There Is A Growing Push Against Caste Bill
By PUSHPITA PRASAD
As the hearing on the caste bill starts in the California Assembly, here is an update:
Over 130 diverse organizations, temples, and businesses on June 28 submitted letters opposing SB403.
In June, the Sikh community from Yuba City, California joined the fray, adding their voices to the resistance against official caste-based scapegoating.
Two prominent members of the California State Assembly, Evan Low and Alex Lee, who are from AAPI backgrounds and represent constituencies in the Bay Area, have also raised concerns about the rush to railroad this prejudicial bill through the legislature.
And, in a stunning development, 30 former and current employees of Cisco have gone public with their anguish about the case pursued against their colleagues and company by the California Civil Rights Department. They have petitioned California’s Governor, Gavin Newsom, for an independent inquiry to investigate the vicious conduct of the CRD during its witch hunt for non-existent ‘caste’ discrimination.
The Coalition of Hindus of North America has also sent its opposition letter critiquing the Legislative Analysis and why #SB403 is “unnecessary, is in violation of the 14th and First Amendments and unconstitutionally vague.”
(Prasad is a board member of Coalition of Hindus of North America.)