FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, APIAVote is devastated to learn about the mass shooting following a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park, CA that left 10 individuals dead and at least 10 injured.
We are deeply horrified to hear about the mass shooting that occurred in Monterey Park last night. The fact this shooting occurred on Lunar New Year’s Eve and in Monterey Park, a special place in the hearts of many Asian Americans, is especially heartbreaking.
This is a holiday where millions of AAPIs come together with family and other loved ones to celebrate and feel joy, feel community, and most importantly: feel safe. We deserve to celebrate without fear of violence.
That was taken away from us. While we await details of this tragedy, we should take this as a stark reminder we must put an end to violence targeting our Asian communities, and to stop the gun violence epidemic that plagues our country NOW.
We send our condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, and the entire Monterey Park community at large, by this senseless act of violence. We cannot allow this story to fade from the headlines; we must find justice for the victims.
About APIAVote: Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) is a leading national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in electoral and civic participation. APIAVote envisions a world that is inclusive, fair, and collaborative, and where AAPI communities are self-determined, empowered, and engaged. See more information at https://www.apiavote.org/