Photos | Joseph Shaw

Marpheen Chann, President of the Cambodian Association

On March 28, a crowd of approximately 100 people gathered in front of Portland City Hall to protest Anti-Asian hate and rally for multiracial solidarity. The rally was organized by Marpheen Chann, President of the Cambodian Association, in the wake of nationwide anti-Asian rhetoric and violence.  Chann said he wanted to show the community that hate has no home in Maine, and he urged all Mainers to work together on the local and state levels to end violence. A vigil against Anti-Asian violence organized by United Asian Communities, Portland Public Schools, and the Greater Portland Immigrant Center is slated for Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. in Payson Park, Portland. A rally organized by the Peace and Justice Center of Bangor was held in Peirce Park, Bangor on March 25.

Speakers included Asian American Voices:
Councilor Tae Chong, Portland City Councilor
Priya Natarajan, India Association of Maine
Anh Thach, Casco Bay HS Student
Ben Chin, Maine People’s Alliance
Grace Valenzuela, Portland Public Schools
Zabrina Richards, The New School HS Student
Sejong Park, Oriental Market
Amanda Thuy Manning, Maine Intercultural
And voices of solidarity:
April Fournier, At-Large Portland Councilor
Mufalo Chitambala, MIRC
Xavier Botana, PPS Superintendent
Claude Rwaganje, Westbrook City Councilor
Michael Kebede, ACLU
Reza Jalali, Immigrant Welcome Center

Grace Valenzuela, Director of the Multilingual and Multicultural Center of Portland Public Schools


Ben Chin, Political Engagement Director at Maines Peoples Alliance

Mufalo Chitam, Executive Director of Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition