Discrimination of Asian Americans; May Budget Revise

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A History of Contribution Despite a History of Discrimination

Understanding the Diversity of Asian American Pacific Islanders

Collectively and individually, the members of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops have called for an end to violence, discrimination, and hatred as we stand in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) brothers and sisters.  As AAPI Month comes to a close, the Conference offers the following reflection on a history of unjust discrimination, the uniqueness and pride of the many AAPI nationalities, and the ongoing contributions of our AAPI brothers and sisters.

In recent months, this nation has seen an uptick in violent discrimination against AAPI individuals. However, in reality, racial discrimination and hatred against Asians have occurred since their first appearance in the United States of America. This hostility against particular groups because of their ethnic origins has deep roots in our nation’s past and was exhibited in laws such as the Page Act (1875), the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), and the internment of Japanese Americans in World War II (1941).  These policies and laws emphasized government support of the society’s fear and prejudice against Asians.

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May Alerts

Tell your State Senator now to reject the elimination of “safeguards” and the expansion of physician-assisted suicide in our state. (English/Spanish)

Women need greater access to life-affirming services, not more assistance to have an abortion.

 

Budget Revise and Legislative News

With the June 4 deadline for legislation to pass out of their house looming, lawmakers are busily trying to shepherd bills to the other side of the Capitol. Amidst that flurry of activity, Senator Toni Atkins also announced yesterday that lawmakers will only be allowed to advance 12 bills for the remainder of the Session, a result of increased COVID-related technology issues that have taken extra time to work through in committee hearings.  

In addition, Governor Newsom released his May Budget Revise late last week, and thanks to the State’s $76 million budget surplus ($37 million according to the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office), the proposal includes one-time allocations for items that have long been on the wish list for Californians.

The revised budget includes $69 million for the upcoming fiscal year and $1 billion ongoing to expand Medi-Cal coverage to all adults age 60 and over, regardless of immigration status.

The budget also contains an additional one-time $50 million allocation for immigration services, as well as extensive one-time funding for restorative justice programs, including adding an addition visitation day at prisons, providing technology for education for incarcerated individuals, and boosting the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Program.

The revision also includes steep investments to support the state’s homelessness services, expand water safety and infrastructure, provide funding for low-income communities battling the effects of climate change, and increase in funding for CalWORKs and child welfare services.

Click here for a more comprehensive look at the budget allocations. Please also keep watch for alerts as budget bills begin to take center stage. 

 

Revised Budget Provides Funding to Clean Up Toxic Battery Plant

Coinciding with Ladauto Si Week, the CCC is pleased to report that Governor Newsom’s May budget revision allocates $454 million to clean up lead and arsenic that has polluted homes and neighborhoods near the toxic Exide battery recycling facility in Southeast Los Angeles.

The announcement of the clean up was made by local elected officials, including Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Los Angeles), Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control estimates the toxic chemicals produced during Exide’s non-permitted three decades of operation spread up to 1.7 miles away, contaminating schools, parks, and more than 10,000 homes in the largely working-class, Latino neighborhoods of Bell, Boyle Heights, East Los Angeles, Maywood, Huntington Park, and Commerce.

The budget also includes additional funding if the initial allocation does not complete the abatement of the site.

The Exide battery recycling plant, which produced a host of hazardous wastes as part of the process, operated for 33 years in Vernon without a permanent permit. It closed in 2015 as part of a nonprosecution agreement that allowed the company to avoid criminal charges.

 

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