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In the News

HEALTH - Local Leaders Ask For Volunteers To Help With Vaccination Efforts In Hardest-hit Communities
2/19/21 Latinx seniors in Santa Clara County are the most at-risk community from COVID-19 but the least vaccinated, so local leaders are asking for community help. On Thursday, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, County Supervisor Cindy Chavez and Gardner Health Services CEO Reymundo Espinoza held a virtual briefing encouraging residents to volunteer and help inform and assist residents eligible for the vaccine. Spanish-speaking volunteers would be the most needed, Liccardo said, so that they could communicate effectively with the Latinx community.
HEALTH - New Stanford research: Why Zoom can wipe you out
2/23/21 COVID-19 pandemic has moved our lives into a virtual space. Why is that so exhausting? The tiredness doesn’t feel earned. We’re not flying an airplane, teaching toddlers or rescuing people trapped in burning buildings. Still, by the end of the day, the feeling is so universal that it has its own name: Zoom Fatigue. Stanford researchers find four causes for ‘Zoom fatigue’ and propose simple fixes
IMMIGRANTS - 'I Will Not Stand Silent.' 10 Asian Americans Reflect on Racism During the Pandemic and the Need for Equality
6/25/20 Today, as the U.S. struggles to combat a global pandemic that has taken the lives of more than 120,000 Americans and put millions out of work, President Donald Trump, who has referred to COVID-19 as the “Chinese virus” and more recently the “kung flu,” has helped normalize anti-Asian xenophobia, stoking public hysteria and racist attacks. And now, as in the past, it’s not just Chinese Americans receiving the hatred. Racist aggressors don’t distinguish between different ethnic subgroups—anyone who is Asian or perceived to be Asian at all can be a victim. Even wearing a face mask, an act associated with Asians before it was recommended in the U.S., could be enough to provoke an attack. Key Words: Hate Crimes
IMMIGRANTS - A statement from Asian American Community Organizations and Allies Demanding Action and Solidarity Against Violence
2/12/21 As community-based organizations and foundations committed to racial equity and justice for Asian and Pacific Islander, Black, Indigenous, and Latino communities of color, we come together to send a clear, unified message of solidarity opposing xenophobia, discrimination, and violence. We denounce the recent violent crimes perpetrated against the elderly Asian American community within the Bay Area and nationally. We stand in solidarity with the victims, their families, and all who have been affected by these horrific acts. Key Words: Hate Crimes, SCC, Santa Clara County, pandemic, COVID-19
IMMIGRANTS - An equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine must include noncitizens
1/26/21 On Dec. 14, 2020, with the initiation of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, the nation saw its first glimmer of hope during the pandemic. However, that sense of hope is not necessarily shared by a vital segment of the population: noncitizens. Noncitizens work in high-risk, essential industries but have been overlooked in the pandemic response. To protect both the lives and livelihoods of all people in the United States, it is critical that noncitizens are equitably included in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Key Words: Undocumented
IMMIGRANTS - CA HR-23 Anti Asian Hate Crime Resolution
2/16/21 Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, That the Assembly denounces hate crimes, hateful rhetoric, and hateful acts against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and works to ensure that APIs feel safe and welcome, both during this COVID-19 pandemic and beyond...
IMMIGRANTS - How Joe Biden’s immigration plan works, and what it would mean for California
President Joe Biden on his first day in office sent Congress an extensive immigration proposal that could have big implications for California, which is home to the largest undocumented immigrant population in the nation. The plan, known as the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, would provide a pathway to citizenship to the 11 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States. About 2 million of them live in California.
IMMIGRANTS - Vietnamese-American Journey: Virtual Exhibit
ICAN has produced The Vietnamese-American Journey, a collection of stories that capture unique insights into the history and journey of the Vietnamese American community. The exhibit coordinated by Andy Nguyen is a culmination of interviews and storytelling workshops with ICAN facilitators and San Jose residents. Multi-language: Vietnamese
NEWS - COVID vaccines: Which Bay Area county is doing the best job vaccinating older residents?
2/21/21 For older Bay Area residents, the chances of snagging a coronavirus vaccine appear to depend a great deal on where you live. An analysis by the Bay Area News Group found there is a significant variation by county when it comes to who is getting the shot. In Contra Costa County, more than 70% of the population who are 75 and older had already gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, as of Feb. 19. But in Alameda County, it was around 45%. In Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, roughly 54% of residents 75 and up had gotten a shot. Key Words: Pandemic
NEWS - San Jose scrambles to respond to attacks on elderly Asian Americans
2/20/21 San Jose lawmakers took steps this week to deter hate crimes and protect would-be victims after a string of seemingly xenophobic attacks targeting Asian American elders around the Bay Area hit close to home just before Lunar New Year. .... The committee unanimously approved Peralez’s plan, which directs city leaders to host community listening sessions, plan safety workshops and partner with the District Attorney’s Office on efforts to address hate crimes.
NEWS - Vietnamese-American Service Center set to open in fall in San Jose
2/16/21 After nearly a decade of planning and years of construction, Santa Clara County’s Vietnamese-American Service Center is set for a grand opening this fall.
NEWS - Woman charged with hate crime in Palo Alto attack
1/28/21 A hate-crime charge was levied against a Santa Clara woman following an alleged attack on a man of Middle Eastern descent last Friday in Palo Alto.
USCIS - Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
1/20/21, President Biden issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, to take appropriate action to preserve and fortify DACA, consistent with applicable law. In compliance with an order of a US District Court, effective December 7, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting first-time DACA requests and renewal requests based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017. Key Words: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
VIDEO - Effects of Anti-Asian Racism During the Pandemic
CAN/DID: Standing Against Racism and Injustice is an ongoing multimedia series that builds on the knowledge and experience of De Anza College students, faculty and classified professionals An exploration of equity and social justice issues – including lessons we can all learn from the struggles of many different groups and individuals Key Words: Diversity, Chinese, COVID-19
IMMIGRANTS - DHS Statement on the Suspension of New Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program
1/20/21 DHS announced the suspension of new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. Effective January 21, the Department will cease adding individuals into the program. However, current COVID-19 non-essential travel restrictions, both at the border and in the region, remain in place at this time. All current MPP participants should remain where they are, pending further official information from U.S. government officials. Multi-languagel: Spanish Key Words: Asylum
NEWS - Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation
9/17 Fake news is information that is fabricated (made up) and packaged to appear as fact. Unlike satire or other forms of humor, fake news attempts to deliberately mislead or deceive its audience, often with the goal of financial, political or other type of gain. Fake news often uses attention-grabbing headlines to draw as large an audience as possible. Being able to evaluate the accuracy of what you read or hear, and refraining from spreading false stories, will help you and others avoid the repercussions of fake news. Spanish
RESOURCE - $7,000 reimbursement for COVID-19 funerals in 2020
$7,000 reimbursement for COVID-19 funerals: If a relative died from the coronavirus, the government may help pay for the funeral and burial costs between 1/20/20 and 12/31/20. The December COVID Relief bill includes $2 billion for people who have been harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic and may have gone into debt to pay for the funeral and burial of a loved one. .
IMMIGRANTS - Amid Covid Health Worker Shortage, Foreign-Trained Professionals Sit on Sidelines
1/27/21 As hospitals nationwide struggle with the latest covid-19 surge, it’s not so much beds or ventilators in short supply. It’s the people to care for the sick. Yet a large, highly skilled workforce of foreign-educated doctors, nurses and other health practitioners is going largely untapped due to licensing and credentialing barriers. According to the Migration Policy Institute think tank in Washington, D.C., some 165,000 foreign-trained immigrants in the U.S. hold degrees in health-related fields but are unemployed or underemployed in the midst of the health crisis. Many of these workers have invaluable experience dealing with infectious disease epidemics such as SARS, Ebola or HIV in other countries yet must sit out the covid pandemic.
IMMIGRANTS - DOJ Rescinds Trump 'Zero Tolerance' Rule That Separated Thousands of Migrant Families
1/26/21 The Justice Department on Tuesday rescinded a Trump-era memo that established a "zero tolerance" enforcement policy for migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, which resulted in thousands of family separations. Acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson issued the new memo to federal prosecutors across the nation, saying the department would return to its longstanding previous policy and instructing prosecutors to act on the merits of individual cases.
LEGAL - Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration’s 'Death to Asylum' Rule
1/8/21 The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of CA issued an order today blocking, in its entirety a Trump administration rule that would have made it virtually impossible for all refugees, including those who are LGBTQ or living with HIV, to secure asylum in the United States. The rule, set to go into effect on January 11, 2021, would have eliminated eligibility for anyone with a gender-based claim, and would have declared that most refugees should be denied protection because they don’t deserve it. Now, the controversial and sweeping rule will not go into effect while the case is being litigated.
NEWS - Pay to Stay- Delays, Barriers Plague Santa Clara County’s Quarantine Subsidies
12/9/20 ...According to a recent survey of clinic clientele, less than a fifth of those eligible for paycheck-replacement subsidies from the county ever receive them. Respondents cited documentation as one of the biggest obstacles, as well as cultural and communication barriers such as a lack of literacy or email access. With applications for financial help taking weeks and months to process, if at all, the county’s would-be beneficiaries face an impossible choice. Amid a staggering surge in Covid-19 filling up hospitals and prompting economically devastating lockdowns, Healing Grove Executive Director Brett Bymaster says an untold number of mostly poor, mostly Latino people are choosing to go back to work to avoid homelessness.
HEALTH - Lack of Access to Information Implies Double Risk for Latinos During The COVID-19 Pandemic
8/18/20 As reported by NBC News, the combination of mass misinformation on social media and inconsistent signals from the U.S. government is now a “particular threat” to communities of color in the country, which continue to represent the highest rates of infection and hospitalization. The media explains that the fact that these communities have higher levels of mistrust of government, less access to health care, and lack of information in Spanish is now “a dangerous mix.”
HEALTH - Surgeon general- Immigration status should not be barrier to receiving COVID-19 vaccine
12/20/20 Surgeon General Jerome Adams encouraged undocumented immigrants across the U.S. to get vaccinated for COVID-19 when shots become available, saying during an interview on Sunday that it is a public health priority to see as many people vaccinated as possible. Speaking on CBS's "Face the Nation," the nation's top doctor said that a person's immigration status should not serve as a barrier between them and a COVID-19 vaccine.
LEGAL - How Biden Can Restore Humanitarian Protection at the Border
1/5/21 Asylum seekers represent a small fraction of the people who come to the United States each year, yet previous administrations have feared their arrival. This crisis-based mindset has fueled ever-increasing brutality at the border, with family detention eventually metastasizing into family separation. But despite the Trump administration’s torturous and cruel policies, people have continued to seek protection at our border. Keu Words: Immigrants, Immigrants