My name is Rothanak Sarath, and I was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. Lowell is home to the second largest population of Southeast Asian Americans in our country, mostly being Khmer. Members in our community came together to become the EAST Movement (Every Asian/American/Ally Stands Together). Our main agenda is to put an end to the hate on Asians. We want to bring awareness to what has been going on to our brothers and sisters.
On May 1st 2021, to start off Asian Pacific American Heritage month, EAST Movement, with the help of local nonprofit organizations, put together a Stop Asian Hate rally to speak on what has been going on and to let our communities know that we are in this together. We had over 500+ people from all over America coming together. They flew and drove from different states to come and support us. We had a variety of performances and speakers speak up to tell their sides. We marched the streets of Downtown and ended at City Hall to prove to the world that we can come together. There were people from different backgrounds and on this day, everyone was marching with us chanting, "This is what a community looks like." Let’s spread Love and continue to put an End to Racism.
Check out our journey and work on our Instagram @ea.st.movement. At this time, we are selling t-shirts to share our mission.