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Thank you to Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California (AJSocal) and Asian Youth Center (AYC) for providing translations.
On Friday, February 3, 2023 at 5pm PT, the Monterey Park Lunar New Year Victims Fund will close and no further contributions will be accepted through GoFundMe. After February 3 and for the near future, donations will continue to be accepted directly through AJSOCAL by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or by going to https://donate.ajsocal.org/MPKLNYVF.
AAPI Equity Alliance Statement:
January 24, 2023
A mass shooting occurred in Monterey Park resulting in the deaths of eleven individuals and injuring nine others. Our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones experiencing loss during a time of union. For this tragedy to happen so close to home, in a majority AAPI neighborhood, and on Lunar New Years Eve is truly shocking. While we are grappling with the tragedy that occurred in Monterey Park, we are hit with another. Seven lives were lost in the Half Moon Bay mass shooting, some of which were Chinese farmworkers, in yet another unspeakable act of violence. The magnified fear that we are all experiencing in this moment is a result of the multiple forms of hate coming from outside, within and among our communities.
This pain and fear is in no way diminished based on the identity of the shooters in Half Moon Bay and Monterey Park because no community is immune to the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. The tragedies in Fort Piece, Monterey Park. Baton Rouge, Half Moon Bay, and Des Moines prove just that. We urge lawmakers to pass the policies necessary to prevent gun violence and put an end to this horrific trauma experienced collectively across the nation.
Hearing news like this day in and day out is infuriating – we know that all too well, but we also know that the AAPI community is certainly not alone in facing it. We invite you to take this time to hold your loved ones close; reaffirm in the values of love, inclusion and acceptance; and to recommit to the fight against senseless violence, hate and discrimination.