CACF Latest Policy Reports, Press Statements, Advocacy Agendas
New York DREAM Act 2019
CACF is proud of the New York State Legislature’s passage of the DREAM Act, which will provide hundreds of thousands of undocumented students the opportunity to afford and pursue higher education with New York’s tuition support, including TAP and the Excelsior Scholarship. The DREAM Act offers an outlet for impoverished, foreign-born Asian Pacific Americans (APA) to improve their income situation. More importantly, it honors our APA parents; who sacrificed and contributed to this country’s wealth by toiling in back-breaking jobs in farming, fast food service, housekeeping and factories to name a few, to send their kids on a path towards achieving the American Dream. Special thanks to the DREAMers and countless other advocates who worked tirelessly over the last several years to make this dream finally a reality for our immigrant community.
Join us and many others in support of the José Peralta New York State’s DREAM Act for education equity #DREAMAct.
CACF joins NYC DOHMH Health Care Open Enrollment Day of Action
The New York State Health Open Enrollment period ends on January 31st, 2019. To encourage enrollment, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), is launching a Day of Action for January 17th 2019 and CACF, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, is joining this effort to increase enrollment, particularly in the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. With the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) still in effect alongside Medicaid expansion, NYC is seeking to enroll over 50,000 New Yorkers in low or no-cost health care.
CACF is working with its member organizations and Patient Navigators by providing additional outreach tools and resources to grow enrollment within the APA community. New York’s APA community comprises of 15% of New York’s population (1.3 million people) and over 40% of APAs qualify for and receive Medicaid. However, almost 15% of the NYC APAs remain uninsured.
CACF’s Patient Navigators have shared how difficult it is to enroll members of the APA community. Many APAs experience language barriers as almost 45% of New York’s APAs speak little to no English and the linguistic needs are highly varied with well over 20 languages such as Urdu, Tagalog, Taishanese, Hindi and Bengali.
Additionally, growing but unfounded fears regarding Public Charge have negatively impacted enrollment. CACF denounces Public Charge, where the receipt of public cash or assistance may deny a person’s admission to the United States or lawful permanent residence status. CACF reminds all that Public Charge has not taken into effect and does not legally impact one’s immigration status. These unwarranted fears should be ignored and all New Yorkers should apply for Health Care coverage.
“We recommend all New Yorkers continue to seek the help you need to protect you and your family’s health and well being. Remember, you are not alone. CACF and thousands of other organizations all over the country are defending the Affordable Care Act. Please sign up for Health Care before January 31st, and encourage others to do so as well.
-Vanessa Leung and Anita Gundanna, CACF Co-Executive Directors
With roughly two weeks remaining in this Open Enrollment period, CACF and its Patient Navigators are working hard to enroll New Yorkers in Health Care.
If you are interested in Health Care coverage, please visit NYCStateofHealth.gov
CACF’s Education Policy Brief 2018
Overemphasizing a Test, Oversimplifying Our Children: An APA Perspective on Specialized High School Reform towards Educational Equity
New York City is one of the most segregated school systems in the United States. The specialized high schools themselves, though a small percentage of the public schools, reflect the gross lack of diversity, inequity, and inclusion in the larger system. The Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) as the single measure of admissions is unfair and a barrier to diversity in these schools.
Therefore, CACF believes in eliminating the SHSAT or any single test as the sole measure for admission to the specialized high schools in favor of adopting a multiple measures policy. In addition to these reforms, we also offer several recommendations on how the City and the Department of Education can better promote diversity and inclusion in the school system and ensure all students have equitable access to a high quality education.
As the nation’s only pan-Asian policy advocacy organization, CACF has a responsibility to the APA community to advocate for educational policies that benefit all APA students, including and especially those most marginalized. This responsibility is critical as APAs continue to be left out of educational reform efforts and policy decisions, further perpetuating the harmful effects of the model minority myth. With this brief, we hope to highlight the important role the APA community plays in the broader fight for educational equity.
CALL FOR UNITY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), and the undersigned organizations call for unity and condemn the violence that occurred on Friday at New Red Apple Nails in Brooklyn and the unrelated vandalism that happened to small businesses in South Brooklyn. As organizations that serve and advocate for the Asian American community of New York, it is our responsibility to call out and stand against anti-immigrant rhetoric and anti-Blackness and work with other communities of color toward racial justice.
Please read full statement here.
Please read the response developed with community based organizations in the Asian Pacific American community that puts forward our common values and beliefs in education:
- Diverse and inclusive school environments are beneficial to all students.
- The NYC Department of Education (DOE) needs to address inequities in education across Pre-K through 12th grade and examine current processes and admission policies.
- No family or parent from any community should be shamed in discussions around education and schooling.
- Families need more easily accessible information to be better informed about the full variety of opportunities for their children’s schooling at all levels.
- ALL children have the potential to succeed and excel in schools when given the right support and environment because no student goes to school wanting to fail.
- ALL communities should be involved in constructive dialogue, especially when critical decisions are being made about schools, not just certain communities.
New York City Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Analysis
The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is pleased to announce that discretionary funds allocated to Asian Pacific American-led organizations by the New York City Council for Fiscal Year 2019 increased by a little over $200,000 as compared to FY 2018, with a total of $2,426,240 for FY 2019. The highest total discretionary award received by an APA-led organization was $269,000, an increase of $11,000 compared to FY 2018. Total discretionary awards made to APA-led organizations increased by 1.00%, bringing the percent of total discretionary funding to APA-led organizations up to 5.06% for FY 2019. Specifically, Manhattan and Staten Island saw an increase in percent of total discretionary funding given to APA-led organizations. However, it is important to note that, without including speaker funding, 30 Council districts individually gave less than FY2018 of total discretionary funding.
To view full report: FY 2019 Schedule C Funding Report
To view press release: FY 2019 Schedule C Press Release
APA Social Justice Institute
Spring 2018 Cohort – A Case for a Cause
A Case for a Cause: Connecting Service to Social Justice is open to community-based organization staff who work with children and/or youth and are interested in making deeper connections to APA community issues in New York City. Participants will conceptualize and connect with various community needs and larger social change efforts, locally and nationally, for our diverse APA communities. We are excited to invest in the collective power of our organizational members. We are excited with our inaugural cohort.
|Fatima Rahmati||Women for Afghan Women|
|Hyeongeun Ashley Ahn||The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York|
|Kevin Cho||The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York|
|Palwasha Sharwani||Grand Street Settlement|
|Joanna Huang||Grand Street Settlement|
|Caitlin Ho||Hunter College AANAPISI Project (HCAP)|
|Farzana Karim||Sakhi for South Asian Women|
|Mimi Ko||Chinese American Planning Council|
|Yijing (Grace) Wang||Chinese American Planning Council|