NCAPA Weekly Roundup | April 14 - 21, 2017

The latest news, events and ways to take action from NCAPA and its 34 member organizations.


NCAPA Members Oppose President Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" Executive Order

This week, President Trump signed an executive order intended to revise the H-1B visa program and discourage hiring low-wage workers from other countries. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and South Asian Americans Leading Together rejected the order, saying it further pits U.S.-born and foreign workers against each other and demonstrates bias against immigrant workers.

NAPABA Files Amicus Brief Supporting Block of Revised Muslim Ban

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) led 43 Asian Pacific American bar associations in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to support the preliminary injunction, or block, of President Trump’s March 6, 2017, revised executive order barring individuals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.


Souen Chheng of #ReleaseMN8 Continues His Fight to Stay in the U.S. amidst the Next Round of Deportations to Cambodia

While Cambodian refugee Soeun Chheng narrowly escaped deportation last month, he is currently detained in Arizona as an immigration judge reviews his case. Chheng is part of the “Minnesota 8,” a group of Cambodian Americans who were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Learn more from the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) about Chheng’s story and how individuals can help Chheng and other Cambodian Americans.


CAAM’s “Muslim Youth Voices” Receives Grant to Amplify Project’s Stories

The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts’ Building Bridges Program (DDFIA) provided resources for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) to amplify the stories and videos created by American Muslim youth participants of CAAM’s Muslim Youth Voices project. This will allow CAAM to hold public screenings and discussion across the country.


JACL and OCA Hold 2017 Leadership Summit

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates completed a joint leadership summit this week to introduce community leaders nationwide to policy-making on a national level.


JACL Appoints Interim Executive Director Stephanie Nitahara

JACL announced the appointment of Stephanie Nitahara as Interim Executive Director. Nitahara has served as JACL staff for nearly five years at the Pacific Southwest Regional Office.


SAALT to Host the 6th National South Asian Summit in Response to Growing Challenges Faced by South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu  Communities

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) will hold a summit over the weekend to address the escalating attacks and challenges of South Asians, Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus nationwide in the 2017 National South Asian Summit in D.C.




AAPI Data has a series of blogs about why detailed data on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders is necessary. The blogs and data show the breakdown of unemployment, poverty and education rates that reveal much more about the diverse needs of our community.

This blog series highlights the #CountMeIn campaign that NCAPA, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC are collaborating on to send as many messages as possible to the Office of Management and Budget about why we deserve to be counted.  (Read more on AAPI Data)

Opinion: Asian American, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders Need to Mobilize for Disaggregated Data (APIAHF’s Kathy Ko Chin, NBC Asian America)


 #CountMeIn: Support detailed data on the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community.

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For the first time in 20 years, tell the Office of Management and Budget why detailed data about specific Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander groups is important to you and your community. 

Two ways to take action:
1) Individuals/community members: Send a letter to OMB
2) Organizations: Sign on to an organization sign on letter


Join APALA, NAKASEC, and NAPAWF for an AAPI Contingent on May Day/International Workers' Day

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) are organizing an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) contingent at the May Day/International Workers’ Day rally and march on May 1.

Date: May 1, 2017
Time: Meeting time at 2:00 p.m.
Location: McPherson Square, 15th St. NW & K St. NW


Join National CAPACD in increasing access to the Earned Income Tax Credit for our low-income AAPI communities through expanding the requirements from ages 25-65 to ages 21-70.

  1. Join the Thunderclap social media campaign to trigger a mass-tweet or Facebook presence of a single message about the importance of EITC age expansion on tax day (April 18)

  2. Fill out the online action alert

Take the Video Challenge: Keep Cambodian Families Together This Khmer New Year

From SEARAC: Join community members and allies to participate in a National Week of Action from April 15 - 21. Show your #RefugeeResilience by calling on your Representatives and Senators to keep our families together.

Share your video on Facebook (make sure it's public so other can see it) or email it to [email protected] to share. Don't forget to use the hashtags #RefugeeResilience, #Right2Return, and #Not1More.

More information from SEARAC.

Protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

APIAHF: You can be the margin that saves the ACA. Call your member of congress today.

SEARAC: Submit your comments via SEARAC’s ACA Impact Comment Card Campaign

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.

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 materials and trainings in Korean and English.
-The Dream Show webisode series on YouTube shares policy updates and episodes are produced in Korean.

Know Your Rights

More Know Your Rights materials for NCAPA members.

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

South Asian Americans Leading Together | Asian Americans Advancing Justice | OCA National | Southern Poverty Law Center | Muslim Advocates


Asian Americans used to be portrayed as the villains. How did they become a ‘model minority’? (Jeff Guo and Daron Taylor, The Washington Post)

L.A. is making an effort to preserve Asian-American history (Brittany Martin, Time Out Los Angeles)

'Model Minority' Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks (Kat Chow, NPR)

Trump Lost More Of The Asian-American Vote Than The National Exit Polls Showed (Hansi Lo Wang, NPR)

Sessions dismisses Hawaii judge in travel ban case as ‘sitting on an island in the Pacific’ (Madeline Conway, Politico)


 Download the full Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) Calendar


Wednesday, May 17

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Emerging Threats to the AAPI Community: A Civil Rights & Immigration Discussion. Stay tuned for registration to open.

5:30 - 8:00 p.m.: APAHM Reception Hosted by Mnet America, NCAPA, APAICS and AAJC, in collaboration with CAPAC. U.S. Capitol Visitor Center - HVC-201. RSVP to: [email protected]

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Friday, April 21 - Sunday, April 23: Hmong National Development Conference. Milwaukee.

Friday, April 21 @ 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.: 2017 SAALT Changemaker Awards. National Press Club. D.C.

Friday, April 21 - Monday, April 24: National South Asian Summit 2017. D.C.

Saturday, April 22 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: United for Action: South Asian Americans March for Justice (With SAALT).

Friday, April 28 @ 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET: Trump’s First 100 Days in Office & Reproductive Justice for Women of Color #100DaysRJ Twitter Chat

Saturday, April 29: People’s Climate March. 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.

Monday, May 1 @ 2:00 p.m.:Join APALA, NAKASEC, and NAPAWF for an AAPI Contingent on May Day/International Workers' Day. RSVP here:

Monday, May 8 @ 12:00 p.m.: Rally Against the Muslim Ban. (With AAJC and SAALT) Richmond, Va.

Wednesday, May 24 @ 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Conquering Hepatitis B! A Roadmap for a Cure. Congressional Briefing hosted by Hepatitis B Foundation, AAPCHO and the National Viral Hepatitis RoundTable. Cannon HOB. RSVP to [email protected].

Friday, May 26: AAPCHO 2nd Annual AA&NHPI Health Center Summit. San Francisco, Calif.

Wednesday, May 31 - Friday, June 2: People & Places 2017 in Arlington, Va. With National CAPACD + Partners.

Thursday, July 13 - Sunday, July 16: 14th Annual SABA North America Convention. D.C.


Executive Director Openings

APALA and IAPALA Executive Director

JACL Executive Director

NAPAWF Executive Director


Job and Internship Openings

OCA Development Associate

OCA Program Associate

AAJC Assistant Director of Legal Advocacy

APIAHF Network Innovations Program Manager


Grant Opportunities

*DEADLINE APPROACHING* 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.


External (including Hill) opportunities


Other Opportunities

NAPBA seeks a volunteer General Counsel. More information.

AARP is accepting nominations for its 2nd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Awards to recognize the extraordinary staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations that serve Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) age 50-plus.

Have a story to tell as an #AAPI journalist? Tell the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) about it and you could present at #AAJA17 for a cash prize!

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