APAPA Takes a Stand and is Proactively Involved in Support in November Ballot Initiative to Restore Equity and Opportunity in California
SACRAMENTO, CA – One of the most active grassroots organizations of Asian Pacific Islanders Americans (APIA), Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs (APAPA) releases the first of three videos to help educate the APIA community on the many ways affirmative action is beneficial and necessary. Last week, the State Legislature passed Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 5 to place an initiative on the upcoming November ballot to repeal Proposition 209 and reinstate affirmative action in public employment, contracting and higher education. With racial polarization at astounding heights and frustrated Americans taking to the streets, now is the time for Californians to stand up and address historical and systemic racial, ethnic and gender inequalities. Hundreds of APIA organizations and key elected leaders have joined the broad coalition to support ACA 5. However, a vocal but small minority of APIA are actively mobilizing against affirmative action spreading misinformation and polarizing the issue.APAPA, one of the largest and most active APIA grassroots community-based organizations has released the first in a series of videos to help dispel the misperception and myths surrounding the affirmative action discussion. APAPA focuses on increasing API civic participation at the local, state, and national level through voter registration and education, and civic leadership programs.
“We felt there was an urgent need to help dispel the misinformation around support for ACA 5 and put out information which helps our community, particularly more recent Chinese-speaking immigrants, better understand the facts surrounding affirmative action,” said Yen Marshall, APAPA, executive director.
The controversy within the APIA community is being fueled by activists who are inaccurate in their assumptions that affirmative action hurts our community. Affirmative action helps to level the playing field and attempts to provide equal opportunity in the face of discrimination and institutional and systemic racism.
APAPA was founded by CC Yin, one of the largest franchise owners of McDonalds in California. “I personally benefited from laws that protect equal opportunity rights for small business owners. I support and have benefited from affirmative action and other policies which helps all ethnic minority communities succeed and fulfill their American Dream,” said Yin. “We stand with the thousands of organizations and individuals who are fighting for a more just and equal America. We’re all in this together.”
Yin felt a great responsibility to put the truth out about affirmative action because so many in the APIA community were being misled. According to Yin, “Asian Americans and other diverse groups still struggle for their fair share of the American Dream. Our APIA community must take a holistic approach and support good policies based on facts and the overall good. I’m proud that APAPA has join the fight for equal opportunity and stands with our courageous leaders in the State Legislature and organizations throughout California. I am confident that when people listen and learn the truth, equal opportunity will prevail.”
To watch our English and Chinese videos, please click on the links below.
ACA 5 | American Dream (English)
ACA 5 | American Dream (Chinese)