NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Nov. 7 - 15, 2016

The latest AAPI news from NCAPA and its coalition members.


Dept. of Education awards grants toward AAPI student data: NCAPA applauded The Department of Education for awarding $836,000 to Minnesota, Washington state and Hawaii. The grants will go toward addressing achievement gaps for AAPI students.

NCAPA renews call for Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino World War II Veterans: On Veterans Day, we honored all veterans and renewed the call to award Filipino World War II veterans the highest civilian honor.

Post-Election Roundup

NCAPA calls on President-elect Trump to reject bigotry, prejudice and hate: In a press conference with civil rights leaders under the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, NCAPA National Director Christopher Kang gave remarks that urged President-elect Trump to seek a more inclusive path, and pledged to fight any effort to limit our civil rights.

NCAPA members respond to election results: NCAPA members are determined to never give up and to keep working to do what is right for our communities. Read their responses below, which range from letters and and statements to reflections and thoughts moving forward.

APALA celebrates win in Nevada: APALA celebrates Catherine Cortez Masto's election to the U.S. Senate. She first-ever Latina to serve in the U.S. Senate.

NaFFAA denounces Gov. Huckabee’s racist tweet:The National Federation of Filipino American Associations demanded an apology from Gov. Huckabee following a racist tweet he sent on election night.


The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement compiled resources that may be helpful to our communities. They include:

Mental Health

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, confidential, 24/7 support for people in distress, as well as provides crisis resources and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

Civil Rights

FBI’s Civil Rights Program:

View the full list of resources.

NCAPA in the News

Civil rights leaders of groups including NCAPA, the NAACP, United We Dream, the National Organization for Women and more spoke at a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights press briefing to affirm strength and discuss the challenges ahead. (Tony Pugh, McClatchy)

Support from NCAPA and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles was highlighted in coverage on the Department of Education’s grants to disaggregate data to better expose disparities in education among English language learners and AAPIs. (Chris Fuchs, NBC Asian America)

Asian American Psychological Association’s Kevin Nadal, Ph.D. wrote about the decision many in the LGBTQ community will have to face: whether or not to go home for the holidays. (The Huffington Post)

Take Action!

Contribute to the tracking of hate crimes and view their databases:

Southern Poverty Law Center

Muslim Advocates

South Asian Americans Leading Together

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:

From Jezebel: A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support

Read an open letter to Our Nation from 100 women of color leaders and take the pledge.

In Case You Missed It

The number of women in the Senate has quadrupled, and this includes Kamala Harris, the first Indian and Jamaican Senator-elect of California and Tammy Duckworth, the first Thai American and disabled Senator-elect of Illinois. (Jenée Desmond-Harris, Vox)

Asian American early voting doubled in key battleground states Florida, Arizona, Virginia and North Carolina. (Jessica Prois, The Huffington Post)

Hate crimes against Muslims surged by 67% during 2015, according to new statistics released by the FBI on Sunday. (Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center)


Thursday, Nov. 17 @ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Lisa Hasegawa’s Farewell Party from National CAPACD. Los Angeles.

Friday, Nov. 18 @ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.: OCA B3 Leadership Summit - AAPIs in the Digital Age. New York.

Saturday, November 19 @ 2:00 p.m.: DACA Workshop at the NAKASEC office (7006 Evergreen Court, Suite 200, Annandale, Va. 22003).

Wednesday, Dec. 7: APIAVote Taste of Democracy Reception. Jones Day, D.C.

Wednesday, Dec. 14: APAICS Holiday Party. National Association of Broadcasters, D.C.

 Job and Internship Openings

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