AAA Fund Mourns Death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee


Pioneering Son of Immigrants Championed Opportunity and Fairness

The board of the Asian American Action Fund, a Democratic political action committee, mourns the loss of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Born Edwin Mah Lee in 1952 to Chinese immigrants who emigrated during the Chinese Exclusion Act, he rose to become San Francisco’s first Asian American mayor. As Mayor, he welcomed immigrants and proclaimed that “being a sanctuary city is in our DNA.” Called upon to fill out the remainder of now Lt. Gov. Newsom’s mayoralty, Lee was reelected twice in 2011 and 2015. As mayor, he pushed the creation of the Housing Trust Fund to finance $1.5B in affordable housing, a $15 hourly minimum wage increase, and the creation of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing.

Prior to his mayoral appointment, Lee had served the city of San Francisco in many capacities, including as city administrator, Director of Public Works, Director of City Purchasing, Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission, and Deputy Director of Employment Relations. Early in his career, Lee worked as managing attorney for the Asian Law Caucus after receiving his JD from UC Berkeley.

Gautam Dutta, Counsel for the Asian American Action Fund and Northern California Chair, stated, “Ed Lee loved San Francisco and public service. He was a pioneer and an inspiration to many of us, and the candidates and elected officials we support. His loss will be deeply felt.”


The Asian American Action Fund (www.aaafund.org) is a Democratic Asian American and Pacific Islander PAC founded in 1999. AAAFund’s goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in every level of local, state and federal government in the United States.

Join us in support of Betty Yee on April 3

Please join us for a meet & greet reception for California State Controller Betty Yee

Hosted by

  • Asian American Action Fund (AAA-Fund)
  • Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • America’s Opportunity Fund (AOF) and 

Monday, April 3, 2017

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The 201 Bar – State Room

201 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

RSVP to dailysmith@gmail.com or (310) 497-8162

Rep. Takano Joined by CAPAC Leadership in Introducing Resolutions in Remembrance of Japanese American Internment

Editor’s Note: Rep Mark Takano is our former Endorsed Candidate.

Rep Mark Takano

For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Contact: Josh Weisz
(202) 225-2305

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) introduced two resolutions in remembrance of Japanese American internment. The first, introduced with Reps. Doris Matsui and Colleen Hanabusa, would establish a Day of Remembrance to reflect on the injustices endured by thousands of men, women, and children who were the victims of discrimination during World War II. The second would recognize Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution to honor Mr. Korematsu’s lifelong fight to defend the constitutional rights of all Americans.

This year is the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which permitted the internment of certain communities based only on ethnicity and country of origin.

“The forced relocation and imprisonment of 120,000 Japanese Americans, including my parents and grandparents, was a dark chapter in our history that can never be forgotten,” said Rep. Takano. “The consequences of allowing our fear to overcome our compassion should serve as a lesson that is more relevant today than ever before. I hope my family’s suffering, and the suffering of so many others, acts as a warning to the American people about the danger of allowing hate and discrimination to dictate policy.”

In 1944, Fred Korematsu appealed his imprisonment in a Japanese American prison camp to the Supreme Court, which ruled against him on the grounds that wartime incarceration was a “military necessity.” However, following revelations of governmental misconduct and evidence that incarceration was attributable to “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership,” his case was reopened in 1983 and his conviction was overturned.

President Bill Clinton awarded Mr. Korematsu the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2010, California established the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution, which is now observed by the state on January 30 of each year.

“As we reflect on this anniversary, we must do so with the understanding that history is not static,” said Rep. Matsui. “Seventy-five years ago, Japanese American citizens faced an unimaginable injustice, forced into internment by their own country. Our nation was united in righting this wrong with the passage of the Civil Liberties Act almost 30 years ago. But the mistakes of our past must never be forgotten or normalized. We remain committed to ensuring history does not repeat itself, and vigilant in our defense of justice for all.”

“The Day of Remembrance resolution is to recognize what happened 75 years ago when Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt,” said Rep. Hanabusa. “After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, innocent Japanese Americans were seen as threats to our country almost overnight. When E.O. 9066 was signed, 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans, including my grandfathers, were stripped of their civil liberty and rights, rounded up, and incarcerated. Today, it is more important than ever that we are reminded of this dark past in American history and what happens when we do not practice our American values of due process, acceptance, and fairness.”

The Day of Remembrance resolution is co-sponsored by: Bordallo, Chu, Cohen, Dingell, Gabbard, Grijalva, Hanabusa, Kilmer, Lee, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Matsui, Nadler, Napolitano, Peters, Roybal-Allard, Schiff, Smith (Adam), Soto, Speier, Swalwell.

The resolution to recognize Fred Korematsu Day is co-sponsored by: Clarke, Green, Gutierrez, Hanabusa, Jayapal, Lee, Lieu, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Meng, Napolitano, Peters, Speier, Velazquez

John Chiang on Muslim Ban

Our friend John Chiang, California’s 33rd State Treasurer, has a message for all Californians and Americans:

John Chiang, Candidates for CA Governor Leads 27 Asian American Office Holders to Demand Trump to Reverse Muslim Ban

SACRAMENTO – State Treasurer and California Gubernatorial Candidate, John Chiang rallied influential Asian Pacific Islander Americans elected to local, state and federal offices today, demanding President Donald Trump to rescind his “unconstitutional executive order shutting our nation’s borders to travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries based solely on their race and religious beliefs.”

The letter, included below, is signed by:

John Chiang, California State Treasurer

Betty Yee, California State Controller

Fiona Ma, Chairwoman, California State Board of Equalization Member, Second District

Ted Lieu, Member of Congress, House of Representatives, 33rd Congressional District

Dr. Richard Pan, Member, California State Senate, 6th District

Rob Bonta, Chair, California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus

Member, California State Assembly, 18th Assembly District

David Chiu, Member, California State Assembly, 17th Assembly District

Phillip Y. Ting, Member, California State Assembly, 19th Assembly District

Kansen Chu, Member, California State Assembly, 25th Assembly District

Ash Kalra, Member, California State Assembly, 27th Assembly District

Evan Low, Member, California State Assembly, 28th Assembly District

Adrin Nazarian, Member, California State Assembly, 46th District

Ed Chau, Member, California State Assembly, 49th Assembly District

Al Muratsuchi, Member, California State Assembly, 66th District

Theresa Mah, State Representative, Illinois General Assembly, 2nd District

Ron Kim, Member, New York State Assembly, 40th District

Yuh-Line Niou, Member, New York State Assembly, 65th District

Mark L. Keam, Member, Virginia House of Delegates, 35th District

Stephen Sham, Vice Mayor, City of Alhambra, California

Jeffrey Koji Maloney, City Council Member, City of Alhambra, California

Ali Sajjad Taj, Mayor, City of Artesia, California

Mark Pulido, Councilmember, City of Cerritos, California

David E. Ryu, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles, California

David Lim, Mayor, San Mateo City Council

Rishi Kumar, City Councilmember, City of Saratoga and Director, California, California League of Cities API Caucus

Basim Elkarra, Trustee, Area 5, Twin Rivers Unified School District

Ameya Pawar, Alderman, City of Chicago, Illinois

Josina Morita, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Illinois

Text of full the letter:

Dear President Trump:

The Asian Pacific Islander American community is outraged over your unconstitutional executive order shutting our nation’s borders to travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries based solely on their race and religious beliefs.

Your 2,800-word executive order drips with cruel irony as it turns away refugees trying to escape the same Islamic terrorism and violence that you naively claim will be repelled from our shores if we only embrace your bigoted and cowardly directive.

Your ban on Muslims is not only unconstitutional, it forsakes the core values that make America great: equality, fair play, and the shimmering promise that the United States is a welcoming place for those “yearning to be free.”

As Americans, we have been taught to take pride in our diversity and our constitutional right to religious freedom. As Asian Pacific Islander Americans, we will not stand idly by as you attempt to pervert this nation’s melting pot into a boiling cauldron of intolerance, hate, and division.

APIA federal, state and local elected officials demand an immediate cancellation of your order. In just days, you have managed to sow fear and confusion among thousands of travelers, impacting foreign visitors and legal United States residents alike. There are no reports – or even claims – that any of those who have been turned away from flights or detained posed a credible terrorist threat. They are students, scientists, and interpreters serving America’s interests.

As Asian Pacific Islander Americans, we also know what it is like to be labeled “other,” to become victims of state-sponsored racism, bigotry, and xenophobia. Our Chinese ancestors came here to build the transcontinental railroad in the mid-1800s, only to be officially excluded from our shores with Congress’ passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Many of our families were left out of the United States because of the Immigration Act of 1924 which banned Arabs and Asians from coming to our country.

And we can never forget World War II, when we locked up innocent U.S. citizens because, in a misguided hysteria to further national security, we deemed the Nisei enemy agents, simply because they were Japanese American. Many of those incarcerated went on to heroically fight in the U.S Army, helping to defeat Nazi Germany, fascist Italy and Imperial Japan.

We wrongly believed these shameful ill-begotten episodes had been consigned to the junk pile of American history – and that the sins of our past, seared into our social memory, would forever inform and guide our better future.

Yet here we are. It is happening again – in 2017 – leaving us shocked, angry and forced to wear the shroud of indignity you have tossed so casually over the nation. Our Muslim brethren are being mistreated because of their faith, dress, and customs. This is un-American.

President Trump, your executive order is breaking up families; separating children from parents; casting a pale over our centuries’ old rule of law and punishing people because of the pigmentation of their skin and the deity they worship.

The history of Asian and Pacific Islander American communities allows us to walk in the shoes of Muslims, today. That is why we stand in solidarity with our fellow Muslim-Americans and immigrants. We view your attack on them as an attack on us.

If there is ever a time to stand on the right side of history, it is now.

Please, Mr. President, reverse your divisive and illegal order. America deserves better.

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