NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Oct. 23-30, 2015

The latest news and opportunities from NCAPA and our 35 member organizations.

News and Updates

NCAPA issues statement on Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015: We praised the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, legislation that will help ensure AANHPI communities have access to quality and affordable health care, equal education opportunities and fair credit and lending opportunities. Read the statement.

Gregory Cendana appointed to D.C. Mayor’s Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs: NCAPA Chair & APALA Executive Director Gregory Cendana was appointed to the commission that advises D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on issues concerning the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Read more.

 Action for Health Justice provides resources to support health care enrollment: In preparation for the start of the 2016 open enrollment period on Nov. 1, Action for Health Justice, which includes NCAPA members APIAHF, AAPCHO and AAJC, is working to provide assistance and outreach to our communities. Their resources include a glossary translated into 12 Asian and Pacific Islander languages.  Read more.

NAPABA editorial calls for more diversity in legal profession: During the criminal trial regarding Sureshbhai Patel, a grandfather from India who was left partially paralyzed after an encounter with police, an attorney reportedly told the jury that Patel was responsible for his paralysis because those who come to the U.S. should “speak our language.” NAPABA President George C. Chen wrote in NBC Asian America that regardless of English proficiency, all people should have equal protection under the law. Read the editorial.

 SEARAC creates deportation guide for Southeast Asian Americans: The deportation guide helps non-citizens from Southeast Asian American communities understand the detention and deportation systems. Southeast Asia Resource Action Center and the American University Williams College of Law collaborated to create the guide, which can be downloaded here.

NAPCA granted funding to help AAPI Medicare beneficiaries: The National Asian Pacific Council on Aging received a $150,000 federal grant to provide technical assistance to serve Limited English Proficient Medicare beneficiaries. NAPCA will create an AAPI Medicare Resource Center for LEP AAPI older adults who are often socially, culturally and linguistically isolated. Read more.

 HND receives USDA funding: Hmong National Development received two USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach federal grants. The funding will support Hmong farmers programs in Arkansas and Missouri as well as a training and education program for disadvantaged Hmong/Southeast Asian farmers. Learn more in HND’s October newsletter.

 APIASF celebrates 10th annual Scholarship Benefit: The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund held their Scholarship Benefit in New York Thursday evening to celebrate the accomplishments of their scholars and partners. Among the honorees were NCAPA members APAICS, SEARAC and OCA.

 AAJC promotes U.S. citizenship: As part of the New Americans Campaign, AAJC partnered with the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center to hold a Citizenship Fair on Saturday for AAPIs in the D.C. metro area. The fair focused on the benefits of becoming a U.S. citizen and provided resources on how to naturalize.

 NAPABA names Navdeep Singh policy director: Navdeep was featured in India West for being named the new policy director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Read the feature.


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


Upcoming Deadlines

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



APIASF: Scholarship Opportunities

JACL: Kakehashi Project (For March trip)


Job and Internship Openings

 APIAVote: Internship Program in D.C.

 CAAM: Development and Communications & Festival Internships in San Francisco

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


Economic Justice Program Coordinator in D.C.

Reproductive Justice Program Director in D.C.

Field Organizer in Atlanta


Click here for more external job (including Hill) opportunities:


NCAPA Events

Monday, Nov. 2 & Tuesday, Nov. 3: OCA GOTV Phone Bank at OCA National Center

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

Wednesday, Dec. 2:APAICS Holiday Reception at National Association of Broadcasters in D.C.

Thursday, Dec. 10 - Friday, Dec. 11: NCAPA Retreat for Executive Directors and Co-Chairs. Please make sure your ED has RSVPed.


Other Community Events

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 (D.C. Mayor’s Office on API Affairs)

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.

Wednesday, Nov. 11: Book Talk of “We Too Sing America” by Deepa Iyer at Brookland Busboys & Poets

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

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