August 1, 2017
Sign-on to Protect AAPI Data Disaggregation
By: Quyen Dinh

Show your community solidarity against efforts to divide us.

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is a proud champion of the nationwide, community-driven movement to disaggregate Asian American and Pacific Islander data categories to reveal the tremendous diversity and unmet needs within our communities. We denounce efforts by a small faction to divide the community based on fear-mongering and distortion – join us by signing on to this open letter.

We celebrate the historical strides that community-based organizations have made in passing or introducing legislation at the state level for data disaggregation ranging from education to health, including ARISE and PrYSM in Rhode Island, the SEAeD coalition and allies in Washington State, community leaders in Minnesota, and a coalition of over 100 organizations led by SEARAC and allies in California.

These victories have been a result of decades of collective advocacy, education, leadership, and community organizing from many people like YOU who signed on to statements, led campaigns, kept hope alive, and continued looking for policy champions despite all odds.

Data disaggregation is nothing less than a civil rights imperative for the Southeast Asian American and broader Asian American and Pacific Islander communities to collectively stand together to uncover the hidden disparities in education, health, and wealth that have been invisible for far too long.

Now is the time to continue our community’s fight for self-determination and to demand that we be seen and heard. Join us by signing on to this open letter in support of data disaggregation by August 7th.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Diverse Elders Coalition.