Midwest Asian Health Association Recognizes Congressman Krishnamoorthi With Heroes Award For Work On Pandemic Response and Against COVID-19-Based Hate Crimes
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Earlier this week, Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi received the Midwest Asian Health Association COVID-19 Fund Drive Committee’s Hero Award, in recognition of his contribution to fighting against COVID-19 and the wave of anti-Asian hate crimes that accompanied the pandemic. The award was presented during the “Proud to be Asian” event emceed by ABC7’s Judy Hsu and held by the Midwest Asian Health Association along with other organizations in Chicago’s Chinatown to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The event was also attended by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and fellow honorees State Representative Theresa Mah, 25th Ward Alderman Bryon Sigcho-Lopez, Executive Director David Wu of Pui Tak Center, Dr. Shu Boung Chan of AMITA Medical Center, and Judy Hsu herself.
“I was honored to receive this award from the Midwest Asian Health Association in recognition of my work in Congress to help American families during this pandemic and fight pandemic-driven hate crimes against the Asian-American community,” Congressman Krishnamoorthi said. “I’m proud to have helped shape the COVID relief packages in Congress which provided vital aid to our communities, and I’ve also served on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis to ensure vaccine distribution is smooth and relief programs are operating correctly.”
“The pandemic brought on not only the virus but also a wave of hate crimes, which is why I introduced my Hate Crimes Commission Act to establish a bipartisan commission to investigate and combat this violent bigotry. Despite the progress we’ve made domestically to end this pandemic, the threat to our country of new COVID variants emerging from outbreaks overseas remains, which is why I’ve announced my Nullifying Opportunities for Variants to Infect and Decimate (NOVID) Act to ensure that every country has the vaccines it needs to defeat the coronavirus.”