“This lawsuit is about improving education for all people,” said attorney Christine Linnenbach. “We want to be included not excluded from the process.” Linnenbach represents the Friends of Lowell Foundation, the Lowell Alumni Association, the San Francisco Taxpayers Association and the Asian American Legal Foundation. She was joined by a number of attorneys, including former San Francisco supervisor, former state senator and retired judge Quentin Kopp, as well as Bradley Hertz and James Sutton.
"The tweets were uncovered as part of an ongoing recall effort against Collins and two other board members by Diane Yap, a SFUSD graduate who was reportedly angered by the board’s decision to change the admissions process at Lowell High School, and has since formed a group called the Friends of Lowell. The recall group has argued the tweets illustrate an anti-Asian bias behind the Lowell decision, which many have viewed as hurting the Asian students who make up a large portion of the school’s student body."
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"Diane Yap, a San Francisco native and 2002 Lowell graduate, said her discovery of the tweets was 'distressing,' given Collins’ use of a racial epithet and reinforcement of a stereotype that Asian Americans aren’t politically active enough.
'I don’t think this sort of rhetoric is acceptable from any elected officials, especially given today’s climate and the violent attacks that are happening against Asians now,' she said. 'I absolutely see how her words about us can breed resentment and maybe be the seed that causes somebody to act violently against us or our elders.'
Yap called on Collins to step down."
Lee Cheng, founder of civil rights group Asian American Legal Foundation, also called on Collins to resign, saying he was shocked and dismayed at her comments.
“This is a culmination of decades of just watching the situation for Asian Americans in San Francisco deteriorate to the point we now see elderly senior citizens murdered in the streets in broad daylight with impunity,” Cheng said.