NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Aug. 8 - 16, 2016

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News and Updates

NCAPA partners for 2016 Presidential Election Forum: APIAVote and the Asian American Journalists Association co-hosted the Presidential Election Forum Friday, which NCAPA was a partner of and nearly half of its members partnered or supported. Speakers were President Bill Clinton, on behalf of Democratic party nominee Hillary Clinton, Libertarian presidential nominee former Gov. Gary Johnson, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, on behalf of Republican party nominee Donald Trump, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Other events this weekend in Las Vegas included a briefing on NCAPA’s policy priorities with National Director Christopher Kang and NCAPA leaders Gregory Cendana, Michelle Kauhane and Lisa Hasegawa. AAPCHO held a press conference for their #MyHealthMyVote campaign with Rep. Judy Chu, APALA hosted a community and labor reception and APAICS held a panel on building a pipeline to public service. Additionally, CNHA had a brown bag on issues important to the Native Hawaiian community, JACL trained youth and young leaders in an identity-based workshop, and NAPABA educated attendees on voter protection.

AAPI DACA Collaborative launched on DACA anniversary: Yesterday, on the fourth anniversary of the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and affiliates launched the AAPI DACA Collaborative website. The website lists resources and events targeted to AAPI communities and encourages AAPIs to apply for DACA. NCAPA member Advancing Justice | AAJC and South Asian Americans Leading Together are also part of the collaborative.

OCA mourns loss of long-time member Ed Chow: OCA mourned the loss of advocate Edward Chow, Jr., who was a long-time OCA member and served as Maryland’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

NCAPA in the News

NBC Asian America’s Frances Kai-Hwa Wang recaps the Presidential Election Forum and reactions from organizations and attendees.

AA Press reported that DJ Ida, of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA), will be honored with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity. This awards program recognizes individuals who have implemented changes to reduce health disparities. The official ceremony will take place Oct. 31.

In The Huffington Post, Lillian D. Singh highlights the work of Asian Americans Advancing Justice and National CAPACD in revealing the wealth gap among AAPIs that is often misrepresented. For example, in Los Angeles County, Tongan, Bangladeshi and Cambodian Americans have higher rates of poverty than any other racial group.

Take Action!

#ElevateAAPI Challenge: Use your creativity to help tell the story of AAPIs! Learn more about the challenge from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and AAPI Data:

CAAM’s Chinese Exclusion Act Campaign - “Who is American?”: Help CAAM raise funds to support a PBS documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act:

Take the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance’s (APALA) #NotYourModelMinority pledge:

Register to vote and encourage others to register at

Sign on here to become a partner with the (APALA) for National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 27.

In Case You Missed It

WHIAAPI’s AAPI Bullying Prevention Task Force Report captures bullying experiences of AAPI students and offers recommendations to address bullying.

ESPN’s Jim Caple wrote a feature article on Ichiro Suzuki, outfielder for the Miami Marlins, after Suzuki reached 3,000 hits (months before he was expected to).

AAPI Events

Wednesday, Aug. 17 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.:CAPAL Board Recruitment Happy Hour. Board Room DC.

Thursday, Aug. 18 @ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.:NAAAP DC event - Master Your ABCs: Appearance, Body Language, and Conversation. Fraser Mansion.

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