Advancing Justice - AAJC and Right To Be Launch New Version of Training on How to Respond to Anti-Asian Harassment and Practice Resilience Around the Anniversaries of the Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay Shootings
Louise Liu (202) 657-7413 email@example.comMichelle Boykins (202) 296-2300, ext. 0144 firstname.lastname@example.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Around the anniversaries of the Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay shootings, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC and Right To Be (formerly Hollaback!) are offering a new version of their training on How to Respond to Anti-Asian Harassment and Practice Resilience When People Experience Anti-Asian Harassment. This 75-minute training emphasizes building resilience and long-term self-sustainability for those who have experienced anti-Asian harassment.
“When a mass shooting – like the ones at Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay – occurs, it doesn’t just affect those directly involved; it affects the community at large,” said Marita Etcubañez, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Advancing Justice – AAJC. “For those looking for resources or ways that they can take action to mark the anniversaries, this training can help ‘meet the moment.’”
The new version of the How to Respond training aims to highlight self-care practices – such as meditation or mediums of self-expression – that individuals already have in their wheelhouse. Individuals are then taught how to utilize these practices more intentionally for long-term healing after experiencing harassment.
“Anti-Asian harassment often has lasting effects on those who experience it, long after the incident has ended,” said Etcubañez. “Practicing resilience after the fact can go a long way toward reducing the psychological and community effects of experiencing harassment.”
Participants have found the updated training practical and empowering. “[This training] focused on something that isn’t talked about enough: healing and resilience in the face of discrimination and hate,” said one participant, who identifies as Asian American. “We are allowed to feel sad, angry, and maybe even weak, and we can feel strong, empowered, and ready to respond.”
The How to Respond training is a follow-up to Advancing Justice – AAJC and Right To Be’s Bystander Intervention for Anti-Asian and Xenophobic Harassment training, which has trained over 100,000 participants since 2020.
Our upcoming How to Respond to Anti-Asian Harassment and Practice Resilience When People Experience Anti-Asian Harassment training takes place on January 23rd, the anniversary of the Half Moon Bay shooting and two days after the anniversary of the Monterey Park shooting.
You can register for this training as well as other trainings to address anti-Asian harassment here: Trainings to Address Anti-Asian/Asian American Harassment