As 2019 quickly comes to a close and a new decade emerges, SEARAC reflects on the wins and hopes of the 2018-2019 California budget and legislative cycle. Gov. Newsom and the CA state legislature passed a $218 billion budget in June 20197, expanding capacity for 2020 Census community outreach and education, increasing access to education for low-income students and families, and advancing health and mental health care.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, Gov. Newsom capped his first year in office by making decisions on legislation that made it to his desk.
Our communities experienced some major victories this legislative cycle. We also experienced some losses, but this is only the beginning. More than ever, Southeast Asian American organizers, advocates, and community members are out in strong numbers in California to fight for equity, access, and human rights.
2020 is a pivotal year for everyone, especially for Southeast Asian Americans, as it marks the 45th year of our community's arrival as refugees to the United States. We will keep fighting forward.
Click through each section to read more about specific legislative wins and wishes for the community: