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www.northcentralpa.com: New laws proposed in response to increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans

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Hate speech against Asian-Americans has been reported to be on the rise, since the coronavirus started to spread in the United States.

The FBI has warned of a possible spike in hate crimes against Asian-American, and advocacy groups are concerned that the president has been calling COVID-19 the “Chinese virus.”

A group of Pennsylvania legislators have introduced a package of bills they call “PA Against Hate.”

The legislators introducing the bills were on the call: Rep. Dan Frankel (D-23, Pittsburgh); Sen. Jay Costa (D-43, Pittsburgh); Rep. Ed Gainey (D-24, Pittsburgh); and Sen. Larry Farnese (D-1, Philadelphia).

“It’s not about promoting hate, it’s about promoting unity and cooperation,” Gainey said, “and demonstrating another level of love.”

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