NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Feb. 14 - 24, 2017

The latest NCAPA and AAPI news.


Trump Administration’s New Deportation Policies Inhumanely Demonize Immigrants

In new policy memos, President Trump called for more aggressive enforcement policies, which will lead to mass deportation. NCAPA and members AAJC, AAPCHO and SAALT oppose these new policies.

NCAPA Applauds Stand by Members of President's Advisory Commission on AAPIs

We applaud and thank the members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) who have resigned in protest of President Trump’s adverse and discriminatory policies. NCAPA member APALA also commended the resigning commissioners.

108 National Civil Rights Groups Urge Senators to Reject Gorsuch

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights sent a letter urging Senators to reject the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. NCAPA and members AAJC, APALA, NAPAWF, NAAPIMHA, National CAPACD, OCA, and SEARAC joined the letter.

NCAPA and 13 Members Endorse the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act 2017

Last week, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced the End Racial and Religious Profiling Act of 2017. NCAPA and its 13 members joined a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights letter urging members of Congress to support the act. NCAPA member South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) released a statement of endorsement, saying that it provides a comprehensive prohibition on profiling by law enforcement.

NCAPA, OCA, APALA, and SEARAC Respond to Removal of Guidance for Transgender Students

OCA released a statement following President Trump’s removal of guidance regarding Title IX coverage for transgender students. NCAPA and Education Committee Co-Chairs APALA and SEARAC joined a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights statement condemning the Administration’s decision and vowing to fight to enforce Title IX.

House Republican Blueprint is Not an Adequate Replacement for the ACA

Republican leadership published a health care blueprint in the U.S. House of Representatives. NCAPA member the Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum (APIAHF) responded, saying the blueprint would put millions of Americans and the nation as a whole in an overall worse position

Diverse Elders Coalition Releases Report on Aging

The Diverse Elders Coalition, of which the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and SEARAC are members, published a new report, “Aging with Health and Dignity: Diverse Elders Speak Up,” aimed at highlighting the unique needs and resiliencies of older adults who are often ignored in mainstream policy discussions around aging.

APALA and SEARAC Oppose Executive Orders Signaling Intent to Fuel Mass Incarceration, Criminalization

NCAPA members Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) strongly condemn the Trump administration's latest executive actions that seek to criminalize communities of color under the guise of public safety.

National CAPACD Opposes Anti-CFPB Legislation

The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) strongly opposes a recent set of bills introduced by Senate and House Republicans that threaten the existence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Outraged by Recent ICE Raids

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, including NCAPA member AAJC,  is outraged that Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) is increasingly aggressive in its immigration enforcement efforts that have created panic and chaos in immigrant communities.

APALA Celebrates the Withdrawal of #AntiLaborSecretary Andrew Puzder

APALA celebrated the withdrawal of Department of Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, adding that Puzder’s withdrawal is an example of how powerful organizing can be.

NaFFAA Celebrates Filipino American White House Appointments, Calls On President Trump to Reauthorize the White House Initiative on AAPIs

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) celebrated the recent announcements of two Filipino Americans to the Trump Administration and called for the reauthorization of WHIAAPI.

 OCA Supports Charges Against Killer of Jiansheng Chen​

OCA supports charges filed against the killer of Jiansheng Chen, a 60-year-old grandfather who was shot several times by a security guard in Chesapeake, Va.

Commemorating the Day of Remembrance

February 19 was the annual Day of Remembrance, marking the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which led to 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry being forced into incarceration camps.



In coverage on resigning members of the President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs, NCAPA’s statement is listed as a supporting organization. (Traci G. Lee, NBC Asian America)

President Trump’s immigration orders are a painful reminder of the history of many Asian Americans. Nick Lee of OCA is among those who shared his family’s experience coming to the U.S. (Stacy Chen, ABC)

Asian Americans Advancing Justice’s AAPI hate crime tracker,, plans to share data from its website with the Southern Poverty Law Center. (Jenny J. Chen, NPR)


If the ACA is Repealed

APIAHF has an infographic about what’s at risk of the Affordable Care Act is repealed.


United We Dream Petition

Sign the petition: Release immigrant father from detention NOW! #FreeDaniel


American Courage Award and Changemaker Award

Advancing Justice | AAJC launched its call for nominations for the American Courage Award, awarded to an individual, company or organization that has shown a committee to civil rights; and the Changemaker Award, honoring an individual, company or organization who is a catalyst for change.


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.


SAALT Poster Session Proposals

Submit your projects to South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) to be showcased at the 2017 National South Asian Summit. (Link opens in Word)


SAALT Changemaker Nominations

Nominate individuals, programs and organizations that have significantly advanced social justice among South Asians in the U.S. for a Changemaker Award. (Link opens in Word)


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



American Samoa's longest-serving US House delegate, Eni H. Faleomavaega, died at 73. (Fili Sagapolutele, Associated Press)

He yelled ‘Get out of my country,’ witnesses say, and then shot 2 men from India, killing one (Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post)

FDR issued an executive order sending Japanese Americans to internment camps — 75 years ago (Avi Selk, The Washington Post)

Smithsonian Marks 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066: Exhibit Examines the Document That Established WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps (Newsroom of the Smithsonian)


Saturday, Feb. 25 @ 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Citizen Application Workshop. Call (202) 393-3572 to register. Fairfax, Va.

Feb. 19 - April 1: NQAPIA Direct Action Training for People of Color. Registration still open for Philadelphia, Bay Area, Seattle workshops.

Thursday, March 2 @ 6:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet with Hyesook Chung, the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. D.C.

Friday, March 3 @ 4:00-5:00 p.m. ET/1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PT:  AAPCHO Webinar -
Increasing Access and Caring for an Aging Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Population

Saturday, March 11 @ 6:00 - 10:30 p.m.: NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards Celebration. D.C.

Saturday, March 11 @ 6:00 p.m.: CAAMFest Opening Night. San Francisco.

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

Friday, April 21 - Monday, April 24: National South Asian Summit 2017. D.C. (Early bird deadline: March 3)




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