Sacramento, CA – The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) joins with a statewide coalition of over 150 community organizations in supporting the $210 million API Equity Budget proposal, sponsored by the California API Legislative Caucus to address historic inequities and surge of violence impacting our API communities in California.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the systemic barriers facing the diverse populations within our API community. Individuals emboldened by hate and violence have severely harmed API Californians, devastated our historic API neighborhoods, and inflicted widespread and ongoing trauma. The API Equity Budget provides essential services and covers:
Victims Services & Prevention – $109.5 million: Nonprofits providing services to victims of hate incidents (legal services, health care, mental health) will receive grants so services are free.
Statewide Hate Incidents Hotline – $10 million: A centralized hub will connect caller’s in-language to the appropriate local resources (legal, counseling, health care, law enforcement).
Culture and Economic Development – $20 million: The state shall provide grants to local ethnic hubs to revitalize Chinatowns, Japantowns, Koreatowns, Little Manilas, etc.
Safe Schools for AAPI Students – $20 million:
- Restorative justice pilot program ($10 million). API students and staff will have safe spaces to discuss personal experiences with hate and macroaggressions.
Higher education attainment ($5 million). Strategic planning will address educational gaps for API communities, especially low-income and first-generation college students.
- Peer Social Media Network ($5 million). The state should invest in peer support networks the students themselves will actually use.
Stop AAPI Hate – $10 million: Stop AAPI Hate, the first organization to begin collecting data on AAPI hate incidents, plans to expand their data collection and analysis and add staff.
Establish the California Interpreters Corps – $10 million: The California Interpreters Corps will assist residents who are trying to access services but are limited-English proficient.
Capacity to collect data on AAPI needs, challenges, and barriers – $10 million: Scientific surveys will examine the needs and barriers facing Asian American and Pacific Islander adults.
Racial Bias Task Force – $500,000: A 15-member racial bias task force should be established at the California Department of Justice to address racial/hate violence and recommend solutions.
Office of Racial Equity – $10 million: An independent Office of Racial Equity will establish accountability for advancing racial equity in state government.
Ethnic Media Outreach – $7 million: In order for community members to know about the hotline, the state should create partnerships with ethnic media as trusted messengers.
Staffing – $3 million: In order to support the above programs, limited-term funding will provide staff at the State Library, CDE, and CDSS to create and administer these grant programs.
APAPA urges Assembly and Senate budget committees to pass the API Equity Budget proposal.
APAPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 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.