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.
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).
President Biden is expected to use his executive authority this week to disavow racism and xenophobia toward Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, specifically targeting anti-Asian animus connected to the COVID-19 pandemic
Jeremy Lin of the Santa Cruz Warriors pledged $200,000 in grants for local Bay Area initiatives for Asian-American and Pacific Islander children and youths, including Stop AAPI Hate, a coalition co-founded by CAA.
The pandemic has seen an uptick of violence against Asians, toward the people, their businesses, and their communities at large. Asian-Americans were spat on, harassed, and attacked in streets and even parking lots across America.
The non-English social media landscape operates as an insular echo chamber where little fact-checking is done. “There’s not the same level of balance, in terms of political balance or racial and ethnic balance," said CAA's Vincent Pan.
While the pandemic has made this an unprecedented election for all campaigns, it's brought a particular challenge for the record number of Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates running this year.
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