NCAPA Weekly Roundup | May 15 - 24, 2017

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


Emerging Threats to the AAPI Community

NCAPA hosted panel discussions on civil rights and immigration last Wednesday as part of D.C.’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming. Reps. Bobby Scott and Pramila Jayapal, Tina Tchen and Eddy Zheng gave featured remarks during these discussions. Panelists were leaders from NCAPA members South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Advancing Justice | AAJC, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and OCA with partners from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC). Read and share the recap with action steps moving forward.


NCAPA Members Respond to President’s Budget

APIAHF issued a statement regarding the President’s FY 2018 budget, which would eliminate billions in funding for federal agencies and programs that would most impact children, struggling adults and working families, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Advancing Justice | AAJC also responded, denouncing the significant increase in immigration deportation funding.


APAICS Alumni Awards Honor NCAPA Leaders

APAICS honored Nisha Ramachandran, NCAPA’s policy and operations manager, with the Horizon Award, given to an alum who has dedicated time and energy to mentor and inspire AAPIs to serve the community through public service. Jason Tengco, executive director of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), was given the Trailblazer Award, presented to an alum who has excelled in a public service career. Congratulations to our NCAPA and public service leaders!


Alvina Yeh Selected as next Executive Director of APALA

Alvina Yeh has been selected to serve as the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Executive Director. Alvinawill officially start June 12, with outgoing Executive Director Gregory Cendana serving as a Senior Advisor through APALA's 25th Anniversary and Biennial Convention this August.


Congress Reduces Investment in Older Adult Employment Training by $34 Million

The fiscal year 2017 spending bill passed this month will provide the Senior Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) with $400 million to continue providing community service employment for older Americans, a reduction of $34 million from the previous fiscal year. NCAPA member the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) will continue to serve AAPI older adults through this program, which has helped participants enter and retain employment.


Fully-funded 2020 Census Essential to Inclusive Democracy

The W. K. Kellogg Foundation racial equity anchors released a joint statement on the importance of having a fully-funded Census. NCAPA and APIAHF are anchor organizations, and this group also includes the Advancement Project, NAACP, National Council of La Raza and another organizations working to advance racial healing.




 American Journal of Public Health's June podcast features Kathy Ko Chin and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations and health. (American Journal of Public Health)

APALA’s Gregory Cendana writes on how critical broadband is for our communities. (Gregory Cendana, Medium)

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is listed as one of the five South Asian activist groups every woke person should know. (Annum Masroor, The Huffington Post)

Why Asian American Pacific Islander families don’t need sex-selective abortion bans (Mohini Lal, The Hill)


This is what Asian Americans really think about undocumented immigration (Janelle Wong, The Washington Post)

The Asian American Vote in 2016: Record Gains, but Also Gaps (Karthick Ramakrishnan, AAPI Data)

Opinion: In the Outrage Over Discrimination, How Do We Define 'Asian American'? (Jennifer Lee & Karthick Ramakrishnan)

These three pictures make a powerful statement about race and power among women (Sarah A. Harvard, Mic)

Eddy Zheng’s documentary “Breathin’” will be available for streaming on World Channel and the PBS website and app beginning May 24.  (America ReFramed)

Asian Americans In Hollywood Still Waiting For The Spotlight (Leah Donnella, NPR)


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

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

Tuesday, May 30 @ 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT: CAAM #MyAPALife Facebook Live Conversation with Filmmakers

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

Tuesday, June 6 @ 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Language Access for Voters Summit. Northern Virginia Community College. Annandale, Va.

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



NAKASEC’s Truth and Transparency Campaign

Sign the petition to join the campaign calling for truth and increased transparency from Trump administration.


Share your stories using #MYAPALife

Share your APA stories, photos and videos with CAAM through the #MyAPALife campaign. Tag your photos and stories with @PBS, @CAAM and #MyAPALife.


Action Alert: Protect Affordable Health Care Now!

Call Your Senators


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.



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.


Track hate incidents and view their databases

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



AAJC Development Associate/Manager

JACL Executive Director

OCA Development Associate

External (including Hill) opportunities


Other Opportunities

Advancing Justice | AAJC’s Youth Leadership Summit. Application deadline: May 31.

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women is accepting applications to its 2018 Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI) geared toward AAPI women who have at least 8 years of experience. Application deadline: June 6.

Nominate someone you know for AARP's Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Award! AARP is honoring the people who are at the heart of organizations serving the AAPI 50-plus community. Submit your nomination now until June 2 at or


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