API Caucus Meeting at the November CA Democrats Executive Board Conference: Saturday, November 20, 5-7pm

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I. Call to Order | Welcome (1 minute)
II. Approval of Agenda (1 minute)
III. Elected Officer Reports (20 minutes)
a. State Chair Report
b. State Vice Chair 
c. State Communications Secretary
d. State Recording Secretary
e. State Treasurer 
f. State Legislative Director 
g. State Parliamentary Chair
h. Northern California Regional Report – Northern Chair
i. Southern California Regional Report – Southern Chair
IV. API Equity Budget Discussion (15 minutes)
V. Panel Discussion: AAPI Hate and Public Officials (60 minutes)

VI. Speakers/Announcements (20 minutes + pre-registration at google form required) https://forms.gle/FKufvW73e2eE8Ycm9
VII. Remembering Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan (5 minutes) Alameda County Assessor Phong La VIII. Adjournment

For a schedule of other caucus meetings and events at the Executive Board conference, please visit https://cadem.org/executive-board/
Participate in State and Local Redistricting Efforts
The redistricting process for State Assembly, State Senate, and Congress is wrapping up in the next few months, with the first draft maps scheduled for release in November.
Draft Maps are now available at https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/11_7_9_21
There are many ways to give comment, include written comment or calling into a hearing.
Local redistricting for city council districts is also in progress in many cities, check your city website on how to participate.

October Newsletter

API Caucus Meeting at the November Executive Board   The California Democratic Party’s Fall 2021 Executive Board Meeting will be online from November 15-21. Registration is currently open and closes at 5pm on Nov. 3. We will be announcing the exact date and time and agenda of the API Caucus meeting as soon as it is confirmed.
Celebrating Diwali Join California Democrats on Nov. 3 for a celebration at https://www.mobilize.us/cadems/event/421689/
Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats (PALAD) presents: Inaugural Larry Itliong Legacy Awards on October 30
This will be an in-person event in Granada Hills, on the evening of Saturday, October 30. For details, please visit the PALAD website. 
Let’s Help Democrats Win in Virginia – One more AAPI Phonebank this Saturday!  On November 2, 2021, voters in Virginia will be electing a Governor, state legislators, and other state officials.
There is one more AAPI phonebank this Saturday, 1-3pm Eastern Time (10-noon Pacific) to make calls for Terry McAuliffe, Hala Ayala, and Mark Herring. Sign up at https://www.mobilize.us/virginiaturnoutproject/event/417511/ 
Participate in State and Local Redistricting Efforts  The redistricting process for State Assembly, State Senate, and Congress is wrapping up in the next few months, with the first draft maps scheduled for release in November.
Updated visualizations released on October 27 are now available at https://www.wedrawthelinesca.org/10_27-29_21_handouts. You can provide feedback using the form at https://airtable.com/shrQDD2ta2emnSzzO.
There are many other ways to give comment, include written comment or calling into a hearing.
Local redistricting for city council districts is also in progress in many cities, check your city website on how to participate.

Please join us in celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a special conversation with Congressman Andy Kim on Saturday, May 22, 2-3pm!

This event is presented proudly by the Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats (PALAD), California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, San Diego County Democratic Party, Los Angeles County Democratic Party, AAPI Democratic Club San Diego, California Young Democrats API Caucus, and the Korean American Democratic Committee (KADC)

RSVP at https://forms.gle/4knEjt7EJWPGXBwc7

Celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus is proud to join communities across the nation in celebrating API Heritage Month. This time of year brings an opportunity to reflect on the diversity and resilience of our API communities in the United States. However, in the wake of increased xenophobic hate crimes and senseless violence against our community members, we grieve and renew our commitment to fighting for equity and justice for our most marginalized. 

Asian and Pacific Islander communities have a rich and complex history in the United States. Throughout American history, our communities have made vital contributions to the foundation of what our country is today. We have laid railroad tracks and worked the fields, have started businesses and made great advancements in science, technology, and the arts, have engaged in civic leadership and public service, and have been on the frontlines serving our communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being otherized and marginalized, we are woven into the fabric of the American story and continue to make history as a strong and vibrant community. 

This past year has shed a painful light on the anti-Asian racism and hate that continues to pervade our communities. These attacks on API community members are not new, but have been exacerbated due to xenophobic rhetoric that has arisen during COVID-19. We are devastated by the lives lost and harmed by violence towards our community. And we stand in strong solidarity with Black and Brown communities that have also been the targets of brutality and hate. 

It is this spirit of unity we carry in our hearts through API Heritage Month. We are immensely grateful for the solidarity that communities across the nation have shown to stop API hate, and we have witnessed the power we build in rising together. As we celebrate the role that the API community has played in the movement for justice, let us recommit ourselves in our fight towards a better California for all. 

In Solidarity,

California Democratic Party 

Asian Pacific Islander Caucus

New Board Stands Firmly with Governor Newsom Amidst Republican Recall Effort

At its recent meeting, the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus elected new board officers, hailing from diverse AAPI communities and serving areas of California with burgeoning AAPI populations. The Board added several key positions in order to better reflect the AAPI community’s diversity and ensure outreach to these various communities in areas such as Orange County, the Central Valley, and the Desert region. The new API Caucus Board–which includes members of the East Asian, Southeast Asian, and South Asian communities–are gearing up to fight the recall elections. 

“The Asian American and Pacific Islander communities constitute a pivotal voting bloc for Democrats, and Governor Newsom understands that,” said Deepa Sharma, the newly-elected Chair of the CDP API Caucus. “Proponents of the Republican recall effort have engaged in divisive and hateful rhetoric against the AAPI community, are anti-immigrant, and have historically used our community as a wedge. The AAPI community stands firmly against the recall and the GOP’s duplicitous power grab,” added Sharma. 

Outreach to AAPI communities will prove critical in the recall election. Republican recall proponents have circulated a memo detailing their strategy, which includes the creation of a “Volunteer Citizens Brigade” that will identify potential supporters, “ballot harvest” Republican votes, and target Latino, AAPI, and Independent voters. The memo is available here.

Recognizing the importance of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, California Democrats at their recent convention voted to approve a resolution condemning hate crimes which have impacted the AAPI community in record numbers. More than 6,600 hate incidents have been reported in the year after the pandemic began in the United States according to Stop AAPI Hate. A full text of the approved resolution is available here.

The 2021-2023 API Caucus Executive Board Officers are as follows:

Chair: Deepa Sharma
Vice Chair: Adam Ma
Communications Secretary: Alfred Twu
Treasurer: Hon. Shawn Kumagai
Recording Secretary: Jessica Caloza
Parliamentary Chair: Aref Aziz
Legislative Director: Olivia Lee

Northern California
Chair: Harris Mojadedi
Vice Chair & Political Director: Emily Ramos
Central Valley Vice Chair & Political Director: Hon. Rachel Hernandez
Secretary: Shivam Patel
Outreach & Local Clubs Chair: Zahra Hajee

Southern California
Chair: Hon. Tammy Kim
Vice Chair & Political Director: Michael Milan
Secretary: Vanndearlyn Vong
Outreach & Local Clubs Chair: Steve Kang

Hon. Melissa Ramoso, State Chair Emeritus

Governor Newsom Sends Support to India

The CDP API Caucus expresses its gratitude to California Governor Gavin Newsom for sending lifesaving supplies to India amidst its devastating COVID crisis. Just yesterday, Gov. Newsom announced that California will be sending to India hundreds of oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, pulse oximeters, and a deployable oxygen concentrator system. The public health emergency in India is impacting the diaspora community here in California, and we are thankful that Governor Newsom recognizes this. Moreover, California has an outsized role in combatting COVID worldwide as the fifth largest economy in the world. We encourage Californians to give to reputable relief organizations, and we send our thoughts and prayers to members of the community impacted by the crisis.

General Membership Meeting Agenda

Join the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for our annual California Democratic Party Convention General Membership Meeting. This year’s meeting is jam-packed. Join us for a discussion of our Anti-Xenophobia Resolution, some of the most exciting awardees for our annual Trail Blazer and Rising Star Awards, the creation of a new API Action Award, and the election of the largest Executive Board the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus will ever welcome in its history!

There are two ways to join us for the 2021 CADEM Convention Asian Pacific Islander Caucus meeting. If you have registered and credentialed for the 2021 California Democratic Party Convention please watch this video for instructions on how to attend the 2021 CADEM Convention and events through the Virtual Convention Platform. For members of the API Caucus who did not register for the 2021 CADEM Convention or members of the public you may join the Caucus meeting through the Convention’s Public Access Platform.

Se the agenda below!

California Democratic Party 2021 State Convention Meeting
Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Meeting Agenda
Friday, April 30, 2021 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm
via online:

Register for the meeting: https://hopin.com/events/cadem-2021-convention

  1. Call to Order | Welcome
  1. Approval of Agenda
  1. Approval of Minutes                             
  1. Elected Officer Reports
    1. State Chair’s Report
      1. 2019-2021 Term Review
    1. State Treasurer’s Report
      1. Caucus Membership
      1. Dues Update and Membership Renewal
    1. State Secretary’s Report
    1. Northern California Report
    1. Southern California Report
  • Committee Reports
    • Resolutions
  • 2021 API Caucus Trailblazer and Rising Star Awards
  • 2021-2023 Executive Board Elections
  • Board Transition
  1. Adjournment