Responding to the Half Moon Bay Shooting

Our hearts are heavy with yet another act of gun violence amidst the Asian community in Half Moon Bay, California. Just days after the tragedy in Monterey Park (and within the same week as gun violence incidents in Fort Pierce, Baton Rouge, Des Moines, and other places), we mourn the loss of the victims, including Chinese migrant farmworkers, in Half Moon Bay.

During this difficult time of grieving, we center the victims’ families and the Half Moon Bay community. We are committed to supporting our communities in finding healing, peace, and comfort.

In this moment of tragedy, please refer to our Resources for Healing and Support.

Responding to the Monterey Park Shooting

Act To Change is devastated by the horrific violence in Monterey Park, California, a majority Asian American ethnoburb and major center for the Chinese American community. That such violence occurred during the Lunar New Year holidays in what should be a time of joy for our communities adds to the pain of this tragic incident. We mourn for the victims and grieve with their families who should be centered during this difficult time. As an organization committed to embracing and celebrating our diverse AAPI youth and communities, we condemn violence in all forms.

In this moment of tragedy, you can reach out to Asian Americans Advancing Justice SoCal for safe confidential help in Asian languages:

ENGLISH: 
888.349.9695
普通话/广东话:
800.520.2356
한국어:
800.867.3640
TAGALOG:
855.300.2552
हिन्दी:
855.971.2552
ภาษาไทย:
800.914.9583
TIẾNG VIỆT:
714.477.2958

Report any cases of hate, violence or discrimination:

STOP AAPI HATE: https://stopaapihate.org/reportincident/ 

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/get-help-now

Act To Change Welcomes Inaugural Executive Director

Act To Change is proud to welcome its first Executive Director, Andrew Murphy!

From a public awareness campaign launched out of President Obama’s White House in 2015 to a fully-volunteer run non-profit organization in 2018-2022, we are delighted to expand our team with a new Executive Director this year.

“I’m thrilled to join Act To Change as the organization reaches a new milestone on its mission to end bullying. As a Korean American adoptee who grew up in the South and faced considerable bullying, I know the struggles that AAPI youth face in their schools and communities.

Act To Change is unflinching in its commitment to uplift youth voices, raise awareness around bullying, and stop bullying before it happens.

Bullying disproportionately affects AAPI youth – but with awareness, knowledge and compassion, we can end bullying and celebrate our youth for their diversity and uniqueness,” said new Executive Director Andrew Murphy. 

Act To Change is excited to have Andrew at its helm to lead its anti-bullying initiatives, which include online and in-person workshops and events to raise awareness; collection of disaggregated data and usage of this data to influence policies; and creation of K-12 educational curriculum.

Act To Change will launch the third edition of its Youth Ambassador Program in February 2023. Over 40 youth in the past two cohorts received valuable mentorship and training to become ambassadors against bullying in their schools and communities. Applications for the third cohort are open until January 23, 2023. Applications are also open to join the program as a mentor.