This is text from an email sent by Vincent Pan on Feb. 11, 2014:
This month marks the completion of my eighth year as executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action. We have accomplished a great deal together, but there remains so much more to be done.
I’m excited to be looking forward with eight lucky CAA items to share with you:
- Our campaign to Move City College of San Francisco Forward is hitting its stride. In addition to recent good news from City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit (preventing City College from closing), yesterday morning State Senator Mark Leno announced legislation that will stabilize the College’s funding as it addresses accreditation issues. All elected officials must do their part and be accountable for keeping City College open. (read more)
- You are invited to the annual CAA membership meeting next Wednesday, February 19th at 6:15 pm. City College of San Francisco Chancellor Art Tyler is our special guest and we expect to have a frank and candid discussion about City College and its future. (read more)
- To combat obstruction from Republicans in Congress, the community continues to demand compassionate and fair immigration reform. Later this month we will support the Fast for Families campaign as they embark on a national bus tour, and we are also joining the growing calls for President Obama to halt unnecessary deportations that are breaking families apart. (read more)
- Our direct services and leadership development with limited-English proficient residents is helping hundreds of people find employment, access job training, and get assistance with their immigration needs. And this year will be the tenth anniversary of our CAA Parent Advocates spring training program that helps parents become more effective leaders in local public schools.
- CAA has re-launched Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality as a growing network of progressive Asian American social justice groups. In addition to CAA, the network includes the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, APEX Express, API Equality – Northern California, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Hyphen Magazine, and the Network on Religion and Justice. The new aacre.org will go live in mid-March and coincides with a screening of “American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” which AACRE is sponsoring at CAAMFest.
- Our Sacramento-based advocacy has a new focus to ensure fairness and inclusion in the California State budget. We are thrilled to be working with nearly a dozen new partners from across the State and will be announcing more details soon.
- CAA’s 45th anniversary celebration will be held at the Empress of China restaurant on the evening of June 12th. This year we will be honoring some very special friends and heroes so please save the date.
- We are actively recruiting new volunteers and board members to help with a variety of work. If you are committed to social justice and civil rights and would like to get involved, please let us know and we can explore opportunities together. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been my great fortune to work with an amazing community for the past eight years. The CAA staff and board, our partners and allies, and people throughout the community from all walks of life inspire me every day.
Thank you for your continued support and helping to make this upcoming year as great as the past eight.