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  • April 07, 2020 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    The California Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Cal-APABA) condemns the alarming increase in racist and xenophobic acts against Asian-Pacific Americans since the outbreak of COVID-19 in January of this year.

    These hate incidents have ranged from microaggressions to outright attacks.  For example, an Asian American teen in San Fernando Valley was physically attacked at school by bullies who accused him of having the coronavirus.  A Thai American woman was the target of a hate-filled rant regarding the coronavirus by a stranger while riding the Los Angeles Metro. A South Korean American journalist was subjected to an appalling, anti-Asian racial slur while she was setting up to report in the field in Los Angeles.

    It is clear that these are not isolated incidences.  According to a study conducted by faculty members at San Francisco State University’s Asian American Studies Department, there were more than 1,000 reported cases of xenophobia towards Chinese communities and Chinese Americans between January 28 and February 24.  According to the online reporting forum Stop AAPI Hate, from its inception on March 18 to about March 26, it has received more than 650 direct reports of discrimination against primarily Asian Americans. Racism and xenophobia are wrong and contrary to our values.  They also undermine our efforts to battle the COVID-19 outbreak by perpetuating the false belief that the disease is tied to certain countries or certain people when in fact the disease does not discriminate and has spread to every continent except Antarctica.

    Cal-APABA further denounces the use by the Trump administration and other government officials of racially loaded language in discussing the novel coronavirus and COVID-19.  Referring to the pandemic as the “Chinese Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” “Kung-Flu” or similar term is unacceptable and must stop. As history has shown, use of such language fuels the targeting of Asian Pacific Americans as foreign threats and places Asian Pacific Americans in danger of harassment, discrimination and violence.

    Now more than ever we need to unite as a country.  Use of racially loaded language only serves to divide us.  Racism and xenophobia only serve to harm us. We must bring an end to these hateful acts so we can focus on coming together and conquering the COVID-19 outbreak.

    REPORTING ANTI-ASIAN HATE CRIMES & INCIDENTS

    If you are a hate crime victim, you should:

    1. Contact the local police or sheriff right away! (Call 9-1-1.)

    2. Get medical attention (if you need it).

    3. Gather evidence: 

      1. Write down the exact words that were said.

      2. Make notes about any other facts so you don't forget them.

      3. Save all evidence (e.g., graffiti, egg shells, writing on victim's vehicle). If safe, wait until law enforcement arrives and takes photos.

      4. Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, and emails of other victims and witnesses.

      5. Try to get a description from any eyewitnesses of the criminal or the vehicle.

    4. Share your story with both the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center and Stand Against Hatred.

    5. Report to the California DOJ’s Victim Services Unit (877-433-9069) and federal hotlines

    State Resources: Hate crimes brochures are available from the California Department of Justice in fourteen languages, including: English, Cambodian, Chinese (Traditional), Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Punjabi, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

    DONATIONS

    Important nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the outbreak (adapted in part from theWashington Post)

    Philanthropy California: Philanthropy California is an alliance of Northern California, Southern California, and San Diego Grantmakers.  Philanthropy California’s disaster resilience team is coordinating with state agencies and partners to respond to the threat and potential impacts of COVID-19/Coronavirus.  The organization will vet funds, providing recommendations, and supporting our community with safety tips.

    American Red Cross: Due to the cancellation of blood drives, the American Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to maintain a sufficient supply. Make an appointmenthere or call 1-800-RED-CROSS to find a local donation site.

    Meals on Wheels: Delivers nutritious meals to the country’s most vulnerable seniors. Donations will replenish food supplies, subsidize additional transportation and personnel and enable tech-based efforts to check in on isolated elderly recipients. You can contact your local provider or donate to the national grouphere.

    Center for Disaster Philanthropy Covid-19 Response Fund:

    Supports nonprofit organizations working in areas identified as having high numbers of affected individuals and those working with the most vulnerable populations. Areas of emphasis include helping health-care workers with purchases of masks, gowns, gloves and other protective equipment; supporting quarantined and vulnerable individuals; and hygiene promotion campaigns to limit the spread of the virus. You can donatehere.

    STATE, LOCAL, AND PRIVATE RESOURCES

    California Coronavirus Response -- statewide updates and resources

    San Francisco Coronavirus Updates -- local updates and resources

    COVID-19 Resources for Undocumented Californians -- for our undocumented immigrant communities

    San Francisco Together -- ways you can help individuals and local businesses in need

    Eviction Protection (From Korean American Coalition): Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that authorizes local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, slows foreclosures, and protects against utility shutoffs for Californians affected by COVID-19. The order does not relieve a tenant from the obligation to pay rent, or restrict the landlord’s ability to recover rent that is due. The protections are in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended. The order also requests banks and other financial institutions to halt foreclosures and related evictions during this time period. The full Executive Order can be found here.

    On March 19, 2020, Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, signed an Executive Order which includes the moratorium on residential and commercial evictions. The moratorium covers tenants retroactively from March 4, 2020 to May 31, 2020. For view the complete proclamation, click here. Learn more at: https://hcidla.lacity.org/covid-19-eviction-moratorium

    ​Meals for Students: LAUSD is opening 60 grab & go food centers across the County where you can pick up food for your children. 

    Meals for Seniors:  The Los Angeles County Department of Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services and the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging operate congregate meal sites, primarily at senior centers and parks. To ensure older adults continue to receive meals in a manner that reduces exposure and risk to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all sites that serve congregate meals will transition to distribute packaged/frozen meals or home-delivered meals. 

    List of Resources in Los Angeles


  • March 21, 2020 9:06 AM | Anonymous

    Cal-APABA applauds the API Legislative Caucus, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University Asian American Studies Department for joining together to launch the “Stop AAPI Hate” Reporting Center.  The purpose of the center is to collect and track incidents of anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander hate, violence and discrimination in California and throughout the country.  Collecting this data is important to shedding light and giving visibility to the disturbing rise of racism and xenophobia towards the AAPI community. We encourage individuals to share their stories with both the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center (www.a3pcon.org/stopaapihate) and Stand Against Hatred, (www.standagainsthatred.org/) which is a website documenting hate crimes and incidents nationally against Asian Americans.  Stand Against Hatred is hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice. 




  • April 23, 2018 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    On March 26, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce (the “Department”) announced that the 2020 Census would include a question on citizenship status.  The Census has not asked respondents of their citizenship status since 1950

    The California Asian Pacific American Bar Association together with the undersigned bar associations is concerned that inclusion of a question on citizenship will negatively impact the accuracy of the Census.  Since 1980, both the Census Bureau and all of its living former directors have repeatedly warned that questioning residents’ immigration status would “inevitably jeopardize the overall accuracy of the population count” by significantly deterring participation in immigrant communities because of concerns about how the federal government will use citizenship information.  Fed’n for Am. Immigration Reform v. Klutznick, 486 F. Supp. 564, 658 (D.D.C. 1980).  The deterrent effect of this question is only amplified by the current political climate, which is generally viewed as anti-immigrant. 

    These fears are not unfounded.   Historian Margo J. Anderson at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and statistician William Seltzer of Fordham University discovered evidence that officials utilized citizenship data collected in the 1940 Census to target Japanese Americans leading up to their internment during World War II.  In fact, documents show officials from the Census Bureau relaxed confidentiality provisions in order to disclose block-by-block information on the location of individuals of Japanese origin.

    The outcome of the Census is vital to ensure adequate representation and is determinative of billions of dollars of federal funding.   Today, 59% of the Asian community in the United States were born in another country.  That amount increases to 73% among Asian adults.   Our community has the potential to be drastically undercounted if households refuse to respond to the Census out of fear, a fear that has proven to be justified.  We urge the Department to reconsider its inclusion of a citizenship question in the Census in order to preserve accuracy for this constitutionally required count of our populous.    

    CALIFORNIA ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

    ASIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF THE GREATER BAY AREA

    ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY

    ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF SILICON VALLEY

    ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN WOMEN LAWYERS ALLIANCE

    ASIAN/PACIFIC BAR ASSOCIATION OF SACRAMENTO

    KOREAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF SAN DIEGO

    PAN ASIAN LAWYERS OF SAN DIEGO

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHINESE LAWYERS ASSOCIATION

    THAI AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

    VIETNAMESE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

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