By Brandi Howard, President and CEO 

We stand with the victims, families and loved ones affected by the mass shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay. No community should ever experience this kind of senseless violence and no community should be forced to live in fear. With news of an East Oakland shooting also heavy on our hearts, we recognize the toll that the epidemic of gun violence has on communities across our country, state, and right here in our own community. 

As we hold grief for those affected and stand in solidarity, we recognize the racism and the trauma members of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities experience daily. We recognize that AAPI community members everywhere will feel these incidents acutely because of the recent increases in anti-AAPI acts of violence. We will continue to stand in love and solidarity with the AAPI community. 

Stop AAPI Hate (SAH), a coalition formed in 2020 in response to the escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, reported that 1 in 5 AAPIs experienced racism from March 2020 to September 2021. In October 2022, SAH released a report analyzing the ways in which political rhetoric inflamed anti-Asian scapegoating, which leads to violence. 

Opportunities to Support

In February 2021, East Bay Community Foundation joined with 33 other foundations in a call to action for our colleagues to provide significant funding for programs that AAPI survivors, leaders, and communities require to address this violence and build racial solidarity. AAPI-led, AAPI-serving nonprofit organizations that EBCF supports appear below. 

The philanthropic advising team at EBCF curated this list of organizations working to prevent violence in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.