SeaTac Deputy Mayor Peter Kwon is one of 12 city councilmembers of Asian descent who serve on city councils in King County who has signed the following statement condemning hate against Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) communities:

The time to Stop AAPI Hate is NOW.

As King County elected officials of Asian descent, we are outraged by the increase in hate incidents directed at members of our Asian American Pacific Islander communities in this country. A new report by Stop AAPI Hate documented nearly 3,800 hate incidents nationwide during the past 12 months. Closer to home, anti-Asian hate crime rose 33% from 2019 to 2020 in Seattle and rose in the aggregate 149% during the same period in 16 of this country’s largest cities (which included Seattle).

While the tragic murder of eight individuals, six of whom were of Asian descent, in Atlanta has yet to be ruled a hate crime, the murder of these innocent lives has increased the fear and anxiety that many Asian Americans feel. Locally, the violent attack against an Asian woman in the Seattle Chinatown International District last month is unacceptable and many in our Asian community are now afraid for their personal safety.

All cities must work together to fight against racism, xenophobia and bigotry in whatever form they take. We must be silent no more. We must speak up against misinformation, call out scapegoating and condemn violence. Individually, we can do better. Collectively we will do better.

Join us. Work with us. Unite together.

Bellevue City Councilmember
Conrad Lee

Bellevue City Councilmember
Janice Zahn

Kenmore City Councilmember
Angela Kugler (appointed January 2021)

Kent City Councilmember
Satwinder Kaur

Mercer Island City Councilmember
Salim Nice

Mercer Island Mayor
Benson Wong

Redmond City Councilmember
Tanika Padhye

Renton City Councilmember
Kim-Khanh Van

SeaTac Deputy Mayor
Peter Kwon

Shoreline City Councilmember
Susan Chang

Shoreline City Councilmember
Doris Fujioka McConnell

Tukwila City Councilmember
Cynthia Delostrinos Johnson