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Hate vs. Love -- choose kindness!


It starts with us.

What is hate act?

A hostile expression or action committed, in whole or in part, because of a person's actual or perceived identity(ies) or characteristic(s), including race, color, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or gender, including gender identity, and/or because that person is a part of a protected group.

There are two main kinds of hate incidents – (1) acts of hate that are not crimes but violate civil rights laws, and (2) acts of hate that may not violate the law. Both types cause significant harm to communities.


Actual example:

1. During the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ms. Sau took public transportation to Little Saigon headquarter and was verbally attacked by 3 men on the bus--aggressively telling her to stop spreading COVID. It was probably still cold in April, so she was wrapping herself with a hat, a mask, and a big winter coat. She was so scared that she got off and walked the rest of the way. This is an example of a hate act but not a hate crime because no crime was committed. 


2. This also happened during the COVID-19 pandemic, in the complex of Minh Ky restaurant. According to a witness, a non-Asian man was shouting insulting words and threw an unidentified object (not sure if it was a bottle or a small rock) at a Vietnamese woman. A bystander intervened, the woman suffered a minor bleeding but quickly ran home before anyone caught her name or whether she was okay. This is an example of an act of hate that violates the law - Assault.

How do I report?

Any victim of or witness to a hate incident or crime in California can report it and receive support any time using the link above. You can also call 833-8-NO-HATE; (833) 866-4283 Monday - Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. If outside of those hours, you can leave a voicemail, or you can call 211 to report hate and seek support.

You can currently submit reports online in 15 languages and, when calling the hotline, you can get access to support in over 200 languages.

If you want to report a hate crime to law enforcement immediately or you are in present danger, please call 911.

What happens after I report?

Callers will be connected with a professional trained in culturally competent communication and trauma-informed practices.

Whether you report online or by phone, you will be contacted by a care coordinator who will follow up with you to ensure you are able to access resources and support, including legal, financial, mental health, and mediation services.

Why should I report a hate act?

Reporting will stop the normalization of hate in our communities, and ensure impacted individuals get the help they need.

Is law enforcement involved?

California vs Hate is not run by the police. Your report will not be shared with law enforcement without your consent. We will only connect you with law enforcement if you request it. Our team can share information about how to report to police or local prosecutors if needed.

California vs Hate will also identify civil legal options that don’t involve the criminal legal system, both through the Civil Rights Department and other agencies.

What if I am undocumented?

You do not need to disclose your immigration status when you report with California vs Hate. Hotline services are provided for free, regardless of immigration status.

All reports are confidential and can be made anonymously. Whether or not you report anonymously, your identity will not be disclosed without your consent unless required by law.

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