Meaningful Actions

The City of Bellevue has taken a number of actions in solidarity with communities impacted by hate and bias. City leaders are engaged and involved in community support rallies and speaking out against hate. They share a commitment to finding solutions through the creation of an inclusive, welcoming community that knows how to stand up together against hate and bias. Beyond the city, other leaders are also taking a stand against hate and creating policies that address and combat hate as well.  

  • City statement April 20, 2021 - Mayor Lynne Robinson and Police Chief Steve Mylett released a joint statement following the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. The statement reads in part, "It is critical that all levels of government are more aware of the tremendously important responsibility we have in protecting the lives and wellbeing of all community members. Bellevue stands in solidarity against prejudice, bias, hate and social inequity."
  • City leaders speaking at anti-hate rally March 20, 2021, featured in Lake to Lake television show.

Federal government actions

  • Signing of COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act May 20, 2021 -
    President Biden signing COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act
    Signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act
    President Joe Biden signs the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law in response to hate crimes against Asian Americans. The legislation aims to make reporting hate crimes more accessible by increasing public awareness and ensuring that online reporting resources are disseminated in multiple languages. Additionally, the bill directs the Department of Justice to select a point of contact to expedite the review of hate crimes linked to COVID-19, and approves grants for state and local governments to facilitate crime-reduction programs that will prevent and respond to hate crimes.