The latest AAPI news from NCAPA and its 34 member organizations.
NAPAWF Denounces Arkansas’ Decision to Pass Racist “Sex-Selective” Abortion Ban
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is disappointed by Arkansas’ anti-abortion law, House Enrolled Act 733, signed into law this week. The law uses the language of non-discrimination to target and limit abortion access for AAPI women.
CAAM Sends Message to Preserve Public Media and Diverse Stories
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Executive Director Stephen Gong issued a statement about the importance of preserving public and diverse media. President Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
NCAPA Congratulates Vanita Gupta, who will head Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights announced its incoming president and CEO, civil rights leader Vanita Gupta, who will be the first Asian American and first woman to assume this position. NCAPA leaders Suman Raghunathan of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), John Yang of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Quyen Dinh of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Gregory Cendana of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and Christopher Kang sent congratulatory messages.
LEAP Completes 2016-2017 Emerging Leaders Program
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), an NCAPA member, recently concluded its Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) for 2016-2017. The program aims to build nonprofit organizational capacity by developing AAPI staff for leadership and management roles. We thank LEAP for providing the program and congratulate the graduates of this year’s program, including Nisha Ramachandran, NCAPA policy and operations manager, and Kendall Kosai, OCA director.
NCAPA IN THE NEWS
NCAPA National Director Christopher Kang is a source in an article about the filibuster debate concerning Judge Neil Gorsuch. (Ariane de Vogue, CNN)
After Judge Gorsuch refused to meet with Senators Tammy Duckworth and Catherine Cortez Masto, NCAPA National Director wrote that it is a new low in the Supreme Court confirmation process. (Christopher Kang, The Huffington Post)
Last week, SAALT organized a Congressional briefing and town hall in response to the surge of hate violence. (India-West)
ACTION ALERTS & RESOURCES
Protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Stop the Attack on Title X Family Planning
Support the Maryland Trust Act
AAPIs in Maryland, sign the AAJC petition to the Maryland Legislature and Gov. Larry Hogan to pass the Maryland Trust Act, which would make communities safer and support immigrant communities.
#EqualPayDay Twitter Storm
On Tuesday, April 4, join a Twitter storm for #EqualPayDay.
Call your Senator to block funding for Trump’s attacks on immigrants (NAKASEC action alert)
Call your Senator today. Tell them to say NO to funding Trump’s wall, deportation force and detention centers. Click here to find your Senator's phone number.
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State, Zip Code], and I urge you to NOT fund President Trump’s wall, deportation force and detention centers. Our tax dollars should be spent on programs that help our communities thrive, like public education, child care, affordable housing. We should not be rounding up our community members. I support immigrant and refugee communities.
NAKASEC’s Immigrant Rapid Response Plan
-Share and use this number for families with immigration questions: 1-844-500-DACA or 1-844-500-3222 (Assistance available in Korean & English)
Know Your Rights
Stop Neil Gorsuch
Call your senators now (202-224-3121) and tell them to #StopGorsuch in his nomination to be a Supreme Court Justice.
Share your FAFSA experience
Take SEARAC’S FAFSA Survey to help inform policymakers how to better support first-generation AAPI students with limited English proficiency in completing the FAFSA.
Track hate incidents and view their databases
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Sixteen years after the first Dream Act, the “original dreamer” Tereza Lee still advocates for undocumented immigrants. (Chris Fuchs, NBC Asian America)
Filipinos and Filipino Americans, most of whom are descendants, relatives and supporters of World War II veterans, honored the heroes of Bataan and Corregidor on March 19 in New Mexico. (The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project)
As Women’s History Month comes to a close, here are six Asian American memoirs to add to your reading list. (Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, NBC Asian America)
Saturday, April 1 @ 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Free Citizenship Clinic from Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center. Call (202) 393-3572 to register. Fairfax, Va.
Saturday, April 8 @ 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. NAKASEC Community Art Day. Make posters at the NAKASEC office for upcoming mobilizations. NAKASEC office: 4304 Evergreen Lane, Suite 104, Annandale, VA 22003
Saturday, April 15 @ 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.: Tax Day March. NAKASEC contingent meeting at U.S. Capitol West Front Fountain, 1 First Street, NW, Washington, DC 20510.
Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23: Hmong National Development Conference. Milwaukee.
Friday, April 21 - Monday, April 24: National South Asian Summit 2017. D.C.
Saturday, April 29: Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Jump Start College Tour, a free workshop for high school students and parents. Portland Community College Southeast Campus.
Thursday, July 13 - Sunday, July 16: 14th Annual SABA North America Convention. D.C.
Executive Director Openings
Job and Internship Openings
Apply to the APAICS Leadership Academy by March 31.
The South Asian Bar Association Foundation (Foundation) is the charitable arm of the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA). Each year, the Foundation develops and funds public interest projects that benefit the South Asian community in the following areas: domestic violence; immigration rights; hate crimes, discrimination and racial profiling; and community access to justice. To apply for one of this year’s grants, please submit a completed application by April 24.