What's New

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.

Jun 30

On June 24th, SEARAC hosted a Congressional briefing called, "Automatic Injustice: Living under the Legacy of the 1996 Immigration Laws." The briefing featured the testimonies of four impacted advocates, and included remarks from two members of Congress. Hear an audio recording of the briefing and read the entire transcript.

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.