NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Jan. 15 - 22, 2016

Read on for the latest in NCAPA news.

News and Updates

NCAPA, SEARAC, APALA launch #AAPI4SentencingReform: Today marks three months since the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, S. 2123, but the full Senate has not yet taken the legislation up for consideration. With SEARAC and APALA, we launched #AAPI4SentencingReform to show support from our communities for criminal justice reform. Take action now by telling your Senator to support S. 2123 here:

NCAPA health groups help AAPIs #GetCovered: To prepare for the Jan. 31 deadline to enroll for health coverage, NCAPA and its members participated in the AAPI Health Week of Action. Action for Health Justice, of which members APIAHF, AAPCHO and AAJC are a part, highlighted resources such as their health enrollment glossary and a “Coverage to Care” toolkit. The glossary includes health care terms in 12 Asian and Pacific Islander languages. APIAHF’s Kathy Ko Chin also published two op-eds, AANHPIs Need Health Insurance Before the Jan. 31 Deadline and Language Services in Health Care are a Life-line for Diverse Communities.

Supreme Court to hear case on immigration executive actions: We praised the Supreme Court Tuesday for deciding to hear the case challenging President Obama’s immigration executive actions establishing DAPA and expanding DACA. AAJC, APIAHF, OCA and APALA also had reactions to the announcement, and NAKASEC was part of a group that urged the Supreme Court to hear the case.

Anti-refugee bill blocked by Senate: NCAPA and member SEARAC praised the Senate Wednesday for blocking the so-called SAFE Act, H.R. 4038, which would have effectively halted Syrian and Iraqi refugees from being resettled in the U.S. SEARAC also led a letter of support for Syrian and Iraqi refugees.

NAPAWF, APIAHF mark 43 years of Roe v. Wade: Today is the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that gave women the right to have legal abortions in the U.S. To address challenges to abortion and reproductive rights, NAPAWF marked the anniversary by pushing out statistics that show AAPIs support abortion access--78 percent support some form of legal abortion, according the 2012 National Asian American Survey. Follow the conversation with #Weareinthe78%, #Roe43, and #ReclaimRoe and read APIAHF’s statement about how they are continuing to advance women’s health. On a related note, NAPAWF’s Miriam Yeung and New York City Council Member Margaret Chin wrote a joint op-ed Stand Against Racism, Protect Asian American Women’s Health.

NCAPA stands against anti-Muslim hate, xenophobia and bigotry: NCAPA organizations united against anti-Muslim hate and have released statements in solidarity. Read them all here. If your organization has not already, please show your support and send your statements to us.


Take Action!


#AAPI4SentencingReform: Join us, SEARAC and APALA in urging the Senate to support the Sentencing Reform and and Corrections Act:

Ongoing campaigns:

APIASF - “We Are Not The Same” or #NotTheSame celebrates the unique stories of AAPI students and challenges stereotypes.

NAKASEC - Adoptee Defense Fund: Sign a petition to support Korean adoptee Adam Crasper who now faces deportation.

NCAPA - Support as an individual or organization an independent investigation on potential profiling of Asian American scientists:

NCAPIP - Screen at 23 focuses on the importance of screening for diabetes in the Asian American community, as our communities are at risk for type 2 diabetes at the body mass index of 23.

Find Your Park - Share your National Park Story:


Other Announcements


SABA North America Foundation Grant Applications (Deadline: March 1): SABA North America is committed to increasing the capacity of community-based organizations to respond to the legal needs and uphold the civil rights and liberties of the South Asian community and marginalized communities across North America. To foster this work, the SABA North America Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, awards grants of up to $5,000 in the following areas:

  • Domestic Violence

  • Immigration Rights

  • Hate Crimes, Discrimination and Racial Profiling

  • Community Access to Justice

AT&T Aspire Accelerator Grant: The Aspire Accelerator is open to any venture, organization or company that is using technology to foster student success, and selected organizations will receive a $100,000 investment and an additional $25,000 to cover program expenses.


Appointments Project: The White House Presidential Personnel Office (responsible for presidential appointments)  is continuing to develop slates for principal, assistant to principal and functional positions. NCAPA and APAICS continue to work with PPO in diversity outreach and are seeking individuals who are interested in an appointment positions for various levels, roles and background experience for agencies (e.g. speech writers, digital background, policy, etc.). Please help us to identify ideal appointment candidates who are AAPI. Once candidates complete the online application at, they should fill out this form, which will go to NCAPA and APAICS:

NAPABA Pro Bono General Counsel Program: This program provides AAPI organizations pro bono legal advice and counsel that they cannot afford. Get the application for organization and application for attorneys.


Job and Internship Openings

AAJC: Summer 2016 Law Clerks


Summer 2015 Internship (Deadline: Jan. 29)

Fellowship Program (Deadline: April 29)

APIAHF (Oakland):

Finance & Administrative Systems Associate

Accounting Manager

Accounting Specialist

APIAVote: Summer Internship Program in D.C. (Deadline: March

CNHA: Community Development Specialist Trainer in Kapolei, HI

HND/HAP: Policy Director in St. Paul, MN


Economic Justice Program Coordinator in D.C.

Reproductive Justice Program Director in D.C.

Field Organizer in Atlanta

OCA : Summer Internship

SAALT: Community Partnerships Coordinator in Takoma Park, MD or New York, NY

SALDEF: SikhLEAD Congressional Internship Program (Deadline: Jan. 31)


Higher Education Policy Advocate in D.C.

Boys & Men of Color Coordinator in Sacramento


External job (including Hill) opportunities:


Scholarship/Training Opportunities

APIASF: Volunteer to be Scholarship Program Reader

JACL: Teacher Training Workshops for Summer 2016

SEARAC: Leadership and Advocacy Training (LAT)

SEARAC: Leadership, Empowerment, and Advocacy Fellowship (LEAF)

FAPAC: Distinguished Public Service Scholarship (Deadline: Feb. 29)


NCAPA Events

Wednesday, Jan. 27 @ 11:00 a.m.: NAKASEC’s Launch of Korean Naturalization and Voting Materials as Part of Community Listening Sessions Campaign in Annandale, VA

Friday, Jan. 29 @ 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.: AAJC’s “Stand Up For What Is Right” Reception for Fred Korematsu Day in Tyson’s Corner, VA

Sat, Feb. 20: APIASF Jump Start College Tour in Las Vegas

Saturday, Feb. 26 - Tuesday, March 1: JACL/OCA Leadership Summit

Thursday, March 10 - Sunday, March 20: CAAMFest 2016 in San Francisco. Save the Date.


Other Events

Tuesday, Jan. 26: Teach for America: Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities, Educational Inequity, and the Opportunity for Change in New York

Wednesday, Feb. 10: D.C. Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs Lunar New Year Social

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