The latest news from NCAPA and its 35 coalition members.
NCAPA opposes Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be attorney general: NCAPA and 19 of its members joined a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights letter in strong opposition to the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general of the United States.
More Asian Americans to receive language assistance in elections: The Census Bureau updated its jurisdictions that must provide bilingual voting assistance to Asian Americans, Latinos, American Indians and Alaskan Natives. Download the update from Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC.
NCAPA members support increased Census funding: NCAPA supported a funding increase for the Census Bureau in a Census Project letter to Committee on Appropriations leadership. The 12 NCAPA members who signed on are AAJC, APIAHF, APIAVote, AAPCHO, CAPAW, CNHA, HND, NAPABA, NAPAWF, NQAPIA, OCA and SEARAC.
APAICS highlights AAPI leaders in the 2016 general election cycle: In an infographic, the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) shows all of the Asian American and Pacific Islander representation in Congress. AAPI representation is at an all-time high for the 115th Congress.
Six affinity bars respond to recent increase in hate-motivated incidents: NCAPA member the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and diverse bar associations called on lawyers across the country and elected officials to denounce and take action against hate.
AAPCHO breaks the silence on hepatitis B: The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) hosted a Congressional film screening Dec. 1 of the new documentary, "Be About It." The documentary features the experiences of Alan Wang and AJ Jabonero living with hepatitis B and liver cancer. Hepatitis community advocates thanked Congressman Mike Honda for his years of public service and for being a hepatitis community champion.
NAKASEC mobilizes for last 2016 push for Adoptee Citizenship Act: Last week, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) delivered 35,000 postcards and held meetings with members of Congress to advocate for the Adoptee Citizenship Act. The act would grant adoptees automatic citizenship regardless of when they were adopted.
APIAHF celebrates 30 years:The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) celebrated its 30th anniversary Dec. 2 in Oakland. Honorees including the National Tongan American Society, presented with the Community Leadership Award.
NCAPA in the News
The House passed the Filipino Veterans of World War II Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015 last week. NCAPA was included in the joint press release from Sen. Mazie K. Hirono and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. (Big Island Now)
Join Wish for the Holidays to collect letters expressing children’s wishes of love and unity with immigrant and Muslim families. (We Belong Together)
Share: Know your rights if you are stopped by immigration or the police. (National Immigration Law Center)
Contribute to the tracking of hate crimes and view their databases:
South Asian Americans Leading Together. Also use the hashtag #TrackHate.
From National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance: Sign the petition to #StopProfilingUs: bit.ly/stopprofilingpetition
From National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum: Sign this petition to demand our leaders to strongly denounce the recent violence against POC, women, & LGBTQ folks: bit.ly/NoToHateCrime
In Case You Missed It
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a statement on the U.S. Army Corp’s decision to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Stand with Standing Rock)
A record number of Asian Americans will be in the 115th Congress, the most diverse in history. (Cristina Marcos, The Hill)
In a video from the Jubilee Project, Asian American children have conversations with their parents about when they came to America. (NBC Asian America)
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus requested a meeting with President-elect Trump to talk about priorities of immigration, education and concerns about a Muslim registry. (Jessica Prois, The Huffington Post)
Sammy Lee, the first Asian American to win Olympic Gold, passed away at age 98. (Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times)
Pacific Islanders helped Disney throughout the process of creating “Moana.” (Joanna Robinson, Vanity Fair)
Friday, Dec. 10 @ 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: AAJC Citizenship Application Workshop. Rockville, Md. Call 202-393-3572 to register.
Sunday, Dec. 11 - Tuesday, Dec. 13: National Immigrant Integration Conference. Nashville.
Speakers include NAKASEC Executive Director DJ Yoon
Monday, Dec. 12 @ 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.: Muslims and allies march to the White House - #NoMuslimRegistry
Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT: National CAPACD Post-Election Strategy Call. Conference Number: 712-432-1500
Access Code: 572179#
Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET: SEARAC Post-Election Community Call
Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: #LisaLove Reception to honor Lisa Hasegawa's 15 years at National CAPACD. DC.
Tuesday, Dec. 13: “Allegiance” in movie theaters nationwide. Find a location.
Wednesday, Dec. 14: APAICS Holiday Party. National Association of Broadcasters, D.C.
Job and Internship Openings
NCAPA postings: ncapaonline.org/opportunities
External (including Hill) opportunities:http://bit.ly/NCAPAexternaljobs