On Sunday, March 21, Humboldt Asians & Pacific Islanders (HAPI) in Solidarity hosted a vigil, "Love Over Hate," to honor and remember the victims of the tragic Atlanta shootings (NCJ Daily, March 25). This peaceful, thoughtful and loving walking vigil was held on the grounds of the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (HUUF) in Bayside. On behalf of HAPI, of which I'm a founding member, we want to acknowledge several organizations and 30-plus volunteers who helped to make this vigil possible: HUUF Board and volunteers who co-hosted the event; Sun Valley Floral Form, which donated beautiful flowers; Cooperation Humboldt, which brought many volunteers to support and help; Gary Ronne and Humboldt Taiko for the beautiful rhythmic Taiko drumming; and the excellent photojournalistic coverage by NCJ arts and features editor Jennifer Fumiko Cahill and Dave Woody. Special thanks to Pat Girczyc for coordinating the many volunteers.
In a letter written to the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta organization (AAJC-Atlanta), we enclosed a cashier's check (cash donations) and personal checks totaling $2,765.93. These generous donations were collected at the vigil for the families of the victims, to be distributed to them by AAJC-Atlanta. We are very appreciative of our community for its support, compassion and generosity. We are grateful for the many hours our volunteers gave to the vigil and to the hundreds of community members who braved that cold, windy afternoon to express grief and caring.
In addition to the wonderful story captured by Cahill and Woody, HAPI has posted a video filmed by a member of our group, Chisato Hughes, https://youtu.be/XaNIDRXpf7s.
Words cannot express enough the gratitude of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities here to have so many in our community stand up to hate and mourn for the victims.
Terry Uyeki, McKinleyvill