Over 1,800 have volunteered for Safe Walks NYC amid anti-Asian violence


CHINATOWN, Manhattan — Some speak Mandarin, others Cantonese.

They are part of the growing volunteer Safewalks patrols in Chinatown. Armed with just their identifiable safety patrol vests and some flyers, more than 50 volunteers offer to escort anyone who asks for help walking from the subway, bus or any other public area to their destination.

There’s an added police presence in Chinatown as well as the number of anti-Asian hate crimes continues to grow.

“We’re not trying to sell them anything even the way we hold the flyer hold it out words less aggressive we’re doing it for them,” said Owen Jiang.

It’s a simple message, but one that needs an establishment and implication of safety.

“If someone comes up to you at the subway and says, ‘can I walk you home?’ it’s the last thing you want to hear,” said volunteer Luke Miller. “So that’s why we’ve been trying to be a consistent presence to show who we are to the community.”
More than 1,800 people have signed up to volunteer for these patrols in 2-hour shifts.
Karlin Chan, a longtime Chinatown activist, who started block patrols at the start of the pandemic, welcomes the group.
“Chinatown needs all the help it can get,” Chan said.

One volunteer believes it’s about coming together to keep New Yorkers safe.
“We need to show our humanity. We can’t let people hurt our seniors, our elders,” said Lisa Gold.     

If you would like to request a walk, you can go to their website or email request@safewalx.com or Instagram message @SafeWalksNYC.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Manhattan Videos

Harlem shootout: 1 in custody after gunmen, police exchange fire

Restaurant owners helping community during pandemic

Man with assault rifle at Times Square subway station charged: NYPD

Man in police custody for having rifle in Times Square

Harlem moms fight to fix broken doors

New Yorkers protest in wake of former officer being charged with manslaughter in Daunte Wright killing

More Manhattan

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter