Eugene Lau, Communications Manager, 415-274-6750 x319 (English, Mandarin, Cantonese)
April 1, 2019

CAA Joins API Legislative Caucus in Countdown to 2020 Census

CAA Joins API Legislative Caucus in Countdown to 2020 Census

Sacramento — Chinese for Affirmative Action joins the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus of the California State Legislature in the one-year countdown to the 2020 Census. The decennial Census determines Congressional representation for the state of California as well as political representation throughout California, and affects allocations for federal funding for a host of public education, health, economic development, and other services.

Based on the Census Bureau’s published plans to-date, CAA has identified major concerns to a full and complete count: language access, digital divide, and distrust in government. Immigrants and limited-English proficient communities will likely bear the brunt of these challenges.

Home to over 6 million limited-English proficient immigrants, California must take a proactive approach to operationalize solutions in the next year. CAA applauds the historic $100.3 million investment by the State of California that contributes significantly to these efforts. For example, a robust language access plan and sensible partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) serve as a gateway to civic engagement with Hard-to-Count (HTC) communities.

Hong Mei Pang, Director of Advocacy at CAA expressed, “In 2020, immigrant communities can display strength in numbers and our goal must be to unite vulnerable communities to exercise inclusive democracy through the Census. The participation of our communities in the Census means fair political representation, equitable federal resources, and pushing back against hostile and exclusionary practices of the White House. In 2020, we will make our communities count.”

CAA has worked on the decennial Census since the 1970s to remove access barriers and to motivate participation within HTC communities. During the 2010 Census, CAA partnered with the City of San Francisco and other CBOs, resulting in San Francisco being the only county in California that did not suffer a decrease in its count of HTC communities.

Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) is a community-based civil rights organization in San Francisco. Our mission is to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the United States. We advocate for systemic change that protects immigrant rights, promotes language diversity, and remedies racial injustice.

CAA Joins API Legislative Caucus in Countdown to 2020 Census







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