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The Toll of COVID-19 on Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities in the U.S.

In recent weeks, there’s been a spike in racist violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the U.S., specifically targeting elders. Calls for action have since flooded social media and garnered the attention of celebrities, from tennis player Naomi Osaka to actors like John Cho. And though initially underreported in mainstream media, the...
By The Takeaway, WNYC Studios |

New Report IDs top priorities for Black students in Riverside, San Bernardino counties

Academic success, Black history and college access are the top three priorities for Black students and their parents in the Inland Empire, according to a first-of-its-kind report focused on local communities and their perspectives on education. The report, “The Inland Empire Black Education Agenda,” released Friday, Feb. 19, was led by BLU Educational foundation in...
By Deepa Bharath, Daily Bulletin |

Biden's Immigration Reform Bill Could Change Everything... Or Not Pass At All. Here's What You Need To Know.

On Thursday, Democratic lawmakers unveiled sweeping legislation backed by President Biden that aims to dramatically reform the immigration system in the U.S. At the center of the bill: An eight-year path to citizenship for the roughly 11 million immigrants who are living in the U.S. without legal status, along with other reforms that would affect...
By LAist Staff, LAist |

Karthick Ramakrishnan and Allan Colbern: On immigration expansion, go slow and steady, one step at a time

Immigration expansion has slowly been worked on over time. When the Dream Act was introduced, it proposed eventual citizenship for about 2 million who were brought to the United States as children. California has approved driver’s licenses for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in 2012, and followed up in 2013 with a law allowing...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan & Allan Colbern, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette |

The Other California

If there is a future for the region’s middle and upwardly mobile working class, it’s more likely to be found in the state’s large, generally more affordable, interior, known as the Inland Empire, or “the IE.” But for that to happen, the area’s promise needs to be better recognized—and supported—by policymakers. Starting in the second...
By Joel Kotkin & Karla Lopez del Rio, City Watch |

Op-Ed: On immigration expansion, go slow and steady, one step at a time

Last week, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) introduced the Dream Act, co-sponsored by Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), which would grant legalization and eventual citizenship to an estimated 2 million immigrants without papers, who were brought to the United States as children. Even though such legislation has remained highly popular among voters since former Sen. Orrin Hatch...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan & Allan Colbern, Los Angeles Times |

Black and Latino Californians vaccinated at far lower rates than others

State data shows disproportionate inoculation figures in state and Los Angeles county, nation’s most populous. California released figures on Monday showing the lopsided distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to date, with Black and Latino residents in the state being inoculated at significantly lower rates than other groups. Latinos have received 15% of nearly 5m Covid-19 vaccine...
By Guardian Staff & Agencies, The Guardian |

California uses ZIP codes, outreach to boost vaccine equity

The experience wasn’t ideal, but targeting vulnerable ZIP codes is one way San Francisco and other U.S. cities and counties are trying to ensure they vaccinate people in largely Black, Latino and working-class communities that have borne the brunt of the pandemic. In Dallas, authorities tried to prioritize such ZIP codes, which tended to be...
By Janie Har & Amy Taxin, ABC News |

COVID-19 vaccine updates: Palm Springs Convention Center to become vaccination site

The Palm Springs Convention Center will open as a COVID-19 vaccine site on Friday, according to Dr. Geoffrey Leung, Riverside University Health System-Medical Center chief of family medicine. The move will take some pressure off Riverside County's vaccination site in Indio. Clinics at the Palm Springs site will be operated by Curative Inc., and appointments...
By Maria Sestito, Desert Sun |

Davis Media Access: Reflections on a changing landscape

This month marks 23 years that I’ve written this column in The Davis Enterprise, which has allowed me and many others to write about nonprofits, businesses, lifestyle, arts, climate, culture, and more, for decades. The same is true for organizations all along the nonprofit media route — inconsistent soft funding, uncertain government funding or declining...
By Autumn Labbé-Renault, Davis Enterprise |

When local police cooperate with ICE, Latino communities under-report crime. Here's the data.

On his first day in office, President Biden immediately began to roll back many Trump administration policies that had restricted immigration and targeted the approximately 10.5 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. That included issuing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations, which was immediately challenged in court, and revoking Trump’s Executive Order No. 13768...
By Reva Dhingra, Mitchell Killborn, Olivia Woldemikael, Washington Post |

Community partnerships are critical to vaccine success

Vaccine hesitancy, vaccine logistics, and vaccine inequity. These are some of the biggest challenges facing California and the rest of the country today. As we move quickly to get as many people vaccinated in high-risk communities as possible, it is important to remember that our communities encountered very similar challenges with respect to the 2020...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan, Press Enterprise |

Inland communities of color receiving vaccinations at slower rate, data shows

As vaccines for COVID-19 continue to roll out across the country, communities of color continue to experience vaccine disparities. CSI UCR Director, Karthick Ramakrishnan stated, "The percentage of Latinos who have been getting vaccinated in Riverside County has been going down steadily in recent weeks, especially after the state said only those 65 and older...
By Deepa Bharath |

New group to help Inland communities of color get timely coronavirus information

The Inland Empire Media Roundtable on Wednesday, Feb. 3, launched an Inland Empire-wide effort to help communities of color get accurate and timely information about the coronavirus pandemic, vaccine distribution, and public safety health measures. Wednesday’s Zoom discussion featured public information officers from Riverside and San Bernardino counties as well as the Riverside County Public...
By Deepa Bharath, Press Enterprise |

Asian American Women See the Highest Jobless Rates in the U.S., Data Reveals

Asian Americans recorded the highest jobless rates among U.S. women in the last six months of 2020, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show.The country lost a net total of 140,000 jobs in December, the first month of job loss since employment opportunities resumed last May.Shockingly, all those lost jobs belonged to women...
By Carl Samson, Yahoo! News |

How Biden can undo the divisions Trump deepened in immigrant communities

Donald Trump, whose presidency officially came to a close last month, deepened divisions across communities with high foreign-born populations by perpetuating a narrative of "good" and "bad" immigrants, critics say. Now, immigration advocates say President Joe Biden will have to act to implement policies to undo that rift. Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder of the civic engagement...
By Kimmy Yam, NBC News |

Biden has condemned racism toward Asian Americans. It's a start.

A new executive action confronts the racism Trump stoked toward Asian Americans during the pandemic. A new executive action from President Joe Biden takes direct aim at the racism former President Donald Trump stoked toward Asian Americans, marking a stark break from the discriminatory efforts of the previous administration. As part of a broader package...
By Li Zhou, Vox News |

Biden’s action to address racial equity welcomed by Southern California groups

A quartet of executive orders signed by President Joe Biden to promote racial equity in the U.S. were welcomed Tuesday, Jan. 26, by Southern California activists, academics and community leaders who see the orders as first steps toward Biden keeping a promise he made at the height of last summer’s protests over racial justice. The...
By Deepa Bharath, The Sun |

In the Green Room: Black Voice News Publisher Paulette Brown-Hinds

Paulette Brown-Hinds is the second-generation publisher of Black Voice News and founder of Voice Media Ventures, a strategic media and content creation firm. She also teaches at UC Riverside. Before participating in the Zócalo/Center for Social Innovation event, “Can Local Media Restore Trust and Destroy Disinformation?,” she talked about her love for the Inland Empire...
By Zócalo Public Square |

Combating disinformation requires investments in community media

The U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6 revealed many gaping holes in the foundations of our democracy, including the role of digital media platforms in exacerbating and weaponizing disinformation. Indeed, many of our societal ills – the mainstreaming of white nationalism, losing parties attacking the legitimacy of certified elections, and a growing distrust of electoral...
By Karthick Ramakrishnan, Cal Matters |