February 6, 2021

Language Barriers Stymie Jobless Californians Seeking EDD Benefits (San Francisco Chronicle)

Lack of language access for jobless benefits “creates a tsunami of exclusion for millions of California residents,” said Santosh Seeram-Santana, legislative director at Chinese for Affirmative Action, a civil rights nonprofit. A strike force on the Employment Development Department, which administers unemployment, said not being fluent in English presents “insurmountable barriers” to receiving benefits.
January 27, 2021

Biden Has Condemned Racism Toward Asian Americans. It’s a Start. (Vox)

As part of a broader package of memorandums advancing racial equity, Biden signed one executive action Tuesday in which he condemned xenophobic language that’s been used related to the pandemic and called on the Justice Department to collect data on hate crimes and harassment directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).