Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
We are proud to announce the conclusion of the SCCLA Cares fundraising campaign. We used 100% of donations to purchase meals from local restaurants or food trucks to feed our community, such as frontline healthcare workers, the elderly, people experiencing housing and food insecurity, and others impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thanks to the 214 donations we received from 139 donors over the last seven months, we were able to raise $8,256 to provide 1,060 hot meals!
We are so grateful to all our donors, including two who made matching donations. Kenny Chung, Executive Vice-President of Hong Kong Realty Management, Inc., and his family matched $400 in donations and donated $300 in in-kind donations. The API group at the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, courtesy of Partner and SCCLA Past President Stacey Wang, made a $500 matching donation. In conjunction with a membership drive, SCCLA donated 49 meals attributed to the 9 new Members and 4 new Lifetime Members who joined SCCLA during the fundraising campaign.
At our first-ever SCCLA Cares Donor Appreciation Event on December 14, representatives from several organization and restaurant partners expressed their community members’ gratitude to the strangers who provided a hot meal and shared the significant challenges they continue to face day-to-day. To learn more and support these 20 incredible SCCLA Cares organizations and restaurants, please click below.
Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising campaign. We couldn’t do this without you. With your support, we hope we can bring back SCCLA Cares in some capacity in the new year.
SCCLA congratulates our 2020 SCCLA Scholarship and Fellowship awardees and thanks our generous donors for their contributions to the SCCLA Foundation, Inc. We held our inaugural virtual awards ceremony to celebrate and honor our awardees and donors. While we were not able to attend an in-person banquet, we are grateful for the opportunity to gather virtually for this important occasion.
The earth-shaking events that have characterized much of 2020 have underscored the importance of strong elected leadership in this country. The past year has ignited nationwide conversations about our country’s plans to protect our most vulnerable populations, our essential workers, our businesses, and our land and natural resources. These conversations carry an unusual imminence as they take position on debate stages and campaign trails, their topics being anything but abstract thought experiments, evoking a national sentiment that this is an especially consequential year for American voters in shaping the immediate future of our nation. For Asian Americans, this may also be a crucial year for asserting our position in American politics.
We are approaching an election season of record voter eligibility among Asian Americans. This year, Asian Americans are expected to comprise nearly five percent of eligible voters in the United States. Despite the fact that we are the fastest-growing racial group eligible to vote in the United States, and have been growing significantly for years, the American political system has historically overlooked Asian American voters. Politicians across the spectrum routinely ignore Asian Americans in their efforts to garner support, and the rhetorical choices of some reveal that they perceive no consequences to insulting, discriminating against, or even endangering members of the Asian American community. Since March, President Trump has frequently referred to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, as the “Chinese virus,” drawing an association between the virus and persons of Chinese descent that has unsurprisingly correlated to a surge of incidents of discrimination, vandalism, and violence directed at Asian Americans and APA-owned businesses. This past May, Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee introduced the SECURE CAMPUS Act, legislation that would prohibit Chinese nationals from receiving visas to pursue graduate or post-graduate studies in STEM fields, based on a gross generalization that many Chinese scholars studying in the United States are spies and an all-too-familiar chilling argument that the measure is in the interest of national security. Media coverage of American politics has also demonstrated an apathy towards Asian American voters, falling short in its acknowledgement of APAs in politics despite the historic achievements of Asian American candidates this election cycle. Democratic Party presidential candidate Andrew Yang was repeatedly excluded from fundraising and polling graphics displayed by major news outlets during his campaign, and reporters have ignored vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ South Asian roots when discussing her racial background. The erasure of Asian Americans from political discourse – and worse, the attacking of Asian Americans in political discourse – has been widely cited as a reason for low voter turnout among Asian Americans, as some read in it a message that Asian Americans are not welcome in the political process.
We write to remind you that as American citizens, it is your right to participate in the political process, and we urge you to exercise that right on November 3, 2020. We need not allow the failure of American politics to engage the Asian American community to become a reason for our own disenfranchisement. Nor do we as a community need to succumb to the obstacles that prevent many Asian Americans from voting, including a lack of language resources, voter purging practices, and antiquated voter registration policies. We encourage members of our community, if able and regardless of citizenship status, to partake in efforts to assist voting-eligible family members, friends, and neighbors with the voting process. A number of resources are available through the links provided by the organizations signed on to this letter and listed below.
We recognize that the Asian American community is broad and diverse, harboring multitudinous and differing values. We understand that each of us, or our ascendants, arrived in this country for unique reasons, that our experiences cannot be melded together and generalized. Our political leanings may differ, but the one thing we all have in common is that we are all American. We each have the power and responsibility to advance our country in the way we believe is best. Over eleven million Asian American voices can make their presence in this country known in this year’s election. All those voices together may just make a sound too loud to ignore.
Please join SCCLA for a free CLE as we co-sponsor the FBA-LA’s program on “Nuts & Bolts of 1983 Civil Rights Litigation: What Lawyers Need to Know,” moderated by the Honorable Karen Stevenson, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California. Register at:
SCCLA is co-sponsoring a free elimination of bias CLE this Thursday along with the Federal Bar Association – Los Angeles Chapter. This CLE is the first presentation in a “Race, Policing, and the Law” webinar series, focusing on the history of policing and racial justice (and, in many instances, injustice) in Los Angeles.
Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
P.O. Box 711114
Los Angeles, California 90071-1114