Welcome to the California Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus website. Here you will find information about the Members and activities of the API Legislative Caucus. There are also resources, such as past publications and legislative priorities, which are provided to assist you in better understanding and connecting with the legislative process.
Accounting for about 16% of the state's population, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) continue to be among the fastest growing racial and ethnic groups in the state. California is home to about one-third of the nation's APIA population. As part of the substantial demographic shift in recent decades, the Caucus was founded in 2001 and serves to represent and advocate for the interests of the APIA community, including increasing APIA representation and participation at all levels of government.
The API Legislative Caucus will continue to serve, represent, and advocate for the interests of the APIA community and all Californians. With the continued growth and political involvement of the APIA community, we hope to continue addressing the needs of this population in order to bring positive changes to our communities. Please contact us with your thoughts and suggestions as they are valuable to us.
API Budget Proposal
The California Asian Pacific Islander population has faced increased attacks against members of their community since the COVID-19 pandemic began over a year ago. Racist rhetoric coming from the White House has mobilized and emboldened individuals who wish to sow hate against AAPIs by attacking them. California must take a strong stance against this violence and provide community support, services, prevention against these attacks, and cultural and economic development for the community. As a result, the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus (APILC) is proposing a budget requesting $147 million over a three-year period to address hate crimes.
API Bill Priorities
The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legislative Caucus announced its 2021 policy priorities, which include confronting the disturbing rise in anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination, as well as addressing systemic inequities that have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.