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Feb 2022
Published on March 14, 2022 by Ellen Y Kuwana

As violence against Asian Americans continues to be an issue (Stop AAPI Hate Campaign recorded more than 5,700 reports of anti-Asian hate in 2021, while NBC News reported a 339% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2021), WeGotThisSeattle, with support from Top Chef Shota Nakajima and friends, has been providing ongoing security to walk the International District in Seattle late night on weekends in an effort to decrease crime and help residents feel safer. The businesses and inhabitants of this historic district are an integral part of what makes Seattle vibrant and unique.

Two years into this pandemic, it's important to acknowledge how tired we might feel. Some of us have lost loved ones, either because of COVID-19 or in a more indirect way. We are grieving. We have all lost something, whether a family member or friend, a job, an opportunity to travel, in-person school and work events, seeing a loved one on a special occasion...

As we process our sadness and loss, it's important to also acknowledge how people have stepped up to help others. Medical professionals are still sprinting this marathon. Teachers are teaching, remotely or in person. Daycare providers come to work to take care of our children. So many people contribute to the functioning of our city--it's impossible to name them all, but we do thank you for all that you are doing.

WeGotThisSeattle is continuing to get treats to EMTs, social service staff, Boys n Girls Clubs, food bank staff and volunteers, hospital workers, etc. 

Thank you for your continued support! Next up is providing a meal to 100 EMTs at an ambulance hub near SeaTac (south of Seattle).