just make up a scenario or reality that works for us and supports our view of the world around us. I think we all do this to some extent as a coping mechanism for lack of a better way to put it.

    Hate on both the right and the left of the political spectrum and “racial” (the only race is the human race) hatred all come from the same dark place in human nature – fear and ignorance of something not known, not understood, or not explainable in normally (for that individual) rational terms. Hate is further complicated and exacerbated by the propensity of people, without conscience or scruples, to exploit it for their own personal gain.

    1. Clinton, the schedule impacts I understand. The “Nothing” in “Nothing about us”, then describing the event as a teachable moment for what not to do next time, is a boycott and not a well-wished message.

      Regarding hate, no one is in favor of hate. Your words ring true. People go to events like these because they are self-loathing, self hating. Hashtags are how we repent and confess for perceived sins. I think the reason Edmonds tends to focus on hate 1000 or 2000 miles away is because addressing the issues that happened here (like the nail salon, like the slaying of Alexander Rhodes) is too close to home. The Crusades’ where a means to project, to focus on unfixable problems in foreign lands as a means to distract ourselves from the tangible issues here [in Edmonds] which should be in our control.

  5. It is time like these where we should focus on the issue at hand and not let political differences cause the focus to change. None of us are perfect. Regardless of which “group” you support, each of our efforts and energy should be put toward being a better human every day – that is the goal. Each of us has the individual freedom to choose how we go about doing that and my personal feeling is that judging one other has become to commonplace. If people are trying, that counts. If people are learning, that counts.

    Although the tragic incident that occurred in Atlanta does not necessarily mean there is a racism against AAPI people here in Edmonds, and that is not to imply there have been no incidents , it also doesn’t follow that we shouldn’t ensure that our fellow citizens know that we condemn all racism.
    It’s been a long 12 months so we need A LOT of patience to move past the non-productive rhetoric and get back to being a stronger and more united community. Political factionism has become a cancer in our country and I believe that we all (with very few exceptions) want everyone to feel welcome, supported, safe, and have the same opportunities. It doesn’t have to be about beating people into submission, compliance, and gaslighting each other but rather, it can be all of us rising above, leading by example, respecting that we can each take different approaches and be driving positive change. I believe in my heart that the majority will move forward – together- because we are a great community (and a great country).
    I applaud both rallies and the messages of support and unity that each will undoubtedly convey. LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER, EDMONDS!

  6. I think the rallies are merely an attempt to cry out against the chaos and fear being heaped on us every day from almost every direction by self centered fearful and hate filled people, who desire control over our lives in one way or another. Usually things are much simpler than we make them. A boycott or demonstration is just a way to assert or take back control. Control of one’s own life is a basic human need. The problems start when we seek to control others, for whatever reason. Pushback is a basic human reaction when one feels threatened.

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