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On Friday, May 28, Axios business reporter Hope King, executive editor Sara Kehaulani Goo and Axios Today host Niala Boodhoo discussed sustaining momentum beyond this month and this year, spotlighting philanthropic, media and grassroots leaders, featuring Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Georgia Advancing Progress PAC chair Cam Ashling, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta executive director Stephanie Cho, actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim, Welcome to Chinatown co-founder Victoria Lee and the Asian American Foundation president Sonal Shah.

  • Sonal Shah on educating people about the Asian-American experience: "We need to educate others about our communities, who we are, what we are. We are part of the American story. We are living the American story and making sure that the Asian-American story is part of that story."
  • Daniel Dae Kim on representation in media: "42% of Americans can't name a single prominent Asian-American...We're really talking about a real gap...One task in this mission is to create that narrative, to change our perceptions in the media, to recreate our story, and to make sure that we have an education that doesn't allow us to be invisible in the future."
  • Sen. Mazie Hirono on the passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Bill: "This was really important for the AAPI community to have the Senate [and] the House...stand with the AAPI community. Something that was so important to the community that has often felt invisible."
  • Stephanie Cho on the Asian-American electorate in the Southeast: "[There is] a coming age of the Asian-American electorate here...I think we're going to start to see more and more participation despite all of the voter suppression bills. Honestly, Georgia has been a test state for these voter suppression bills. And in spite of all of that, the Asian-American community, the larger BIPOC community overall has increasingly stepped up and really activated our bases."
  • Victoria Lee on equity in grassroots organizing: "We have to have a hyper-local approach. We don't assume technology access. We don't assume language access. Much of our work means what we need to go door to door, give out fliers and ensure that there's something written."
  • Cam Ashling on building lasting political power: "In Georgia, the Asian-American vote was the margin of victory for Biden. And we were a huge part of the Senate wins, too. So we know we have political power now and we know we can make a difference."

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NTSB probes crash that killed 10 in Alabama as storm lashes Southeast

Flash-flooding in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday. Photo: Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that it's investigating a fiery multi-vehicle weekend crash in Alabama that killed 10 people, including nine children, as storms swept the Southeast.

The big picture: Saturday's crash on Interstate 65, south of Montgomery, occurred amid a tropical depression that left 13 people dead in Alabama as it triggered flash floods and spawned tornadoes that razed "dozens of homes," per AP.

Laurel Hubbard to become 1st openly trans athlete to compete at Olympics

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia, when she became the first openly transgender athlete to represent NZ. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

The New Zealand Olympic Committee has announced that Laurel Hubbard has been selected for the women's weightlifting team for the Tokyo Games — making her the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the event.

The big picture: Hubbard, 43, is part of a five-member Kiwi weightlifting team and will compete in the women's super heavyweight category. Meanwhile, BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe will become the first openly trans athlete to travel to the Olympics with Team USA, when she arrives in Tokyo as a reserve rider.

American Airlines cuts hundreds of flights amid demand surge

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

American Airlines announced Sunday that it's cutting some 950 flights from its schedule, including 296 this weekend, to reduce potential pressure on its operations, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

Driving the news: The U.S. vaccine rollout has led to a massive increase in travel bookings. The airline noted in an emailed statement that it's facing an "incredibly quick ramp up of customer demand."