AAPI Endorsements

ACA 5 is endorsed by more than 260 Asian American Pacific Islander elected officials, organizations and leaders. Introduced by Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber of San Diego, ACA 5 would give voters the opportunity to remove the ban on affirmative action and equal opportunity programs in California by repealing Proposition 209.

Endorsements of ACA 5 include: Congressman Ted Lieu, Congressman Ro Khanna, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Norman Yee, San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar, San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safaí, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Chinese American Progressive Action, and Chinese for Affirmative Action.

The Opportunity for All Coalition, a statewide coalition supporting ACA 5, is led by co-chairs Vincent Pan, Co-Executive Director of Chinese for Affirmative Action, and Eva Paterson, President of the Equal Justice Society.

A complete list of all endorsements can be found at https://opportunity4all.org/endorsements/


ACA 5 – AAPI Endorsements
List updated as of July 21, 2020

Community and Civil Rights Groups (Partial List)

  • AAPIs for Civic Empowerment
  • AAPI Women Lead
  • API Equality of Northern California
  • API Equality – Los Angeles
  • API Forward Movement
  • AsAmNews
  • Asians4BlackLives
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles
  • Asian American Architects and Engineers Association
  • Asian American Bar Association for the Greater Bay Area
  • Asian American Psychological Association 
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
  • Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA)
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA)
  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
  • Asian American in Action
  • Asian Americans Rising
  • Asian Law Alliance
  • Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance
  • Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON)
  • Asian Refugees United
  • Asian Resources, Inc (ARI Community Services)
  • AYPAL: Building API Community Power
  • Bayanihan Equity Center
  • Bulosan Center for Filipino Studies
  • California Asian Pacific American Bar Association 
  • Californians for Justice
  • The Cambodian Family Community Center
  • California Young Democrats Asian Pacific Islander Caucus 
  • The Center for Asian Pacific American Women
  • Chinese for Affirmative Action 
  • Chinese American Progressive Action
  • Coalition for Asian American Children & Families (CACF)
  • Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations, California Chapter (CAIR-CA)
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations, San Francisco Bay Area Office (CAIR-SFBA)
  • East Bay Asian Youth Center
  • East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU)
  • Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
  • Filipino Bar Association of Northern California (FBANC)
  • The Fresno Center
  • Filipino Advocates for Justice
  • GAPIMNY—Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders
  • Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County
  • Hmong Innovating Politics (HIP)
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • Khmer Girls in Action
  • Korean American Center
  • Korean Resource Center
  • Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA)
  • Lao American National Alliance
  • Lao Advocacy Organization of San Diego (LAOSD)
  • LEAD Filipino 
  • Little Manila Rising
  • Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)
  • Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities
  • National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
  • Network on Religion and Justice for API LGBTQ People (NRJ)
  • NIkkei for Civil Rights & Redress
  • Oakland Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce
  • OCA Sacramento Chapter – Asian Pacific American Advocates
  • Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)
  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC)
  • Southeast Asian Community Alliance
  • Southeast Asian Community Center
  • United Cambodian Community
  • UCLA Center for the Study of Women
  • USC Race and Equity Center

Higher Education Leaders

  • Akhila Ananth, Associate Professor, Cal State LA
  • Alfred Flores, Professor, Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies, Harvey Mudd College
  • Alicia Virani, UCLA School of Law
  • Andrea Moore, Associate Professor/Director, Cooper- Woodson College Enhancement Program, Sacramento State University
  • Anna S. Lau, UCLA Department of Psychology
  • Anthony Ocampo, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Barbra Ramos, UCLA Asian American Studies Center
  • Betina Hsieh, Associate Professor, CSU Long Beach
  • Cam Owen, PhD Candidate Sociology
  • Christen Sasaki, Assistant Professor Ethnic Studies Department, UC San Diego
  • Clement Lai, Educator, Asian American Studies Department, CSU Northridge 
  • C.N. Le, Sociology Faculty, Asian & Asian American Studies Director, UMASS, Amherst
  • Crystal Baik, Assistant Professor, UC Riverside
  • Daniel Martinez HoSang, Yale University
  • Daniel Soodjinda, Faculty member, CSU Stanislaus
  • Darlene Lee, UCLA Teacher Education Program
  • Darryl Omar Freeman, Adjunct Professor, CSU Sacramento
  • David Kyuman Kim, Faculty, Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Stanford University
  • David Yoo, Professor, UCLA
  • Dimpal Jain, Associate Professor, CSU Northridge
  • Dr. Robert Chao Romero, UCLA
  • Evyn Lê Espiritu Gandhi, UCLA
  • Ga Young Chung, UC Davis
  • Gina Masequesmay, Professor, Asian American Studies Department, CSU Northridge
  • Grace Kyungwon Hong, Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, UCLA
  • Harvey Dong, Lecturer, Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Janelle Wong, University of Maryland
  • Jasleen Kohli, Director, Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law
  • Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, Professor
  • Julie Sze, Professor, UC Davis
  • K. Wayne Yang, Professor, UC San Diego
  • Karen Tongson, Chair & Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies, Professor of English, and American Studies & Ethnicity, USC
  • Karen Umemoto, Departments of Urban Planning and Asian American Studies, UCLA 
  • Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Professor, Author
  • Kim Chew, Attorney, FBANC
  • Keith Camacho, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies Department, UCLA
  • Kelly Fong, Lecturer, UCLA
  • Ken Wang, Attorney
  • Lan Duong, Professor, Cinema and Media Studies, USC
  • Larry Hashima, Lecturer, Asian & Asian American Studies, CSU Long Beach
  • Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani, Faculty, Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies, UC Berkeley
  • Macario Ortiz, Ethnic Studies Lecturer, Sacramento State University
  • Manjusha Kulkarni, Esq., Lecturer, Asian American Studies, UCLA
  • Marcia Chan, City College of San Francisco
  • Marie Lorraine Mallare-Jimenez, Lecturer, Asian American Studies, UC Davis 
  • Marisa Abrajano, Professor, UC San Diego
  • Mary T. Lacanlale, Assistant Professor, Asian-Pacific Studies, CSU Dominguez Hills
  • May Sudhinaraset, Assistant Professor, UCLA
  • Meg Thornton, External Affairs, UCLA
  • Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA 
  • Mitchell Chang, Professor, UCLA
  • Natalie Masuoka, Associate Professor, Political Science & Asian American Studies, UCLA
  • Parshan Khosravi, University of California Student Association
  • Paul Ong, Professor, UCLA Research
  • Rachel Lee, Professor, UCLA Center for the Study of Women
  • Renee Tajima-Peña, UCLA
  • Robyn Rodriguez, Professor & Chair, Asian American Studies; Founding Director, Bulosan Center for Filipinx Studies, UC Davis
  • Rowena Gargalicana, Lawyer, FBANC
  • Russell Jeung, Asian American Studies, San Francisco State 
  • Scott Tsuchitani, Ph.D. Candidate, UC Davis
  • Shu-mei Shih, UCLA
  • Simeon Man, Associate Professor of History, UC, San Diego
  • Steven Lee, Professor, UC Berkeley
  • Susan Nakaoka, Assistant Professor, Sacramento State University
  • Susette Min, UC Davis
  • T. Nguyen-vo, Associate Professor, UCLA
  • Theodore S. Gonzalves, Past President, Association for Asian American Studies
  • Thu-huong Nguyen-vo, Professor, UCLA
  • Tung Nguyen, Professor and Physician, UCSF
  • Uma M. Jayakumar, UC Riverside
  • Valerie Matsumoto, Professor, UCLA
  • Varaxy Yi Borromeo, CSU Fresno
  • Varaxy Yi, Assistant Professor, CSU Fresno
  • Vinit Mukhija, Professor, UCLA
  • Wendy Cheng, Associate Professor, Scripps College
  • Wynd Kaufmyn, City College of San Francisco
  • Yen Espiritu, Professor, UC San Diego

Community Members and Leaders

  • Aarti Kohli, Executive Director, Asian Law Caucus
  • Abhi Kole, HEAL Initiative, UC San Francisco
  • Abigail K. Bates
  • Abigail Rivamonte Mesa, Lawyer, Filipino Bar Association of Northern California
  • Adan Garcia
  • Aizlrose Albon
  • Albert Liu, Board President, OCA-Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA)
  • Albert Yang, Engineer
  • Alex Lee, Candidate, CA State Assembly District 25 
  • Alex Mabanta, Ph.D. student in Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Berkeley Law School
  • Alfred Twu
  • Alice Li
  • Andy Wong, The Education Trust–West
  • Angela Louie Howard, CEO, Lotus Bloom Family Resource Center
  • Angelica K. Jongco, Education Justice Advocates & Civil Rights Attorney, Public Advocates
  • Anisa Khalifa, Writer
  • Anna Lau
  • Anna Wang, Board member, Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Arman Liwanag
  • Austin Tam, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee Member, California Party Delegation Assembly District 18
  • Betty Hung, Civil Rights Attorney and Educator
  • Betty Yee, Controller, State of California
  • Calvin Sun, Physician
  • Carol Kim, Vice President, San Diego & Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • Cheryl E. Matias, PhD
  • Cynthia Choi, Co-Executive Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Cynya Michelle Ko
  • Dawn Lee Tu
  • Diane Tan, Retired Administrative Law Judge, APAWLA, JABA, APABA, MCBA, OCA-GLA
  • Diane Ujiiye, Minister
  • Dina Maramba
  • Douglas H. Lee
  • Dr. Haemin Cho, Rose Pak Democratic Club, SF Berniecrats, Progressive Democrats of America SF, DSA SF
  • Eddy Zheng, Founder & President, New Breath Foundation
  • Elaine Kim
  • Elena Kwong
  • Emi Gusukuma, General Counsel
  • Ener Chiu
  • Eric J.Chang, Lawyer
  • Eugenia Beh, Librarian
  • Ezra Hsieh
  • Garrett Shishido Strain, UC Berkeley Recording Secretary, UAW 2865
  • Godfrey Santos Plata, Candidate, CA Assembly, 53rd District
  • Gordan Mar, Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Ha Jin Park, Law Student, UCLA
  • Hana Ma, The Education Trust-West
  • Helen Tran, Attorney
  • Helen Zia, Activist
  • James Chang
  • Jane NhaUyen Tran
  • Jason Buell
  • jason chu, NITEMRKT
  • Jason Wu, GAPIMNY—Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders, Political Chair
  • Jeff Chang, Writer
  • Jennifer Rosario, Attorney, ABAS
  • Jenny Lam, Commissioner, San Francisco Board of Education
  • Jenny Phung, Physician
  • Jerry Feng, Software Engineer
  • Jillian Rausa, Asian Health Services
  • John Streamas
  • Justin Nguyen, Resident Physician
  • Kai Yui Samuel Chan, PhD student, Head Steward, UAW 2865
  • Kavitha Iyengar, Teaching Assistant, UAW 2865
  • Kevin Kumashiro
  • Kia Moua
  • Lailan Huen, Oakland Unified School District Office of Equity (for ID purposes)
  • Lanlian Szeto, Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Laksh Bhasin, Caltech ’16
  • Leah Cowan
  • Lee Ann Wang
  • Lorriz Anne Yi
  • Lui Vidalon-Suzuki, Teacher
  • Meghann Seril, Teacher, LAUSD; EAC member, ETW
  • Meher Dhaliwal, Equal Justice Society
  • Michael Guo, Board Member, Chinese for Affirmative Action 
  • Mike Murase, Nikkei Progressives
  • Miho Murai, Attorney, Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (Los Angeles)
  • Mimi Li
  • Mona Tawatao, Equal Justice Society
  • Nancy Kwak
  • Nancy Wong, Staff Attorney, API Legal Outreach
  • Nicholas Hatcher, East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU)
  • Nicole Gon Ochi, Civil rights attorney; education equity advocate
  • Nisha Vyas, Housing and Civil Rights Attorney, Wester Center on Law and Poverty
  • Norman Yee, Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • OiYan Poon
  • Olivia Lee, Attorney
  • Paul Y. Song
  • Randall Lowe, Board Chair, Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Richelle Gernan, Law Student, FBANC
  • Rigel Robinson, Councilmember, City of Berkeley
  • Ro Khanna, Congressmember, 17th Congressional District
  • Rhummanee Hang, AYAPAL
  • Sameena Usman, CAIR-SFBA
  • Sandra Lee Fewer, Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
  • Sangeeta Tripath, HEAL Initiative, UC San Francisco
  • Sara Miller, APILSA Co-Chair 2020-21, UCLA Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association (APILSA)
  • Serena Lin, Attorney
  • Sheng Thao, Councilmember, City of Oakland 
  • Shikha Bhatnagar, Executive Director, South Asian Network
  • Sissy Trinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asian Community Alliance
  • Sonam Jindal
  • Sriram Shamasunder, HEAL Initiative UC San Francisco
  • Stephanie Ong, Director of Communications, The Education Trust – West
  • Steve Hirai, Engineer
  • Sumun L. Pendakur, USC Race and Equity Center
  • Tammy Kim, Candidate, Irving City Council 2020
  • Ted Lieu, Congressmember, 33rd Congressional District
  • Tesha Laurente
  • Timothy Fong, Educator
  • Tracy Zhu, Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, Writer
  • Vincent Pan, Co-Executive Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action
  • Windi Sasaki
  • Winnie Wong, Managing Member, Reclamation Street, LLC
  • Yen-Tung Lin, Student, UC Berkeley 
  • Zhaokang Ong, First Generation American
  • Zhenzhen Jiang