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A local activist group is planning a mass vigil on Sunday in downtown Detroit to pay homage to the victims of last year’s Atlanta spa shootings. Zora Bowens, co-founder of Whenever We’re Needed, says they also want to remember the lives lost in the past year to keep them in the forefront of people’s hearts and minds. There has been a spike in violence against Asian Americans, especially women, and the vigil aims to keep them in the forefront. New research finds that hate crimes targeting the Asian American community have reached unprecedented levels. According to data published by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, anti-Asian hate crime increased by 339 percent last year compared to the year before. The event, which will include an open mic and a march in memory of the victims, will be held Sunday at the McNamara Federal Building.
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Other headlines for March 18, 2022:
- Michigan’s unemployment agency draws scrutiny for onboarding and off-boarding employees
- Detroit Land Bank Authority expects to sell most of its properties by the end of 2023
- Plan to turn I-375 in downtown Detroit into boulevard moves forward
- And in Friday food news,
- Detroit restaurant, two chefs in the running for James Beard Awards
- Dearborn Restaurant Week showcases diversity of community’s food scene
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