Fil-Ams in New York rally against anti-Asian hate crimes
The Fil-Am community, headed by lawyer Lara Gregory, launched the Filipino Americans for Racial Action or FARA, an organization that aims to empower the minority by coming together and rising above the challenges due to hate crimes. According to a Pew Research survey in April 2021, 32 percent of adult Asians in the US experience fear, anxiety, and loss of sense of security as xenophobic and racists incidents increase. Recently, a Filipino woman who was distributing face masks to fellow passengers on board the subway was suddenly attacked by two individuals while screaming racial slurs at her. At the Upper West Side, a Filipino stage actor was also assaulted while on his way to his apartment. Gregory, an immigration lawyer and community activist, is at the forefront of fighting anti-Asian hate by defending vulnerable individuals of minority communities.