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Prominent labor activist Dolores Huerta said "we cannot really rest ... until we can really end the slayings of people of color," emphasizing the importance of coalition-building at an Axios event on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Hate crimes against people of color are on the rise, especially after a yearlong spike in anti-Asian hate incidents. Huerta pointed to the "constant murdering of Black people" as well as the mass shootings in El Paso, Pittsburgh and most recently Georgia, saying that "this has to end."

What she's saying: "So much of the racism and sexism that exists in our society comes from slavery and the domination of one group over the other," said Huerta, who is the founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and served as co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association alongside César Chávez.

  • As one human race, "we would never have survived on planet Earth had we not protected and taken care of each other and also shared the resources that we had."
  • Working across racial lines has always been a part of social justice movements, she added, noting that Asian Americans were an "integral part" of her fight for farmworkers in the latter half of the 20th century.
  • "Many of these groups were brought to the United States in the very beginning to work in agriculture: the Chinese, the Filipinos, the Japanese and also the Hindus, the people from India," she said. "And so they were very much part of the movement from the very, very beginning."

The internet is a game-changer for activists, she added.

  • It's a "wonderful thing" that access to cellphones and social media platforms enable people to mobilize, educate and bring people together "very, very quickly."
  • "Everybody can find the truth of everything, you know," she said. She did acknowledge the power of misinformation, but maintained the internet gives organizers "a great tool."

Watch the full event here.

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Judy Chu and Georgia members of Congress co-sponsor resolution denouncing anti-Asian hate

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) (left) and Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.). Photos: Brandon Bell and Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

32 U.S. senators and 101 U.S. representatives have co-sponsored a resolution to condemn anti-Asian hate after shootings in Atlanta killed eight victims, including six Asian women.

Why it matters: The push comes amid a yearlong spike in hate and violence against Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Congressional leaders introduced the resolution, whose co-sponsors are all Democrats, last week.

Poll: 1 out of 4 Asian Americans has experienced a hate incident

Data: Survey Monkey and AAPI Data; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

One in four Asian Americans has experienced a hate incident, while more than two-thirds have been asked "where they're really from," a poll from Survey Monkey and AAPI Data published Tuesday has found.

The big picture: Data about hate crimes is often incomplete, but the Atlanta spa killings of eight people, six of whom were Asian, has provided an intense focus on the issue.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to Parkland school shooting

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz at the defense table during jury selection at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 6, 2021. Photo: Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday pleaded guilty on all counts for carrying out the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Driving the news: Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Wednesday to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for carrying out the deadly shooting.