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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 40-member citywide coalition that advocates for equitable policies and resources on behalf of API communities. Our 40-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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This morning, we received troubling news that the US Census Bureau quietly changed its policies to end census counting efforts one full month earlier than expected. The October 31st deadline allowed census enumerators to begin their field efforts here in San Francisco on August 11th to knock on doors. Now with a month less time to produce an accurate count that includes so many hard to count, at-risk populations, we are in a dire situation. Rushing the census staff threatens a full and precise picture of all of our communities and will affect us for years to come. This is not acceptable.

People of color, undocumented residents, low-income individuals, and those experiencing homelessness are at great risk of being completely missed. This threatens not only the $675B in funding states receive from the federal government for vital services like Medicaid/MediCal, SNAP, infrastructure, education, the National School Lunch Program, and Headstart, but also skews congressional representation and redistricting for a decade. Locally, a quarter of the City’s population is vulnerable to an undercount translating into more than $4B in federal funding. Effectively, this development eliminates our access to resources, critical funding for our kids and families, and takes away our fair shot at representation.

API Council, which represents a strong coalition of 56 non-profit organizations in San Francisco urges our congressional, state, and local representatives to fight for us. We need more time to produce a more fair and accurate count, especially in light of this global pandemic that has challenged our ability to reach out to those in our community who are most in need.

#APICounts #SFCounts #Census2020 #APICouncil

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Chinese Progressive AssociationToday, CPA along with Chinese for Affirmative Action, Community Youth Center, Chinatown Community Development Center, and New Breath Foundation, Rose Pak Democratic Club and Chinese Culture Center came together to stand up for Black communities and Racial Justice.

“We must stand in solidarity with the Black community because it is the same racism that dehumanizes us, treats us like we are diseased, and we don’t belong. Solidarity means we recognize the pain and suffering of the Black community and to recognize that when we defend Black lives, we are creating a safer world for everyone. We all want to be free and to live without fear and violence, says Cynthia Choi 崔貞文, Co-Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action.
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