SAN FRANCISCO — A recent surge in assaults and harassment of Asian Americans in Northern California has mobilized activists, organizers, and those that live there to keep their communities safe.

In one week in February, a 91-year-old man in Oakland Chinatown was brutally assaulted, a Thai man was attacked and killed in San Francisco and a Vietnamese woman was assaulted and robbed of $1,000 in San Jose.

The attacks pushed Jacob Azevedo to reach out on social media, offering to walk with anyone in the Oakland community who was feeling unsafe, especially older Asian Americans. 

His Instagram post gained widespread attentionl, prompting four community members to reach out to him with organizing help. 

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