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Chancellor’s Update - July 2021

On Monday, July 12, Governor Newsom signed the state budget, which funds the University of California for academic year 21-22. The budget restores UC funding to pre-pandemic levels and funds important initiatives. Though we still face the challenges of increased fixed costs, the difference between last year and this year is a significant improvement. We...
By Kim A. Wilcox |

UC Berkeley law student Marlenee Blas Pedral appointed as 2022-23 UC student regent

The University of California Board of Regents today (July 21) appointed UC Berkeley law student Marlenee Blas Pedral to be the 2022-23 student regent. Blas Pedral is the 48th student regent, a position established in 1975. She will serve as the student regent-designate for the coming year, able to participate in all deliberations, and will...
By UC Office of the President |

Four UC Berkeley units will take on key California public policy problems

Four UC Berkeley research entities have received research awards from California 100, an ambitious statewide initiative to envision and shape the long-term success of the state. The awards, along with technical assistance from the Institute For The Future, will enable the Berkeley Institute for Young Americans, the Center for Environmental Public Policy, the Graduate School...
By Public Affairs, Berkeley News |

California Governor Signs $156.5M API Equity Budget to fight anti-Asian hate

Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, anti-AAPI violence and hate crimes have skyrocketed and show no sign of stopping. In July 2020, an 89-year-old Asian woman’s back was set on fire in broad daylight in Brooklyn. In February of this year, a 36-year-old man Asian man was stabbed in the back...
By Contributor, Indica News |

‘Historic Moment!’ Asian Americans Cheer Passage Of CA’s $156-M Fund To Combat Anti-Asian Racism

ASIAN Americans cheered the July 12 passage of California’s API Equity Budget, a three-year $156 million initiative which seeks to equip the AAPI community with resources to combat hate crimes. “This is historic and unprecedented. It is the outcome of many community-based organizations who rallied to get this support to find the best ways we...
By Contributor, Asian Journal |

CA Governor Signs API Equity Budget in Response to Rising Anti-AAPI Hate Crime

Ever since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, anti-AAPI violence and hate crimes have skyrocketed and show no sign of stopping. In July 2020, an 89-year-old Asian woman’s back was set on fire in broad daylight in Brooklyn. In February of this year, a 36-year-old man Asian man was stabbed in the back...
By Luke Kyaw, The Davis Vanguard |

‘Historic Moment!’ Asian Americans Cheer Passage of California’s $156 Million Fund to Combat AAPI Racism

Asian Americans cheered the July 12 passage of California’s API Equity Budget, a three-year $156 million initiative which seeks to equip the AAPI community with resources to combat hate crimes. “This is historic and unprecedented. It is the outcome of many community-based organizations who rallied to get this support to find the best ways we...
By Sunita Sohrabji, India West |

California allocates $156 million to combat anti-Asian hate

It was important to be “thoughtful and intentional” while putting together this funding package, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a member of the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. “This was not about reaching for policing as the dominant solution, but how to build resilience in the face of hate as well as economic and...
By Deepa Bharath, Lake County Record-Bee |

California allocates $156 million to combat anti-Asian hate

It was important to be “thoughtful and intentional” while putting together this funding package, said Karthick Ramakrishnan, a member of the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs. “This was not about reaching for policing as the dominant solution, but how to build resilience in the face of hate as well as economic and...
By Deepa Bharath, The Press Enterprise |

California approves $156 million API Equity Budget to combat anti-Asian hate

Historic funding: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the historic Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Equity Budget on Monday as part of the state’s new $100 billion spending bill, NBC reported. Led by the API Legislative Caucus, California’s funding plan for the AAPI community is the largest allocated by any state. It is over 15 times...
By Ryan General, Yahoo News |

What The Media Gets Wrong About Anti-Asian Hate

Official law enforcement data show that in 2019, Black people continued to be the most targeted racial group. In that year, 58% of reported hate crimes were motivated by anti-Black bias, 14% by anti-Hispanic bias, and 4% by anti-Asian bias. This aligns with historical data documented in a 2021 publication by Yan Zhang and colleagues...
By Janelle S. Wong, YourTango |

Faith leaders push for understanding, solidarity in Asian and Black communities

Im’s presentation to a group of Black faith leaders about disadvantages that Asian Americans face in terms of access to health care, education, jobs and housing was “eye-opening,” said Barbara Williams-Skinner, CEO and co-founder of the Baltimore-based Skinner Leadership Institute, which trains faith leaders. “Organizations should start building (solidarity) into their priorities,” she said. “It...
By Deepa Bharath, The Sun |

Faith leaders push for understanding, solidarity in Asian and Black communities – Press Enterprise

Im’s presentation to a group of Black faith leaders about disadvantages that Asian Americans face in terms of access to health care, education, jobs and housing was “eye-opening,” said Barbara Williams-Skinner, CEO and co-founder of the Baltimore-based Skinner Leadership Institute, which trains faith leaders. “Organizations should start building (solidarity) into their priorities,” she said. “It...
By California News Times |

Renewing our commitment to the Declaration

The Declaration of Independence, written 245 years ago, sparked a revolution that helped birth a nation. The power of the Declaration’s “self-evident” truths also inspired global movements for human rights and democracy that remain powerful today, by declaring that all “are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan and Maggie Gunther Osborn, The Sun |

Reopening for All Requires Safe Schools and Workplaces for Asian Americans | From the Editor

With the pandemic easing in the United States, people are venturing out and ­shedding—along with loungewear and masks—a measure of fear. As we return to the workplace and school, the general vibe is palpably lighter. Not so among Asian Americans for whom the prospect of living more publicly has many ­concerned about safety. “I am...
By Kathy Ishizuka, School Library Journal |

State’s green-energy momentum grows, but even more urgency may be needed

While emerging technologies like hydrogen are expected to be part of the energy mix, solar and wind power — and storage of the energy made by those sources when there’s no sun or wind — are at the heart of the clean energy trend. An agreement last month between the Biden administration and California to...
By Martin Wisckol, The Sun |

State’s green-energy momentum grows, but even more urgency may be needed – Press Enterprise

New technologies like hydrogen are expected to be part of the energy mix, but solar and wind power, and the storage of energy created by these energy sources in the absence of the sun or wind, is clean energy. It is the center of the trend. Agreement Last month, the installation of windmills floating in...
By Martin Wisckol, Press Enterprise |

Andrew Yang and the complexities of representation

“His candidacy is exciting to many because they think he’s someone who can see what we’re going through. [There’s a sense that] if he gets to be mayor, we won’t have to explain many of the challenges in the Asian American community to him,” says Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the Asian American Federation in...
By Li Zhou, Vox News |

Most anti-Asian attacks committed by whites – new study

Despite social media-generated impressions that anti-Asian violence is committed mostly by Blacks, the majority of attackers are white, according to a new analysis. Janelle Wong, a professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, released analysis last week, based on official crime statistics and other studies, showing more than three-quarters of offenders...
By INQUIRER.NET U.S. Bureau , INQUIRER.NET |

Why Andrew Yang did an abrupt U-turn on identity politics

Maybe you've noticed Andrew Yang's striking transformation from Democratic presidential candidate to one of the leading candidates to be the next mayor of New York City. The businessman-turned-politician has done an about-face on identity politics, as the June 22 primary inches closer (early voting began last Saturday). Here he is in 2019: "I understand the...
By Brandon Tensley, CNN News |