PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


2021Talks - May 13, 2021 


Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

MN Asian American Leaders Push for Hate Crime Reforms

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

While hate incidents have been on the rise, Asian American groups say the issue runs deeper, and suspect many incidents go unreported due in part to tracking problems within law enforcement. (Adobe Stock)
While hate incidents have been on the rise, Asian American groups say the issue runs deeper, and suspect many incidents go unreported due in part to tracking problems within law enforcement. (Adobe Stock)
 By Mike Moen - Producer, Contact
April 12, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's Asian American leaders are pressing state lawmakers to adopt legislation to update the state's hate-crime laws.

The community is still reeling from the recent tragedy in Georgia and increased backlash since the pandemic started.

A proposal which has seen movement in the House would expand what could be reported as bias crimes, and provide grants for community groups to help compile victim reports.

Bo Thao-Urabe, executive director for the Coalition of Asian American Leaders, noted the outpouring of recent support has helped, but said they would like to see a sustained commitment, and not what she calls "chronic empathy."

"Where something tragic happens, and then we say 'sorry' to the community, and then we move on," Thao-Urabe explained.

The coalition and other groups have also reported more hateful messages and other incidents during the pandemic, as the virus was first detected in China.

The bill, House File 1691, has passed in a House committee, but a companion bill hasn't received a Senate hearing.

Republican opponents cite concerns over gender-identity language. Some GOP lawmakers have also expressed concern about adding training requirements for law enforcement at a time when police are dealing with other key reforms.

Thao-Urabe acknowledged policymakers and other key service providers are juggling multiple crises.

However, she warned placing these ideas on the back burner only recycles the longstanding problem.

"If we know anything from history, we know that these things don't go away," Thao-Urabe asserted. "And certainly, racism doesn't just disappear."

She added they have warned about anti-Asian sentiments for a long time.

Nationally, the group Stop AAPI Hate has tracked nearly 3,800 hate incidents over the past year.

Best Practices