Atlanta, GA: On Wednesday, February 26th the last day of session this week, the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC) sent a letter urging the Senate Rules Committee to not call up Senate Resolution 1031 or Senate Bill 404, which would keep the bills from moving forward any further this legislative session. The 28 organizations who signed the letter with AALAC are:
Asian Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC); Cambodian-American Association of Georgia (CAAG); Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS); Chinese Community Federation of Atlanta (CCFA); Clarkston Community Center; Coalition of Latino Leaders-CLILA, Dalton GA (CLILA); Cobb Immigrant Alliance; Cobb United for Change Coalition; Culture Connect; Feminist Women’s Health Center; Filipino American Association of Greater Atlanta (Fil-Am); Georgia Rural Urban Summit (GRUS); The Georgia Undocumented Youth Alliance (GUYA); Global Growers Network; Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta (KAAGA); Andy Kim (individually), President of the Korean Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Laotian American Society of Georgia (LAS-GA); Latin American Association (LAA); National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA); Organization of Chinese Americans of Georgia (OCA-GA); Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (PACC-GA); Refugee Family Services; Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA); Refugee Women’s Network, Inc.; Vietnamese American Community of Georgia (VAC-GA); Women Watch Afrika; World Relief
The letter was sent to Senate Rules Committee Chair Jeff Mullis, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Senate Resolution 1031 sponsor Senator Don Balfour (R, HD 9, Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County), and Senate Bill 404 sponsor Senator Bill Heath (R, HD 31, Bremen).
In addition to the letter, member organizations of the Pan Asian Action Network, a coalition of 40+ grassroots nonprofit groups united in advocating for the rights of Asian Americans, are pushing an online petition and collecting physical signatures at different locations this weekend. The online petition can be found by clicking HERE.
AALAC is holding a press conference on Monday, March 3rd inside the Georgia Capitol to celebrate the defeat of both legislation and deliver thank you cookies to the Senators.