What's New

Jun 17
Join Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-19), Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3) and four impacted advocates who are fighting deportation because of unjust 20-year-old immigration laws. The panel will be moderated by SEARAC Executive Director Quyen Dinh.  One week left to RSVP:  http://bit.ly/automaticinjustice Tune in to SEARAC's Facebook page for a live stream of the briefing.
Jun 2

SEARAC is encouraged by the commitment of the US Department of Education in producing proposed regulations on accountability, data reporting, and state plans that incorporate feedback from public stakeholders on these important issues for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, previously No Child Left Behind/Elementary Second and Education Act).  In particular, we are pleased to see that the regulations provide strong support for parents and English Language learners, given the low English proficiency rates in many states for Southeast Asian American, immigrant, and refugee students. 

Jun 2

On May 6-7, the SEARAC board met in the Seattle area for visits with current community partners and the spring board meeting. Advocate and historian Dori Cahn gave the board a tour of the former INS immigrant detention center in Seattle's International District that appears in the documentary "Sentenced Home," where many community members were detained for years.

May 31
AB 1726, the AHEAD Act, has passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and will be voted on by the full Assembly as early as June 1. We need as many community members as possible to make calls, send emails, and make visits by June 1 to let your Assemblymember know that you demand better data to bring visibility to the diverse needs and assets of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Find your Assemblymember here.
May 20
SEARAC's Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT) has trained almost 1,000 Southeast Asian American leaders since 1998 to share the challenges that our Cambodian, Hmong, Lao, Vietnamese, and other refugee communities face, and to advocate for our own policy solutions. During the month of May, these passionate LAT alums and staff are fundraising to make sure we can continue to bring emerging leaders to Washington, DC, and state capitols every year and train them to agitate for change. Please consider donating today by May 31 to one of their campaigns to #payitforward and invest in our community's power and visibility.
May 18

We are excited to announce the release of our 2015 Annual Report highlighting our impact last year in the areas of education equity, immigrant justice, health access, boys and men of color, and building a leadership pipeline. In 2015 we also joined together with communities in Washington, DC, Minneapolis, MN, and San Jose, CA, to commemorate our community's 40 years as Southeast Asian Americans with our 40 & Forward: Southeast Asian Americans Rooted & Rising campaign.