"When we are looking at 18 people who have lost their lives, the conversation needs to be about gun violence prevention, because we don't know the motives of the Asian shooters and we may never know them," she told Newsweek.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California created the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Victims Fund in collaboration with several other organizations supporting the Asian American Pacific Islander community.
The mass killing had ripple effects for celebrations across the country, with several events in Southern California canceled and police increasing patrols and other security measures in the District, New York City, Houston, San Francisco and other cities with large Asian American communities.
A 56-year-old woman stabbed an 18-year-old Indiana University student while riding a public bus in Bloomington and told a detective she did it because the victim was “Chinese,” according to court documents obtained by The Washington Post.
AAPI Equity Alliance (formerly, A3PCON) is a coalition of community-based organizations that advocates for the rights and needs of the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.