DNC on Trump Order Excluding Undocumented Immigrants from Congressional Apportionment

21 Jul

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement after Donald Trump issued a memorandum excluding undocumented immigrants from being counted when U.S. congressional districts are next redrawn: 

“There is no end to Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda. First, he tried to put a citizenship question on the census but got blocked by the Supreme Court. Now he’s back at it with an unconstitutional order that has no purpose other than to silence and disempower Latino voices and communities of color. Trump wants to strip these communities of their fair share of representation and resources for education, health care, and nutrition assistance. But Democrats will not let this stand. We will keep fighting Trump’s efforts to intimidate and undercount immigrant communities. And we will put an end to the hateful tactics of this administration once and for all on November 3rd when we elect Joe Biden as the next president of the United States.”

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FACT SHEET: Trump Failed To Build A Caring Economy, Doesn’t Understand The Challenges Working Families Face

21 Jul

Our country is experiencing a caregiving crisis, which has only been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and Trump’s disastrous response. Trump has failed to deliver on his childcare promises, doesn’t understand the challenges working families face, and has only made things worse for American families.

Trump’s failed response exacerbated the economic fallout from coronavirus, which created further hardship for parents who were already struggling due to Trump’s broken childcare promises.

  • When the pandemic hit, schools and day care centers shut down, impacting about 55 million students at K-12 schools and 5 million children in day care and preschool.

  • Trump has failed to live up to his many promises to reduce the cost of childcare. Trump’s tax law reduced the value of the child and dependent care credit for low- and moderate-income families and left 10 million low-income kids out of any significant increase in the child tax credit.

  • Trump’s budget proposals failed to boost funds to a level sufficient to address the problems of child care affordability and low pay for child care workers.

Trump failed to secure real progress on paid family leave and even scaled back paid family leave requirements during the pandemic.

  • More than three years into his presidency, Trump has broken his promise on paid family leave. In fact, Trump scaled back paid leave requirements for employers during the pandemic, allowing many companies to decline to provide sick leave for child care.

  • Trump touted paid family leave proposals that wouldn’t let workers take paid leave to care for sick children or other family members, would force workers to borrow from their future selves, and could force states to increase unemployment insurance taxes on employers as a pay-for.

Trump is pushing all schools to fully reopen and threatening to withhold funding, but has no plan on how schools, teachers, and caregivers can do so safely.

  • Trump opposed CDC guidelines and other school safety measures, in part because they wouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing, and DeVos wouldn’t say schools should follow CDC guidelines on reopenings, claiming they were meant to be “flexible.”

  • While Trump and DeVos continue to downplay the risks, millions of teachers and older adults who live with children are at high risk of complications from coronavirus, and studies show older children actually spread the virus at higher rates than adults.

As coronavirus ripped through nursing homes, Trump failed to provide facilities with needed resources and pushed ahead with efforts to relax regulations.

  • Nursing homes, which account for 40% of all coronavirus deaths in the country, have been devastated by the Trump administration’s disastrous response to the virus.

  • The Trump administration refused to mandate universal testing at nursing homes and failed to coordinate regular testing of nursing home staff. The Trump administration was slow to track cases and ultimately gave nursing homes a pass on reporting prior to early May, obscuring the full toll.

  • Months after coronavirus began spreading across the country, many nursing homes and long-term care facilities still report that they lack needed PPE.

  • The Trump administration relaxed training requirements for caregivers during the pandemic, and continued consideration of pre-pandemic plans to weaken infection control rules at those facilities.

Trump’s coronavirus response has failed to look out for the physical safety and economic security of frontline health care workers.

  • Hundreds of frontline health care workers have died and over 100,000 have been infected as Trump botched his response to the crisis and failed to learn his lesson as cases spike nationwide.

  • Trump was slow to fully invoke the Defense Production Act to address supply shortages, and now the country is once again suffering from shortages as cases spike.

  • Trump’s Labor Department used a broad definition to exclude health care workers, who often are paid low wages, from paid sick leave under coronavirus response legislation.

Trump’s repeated efforts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and slash billions from Medicaid pose a threat to long-term care for seniors and the wellbeing of their caretakers.

  • Trump’s efforts to repeal the ACA would weaken resident protections at nursing homes, limit options for seniors, and strip health care from employees.

  • Trump’s health care repeal bills and budget proposals called for massive cuts and structural changes to Medicaid that could reduce services for seniors.

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Three Years Ago, Trump Broke His Promises To Carrier Employees — He’s Failed Workers Ever Since

20 Jul

“Three years ago today, the Carrier plant in Indiana laid off hundreds of workers after Trump told them he had saved their jobs. This is a clear example of Trump’s broken promises to American workers,” said DNC War Room Director Adrienne Watson. “Despite claiming to be a jobs president, millions of jobs were lost under Trump’s watch and job growth slowed even before the pandemic hit. And now, because of his failed response to the coronavirus, the economy is in the worst recession since the Great Depression.”

Three years ago today, on what was the sixth month anniversary of Trump’s presidency, Carrier laid off more than 300 workers.

Indianapolis Star: “Carrier Corp. plans to eliminate 338 jobs at its Indianapolis furnace factory Thursday — and the timing is likely to raise some eyebrows.”

In total, more than 600 Carrier workers were laid off after Trump went there and told them he had saved their jobs.

TRUMP: “I will be going to Indiana on Thursday to make a major announcement concerning Carrier A.C. staying in Indianapolis. Great deal for workers!”

TRUMP: “Big day on Thursday for Indiana and the great workers of that wonderful state.We will keep our companies and jobs in the U.S. Thanks Carrier”

CNBC: “More than 600 employees at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis are bracing for layoffs beginning next month, despite being told by President Trump that nearly all the jobs at the plant had been saved.”

Despite Trump’s promises, millions of jobs were lost under his watch and job growth actually slowed even before the pandemic hit.

FactCheck.org: “7.8 million jobs have been lost — including 7,100 coal mining jobs and 274,000 manufacturing jobs.”

FactCheck.org: “Even in February, when employment was at its highest, Trump was far behind the pace needed to fulfill his campaign boast that he would be ‘the greatest jobs president that God ever created.’ Up until then, the average monthly gain under Trump had been 185,000, while the average monthly gain during the four years before he took office was 216,000.”

AP Fact Check: “Trump never managed to achieve the rates of economic growth he promised in the 2016 campaign. The U.S. economy was not the world’s best in history when this started.”

Trump’s failed response severely exacerbated the economic impact of the coronavirus — and he is still making things worse.

Wall Street Journal: “Jobs Recovery Shows Signs of Slowing as Coronavirus Surges”

MarketWatch: “The fresh surge in coronavirus cases sapped the confidence of Americans in early July, pointing to a potentially slower economic recovery from the pandemic or even a longer recession, according to a closely followed survey of consumer sentiment.”

Wall Street Journal: “The fierce resurgence of Covid-19 cases and related business shutdowns are dashing hopes of a quick recovery, prompting businesses from airlines to restaurant chains to again shift their strategies and staffing or ramp up previous plans to do so. They are turning furloughs into permanent layoffs, de-emphasizing their core businesses and downsizing production indefinitely.”

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Trump Doubles Down On His Reckless Push To Reopen Schools Without Ensuring Safety

20 Jul

Trump continues to downplay the risk of children spreading coronavirus and threatens to take away funding that schools need now more than ever, as he pushes to reopen schools without ensuring it can be done safely.

In his Fox News Sunday interview that aired yesterday, Trump doubled down on his threat to defund schools that don’t reopen, despite schools saying they need more funding to reopen safely.

TRUMP: “Young people have to go to school, and there’s problems when you don’t go to school, too. And there’s going to be a funding problem because we’re not going to fund – when they don’t open their schools. We’re not going to fund them. We’re not going to give them money if they’re not going to school. If they don’t open.”

Trump also continued to downplay the risk of schools reopening without ensuring it is done safely.

TRUMP: “Chris, let the schools open. Do you ever see the statistics on young people below the age of 18? The state of New Jersey had thousands of deaths. Of all of these thousands, one person below the age of 18 – in the entire state – one person and that was a person that had, I believe he said diabetes. One person below the age of 18 died in the state of New Jersey during all of this – you know, they had a hard time. And they’re doing very well now, so that’s it.”

A new study showed that children and teenagers can spread the virus at least as well as adults do.

New York Times: “A large new study from South Korea offers an answer: Children younger than 10 transmit to others much less often than adults do, but the risk is not zero. And those between the ages of 10 and 19 can spread the virus at least as well as adults do. The findings suggest that as schools reopen, communities will see clusters of infection take root that include children of all ages, several experts cautioned.”

As Trump pushes for schools to reopen, he is blocking the CDC from sharing vital information on how to safely reopen schools.

USA Today: “The White House blocked Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield from testifying before Congress this week on how to safely reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic, multiple outlets reported.”

Despite the White House’s claims, Trump’s plan to reopen schools is not supported by science — but Vice President Biden’s plan is.

Washington Post: “Late last week, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said: ‘When [Trump] says open, he means open in full, kids being able to attend each and every day at their school. The science should not stand in the way of this.’ A few seconds later, she said the ‘science is on our side.’ Actually, the science that is known today about the coronavirus — and there is still a great deal to learn — would not suggest the Trump plan to open schools regardless of local conditions. It would favor the Biden plan — to allow local conditions and school resources to dictate decisions — which follows the advice of experts, including Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.”

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Trump ‘Bored’ By Coronavirus After His Failed Response Made Things Worse

20 Jul

Trump has completely moved on from the pandemic. He has no interest in addressing skyrocketing cases or rising death tolls. Instead, Trump continues to downplay the crisis and is now trying to cut billions of dollars in proposed funding for testing, contact tracing, and the CDC, even as states are still struggling to get the resources they need because of Trump’s failed response.

Trump and the White House are adamant that the best way forward is to continue to downplay the dangers of the coronavirus.

TRUMP: “I’ll be right eventually. I will be right eventually. You know I said, ‘It’s going to disappear.’ I’ll say it again.”

New York Times: “Some of Mr. Trump’s closest advisers are adamant that the best way forward is to downplay the dangers of the disease. Mark Meadows, the chief of staff, has been particularly forceful in his view that the White House should avoid drawing attention to the virus, according to people familiar with the discussions.”

Trump has become “bored” with the coronavirus and is not really working on or worried about it anymore.

Washington Post: “Trump in recent weeks has been committing less of his time and energy to managing the pandemic, according to advisers, and has only occasionally spoken in detail about the topic in his public appearances. One of these advisers said the president is ‘not really working this anymore. He doesn’t want to be distracted by it. He’s not calling and asking about data. He’s not worried about cases.’”

New York Times: “‘The president got bored with it,’ David Carney, an adviser to the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, said of the pandemic.”

Despite Trump’s lies about his handling of the coronavirus crisis, his response was “one of the greatest failures of presidential leadership in generations.”

Washington Post: “Trump defends bungled handling of coronavirus with falsehoods and dubious claims”

New York Times: “But their ultimate goal was to shift responsibility for leading the fight against the pandemic from the White House to the states. They referred to this as ‘state authority handoff,’ and it was at the heart of what would become at once a catastrophic policy blunder and an attempt to escape blame for a crisis that had engulfed the country — perhaps one of the greatest failures of presidential leadership in generations.”

Washington Post: “The United States did not follow the expert advice. Now, the curve is crushing America.”

State and local officials are still unable to get the resources they need, and yet Trump is trying to block billions of dollars in resources to states.

Washington Post: “As coronavirus cases and hospitalizations climb, state and local officials nationwide are sounding the alarm, warning that they’re missing key resources to confront the surge.”

Washington Post: “The Trump administration is trying to block billions of dollars for states to conduct testing and contact tracing in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill, people involved in the talks said Saturday. The administration is also trying to block billions of dollars that GOP senators want to allocate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and billions more for the Pentagon and State Department to address the pandemic at home and abroad, the people said.”

Hospitalizations and deaths are now on the rise across the country as a result of Trump’s failure to contain the virus.

New York Times: “After the Recent Surge in Coronavirus Cases, Deaths Are Now Rising Too”

Axios: “The surge in coronavirus hospitalizations is severe”

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POLLS: Americans Trust Biden Over Trump To Keep Them Safe

19 Jul

Trump claims he is the “law and order” president and that America won’t be safe under Vice President Joe Biden, but the American people aren’t buying it.

Trump claims to be the president of “law and order” and falsely attacks Biden for not being able to keep Americans safe.

TRUMP: “I am your president of law and order.”

Trump ad: “You won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”

The American people disagree. They trust Biden over Trump on crime and safety, and think the country would become less safe if Trump wins.

  • ABC News/Washington Post poll: Biden has a nine-point advantage on crime and safety.

  • Yahoo News/YouGov poll: “Despite the president’s insistence on ‘law and order,’ most voters (51 percent) say the country would become less safe if Trump wins in November. Just 39 percent say the same about Biden.”

  • Pew Research poll: “And about as many voters express confidence in Biden (46%) as Trump (43%) to effectively handle law enforcement and criminal justice issues.”

  • Kaiser Family Foundation: “Vice President Biden leads on other issues including maintaining law and order (51% vs. 41%)”

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DNC on the Passing of Congressman and Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

18 Jul

DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Black Caucus Chair Virgie M. Rollins released the following statement after the passing of U.S. Congressman and legendary civil rights leader John Lewis:

John Lewis is everything we aspire to be as people, as leaders, and as a party. He taught us how to dream, how to work, how to sacrifice, and of course, how to make good trouble. He modeled a profound humility and a limitless ability to forgive in the face of even the most heinous acts. His zeal for justice was only matched by his capacity for compassion. The last living speaker from the March on Washington, he provided a bridge from how far we’ve come and a road map to where we still need to be.

From beatings in Rock Hill to bloodshed in Selma, John Lewis risked his life to bring America closer to its founding ideals. He sat in for justice and stood up for equality, he marched for jobs and rode for freedom. And for three decades, he continued to wage the battle for civil rights in Congress – fighting to expand health care, reduce gun violence, and protect the sacred right to vote.

While many espouse the virtues of justice or a fidelity to true equality, it is the rare leader who inspires them in millions. John Lewis was one of those leaders. That crisp Sunday morning when he set foot on the Edmund Pettus bridge he knew what lay ahead. He understood that racism’s fists and segregation’s billy clubs would very well beat him to within an inch of his life, and if he survived he would likely wake up in a jail cell. But he stepped forward anyway, knowing full well the carnage that awaited him. He sacrificed himself so his country he loved so dearly could one day be worthy of such an act. The words of our constitution may have been written by revolutionists in 1776 but they were given meaning by a revolutionary in 1965.

In a moment where we have been driven apart, in a nation that feels as divided as it has ever been, let us allow John Lewis to bring us together one more time. Allow his memory to continue to lead us toward that more perfect union. His legacy reminds us that we are truly one nation, but it also demands that we continue to work toward completing our unfinished business, his unfinished business: Justice.

Remembering John Lewis 

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Over 250 AAPI Leaders Endorse Joe Biden for President

17 Jul

Today, more than 250 leaders from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community endorsed Joe Biden for President. The group includes members of the DNC AAPI Caucus, prominent state and local officials, community leaders, organizers, advocates, and the entire AAPI Legislative Caucuses from California, Maryland, and Hawaii. In their endorsement, the group praised Biden’s unique ability to “heal our nation’s soul” and applauded his “compassion, humanity, honor, integrity, and steady leadership.” Read the full endorsement here.

The announcement reflects the broad coalition of support that Biden is building across the AAPI community. Earlier this year, Biden earned the endorsement of the AAPI Victory Fund and ASPIRE. The AAPI community will be decisive in determining the outcome of the 2020 election in key battleground states like Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Virginia, and Arizona.

Now more than ever, we need leadership in the White House that will strive to knit Americans together, rather than tear us apart. Vice President Biden has a proven track record of standing with the AAPI community, and he has demonstrated a strong understanding of the diverse needs and challenges we face,”  said DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong. “Our endorsement today comes at a critical time for the AAPI community. As the entire country grapples with Donald Trump’s catastrophic coronavirus response, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are being hit especially hard. Trump’s utter failure of leadership has stoked xenophobia, while inflaming already existing economic and health disparities in our community. When Joe Biden is President, the AAPI community will have an ally in the White House who will fight to create a fair and humane immigration system, invest in small businesses, collect disaggregated data, and ensure that hate has no safe harbor in our country.”

Full list of endorsers below. 

DNC AAPI Members

● Bel Leong-Hong, National AAPI Caucus Chair

● Keith Umemoto, Member & AAPI Caucus Secretary/Treasurer

● Otto Lee, Member & AAPI Caucus Vice Chair

● Chris Lu, At-Large Member

● Christina Sablan, Northern Marianas Islands National Committeewoman

● Michael A. White, Northern Marianas Islands National Committeeman

● A.J. Durrani, Texas National Committeeman

● Sierra Yamanaka, Arizona National Committeewoman

● Jadine Nielsen, Hawai’i National Committeewoman

AAPI Caucus Leadership

● Sylvia Lee, Arizona Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Chair

● Devang Shah, Maryland Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Chair

● Ying Gee, Michigan Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Chair

● Gracie Galloway, North Carolina Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Chair

● Dan Santos, Clark County (NV) Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Chair

● Praveen Meyyan, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia Chair

● Cora Quisumbing-King, New Hampshire Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Co-Chair

● Sumathi Madhure, New Hampshire Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Co-Chair

● Joshua Ang Price, Arkansas Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Chair

● Melissa Ramoso, California Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Chair

● Sam Shim, Ohio Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Chair

● Francine Ly, Asian American Democrats of Texas Vice President

● Kishan Putta, DC Democratic Party AAPI Caucus Chair

● Angelito Tenorio, Democratic AAPI Caucus of Wisconsin (Ad Hoc) Co-Chair

● Paula Phillips, Democratic AAPI Caucus of Wisconsin (Ad Hoc) Co-Chair

State Elected Officials

● Betty Yee, California State Controller

● Senate President Ron Kouchi, Hawai’i Senate

● Sen. Regine Biscoe Lee, Guam Legislature

● Sen. Richard Pan, California State Senate

● Sen. Sheik Rahman, Georgia State Senate

● Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Hawai’i Senate

● Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz, Hawai’i Senate

● Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran, Hawai’i Senate

● Sen. Laura Thielen, Hawai’i Senate

● Sen. Lorraine Inouye, Hawai’i Senate

● Sen. Michelle Kidani, Hawai’i Senate

● Sen. Roz Baker, Hawai’i Senate

● Sen. Susan C. Lee, Maryland State Senate

● Sen. Clarence Lam, Maryland State Senate

● House Speaker Scott Saiki, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Gene Wu, Texas House of Representatives

● Del. Kriselda Valderrama, Maryland General Assembly

● Del. David Moon, Maryland General Assembly

● Del. Harry Bhandari, Maryland General Assembly

● Del. Kumar Barve, Maryland General Assembly & Chair of House Environment and Transportation Committee

● Del. Lily Qi, Maryland General Assembly

● Del. Mark Chang, Maryland General Assembly

● Del. Wanika Beatrice Fisher, Maryland General Assembly

● Rep. Chris Chyung, Indiana House of Representatives

● Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Dee Morikawa, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Della Bellati, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Gregg Takayama, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Jimmy Tokioka, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. John Mizuno, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Kobayashi Bert, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Nadine Nakamura, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Romy Cachola, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Sam Kong, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Scot Matayoshi, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Sharon Har, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Stacelynn Eli, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Sylvia Luke, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Takashi Ohno, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Troy Hashimoto, Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Rep. Bee Nguyen, Georgia General Assembly

● Rep. Sam Park, Georgia General Assembly

● Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, California State Assembly

● Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, California State Assembly

● Assemblymember Ash Kalra, California State Assembly

● Assemblymember David Chiu, California State Assembly & Chair of the California Asian & Pacific Islander

Legislative Caucus

● Assemblymember Ed Chau, California State Assembly

● Assemblymember Evan Low, California State Assembly

● Assemblymember Kansen Chu, California State Assembly

● Assemblymember Phil Ting, California State Assembly

● Assemblymember Rob Bonta, California State Assembly

● Assemblymember Todd Gloria, California State Assembly

Local Elected Officials

● Arlene Chin, Tempe City Councilmember

● Mike Fong, Los Angeles Community College District Trustee

● Ann Kobayashi, Honolulu City Councilmember

● Brandon Elefante, Honolulu City Councilmember

● Joey Manahan, Honolulu City Councilmember

● Justin Kollar, Kauai Prosecuting Attorney

● Kymberly Pine, Honolulu City Councilmember

● Luke Evslin, Kauai County Councilmember

● Riki Hokama, Maui County Councilmember

● Ross Kagawa, Kauai County Councilmember

● Tasha Kama, Maui County Councilmember

● Valerie Pointdexter, Hawai’i County Councilmember

● Jin Lee, Maine Township High School District 207 School Board Member

● Sean Hassan, Austin Community College Board of Trustee

● Babur Lateef, Prince William County (VA) School Board Chairman-At-Large

● Harris Mahedavi, Loudoun County School Board Member

● Ingrid Morroy, Arlington County (VA) Commissioner of Revenue

● Peter Gur, Prince Edward County (VA) Public School Board Member

● Sam Cho, Port of Seattle Commissioner

● Bret Narayan, City of St. Louis, MO Alderman

● Aftab Pureval, Hamilton County (OH) Clerk of Courts

● Peter Urscheler, Phoenixville, PA Mayor

● Arati Singh, Austin Independent School District Board Member

● Ben Ku, Gwinnett County (GA) Commissioner

Former Elected Leaders

● Ben Cayetano, Former Governor of Hawai’i

● George Ariyoshi, Former Governor of Hawai’i

● John Waiheʻe, Former Governor of Hawai’i

● Neil Abercrombie, Former Governor of Hawai’i

● Shan Tsutsui, Former Lt. Governor of Hawai’i

● Doug Chin, Former Lt. Governor of Hawai’i

● Calvin Say, Speaker Emeritus of Hawai’i House of Representatives

● Gordon Quan, Former City of Houston Mayor Pro Tem

● Velma Veloria, Former Washington State Representative

Appointed Officials (Past and Present)

● Ginger Lew, Former White House Advisor

● Karen Narasaki, Former Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

● Francey Lim Youngberg, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Engagement, U.S. Department of

Housing and Urban Development

● Yvonne Lee, Former Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

● Jeanette Takamura, PhD, Former Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services

● Carol Wong, Former Commissioner, Pennsylvania Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

● Jason Tengco, Former Deputy Director for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

● Esther Lee, Former Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Commonwealth of Virginia

● Tuyet Duong, Former Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

● Mike Ancheta Nisperos Jr., Chair of Vallejo Civil Service Commission

National Community Leaders

● Shekar Narasimhan, Chair of the AAPI Victory Fund

● Glen Fukushima, Co-Founder of CAPA21

● Paul Tiao, Co-Founder of Asian American Action Fund

● Fritz Friedman, Co-Founder of Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment

● Maeley Tom, Founding President of the California Joint APIA Legislative Caucus Institute

● Buck Gee, Advisory Board Member at Asia Society – Northern California

● Katie Kalvoda, Founder and President of Asian Americans Rising

● Irene B. Bueno, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● Irene Natividad, Co-Chair for Endorsement at Asian American Action Fund

State & Local Political Leaders

● Naomi Okumura Story, PhD, Former Chair of the Arizona Democratic Party AAPI Caucus

● Gerald G. Gubatan, Past President of the Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats

● Hannah Cho, California Democratic Party Southern California Vice Chair

● Mary Grace Barrios, Past President of the Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats

● Paul Seo, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Central Committee Member

● Mohammad Junaid Akther, President of the American Muslim Democratic Caucus of Florida

● Brickwood Galuteria, Former Chair of the Hawai’i Democratic Party

● Constantino “Coco” Alinsug, Massachusetts Democratic Party State Committee Member

● Dhaval Shah, Chair of the Howard County Democratic Party AAPI Caucus

● Hoan Dang, Former Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party AAPI Leadership Council

● Jonathon Rowland, Chair of the Baltimore City (MD) Democratic Party AAPI Caucus

● Shyam Karki, Chair of the Baltimore County (MD) Democratic Party AAPI Caucus

● Shanika Amarakoon, Portsmouth (NH) Democrats Secretary

● Walter King, Strafford County and Dover (NH) Democratic Committees Executive Committee Member

● Ritesh Shah, Chair of the Monmouth County (NJ) Democrats South Asian Caucus

● Bertran D Palacios, Democratic Party of the Northern Mariana Islands Central Executive Committee Member

● Hebert Soll, Democratic Party of the Northern Mariana Islands Central Executive Committee Member

● Nola Hix, Chair of the Democratic Party of the Northern Mariana Islands

● Shawna Indalecio, Democratic Party of the Northern Mariana Islands Central Executive Committee Member

● Sophia Perez, Democratic Party of the Northern Mariana Islands National Delegate

● Qaisar Imam, Asian American Democrats of Texas Member

● Dewita Soeharjono, Chair Emeritus of Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia

● Suchada Langley, Virginia’s 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee Vice Chair

Policy Leaders & Advocates

● Maria Lourdes Tiglao, Truman National Security Project DC Chapter Director

● Tom K. Wong, Professor and Director of the U.S. Immigration Policy Center

● Pushkar Sharma, Policy Strategist at the New Leaders Council

● Raymond Kuo, Executive Director at the Midwest International Policy Institute

● My Tam Nguyen, Chief of Staff at the National Innovation Service

● Won Palisoul, Truman National Security Project Defense Council

● Julia Kim Chun, Chief of Staff to Sen. Barbara Favola

● Nelson Garcia, President of the Washington Intergovernmental Professional Group

● Vannary Kong, Global Connectivity and Trade Sherpa at Youth G7

Community Leaders

● Jennifer Chau, Chair, Arizona AANHPI for Equity

● Kostubh “KJ” Bagchi, Co-Founder of Desis for Progress

● Nicholas Lepham, Director of PIVOT – The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization

● Lani Wong, Community Advocate on behalf of Georgia AAPIs

● John Park, Former President of the Korean Community Empowerment Council

● Rebecca Nelson, Leadership Council at the Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership

● Teodora Gaite Schipper, Past President of the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh Inc

● Neha Dewan, National Director for South Asians for Biden

● Brad Baldia,Co-Chair of Pennsylvania AAPIs for Biden

● Anna Perng, Co-Chair of Pennsylvania AAPIs for Biden

● Ling Luo, Founding Chair of Asian American Democratic Club

● Jay Bhandari, President of Global Organization of People of Indian Origin

● Winnie Tang, President of the Florida Asian Women Alliance

● Fe Nieves-Khouw, Past President of Philippine Nurses Association of America – Maryland Chapter

● Lisa Kuan, Co-Founder of Tri-State Asian American Action Fund

● Mingfei Yi, Chair of National Asian American PAC

● Victoria Li, Chair of Central Texas Asian American PAC

● Loren Nadres, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● Gautam Dutta, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● Mona Mohib, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● Willard K. Tom, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● Aryani Ong, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● Chan Park, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● Richard Chen, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● Albert Shen, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● JR Smith, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

● Caroline Fan, Board Member at Asian American Action Fund

Candidates for Office

● Sri Kulkarni, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives

● Leezah Sun, Candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives

● Suzanne Hug, Candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives

● Marvin Lim, Candidate for Georgia General Assembly

● Michelle Au, Candidate for Georgia State Senate

● Janet Yang Rohr, Candidate for Illinois House of Representatives

● Emily Weber, Candidate for Missouri House of Representatives

Business Leaders

● Charlie Woo, CEO, Megatoys

● Martin Wong, Owner, Giraffe-x Creative Imaging

● Dottie Tiejun Li, Founder & CEO, TransPacific Communications

● Bali Kumar, CEO, Lean & Green Michigan

● Arindam Kar, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

● Han Ko, CEO, USAKO Corp.

● Rick Shang, CEO, Vulpes Corp.

● Shayn Prapaisilp, COO, STJ Group Holdings LLC

● Jun Choi, CEO, Menlo Realty Ventures

● Antoinette Wilson, CEO, Triumph Communications

● Gloria Lung Wakayama, Partner, Harris & Wakayama PLLC

● Deborah Chen, Owner, Shabu House HTX

● Rogene Calvert, Principal, Outreach Strategists

Arts & Media

● Lou Diamond Phillips, Actor and Director

● Mark Dacasos, Actor

● Tia Carrere, Actress and Singer

● Kurt Bardella, Senior Advisor at Lincoln Project

● Stephen Gong, Executive Director at Center for Asian American Media

Activist & Advocates

● Brooke Marissa Lee Harris, Arizona

● Lori Taniguchi, Arizona

● Pinny Sheoran, Arizona

● Jon Lea Fimbres, Arizona

● Laetitia Hua, Arizona

● Marvin Dean McCollum, Arizona

● Janice K Eng, Arizona

● Catherine Ripley, Arizona

● Priyanka Sundareshan, Arizona

● Reksmey Mouk, California

● Carmen Chang, California

● Joselito Laudencia, California

● Loreto Quevedo Dimaandal, California

● Erin Pangilinan, California

● Erika L. Moritsugu, District of Columbia

● Aaron Sayama, District of Columbia

● Caroline Chang, District of Columbia

● Hansen Mak, District of Columbia

● Patricio N. Abinales, Hawai’i

● Katrina Chan, Maryland

● Shin Inouye, Maryland

● Samantha Cheng, Maryland

● Tonia Bui, Maryland

● Mark Wong, Maryland

● Saman Qadeer Ahmad, Maryland

● Shruti Bhatnagar, Maryland

● Anis Ahmed, Maryland

● Deeba Jafri, Maryland

● Garima Bhatt Handley, Maryland

● Ron Sakai, Missouri

● Hyun Lee, North Carolina

● Jannie K. Lau, North Carolina

● Alberto Manalo, New Hampshire

● John F Furey, Northern Marianas Islands

● Frances A. Castro, Northern Marianas Islands

● Maria Tenorio Camacho, Northern Marianas Islands

● Rita A. Sablan, Northern Marianas Islands

● Ditas Valenzuela, Northern Marianas Islands

● Peni Sua, Nevada

● Cynthia Ameli, Nevada

● Rev. Phil Tom, New York

● Youping Xiao, Pennsylvania

● Josephine Tarin, Texas

● Benjamin Chou, Texas

● Jennifer Oh, Virginia

● Francis Stevens, Virginia

● Ibrahim Moiz, Virginia

● Johna Ohtagaki, Virginia

● Mason Ji, Washington

● Sandy Dang, Washington

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Voters Reject Trump’s Push To Unsafely Reopen Schools & Teachers Fear For Their Lives

17 Jul

Voters overwhelmingly disapprove of Trump’s push to reopen schools without ensuring it can be done safely. As Trump downplays the risk and refuses to take necessary precautions, coronavirus cases are on the rise among children, and teachers fear for their lives.

By more than a two-to-one margin, voters disapprove of Trump’s handling of reopening schools. 

Quinnipiac University: “Voters say more than 2 to 1, 61 – 29 percent, that they disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling the re-opening of schools.”

Politico/Morning Consult: “A decisive 65 percent of voters rejected President Donald Trump’s threat to cut federal funding for schools that don’t reopen, agreeing instead that schools need resources for continued virtual learning or other types of instruction.”

Trump predicted the virus would not impact kids and opposed school safety measures, in part because they wouldn’t be aesthetically pleasing.

TRUMP: “We have learned one thing very strongly. Young people are in great shape when it comes to the coronavirus or whatever you want to call it. Young people are very, very, very much in good shape. And without question, they should open their schools.”

TRUMP: “We do want to get our schools open. There’s virtually no impact on children.”

TRUMP: “It doesn’t attack the young.”

TRUMP: “No, but some guidelines were extremely tough. They wanted plastic in between every desk. They wanted, you know, plexiglass, which I know, being a builder, I said, ‘That’s gonna cost a fortune.’ And it’s not a very nice setting. But they had plexiglass in between desks. Tremendously, I think it’s a — I just don’t think it’s acceptable. I don’t even know if it’s doable if you look at it times millions and millions of students.”

Coronavirus infections are on the rise in children and teens as the Trump administration tries to downplay the risk of schools reopening.

HuffPost: “Nearly One-Third Of Florida Children Tested For COVID-19 Test Positive”

Bloomberg: “As the school year draws near, children and teens represent a ballooning percentage of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. as the youngest Americans increasingly venture outside their homes and are able to get tested. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long maintained on its website that those younger than 18 make up only 2% of cases, state data paints a much less rosy picture. California and Mississippi, for instance, are recording rates nearing 10% of overall cases.”

Teachers fear for their lives and worry children would be put at risk by reopening schools without ensuring it could be done safely.

CNN: “Teachers are so worried about returning to school that they’re preparing wills”

California teacher: “How horrible is it that one of the things on the list to do is to have a plan for students and teachers dying?”

Special education teacher: “I would never have thought, when I became a teacher. I would need to get a will in place in order to go back to work.”

Texas teacher: “I feel very uneasy returning to face-to-face instruction because I am putting my children at risk of contracting COVID-19.”

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In The Battlegrounds: While Devos Hid Behind Closed Doors, Educators Slammed Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response

17 Jul

While Betsy DeVos followed her disastrous Sunday show interviews with a week of closed-door Federalist Society events, Democrats and educators across the battlegrounds called out the Trump administration’s failure to put students, teachers, and families’ safety first and slammed their attempts to force unsafe school reopenings by threatening federal education funding. Read more below:

In Arizona:

Superintendent Kathy Hoffman on KSAZ: “Trump’s push to reopen schools is completely out of touch with reality here on the ground in Arizona.”

KAWC: “Arizona education leaders say the Trump administration and federal education leaders are wrong to call on schools to reopen as soon as possible during a continuing rise in COVID-19 cases […] ‘I can tell you that after the abrupt goodbyes in the spring that our teachers in Arizona want to re-enter their classrooms and they want to be with their students as soon as it is safely possible,’ Hoffman said. ‘However, it’s clear that right now it is not safe to do so and a reckless attempt to reopen without grounding those decisions in data will put the lives of our educators and our students at risk.’”

Cronkite News: “Hoffman’s comments came during a call in which state Democrats pushed back against the White House, which is leading the charge in favor of reopening schools. They said that push comes with little guidance and ‘lacks empathy for our educators’ at a time of spiraling COVID-19 cases.”

Cronkite News: “2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year Kareem Neal, who was on the call Wednesday, said DeVos’ visit with a group of lawyers instead of parents or school workers is ‘a slap in the face.’ ‘It’s a scary thought to know you never have a seat at the table with this administration,’ said Neal, who teaches in a special education classroom in Maryvale. He and others on the call said DeVos’ department and the White House have yet to give guidelines for reopening schools but continues to push the need for kids to be back in school, a rush to reopen they called ‘reckless’ and ‘completely out-of-touch with reality.’”

KJZZ: “Arizona Democrats held a press conference today with education leaders ahead of a Thursday virtual event between the U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and a Phoenix conservative group. Kareem Neal is a Phoenix special ed teacher and Arizona’s 2019 Teacher of the Year […] He says he’s disappointed that DeVos hasn’t expressed interest in meeting with educators and hearing their concerns.”

KSAZ: “Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman participated in a conference call with Democrats denouncing the president’s calls to reopen schools or face funding cuts.”

KPNX: “During a press call with reporters, Arizona’s top educator expressed concern with the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact on teachers and students […] The main point of the press call was to push back against the President’s call to have students back in the classrooms. ‘Trump’s push to reopen schools is completely out of touch with reality here on the ground in Arizona,’ Hoffman said. ‘And a reckless attempt to reopen without grounding those decisions in data will put the lives of our educators  and students at risk.’”

Blog for Arizona: With Betsy DeVos Coming to Arizona, Education and Political Leaders Discuss the Challenges of Reopening Schools for In Person Instruction. “Ms. DeVos, the Secretary of Education, will be in Arizona tomorrow to attend a closed-door virtual meeting of the Federalist Society […] Superintendent Hoffman commented that Mr. Trump’s rush to reopen schools: ‘Lacked empathy for our educators and lacked understanding of public health with Arizona reporting our highest numbers yet.’ […] Mr. Neal, who works in an area (Maryvale) with the second highest rates of COVID-19 infections, commented ‘It would be nice if Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos ever had our backs.’”

Fronteras: Arizona Education Leaders Blast Trump Administration Ahead Of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s Event. “Kareem Neal, a Phoenix special education teacher, said he didn’t personally know Kimberly Chavez Lopez Byrd, the eastern Arizona teacher who died of COVID-19 in late June, but he felt like she was part of his community. So he was disappointed to hear U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in an interview brush off the teacher’s death and stick to the Trump administration’s school reopening talking points. ‘I felt like our leadership at the top was willing to sacrifice us (teachers) for whatever their agenda is,’ the 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year said at a Wednesday press conference by Arizona Democrats.”

In Florida:

FL Dems: “‘Trump’s push to reopen schools with a one size fits all approach is proof that he has a complete lack of understanding of the dire situation here in Florida, and a lack of empathy for the teachers and families who will bear the brunt of his reckless decisions,’ said Florida Democratic Party Spokesperson Frances Swanson. ‘Floridians deserve a president who will put public health and safety over politics. Floridians deserve Joe Biden.’”

In Michigan: 

WLNS: State Democrats to slam school re-opening plan by Betsy Devos. “The Michigan Democratic Party is holding a virtual press conference today to discuss how to safely re-open schools in Michigan and their total disagreement with the plan set forth by the Education Secretary, Betsy Devos. State representatives Sheryl Kennedy and Matt Koleszar along with Congressman Andy Levin will be hosting the conference and plan to highlight what the state of Michigan is doing now to keep their kids safe for a future return to school.

In Ohio:

The Columbus Dispatch: “Callous and clueless” – Ohio teachers unions slam Trump’s call to fully reopen schools. “Democrats and Ohio’s teacher unions blasted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos as ‘callous and clueless’ for her call to fully reopen schools this fall amid a surge in coronavirus infections. ‘Two words come to mind: callous and clueless,’ said Scott DiMauro, president of the Ohio Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union. ‘Secretary DeVos’ comments about just utterly disregarding the health and safety threat (of) reopening schools without clear public health guidance imposes was actually pretty shocking.’”

WSYX: Ohio educators push back on ‘threats’ from White House to reopen schools this fall. “‘It is disturbing to get a phone call from a teacher whose husband has lung disease and diabetes and who is fearful that if she goes back to work, she’ll be putting her husband’s life in jeopardy,’ said Melissa Cropper, President of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.”

WSYX: DeVos Threatens District Money. “Ohio educators are calling the head of the U.S. Department of Education reckless as she pushes for all schools to open within these next few weeks. […] ‘I find it shameful that Betsy DeVos is going to be doing a virtual event in Ohio tomorrow, talking to the Federalist [Society], but she’s not reaching out to any educators.”

WCMH: “Today, the Ohio Education Association and the Ohio Federation of Teachers participated in a roundtable, both groups expressing concerns on these comments. […] ‘I am deeply concerned that, to be blunt, teachers, students, and their families may die from exposure in  schools. Now, all of us want to reopen schools, but we do not want to take unnecessary risks.’”

WDTN: “At the same time, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made it clear over the weekend the only plan she wants is one where all students head back to school, even threatening districts with cutting federal funding if they don’t. […]  The Ohio Federation of Teachers says that there is nothing educators want more than to be back in school, but they differ from DeVos in one big way: ‘We also prioritize health and safety. It’s very clear that Betsy DeVos is just following in the footsteps of Donald Trump.’”

In Wisconsin: 

Wisconsin Teacher On WFRV: “They don’t care that children, parents, and teachers will inevitably get sick, may carry lifelong ailments from exposure to the illness, and that some will most certainly die.”

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