NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Oct. 16-23, 2015

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News and Updates

Supporting the advancement of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act: NCAPA released a statement commending the Senate Judiciary Committee for reporting the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, a criminal justice reform bill that would reduce sentences and punishment for low-level offenders. This is important for the AAPI community, and SEARAC and APALA, working with local grassroots organizations, have been leading the effort among NCAPA organizations. Read the coverage in AsAm News.

Senate defeats Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act: NCAPA issued a vote recommendation and statement urging Senators to vote against the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. The vote was 54 to 45 and there was bipartisan opposition, with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), opposing the bill.

NCAPA groups participate in fast to keep families together:NAKASEC and NAPAWF were among the NCAPA groups that fasted in solidarity for nine days for immigrant rights and to show how DACA/DAPA can positively affect our communities. Check out NAKASEC’s social media around #FamiliesFightBack.

Racist campaign sign surfaces in Maine: A Maine landlord this week displayed political signs against Lewiston, Maine, mayoral candidate Ben Chin that read “Don’t Vote for Ho Chi Chin” and depicted a racist caricature of an Asian American. Read OCA’s statement in response and a blog from AAJC intern Isaac Chae.

Continuing the Asian Advantage myth conversation: The Washington Post put out an article that outlines why the model minority myth is harmful and the recent pushback from AAPI leaders in response to articles perpetuating the myth. National Director Chris Kang and AAJC’s Marita Etcubañez were interviewed. Kang also spoke about the issue in a radio interview that aired Oct. 19 from MomsRising.

AAPIP honors Rosie Abriam: Congratulations to Center for APA Women President & CEO Rosie Abriam, who was honored by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and recognized as one of the 25 Leaders in Action.

CACF honors Kathy Ko Chin: Congratulations to APIAHF President & CEO Kathy Ko Chin, who was honored by the Coalition for Asian American Children + Families at the CACF Fall Benefit.

Other Announcements

Appointments Project: NCAPA and APAICS launched the Appointments Project to facilitate engagement between the White House Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) and AAPI leaders. Once candidates complete the online application at, they should fill out this form, which will go to NCAPA and APAICS:

CAAM: Wanted: Central Valley Asian American Home Movies

SABA North America: Request for Convention Programming Ideas



APIASF: Scholarship Opportunities

APIAVote: Internship Program in Washington, D.C.

NAPABA Pro Bono General Counsel Program (Provides AAPI organizations pro bono legal advice and counsel that they cannot afford.) Get the application for organization and application for attorneys.


Upcoming Deadlines

Sign-on: Advancing Justice pro-affirmative action brief. See listserve email from Eugene Chay. To sign on, email Nicole Ochi at [email protected]. (Deadline: Oct. 28)

Cherry Blossom Giving Circle: Grant applications (Deadline: Oct. 30)


Job and Internship Openings

Download more external job (including Hill) opportunities:

CAAM: Development and Communications & Festival Internships in San Francisco

NAPABA: McGuireWoods/NLF Undergraduate Internship Program in D.C. (Spring)

CAPAL: Fall Internships, Programs and Operations Associate in D.C.


NCAPA Events

Saturday, Oct. 24: AAJC: Free U.S. Citizenship/Naturalization Clinic in Falls Church, Va.

Sunday, Oct. 25: Off the Menu screenings in Los Angeles and Boston (CAAM co-produced)

Monday, Oct. 26: SEARAC Webinar on Deportation Guide for Southeast Asian Americans

Thursday, Oct. 29:APIASF Scholarship Benefit in NYC

Wednesday, Nov. 4 - Sunday, Nov. 8:2015 NAPABA Annual Convention in New Orleans

Friday, Nov. 6:NCAPIP Student Conference in San Francisco

Saturday, Nov. 14:APAICS Inaugural Young Leaders Summit in Salt Lake City


Other Community Events

Monday. Oct. 26:  Filipino American History Month Celebration at the Embassy of the Philippines

Thursday, Oct. 29: DVRP - Art as a Voice Showcase at La Casa in D.C.

Friday, Oct. 30: Rising in Resistance: Domestic Violence Survivors Take Back the MIc in Immigrant Communities in D.C.

Thursday, Nov. 5: Diwali Reception at the John A. Wilson Building in D.C.

Wednesday. Nov. 11 @ 2:00 p.m.: Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism in WWII. No RSVP required. Please contact Bruce Hollywood (cell: 703-229-3198 or [email protected]) with any questions.

Saturday, Nov. 21:Act to Change Live Event in Los Angeles


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