What's New

Aug 3

AB 1726, the AHEAD Act (Bonta), is reaching a critical juncture. The bill has passed through two California Senate policy committees with bipartisan support, and it will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 11.

Jul 21

SEARAC commends Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA-17), along with the Tri-Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus leadership, for introducing a constitutional amendment that would make a quality education a civil right. Representative Honda stated, "This constitutional amendment would give Congress more authority to address the rampant educational inequities between states, especially in the area of resource inequity-a topic not resolved by the Supreme Court's Brown v Board of Education."

Jul 8

SEARAC mourns the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police this week, and calls for immediate and urgent reforms to US law enforcement. Executive Director Quyen Dinh stated, "Excessive and brutal police force against the African American community in the United States has been an urgent epidemic sustained over decades. The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have come into public consciousness now through the new power of social media, the hard work of the Black Lives Matter movement, and decades of Black-led civil rights activism that came before."

Jul 8

Join SEARAC for a webinar on the Every Student Succeeds Act on July 13 and a webinar on civic engagement on July 21. 

Jul 1

On June 22-24, SEARAC held its 18th Annual Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT) in Washington, DC. Forty-five advocates came to DC from 13 states from every region of the country, including 17 advocates from California and nine from Minnesota. Participants included staff from 15 community-based organizations across the country, as well as students and individual activists. 

Jun 30

Sacramento, CA  -  The Accounting for Health and Education in Asian Pacific Islander Demographics (AHEAD) Act, authored by Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), has cleared two key Senate policy committees. Yesterday the California Senate Health Committee voted to advance Assembly Bill 1726 with bipartisan support, which follows the approval from the Senate Education Committee last week. AB 1726 requires California's public institutions of higher education and public health to collect, analyze, and report data for more Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) subgroups.