Statement on AAPI violence

We are disheartened by the violence taking place around the country toward the Asian-American and Pacific-Islander community, and we want you to know we stand by all of you who are a part of this community. We have seen the 150% increase in Asian American hate crimes across the country play out across the Bay Area, and it is not acceptable for HFRC as a San Francisco-based running club to simply sit by. We have the ability to make a difference by taking a stand, doing our part, and by supporting groups that combat this violence and intimidation.

As a starting point, we suggest making charitable donations to two organizations: Stop AAPI Hate and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. We also suggest attending one of Advancing Justice’s Bystander Intervention trainings. Here is a link to 15 other organizations also doing good work in this area to raise awareness and foster change.

The more we come together on issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the stronger we will be as a society. We believe we can start with our own lives and our own organization.

Board of Directors of the Half Full Running Club (HFRC)

Jay Kloepfer
Penny Schenkkan
David Olsen
David Saldivar
Patricl Leung
Anna Wong
Rainer Gaethke