Wisconsin  AG Kaul Speaks Out Against Recent Acts of Discrimination Targeting Members of the Asian-American Community

(STL.News) – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul is condemning recent xenophobic acts targeting Wisconsinites of Asian descent and encouraging others to do so as well.

“Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk to community leaders who are working to raise awareness about recent acts of discrimination against members of the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community and who are taking action to fight discrimination,” said AG Kaul. “We must stand together and speak out against racism and xenophobia.”

Recent news stories have reported instances of discrimination against Wisconsinites of Asian descent during the coronavirus outbreak.

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