APAPA Applauds CA Legislature’s Funding Approval to Help Address Surge of AAPI Hate Crimes

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Sacramento, CA – APAPA congratulates the efforts of Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, for securing the approval of $1.4 million in state funding. This will bolster the research and reporting at UCLA that tracks the recent wave of hate incidents targeting Asian Americans in California. The appropriation will be a part of Assembly Bill 85 (AB 85), a fiscal measure to provide additional resources for California’s ongoing pandemic response.

The recent trend of racial attacks on Asian Americans in the San Francisco Bay Area and the whole country is of great concern to APAPA and all Asian Americans. APAPA leaders, Carl Chan in Oakland, Dennis Wu in San Francisco, and Ruth Asmundson in Yolo County, are proactively working with local authorities to prevent future hate crimes.

We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (APILC) and other legislators for making this fund available to collect data, conduct research, and address racism and hate crimes against the API community. Special thank you to California Governor Gavin Newsom for signing AB 85 into law on February 24, 2021.

Please read all about AB 85 here and Governor Newsom’s signing here.

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APAPA is a non-profit, non-partisan and grassroots organization. Its mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education, leadership, and active participation in civic and public affairs.

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