Over the last year, our community experienced a dual pandemic of COVID-19 and anti-Asian racism. Through it all, our immigrant Chinese community has demonstrated resilience in the face of economic uncertainty, a public health crisis, and relentless violence that disproportionately target our Asian American elders, women, workers, and other community members. From experiencing the highest rate of chronic long-term unemployment to increasing anti-Asian sentiment and harassment, to navigating distanced learning and school reopenings, we have found new ways to connect with and care for one another. More importantly, we continue to take action to ensure our demands and needs are prioritized in a system that seeks to marginalize us.
CPA has responded to the urgent, immediate needs of our community through our mutual aid initiatives, providing critical resources and services, and disseminating timely and accurate in-language information. However, the pandemic has exposed the vulnerability and the inherently exclusionary and unequal treatment of our existing economic and political systems. We can no longer just address the short-term immediate needs of our community on the road to an equitable recovery. We have an opportunity to transform and demand investments in long-term structural solutions to improve our material conditions and build power. A resourced community is a healthy and safe community. We believe an equitable and sustainable recovery is only possible if we address the structural inequality and undemocratic concentration of corporate power that existed pre-pandemic and which have increased exponentially since. Addressing these issues requires that workers, families, and communities of color who have been impacted the most, are united to demand accountability and equity in recovery efforts.
You can join us in investing in our people so that we can continue to do the work and build a truly resourced community that serves the needs of our immigrant, multi-generational working families in San Francisco.
The work ahead:
Strengthen workers rights and labor standards for an equitable economy
Invest in creating quality empowered jobs for BIPOC communities
Expand youth leadership and governance in school mental health services
Redefine community safety and strengthen cross-racial solidarity