Leaders Forum Statement on Recent Strife in America

By July 7

The Leaders Forum is a cross sector network of influencers and executive thought leaders which was launched in the White House in 2014. It is designed to use its collective financial, business, and political resources to improve the U.S. & society at large. It does this through educating and sharing thought leadership about the growing social, civic, and economic importance of Asian Americans at the highest levels of the public, private and philanthropic sectors in the US and globally.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

By May 1

U.S. Department of Labor

“The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.”

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COVID-19 Daily Updates for Small Businesses

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Small Business Majority

“As developments continue to unfold in response to the spread of COVID-19, we know many small businesses have questions about implications in the workplace and funding options to help bolster their businesses during this difficult time. We are compiling relevant tips and resources and information on new funding opportunities and policy developments that we are sharing on our website and through online presentations. We will be posting daily updates to this page with useful information about the ways small businesses can prepare for the impact of COVID-19 on their business and community.”

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Chinese-Americans, Facing Abuse, Unite to Aid Hospitals in Coronavirus Battle

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The New York Times, 4/5/20

“Although many have weathered racist remarks and some physical attacks over the virus, Chinese-Americans are tapping their deep social networks to procure medical supplies.”

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The financial risk to U.S. business owners posed by COVID-19 outbreak varies by demographic group

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PEW Research Center, 4/23/20

“The economic fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak has put the jobs of many American workers in jeopardy, but it has also put in doubt the economic fortunes of many of the business owners who employ them.”

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Boxed CEO Hopes to be Mentor to Johns Hopkins’ Young Entrepreneurs

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John Hopkins Technology Ventures, 12/26/19

“My first entrepreneurial venture wasn’t until I was 29, which isn’t the youngest entrepreneur on the block for a first venture … Even though I was always interested in business I hadn’t developed that entrepreneurial muscle,” he explains. After graduating, Huang went to Japan to teach English, then to law school, and to a firm in New York before entering the startup world. “When I graduated from Hopkins, I didn’t feel I had that startup community network available to me.”

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Rep Lieu statement on PEW report that immigrates are 10 percent of U.S. 2020 Electorate

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Press Release, 2/26/20

“Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after Pew Research Center released their new report demonstrating that a record 10 percent of the nation’s electorate – 23 million Americans – are immigrants who will be eligible to vote in the 2020 elections. In their report, Pew outlines how the number of eligible immigrant voters has increased by 93 percent since 2000. Hispanic and Asian immigrants make up the majority of the immigrant electorate, comprising of 7.5 million and 6.9 million potential 2020 voters, respectively.”

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Co-Chair Nanci Nishimura and her partner help property owners by waiving rent for 65 retail tenants in Half Moon Bay

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The Daily Journal, 3/31/20

Joe Cotchett and Nanci Nishimura of Cotchett, Pitre, & McCarthy, LLP prominent lawyers and Half Moon Bay property owners are waiving two months rent for their tenants. Their generosity will help the local businesses during their long road to recovery. “We think it’s the right thing to do to give back to this community,” Cotchett said. During this crisis landlords have the ability to have a positive impact when tenants need it the most. “The crisis is devastating small stores up and down the coast and along our Main Street. They’re all getting hammered and landlords have to step up to the plate and share the loss.” Cotchett and Nishimura’s magnanimous actions remind us that solidarity and mutual support is the only way to get through this difficult time. This is just the beginning. They anticipate extending the rent waiver if the shelter in place order continues. Cotchett and Nishimura are also helping residential renters, and have been providing legal assistance to some of their tenants.

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Two-Thirds of Americans Expect Presidential Election Will Be Disrupted by COVID-19

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Pew Research Center, 4/28/20

“Over the past two months, the outbreak of the novel coronavirus has had a devastating impact on nearly all aspects of life in the United States. And now, most Americans expect it will disrupt the presidential election in November.”

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Most of the 23 million immigrants eligible to vote in 2020 election live in just five states

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Pew Research Center 3/3/20

“About one-in-ten people eligible to vote in this year’s U.S. presidential election are immigrants. And most (61%) of these 23 million naturalized citizens live in just five states.

California has more immigrant eligible voters (5.5 million) than any other state, more than New York (2.5 million) and Florida (2.5 million) combined. Texas and New Jersey round out the top five, with 1.8 million and 1.2 million immigrant eligible voters, respectively.”

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