A New Beginning – The Orange Club Is Launched

A New Beginning – The Orange Club Is Launched

March 17, 2014

The Orange Club: Launched Amid Fight Against SCA5

A new PAC is born to fight against SCA5 and to lead into beyond

Irvine, California, March 17, 2014 – The Orange Club, a grassroots Political Action Committee (PAC) dedicated to advocating civil equality and fighting against racial discrimination in the United States, launched today in the midst of the fight against California Senate Constitutional Amendment #5 (SCA5).

SCA5, a bill authored by California State Senator Edward Hernandez (D) passed California Senate 27:9 on January 30, 2014, strictly along the party line with Democrats for it and Republicans against it. The bill proposes to exclude “public education” from the CA Prop 209, which bans the use of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. The bill would effectively allow discrimination based on race in California public education systems. The bill is currently in California Assembly waiting for a vote.

“The SCA5 is unconstitutional, and against the core value this great nation was founded upon – equal opportunity for everyone, regardless of the color of your skin. Today, we form this PAC not only to oppose SCA5 in the short-term, but also to unite all Asian Americans within our sphere of reach to stand up against any future discriminatory proposals,” said Alex Chen, President of the newly instituted Orange Club.

“We are determined to play an active role in the political systems at the city, county, state and federal levels,” said Mrs. Laura Sun, the Club board member in charge of Fundraising, “We will work hard to raise the money necessary to support candidates that share our value, to advocate our cause, and to support our future social programs that would help promote harmony, prosperity and social welfare in our local communities.”

“SCA5 is a wake-up call in that we shall actively and effectively participate in the political process, or the core values we cherish so much may be at peril. Chinese Americans today are no longer the same as those who came in the 1800s. We have the means and the resolve to put our destiny in our own hands.” said Mr. Dennis Song, the Club board member in charge of Outreach and Coalition.

Albeit new, the supporters of the Orange Club have already begun substantial campaign efforts against SCA5, including a strong rally in Los Angeles on 2/28 and a solid presence at the political forum held in the City of Industry on 3/9. More grassroots campaigns are in the work.

The mission of The Orange Club is to empower citizens through grassroots efforts by promoting awareness of local, state, and national issues and encouraging social and political activism. As a political entity, The Orange Club strives to build a long-term, sustainable mechanism that will scrutinize legislatures, analyze the constitutionality of controversial policies, and ensure that the will of our supporters are duly represented in the political processes at all levels.

We owe our inspiration to our friends who have been at the forefront of the fight against SCA5. We celebrate our founding by carrying on the same determination and commitment to a united front.


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