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He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Priscilla and their children.<ref>[http://www.kqed.org/w/snapshots/bios/index.html#sumi_pat, Snapshots of Asian America, bio, accessed Jan.11, 2013]</ref>
 
He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Priscilla and their children.<ref>[http://www.kqed.org/w/snapshots/bios/index.html#sumi_pat, Snapshots of Asian America, bio, accessed Jan.11, 2013]</ref>
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==Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”==
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[[Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”]] was released May 12 2020.
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":''Our demands: The country’s greatest priority at this moment is to beat the COVID-19 crisis, and this requires embracing principles of antiracist solidarity and international cooperation. The Biden campaign can and should beat Trump and the GOP with a message centered on our real public health needs and the progressive values that are required to meet those needs. The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency.''"
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Signatories included '''{{PAGENAME}}'''  [[ Friends for Educational Opportunities in Chinatown]].
  
 
==Chinese for Affirmative Action==
 
==Chinese for Affirmative Action==

Latest revision as of 21:12, 23 May 2020

Henry Der worked at San Francisco-based Chinese for Affirmative Action for nearly 25 years, serving as its executive director for many years. He currently serves as the deputy superintendent of public instruction for the California Department of Education, running programs that serve at-risk and special-needs students. In addition, he has served as the chairperson of the California Post-secondary Education Commission and the State Bar Legal Services Trust Fund Commission. Der is also a commentator for NPR affiliate KQED-FM, and has practiced Bikram yoga for the past seven years.

Der is a senior program officer at Four Freedoms Fund, a national funders’ collaborative in support of immigrant rights. He helped lead the successful campaign for the new City College Chinatown/North Beach campus which will serve over 6,500 adult immigrant students every semester.

He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Priscilla and their children.[1]

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared”

Open Letter to the Biden Campaign on “Unprepared” was released May 12 2020.

":Our demands: The country’s greatest priority at this moment is to beat the COVID-19 crisis, and this requires embracing principles of antiracist solidarity and international cooperation. The Biden campaign can and should beat Trump and the GOP with a message centered on our real public health needs and the progressive values that are required to meet those needs. The “Unprepared” ad must be taken down, and all campaign messaging that fuels anti-Asian racism and China-bashing must end. We refuse to allow the Biden campaign to sacrifice our dignity in the name of political expediency."

Signatories included Henry Der Friends for Educational Opportunities in Chinatown.

Chinese for Affirmative Action

Henry Der - past executive director Chinese for Affirmative Action.

Support City College of San Francisco

Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), July 31, 2012.

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Chinese for Affirmative Action joins several community leaders to support City College of San Francisco during these tough budget times for our public education system. Supervisors Eric Mar and David Chiu introduced a supportive resolution at 2pm today to the BOS. — with Alex T. Tom, Henry Der, Eric Mar, Vincent Pan, and David Chiu.

ENSS

In early October 2017, Chinese for Affirmative Action joined Chinese Progressive Association, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus and notable community leaders Henry Der, Ling-chi Wang, and Helen Zia to form the End National Security Scapegoating (ENSS) coalition. The coalition was established in response to pervasive efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice that target and prosecute Chinese American individuals for espionage related crimes.

One such Chinese American is Professor Xiaoxing Xi, who, in 2015, was falsely charged and prosecuted by the FBI for allegedly sharing technology to a Chinese-based company. He faced charges carrying a maximum penalty of 80 years in prison and a $1 million fine. After causing significant hardship and distress to Professor Xi and his family, the FBI eventually dropped the case without explanation or an apology.

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Members of the ENSS coalition and supporters at San Francisco State University. From left to right: Cynthia Choi, CAA Co-Executive Director; CA Assemblymember Phil Ting; Prof. Xiaoxing Xi; Grace Yoo, Chair of the Asian American Studies Dept.; Dr. Russell Jeung, SFSU Professor; Pam Tau Lee, Chinese Progressive Association Board Chair.

Today, Professor Xi is seeking justice and accountability for his wrongful prosecution and to help end national security scapegoating and racial profiling in general. In efforts to raise awareness and to mobilize the community, the ENSS coalition invited Professor Xi to participate in a speaking tour at San Francisco State University, University of California-Berkeley, and Stanford University. Along with other experts, Professor Xi spoke powerfully about the dangers of racial bias in government surveillance programs based on his own experience.

Regrettably, this form of discrimination is part of our U.S. history. From the Chinese Exclusion Act to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, Asian Americans have been labeled and profiled as perpetual foreigners and threats to national security. The Muslim Ban, police violence against African Americans, and attacks against immigrants today must be understood in this same vein.

CAA, with our ENSS coalition partners, will continue to oppose efforts to racially profile Asians Americans under the false pretext of national security, to advocate for greater government accountability, and to build alliances across affected communities.[2]

References

  1. Snapshots of Asian America, bio, accessed Jan.11, 2013
  2. [http://www.caasf.org/2017/10/end-national-security-scapegoating/← Developing Grassroots LeadersCAA Advocates for “Clean” Federal DREAM Act → End National Security ScapegoatingPosted on October 31, 2017 by CAA]