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Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) and a coalition of partners launched a new cultural campaign Thursday to drive funding and support for the AAPI community.

Why it matters: The See Us Unite campaign is backed by big names, including the Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation, and comes as Asian American leaders push to address a yearlong spike in deadly anti-Asian violence.

Details: The multi-platform effort is designed to "accelerate impact," according to a release. Funds raised from the campaign will go toward community organizing, education and solidarity-building initiatives.

  • It will launch nationwide and feature high-profile Asian Americans such as actor Daniel Dae Kim and tennis star Naomi Osaka.
  • A broadcast event exploring Asian American history will air on May 21, featuring testimonials from leading Asian American advocates including Amanda Nguyen, Ai-Jen Poo and Karthick Ramakrishnan.

What they’re saying: "Ultimately, our culture is our greatest asset in our effort to change hearts and minds," said Sheila Lirio Marcelo, executive producer of the See Us Unite campaign, TAAF board member and Care.com founder.

The big picture: The Asian American Foundation is leading a $250 million effort to aid AAPI causes, supported by donors including Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai, Amazon, Walmart and Coca-Cola. 

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Biden details new vaccination initiatives as COVID cases surge

Joe Biden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

President Biden detailed several new initiatives on Thursday to get more Americans vaccinated and slow the spread of the Delta variant.

Why it matters: The plan outlines aggressive next steps from the federal government as COVID-19 cases surge across the country due to the contagious Delta variant and as demand for vaccines has tapered off.

Senate passes $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill

U.S. Capitol police officers testify during a House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot on July 27, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via Xinhua

The Senate passed a $2.1 billion Capitol security funding bill Thursday by a 98-0 vote.

Why it matters: The legislation provides funding for the Capitol Police, the National Guard and other agencies to cover the costs incurred during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen in 1970s

Theodore McCarrick in 2015. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1970s, AP reports.

Why it matters: McCarrick is the first cardinal in the U.S. to "ever be criminally charged with a sexual crime against a minor," AP notes, citing Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer for the man allegedly abused by McCarrick.