Storytelling event
Join our community partner, Families in Good Health, for their Educated Men with Meaningful Messages (EM3) Spotlight of the Month, a storytelling event to celebrate Youth of Color stories and talents. This month’s spotlight will be Cody Nith, who is a junior at Polytechnic High School with the dream of becoming a successful artist. To RSVP for the event tomorrow Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 4 pm PST, please email:
Affordable Care Act special enrollment period through May 15
President Biden has signed an executive order creating a special Affordable Care Act health insurance open enrollment period through the federal marketplace. You can sign up at until May 15 in most states. Check out SEARAC's updated ACA enrollment FAQs for more information.
All Californians deserve quality and affordable healthcare
Now more than ever, low-income and undocumented Californians urgently need access to comprehensive primary care, mental health, and other services that Medi-Cal offers. Undocumented immigrants are a critical part of our community and economy, yet they are still unable to access health care coverage through the ACA or Covered California, the state's marketplace. With the success of Health4All Kids and Health4All Young Adults, it’s time to include undocumented adults and seniors toward universal coverage and a stronger health care system in California. Join us tomorrow, Feb. 24, at 11 am PST, to learn more about how this issue impacts the AAPI community.
General Policy
Learn updates from President Biden's first 100 days in office
Yesterday, we released the second issue of our 100 Days policy-focused bimonthly newsletter. Stay tuned for more updates on COVID-19 legislation coming soon.
Civic Engagement
#100DaysofFreedom campaign uplifts community members
Join the #100DaysofFreedom campaign and call for the freedom of individual immigrant community members from ICE during Biden's first 100 days in office! The campaign specifically supports immigrants who have had past convictions or were transferred to ICE from jail or prison as Biden’s orders still allow ICE to arrest immigrants who have served their time or have a previous “aggravated felony.” This is problematic and perpetuates racism for many reasons. As Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, says, “Each of us is more than the worst thing we've ever done." Learn how you can call, advocate for, and demand the releases of community members here.
Census data updates
Following last month’s announcement that the Census Bureau suspended all work on tracking communities' immigration statuses, we celebrate the Department of Justice’s confirmation to the Census Bureau that additional citizenship or block level Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) data do not need to be released or compiled from the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau released a statement confirming that all work on producing CVAP data from the 2020 Census has stopped.

Due to delays caused by COVID-19, the Census Bureau also announced that it expects 2020 Census redistricting data to be released to states and to the public by September 30. Prior to the pandemic, redistricting data were expected by March 31, and operational shifts led to a proposed July 31 delivery date for the data. States use this redistricting data to draw and update voting districts before upcoming congressional and state legislature elections. We support the Census Bureau’s prioritization of taking the time needed to produce accurate and complete data that give each community member their rightful political representation.
Staff Blog
Meet our newest team member
The latest addition to the staff blog is courtesy of Sally Ching, SEARAC's California Policy Manager. In "Connecting with Community," Sally describes her personal journey that led her to SEARAC and a career using policy advocacy to fight for social job. Click here to read Sally's blog post
New Way Forward Act teach-in with SEARAC and AAJC
Tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST, we will be co-hosting a teach-in with Asian Americans Advancing Justice on how we can support federal advocacy to fight back against Southeast Asian deportations and build Congressional support for the #NewWayForward Act! Click here to register.
Join our Feb. 25 community call
Thursday, Feb. 25, at 3 pm EST / 12 pm PST, we've invited our friends at UndocuBlackSEAC Village, Charlotte Uprising, and ARISE to our February community call, where we'll be discussing cross-racial building and meaningful solidarity. Topics will include: the increased detention and deportations of immigrant Black communities; the visibility of our blended families; and the leadership, voices, and multi-ethnic identities of our youth. Click here to register.
Scholarships for SEAA students in Rhode Island
Our friends at ARISE have been selected to partner with the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund to award $57,000 in scholarships to Rhode Island students who identify as Southeast Asian. To learn more and apply for this fund please visit
Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs internship
The 2021 APAPA Internship Program is open and seeking student interns in the Sacramento, CA and San Joaquin, CA regions for the 2021 summer this year. The APAPA Internship Program was established in 2004, designed to inspire and empower culturally and ethnically diverse graduating high school students and college students throughout the nation to become civically engaged, preparing them to become future leaders in our community. Interns will receive a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 after the successful completion of the program. To learn more and apply, click here.
Let us know about your upcoming events
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