SDAAFE issue this urgent Call-For-Action to ask our supporters to call Assembly Representatives in the Health Committee to vote against AB 1726.  The Higher Education Committee has already passed AB1726, and it will be voted in the Health Committee on tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, 4/12/2016.)  Our San Diego’s own Assembly Member Brian Maienschein is the Vice Chair for the Health Committee.  Please at least call him at 916-319-2077 to voice your opposition.

The Health Committee members and their phone numbers are:

  • Brian Maienschein (Vice Chair) (916) 319-2077
  • Tom Lackey, (916) 319-2036
  • Marie Waldron, (916) 319-2075
  • Marc Steinorth, (916) 319-2040
  • Jim Patterson, (916) 319-2023
  • Kristin Olsen, (916) 319-2012
  • Jim Wood (Chair), (916) 319-2002
  • Susan A. Bonilla, (916) 319-2014
  • Autumn R. Burke, (916) 319-2062
  • Nora Campos, (916) 319-2027
  • David Chiu, (916) 319-2017
  • Matthew Dababneh, (916) 319-2045
  • Jimmy Gomez, (916) 319-2051
  • Roger Hernández, (916) 319-2048
  • Adrin Nazarian, (916) 319-2046
  • Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, (916) 319-2054
  • Freddie Rodriguez, (916) 319-2052
  • Miguel Santiago, (916) 319-2053
  • Tony Thurmond, (916) 319-2015

Please contact your assembly person today (Monday, 4/11/2016) and stating that “I am XXX from San Diego, CA.  I oppose AB 1726 and I urge assembly member YYY to vote ‘no’ for AB1726 in Tuesday’s Health Committee hearing.”

This sneaky AB1726 bill was authored by Asm. Rob Bonta (D), Asm. David Chiu (D), Asm. Evan Low (D), Asm. Philip Ting (D), Asm. Shirley Weber (D), Asm. Das Williams (D), and has already been passed on March 15th by the Higher Education Committee.  If it also passed the Health Committee, it will be voted on the Assembly Floor.  It will be best for us to stop the bill before it reaches the floor.  Masking under the pretense of doing census survey to document the differences among different sub-species of the Asian American community, it would achieve the real effect of dividing up our community into contentious subgroups for differential treatments as justifications to bring back SCA5 style legislation for all the racial groups.  The solution to racial preferences is not more racial preferences on a finer mesh.  As Chief Justice Roberts succinctly put it “The way stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”  SDAAFE firmly support the constitutional standard set by the US Supreme Court that race, ethnicity and national origins are protected category, and shall not be used to select person or group for favorable or disfavorable treatments. Examples of earlier verdicts include:  “One of the principal reasons race is treated as a forbidden classification is that it demeans the dignity and worth of a person to be judged by ancestry instead of his or her own merit and essential qualities” (Rice v. Cayetano). “Preferring members of any group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake” (Regents of UC v. Bakka).

SDAAFE Foundation is a rapidly-growing non-partisan political organization promoting active civic engagement in public affairs and defending Asian American interests.  We have the largest Asian American PAC in San Diego with over 1700 supporters.  We empower our community by providing an accessible platform for individual political engagement, and have demonstrated effectiveness in mass mobilization when called for by current events.

Contact person: Frank Xu   858-215-1162



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