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.
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).