June 23 marks the 29th anniversary of the bludgeoning death of Vincent Chin, who was beaten with a baseball bat by two white auto-workers in a hate crime in Detroit in 1982. Thursday evening, a vigil to honor him is planned in Columbus Park, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The organizers write:
We’d like this vigil to serve as a time and place for people in NYC to:
- Reflect on Vincent Chin’s death and its significance
- Hear from leaders and fellow community members about the Asian Pacific Americans movement and the fight against hate crimes today, and also provide an opportunity for anyone to express his or her thoughts about Vincent Chin
- Find ways to get engaged with the Asian Pacific American movement and connect with one another in solidarity
- Make a statement against all hate crimes, which continue to ravage all marginalized communities on a daily basis