Fil-Ams hold self defense workshop in Carson

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, the first Filipino American to ever hold the post, has launched on Tuesday (May 11) a new racial justice bureau to tackle hate crimes.

The new bureau in the state’s Department of Justice will put together six attorneys who will be led by a supervising deputy attorney general.

According to Bonta, the anti-hate bureau would help community organizations act on suspected hate crimes and as well as work with law enforcement to formulate practices and policies in investigating hate crimes.

According to Bonta, government branches and law enforcement agencies need to build trust with members of the community to encourage them to report and help in the investigation of suspected hate crimes.

Bonta said the bureau is set to hold a virtual meeting with mayors from the state’s major cities before this month ends.

            “We want to provide culturally competent and in-language support to improve hate crime reporting,” Bonta said.

When people come foraward to report hate crimes, Bonta added “the approach has to be victim-centered, using trauma-informed care.”

Meanwhile, in the City of Carson which has the biggest population of Filipinos and Filipino Americans in Southern California, a self defense workshop titled “Defend our elders” was held at Carson Park.

Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles Edgar B. Badajos, the event’s guest speaker, assured the Fil-Am community that the consulate “stands in solidarity with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).”

“I reiterate to you the call of both the LAPD and the LA Sheriff for community members who experienced or witnessed racially-motivated violence or other incidents to report the matter directly to law enforcement authorities and relevant agencies for immediate action,” Badajos said.

Badajos was joined by Assemblymember Mike Gipson of District 64, City of Carson Mayor Pro Temp Jim Dear, Carson Councilmembers Jowane Hilton and Cedric Hicks.

The #DefendOurElders workshop was organized by the Alliance Against AAPI Hate in celebration of the AAPI Heritage Month.

The workshop taught seniors and other vulnerable members of the community how to defend themselves from attackers using ordinary things such as keys, fans, umbrellas, purses, walking canes and other objects.

The workshop in Carson was led by Fil-Am martial artist and Hollywood actor Ms. Diana Lee Inosanto and her husband Ron Balicki. They were supported by martial guru Alvin Catacutan of Pamana Kali.