NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Nov. 30 - Dec. 4, 2015

The latest news from NCAPA. 

News and Updates

NCAPA urges Supreme Court to end injunction on immigration actions: NCAPA and 11 of its members joined an amicus brief with more than 220 civil rights groups to call on the Supreme Court to protect immigrant families.Read NBC Asian America coverage and the NCAPA statement, which includes quotes from NAKASEC’S DJ Yoon and OCA’S Ken Lee.

 NCAPA urges Congress to reject McConnell amendment that threatens health care access: We urged Congress to reject the McConnell amendment, which the Senate passed yesterday. This legislation would defund Planned Parenthood, repeal the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and repeal other provisions that help ensure affordable access to health care. The NCAPA statement includes quotes from NAPAWF’s Miriam Yeung and NAPAFASA’s Myron Dean Quon. APIAHF issued a statement denouncing the Senate’s vote.

 No AANHPI data in ESEA Reauthorization leaves students behind: NCAPA was deeply disappointed that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) did not include AANHPI disaggregated data, and its statement included a quote from SEARAC’s Rita Pin Ahrens. This legislation reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and creates standards for K-12 education. SEARAC and OCA  issued statements opposing ESSA.

 AAPI groups discuss mass criminalization in “AAPIs Behind Bars:” This week, AAPI organizations, including NCAPA organizations APALA and SEARAC, held a Congressional briefing to discuss to school to prison to deportation pipeline in our communities. The panel included individuals who were formerly incarcerated and are now serving their communities. To learn more, download and share the report which outlines recommendations to tackle the over-criminlization of AAPIs:

 SAALT responds to San Bernardino shooting: SAALT expressed condolences to victims of the San Bernardino shooting and called on elected officials and media outlets to refrain from using harmful rhetoric toward Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities.

 NCAPA organizations celebrate achievements on #GivingTuesday: On the third annual Giving Tuesday, NCAPA organizations highlighted their work throughout the year. See the full list of organizations to share and continue to give.


Take Action!

MPOWER Change Petition - The “Stop Inciting Hatred Against Innocent People” petition calls on the New York Post and other media outlets to stop using rhetoric against innocent communities following tragedies.

NQAPIA - Demand an End to Profiling:NQAPIA’s campaign against profiling in immigration enforcement is looking for organizational sign ons. (Deadline extended to Dec. 8)

NAPAWF - A Wish for the Holidays: Send a letter to children who will spend the holidays locked up in immigration detention. (Letters due Dec. 10)

Find Your Park - Share your National Park Story:

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.

#RestoreTheVOTE - Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. ET, join the weekly Twitter conversation to promote the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015. This advocacy effort is led by the Congressional Asian Pacific American, Black, and Hispanic Caucuses.


Other Announcements

Appointments Project: Help NCAPA and APAICS 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.

 SABA North America: Request for Convention Programming Ideas



 APIASF: Scholarship Opportunities

HND: Educational Scholarships (Undergraduate and graduate students. Deadline: Jan. 11)

JACL: Kakehashi Project (For March trip)

JACL: Teacher Training Workshops for Summer 2016

JACL/OCA Leadership Summit: JACL application available here


Job and Internship Openings

 APAICS: Summer 2015 Internship


APIAHF (Oakland):

Finance & Administrative Systems Associate

Accounting Manager

Accounting Specialist

APIAVote: Internship Program in D.C.

APIASF: Development Manager in D.C.

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

NAPABA: McGuireWoods/NLF Undergraduate Internship Program in D.C. (Spring - Deadline extended to Dec. 7)


Economic Justice Program Coordinator in D.C.

Reproductive Justice Program Director in D.C.

Field Organizer in Atlanta


Higher Education Policy Advocate in D.C.

Boys & Men of Color Coordinator in Sacramento


External job (including Hill) opportunities:

NCAPA Events

Saturday, Dec. 5 @ 1:30 - 6:00 p.m.: AAJC Naturalization Workshop in Gaithersburg, MD. Call (202) 393-3572 to register.

Saturday, Dec. 5: OCA B3 Leadership Summit in Santa Ana, CA

Sunday, Dec. 6: SAALT Dosas & Mimosas Brunch in Oakland

Monday, Dec. 7 @ 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET: NAPAWF Webinar: “Does Racism Hurt?”

Thursday, Dec. 17 @ 2 p.m. ET: AAJC Webinar: “The Supreme Court in 2016

Four Cases That Will Impact Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders


Other Community Events

Saturday, Dec. 5 @ 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.:Planned Parenthood National Day of Solidarity  Event at All Souls Church Unitarian in D.C.

Wednesday, Dec. 9: LCCHR & Americans for Financial Reform Presentation on Racial and Wealth Gap

Monday, Dec. 14 @ 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.: Legacy of Japanese Americans in the US Military at the Embassy of Japan (Japanese American Appreciation Week)

Tuesday, Dec. 15 @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.: Internment of Japanese Americans: Past, Present and Future (Japanese American Appreciation Week)

 Wednesday, Dec. 16: Center for LGBTQ Studies Kessler Award Lecture & Reception (Recipient Richard Fung) in New York

 Thursday, Dec. 17: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy Holiday Celebration - D.C. Chapter

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