We hope you are well and enjoying the summer season! We’re thrilled to share several exciting opportunities for you to get involved this month, ranging from our upcoming summer fellowship positions to our summer community picnic organized by our Program Intern, Tiff, on July 22.
Recently, VietRISE issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action, and we want to reiterate our firm condemnation of this decision. Affirmative Action has been a cornerstone in remedying the deep racist and historical exclusion of people of color. It provides students who have been historically marginalized and excluded from selective colleges and universities with the clearest pathway to greater social mobility. By implementing race-conscious admissions, we have been able to create student bodies that reflect the diversity of the United States, leading to organic interactions and connections between different communities. We invite you to read the full statement here.
In the face of these racist actions and decisions that aim to drive our communities apart, we believe we must continue building cross-racial solidarity and developing programs and initiatives within our local communities that empower one another to thrive.
Thank you for your continued support and for reading. We look forward to hearing from you!
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Campaign & Program News
HOME Act Passes the Senate Public Safety Committee
CalMatters - The biggest survey of homeless Californians in decades shows why so many are on the streets
A new study—the most comprehensive study conducted yet about California’s homeless crisis—found that losing income is the #1 reason Californians become unhoused, and that as little as $300 a month could have kept them housed. Additionally, incarceration is a common factor contributing to being unhoused. More than 75% of people surveyed were incarcerated at some point during their life in large part due to lack of support for individuals’ reentry. The solution is evident: CA needs to create more affordable housing for extremely low-income residents. Read more here.