Coalition Launches Resume Bank for AAPI Who Wants to Work in Los Angeles Government
Advocates representing the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community urge newly elected Los Angeles officials to hire more diverse candidates for key staff positions.
In a joint statement released on January 4 AAPI Equity Alliance and Asian Americans Advance Justice in Southern California called on newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, city council members and county supervisors to diversify their staff.
“Our community has really struggled over the past few years, due to the pandemic and anti-Asian scapegoating and hatred, compounded by a lack of government attention and resources,” said Manjusha Kulkarni, Executive Director of AAPI Equity Alliance and co-founder of Stop. AAPI Hate, said in a statement.
“Despite the high needs of our communities and the large populations in all city councils and supervisory districts, we remain underrepresented in elected offices and in key staff positions within those offices,” he said. she adds.
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The statement highlighted the need for representation, as AAPIs represent more than 16% of the overall population of Los Angeles County and 12% of the overall population of the City of Los Angeles.
“AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in Los Angeles and the fastest growing electoral group in the United States over the past two decades,” said Connie Chung Joe, CEO of Asian Americans Advancing. Justice Southern California. “Our vote is essential for public servants to win elections, but we are often overlooked as we continue to lack representation in key city and county leadership positions. We need elected officials to bring in the right people for their administrations and committees who understand and advocate for AAPI communities.
AAPI Equity Alliance, a coalition of approximately 40 AAPI groups, also unveiled the AAPI Resume Bank, a database created to “build the pipeline of highly qualified candidates seeking government employment and/or appointments. to commissions”.
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The people who “[self-identify] as having Asian or Pacific Islander heritage and progressive politics” may submit their resume by visit this page.
Hoang Nguyen, a former LA County staffer who now works on the database, Told list that AAPI staff members offer valuable information that affects the community. He cited as an example the issue of anti-Asian hatred raised with County Supervisor Hilda Solis early in the pandemic.
“We hope that eventually we will have more AAPI elected officials, but until then we want to at least see a diverse workforce,” Nguyen said..
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