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Uniting the Voices of San Francisco’s API Community

For years, policy advocates and individual organizations have looked to local government for support, but their voices weren’t enough to leverage funding. API Council is a 57-member citywide coalition that advocates for equitable policies and resources on behalf of API communities. Our 57-members serve over 250,000 API residents in San Francisco. The API Council has advocated for funding to sustain and expand core services in housing, and health and human services.

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Yesterday, the API Council hosted a San Francisco community roundtable with Speaker Nancy Pelosi to discuss AAPI hate, affordable housing, immigration reform, and the American Rescue Plan. ... See MoreSee Less

The API Council Congratulates the Historic Appointment of Rob Bonta for California Attorney General

March 24, 2021, San Francisco, CA—Congratulations to Rob Bonta for being appointed to California Attorney General. Bonta is the first Filipino-American elected to the California State Legislature. The API Council thanks Governor Newsom for putting his faith and trust in Bonta to lead our state. We are so proud of the historical significance of this meaningful pick, especially during a dark period for the AAPI community. California has seen an increase in AAPI hate crimes and violence in the past year, threatening our community's livelihoods, safety, and health. Bonta's appointment is not only historical, but he will play a huge role as California's top law official in looking into hate crimes inflicted on the AAPI community. In times like these, representation matters. We look forward to Attorney General Bonta's leadership in guiding our community and our state.

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London Breed 倫敦.布里德The rise in anti-Asian violence cannot continue. In addition to police, we're creating new community safety teams and a senior escort program. We'll have people who know our communities doing the work to build relationships and provide a visible presence on our streets.

This is an expansion of our Street Violence Intervention Program, working with our API community organizations to ensure that our teams are culturally competent. This expansion will strengthen the relationships between our diverse communities and increase public safety.

More info from our announcement today can be found here: sfmayor.org/article/mayor-london-breed-announces-new-efforts-protect-public-safety-and-combat-anti-asian
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The API Council Responds to Racist Remarks of SFUSD School Board Vice President Alison Collins

March 23, 2021, San Francisco, CA—Director of API Council, Cally Wong, issues the following statement on behalf of the API Council, “API Council stands in solidarity with AAPI leaders and electeds in condemning the anti-Asian and racist remarks tweeted by SFUSD School Board Vice President Alison Collins. Words matter, especially during a challenging time with the significant rise in AAPI hate crimes concentrated within our City. Collins’ words painted a false depiction of the AAPI community, inflicting hurt and further offense with the use of the term “house n-word.” Racial slurs and discriminatory, racist language have no place in our community and is absolutely unacceptable coming from a leader of the School Board. To add insult to injury, Collins has not shown any sign of acknowledgment of her harmful words or any kind of remorse. This is unbecoming of a leader who represents a school district of 33% AAPI students. The harm and trauma her words have caused are severe and can’t be undone. We call for Alison Collins’ resignation.”

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