Founded in 1969 to protect the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and to advance multiracial democracy in the US, CAA is a progressive voice of the broader Asian and Pacific American community.
Effective immigrant rights work means providing full access to critical legal services as well as robust advocacy to protect the dignity and fair treatment of all immigrants.
A just society requires all individuals to have sustainable employment and economic opportunities that grow shared community wealth and equity.
Public policy should reflect the reality that we live in a multi-lingual society by supporting multi-lingual education and ensuring all have access to public services regardless of their English proficiency.
Equity in our pre-K to higher education systems means racially diverse classrooms and programs that are universally accessible, high-quality, and tuition and cost free.
An accurate and complete Census count protects the political representation and fair share of public resources for communities of color and immigrants who are and have been disenfranchised.
Racial profiling, national security scapegoating, and mass incarceration must be replaced with systems that humanize and protect the safety of all people.
Chinese for Affirmative Action
Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) is a San Francisco-based advocacy organization. Founded in 1969, its initial goals were equality of access to employment and the creation of job opportunities for Chinese Americans. The group broadened its mission in the subsequent decades. As of 2007, its stated mission is "to defend and promote the civil and political rights of Chinese and Asian Americans within the context of, and in the interest of, advancing multiracial democracy in the United States".
In 1978, CAA successfully advocated that the United States Census break down the single "Asian" category on the questionnaire into multiple distinct groups, to help better understand the Asian American population. In 1999, CAA helped advocate increased outreach in undercounted communities for the 2000 Census.
From 1982 onwards, CAA was involved in the national campaign on behalf of Chinese-American hate crime victim Vincent Chin.
In 2000, CAA helped organize a national coalition in support of Taiwanese-American scientist Wen Ho Lee.
CAA was one of the major organizations hitting back at xenophobia and racism related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic in the United States. There were reports of over 1000 xenophobia and racism cases against Asian Americans between January 28 and February 24, 2020, which was during the first COVID-19 cases that were reported in the United States. Within one week after the "Stop AAPI Hate" website was launched, there were over 650 reports of discrimination that were mainly against Asian Americans.
In 2016, about half CAA's funding came from contracts, and the remainder from gifts and grants.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94108-1801 | Tax-exempt since April 1972
Classification (NTEE) Minority Rights (Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy)
Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3) Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
Donations to this organization are tax deductible.