Palo Alto Stands in Solidarity with Sibling City of Bloomington

Published on January 23, 2023

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Palo Alto Stands Together in Solidarity with Sibling City of Bloomington, Indiana Denouncing Racist Hate  

The City was recently made aware of a terrible hate crime in which an Asian student at Indiana University was attacked on a public bus in our Sibling City of Bloomington, Indiana. Palo Alto denounces racist hate and violence of any kind and stands together with all communities impacted in speaking out against acts of violence.  

The attacker was arrested after being followed by a witness, and police have described the attack as unprovoked and racially motivated. Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton condemned the attack, saying in part, "We stand with the Asian community and all who feel threatened by this event." 

Palo Alto Mayor Lydia Kou has been in touch with Mayor Hamilton, expressing Palo Alto’s solidarity with Bloomington in denouncing xenophobia and support for the victim and all our communities. “The City of Palo Alto sends our prayers to the 18-year old Asian American student who was attacked viciously for a full recovery” said Mayor Kou. “This is a horrific attack and reinforces how important it is to dispel the harmful stereotypes that have perpetuated throughout history. The City of Palo Alto denounces xenophobia and condemns harmful rhetoric and racist acts and stands with City of Bloomington in affirming our commitment to the safety and well-being of all citizens, non-citizens and visitors.” 

Palo Alto is committed to furthering an inclusive, welcoming community, and has taken important steps to build racial understanding and equity.   

Bloomington and Palo Alto became Sibling Cities in 2021, the first-of-its-kind domestic Sibling City relationship. We see this moment of concern as an important time to recommit to our connectedness and this important work and communicate our communities standing together during times of adversity.  

Bringing awareness to hate crimes and hate incidents is an important way to stop these acts from occurring. If you see something, please say something. Notify the police if you see or hear details about a hate crime or hate incident. In an emergency situation, the best way to do that is to call 9–1–1. In any other situation, call the PAPD 24-hour dispatch center at 650–329–2413. For other crime-related reporting, anonymous tips can be e-mailed to paloalto@tipnow.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650–383–8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at bit.ly/PAPD-AppStore or bit.ly/PAPD-GooglePlay. Note that none of these tip services should be used if an immediate police response is needed or desired. 

For more information on the City’s race and equity work, go to www.cityofpaloalto.org/raceandequity.   

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