A Conversation with Grace Meng: "Combating Anti-Asian Hate and Gun Violence in America"


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The recent rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community, including hate crimes involving firearms, requires immediate action. This increase in anti-Asian violence has touched Rep. Meng's home district and city in devastating ways, but these violent threats are not limited to New York — they have reached all corners of the nation. Together, Rep. Meng and Brady President Kris Brown will address how this increase in hate crimes is impacting the AAPI community and what efforts are being made to stop the violence — including the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act and ongoing gun violence prevention efforts.

About our Panelists

Rep. Grace Meng is currently serving her fifth term in the United States House of Representatives as the representative for the Sixth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses the New York City borough of Queens. Rep. Meng is the first and only Asian American Member of Congress from New York State and the first female Congressmember from Queens since former Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. Congresswoman Meng currently sits on the House Ethics Committee and the House Appropriations Committee, and serves as Vice Chair of its Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations. She is also a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

Brady President Kris Brown combines a lifelong background in policy, law, and grassroots activism with considerable strategic management expertise to help forge the direction of the organization’s programs and ensure the successful impact of its national and field assets. A veteran of gun violence prevention work, Ms. Brown started her career on Capitol Hill working for Rep. Jim Moran, advocating for the bill that would eventually become the groundbreaking Brady Bill requiring background checks on federally licensed gun sales. Ms. Brown has also served as the Chief Legal Officer to a publicly-traded company based in Switzerland and as a lawyer practicing at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges. She lives in Arlington, VA, with her two teenage daughters.

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