To respond to the COVID-19 crisis, which brought into focus the enormous depth of cracks in our public systems, CLASP shifted into high gear—recognizing that our mission to root out poverty and advance racial equity were well matched to this moment.
If signed into law, the American Dream and Promise Act, or H.R. 6., would provide a path to lawful permanent residency and citizenship for Dreamers and other immigrants who call this country home. Here we list provisions in the bill that would promote the safety of beneficiaries and their families.
In a recent New York Times magazine article, actor Steven Yeun said, “Sometimes I wonder if the Asian-American experience is what it’s like when you’re thinking about everyone else, but nobody else is thinking about you.” These words hit me harder than expected, particularly during a year where Asian Americans have been disparaged physically, emotionally, and economically while the “progressive” community remains silent.
The Equality Act may help members of the LGBT community when they face discrimination on the job, but it doesn’t address the discrimination that keeps us in low-paying jobs and continually falling into poverty.
A value statement doesn't dismantle generations of injustice deeply entrenched in our ways of doing and governing, but publicly acknowledging that racism—through structural disadvantages and the “weathering” of daily experiences—is a public health crisis gives us a place to start.