Sen. Hirono’s anti-Asian hate bill gaining momentum

Mazie Hirono talks about the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and her new memoir, which pays homage to her mother.
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Following a rare bipartisan vote Hawaii senator Mazie alone those. Anti Asian heat bill has now been advanced for debate in the senate and senator Carano also has a new memoir it comes out tomorrow and it's titled. Heart of fire an immigrant daughter's story in here to discuss is Hawaii senator Mazie Hirono herself. A senator or a thank you so much for being with us and I want to start. With his powerful memoir you've written a very high it's very much and allies to your late mother I know she sadly passed away just a few weeks ago. At the age of 96 what is it that you'd like readers to take away. From this and regarding her incredible life is. Well. I'm grateful that I was even two do this of them are for my mother because. She changed my life by bringing me to this country. And so I hope that people find so many aspects of this. Memoir relatable clearly he motherhood at Booth was so determine who persevered and changed my life. So if it it is an homage to her. Senator in a you get very personal in this book is valued di tale of the deaths of feared to have your siblings they happened decades apart. And also talk about your 2017. Cancer battle. Why did you decide now is the time to open up and why did you want to open up. I had talked about my younger sister passed seeing during a huge debate to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. I had talked about my younger brother Wayne who said they also passed away two. Soon. Through an accidental drowning and that had to do is family separations then talking about that my lived experience but. For right now my mother had had two strokes and she was not able to tell her story. Anymore and I decided it was time for me terror tell her story and her heart of fire which I hope I have some love. Since since then I think you do I think you do let's talk about your anti Asian hate bill the cove in nineteen hate crimes act. You tell us what this act would do and how likely you think it is that it will ultimately become walk past. It's great daddy got the kind of bipartisan support to move the bill Florida I am working very closely with Susan Collins to expand they. The support for the bill while retaining they. Purpose of the bill and what this vote does it which should be very cup and controversy still at a time when there's a recognition that others these kinds of unprovoked. Hate crime is in incidents against the Asian American Pacific islander community. What the still doesn't as a requires an attorney general. To. Have some appoint someone who will review these kinds of crimes and and then to. Engage we as a state and local law enforcement as well as community advocates the purpose of which is. To make sure that these kinds of crimes and incidents are reported they are very under report it so we need data. And in and languages that to be VA PI community can understand. As far as I'm concerned it is a stand that the congress can take to say these kinds of crimes are unacceptable against any group of people. And you called this bill on controversial. And yet there were six senators who voted no. In four moving forward with debate on this bill what would you say to those six senators in and why do you think they would say no at this and is indeed. Not controversial. The most six senators should be asked why they voted against. Standing up for. The proposition that these kinds of unprovoked attacks against any group in particular they APIs at this point. Is unacceptable in that we need to ask them but I'm glad that the other. Republicans a majority of Republicans supported going forward so I'm not gonna spend a lot of time trying to convince it take cruises Josh Ali's. The senate to come our way. They need to. They'll have to respond and and make whatever her excuses they come up with of them I hope that the rest of us will go forward with what I consider. A noncontroversial. Bill about stopping the hate. Senator Mazie Hirono thank you so my heart yes if it's a start correctly they are here with that and congratulations on the book as well we look forward to. To reading it thank you so much.

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