February 24, 2021

CAA Immigration Roundtable: the Future of Biden’s Immigration Bill Is Uncertain

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021,, if passed, would offer a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. “The good thing about this bill is that it is inclusive and it addresses the concerns of all immigrants,” said panelist Amy Lee, “whether they’re DACA recipients trying to apply for jobs, or immigrants trying to petition their siblings or parents in other countries to come to the United States.”
February 19, 2021

Calls to #StopAsianHate Take Over Social Media (Harper’s Bazaar)

Celebrities, creatives, and members of the fashion industry are speaking out to raise awareness about the recent uptick in hate crimes targeting the Asian community in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Using the hashtag #StopAsianHate, social media users are sharing their own experiences with racism or calling on their followers to speak up and stand up for those who are affected by and vulnerable to racist violence, especially the elderly.
February 19, 2021

How Barriers at EDD Keep Already Vulnerable Californians From Their Benefits (KQED)

Though EDD does have resources designed to support applicants who speak languages other than English or Spanish, its systems are often so overloaded that people who need this support can’t consistently access it. And the ID.me platform — which EDD implemented to help automate its verification process and unclog the bottlenecks — has created added barriers for families without easy access to certain technologies.
February 16, 2021

Hundreds of Volunteers Are Escorting Elderly Asian Americans to Keep Them Safe (The Hill)

"It is up to all of us -- businesses, the government, and community partners -- to come together and immediately support victims and families affected by these incidents, and work together to create long-lasting solutions that empower our communities with resources, support and education,” the co-founders of Stop AAPI Hate said in a statement.
February 12, 2021

Asian Americans Have Been Attacked, Spat On, and Cursed Out. Activists in the Bay Area Are Bracing for More. (Slate)

Thanks to the pandemic, this was always going to be a subdued Lunar New Year in the San Francisco Bay Area. Instead of street fairs and packed crowds, mass gatherings are out of the question. Shops have been closing earlier and earlier in recent weeks, and police are being deployed to Chinatowns in the region in greater numbers. Everyone is on guard—not just against the coronavirus, but against violence.