NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Sept. 20 - 27, 2016

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NCAPA applauds enactment of California data disaggregation bill: NCAPA and its members Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) celebrated the signing of the AHEAD Act (AB 1726), a California bill that will require health agencies to collect data on our diverse communities.

Dept. of Interior finalizes pathway to government-to-government relationship between U.S. and Native Hawaiian community: NCAPA and its member the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) welcomed the announcement from the U.S. Department of Interior of a final rule to re-establish a government-to-government relationship between the U.S. and the Native Hawaiian community.

NCAPA joins letter demanding immediate aid to address Flint lead crisis: NCAPA signed onto a letter led by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urging Congress to address the Flint, Michigan, lead crisis and provide aid immediately. NCAPA members APIAHF, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and National CAPACD also supported.

Solidarity for Movement for Black Lives: Following recent shootings in North Carolina and Oklahoma, APALA listed ways to help fight for justice. NAPAWF also released a statement from Executive Director Miriam Yeung denouncing Terence Crutcher’s murder.

SALDEF PSA addressing anti-turban bias re-airs: Comcast re-aired the first-ever Sikh American PSA this year, resulting in an additional 108,000 airings. The PSA is aimed at increasing public awareness about the Sikh American community.

#MyHealthMyVote Twitterstorm puts spotlight on AANHPI voter engagement: NCAPA members the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and APIAHF led a Twitterstorm yesterday ahead of National Voter Registration Day to amplify the importance of voting for a healthier future. You may view translated materials in the My Health, My Vote campaign toolkit.

National CAPACD conference mobilizes communities: Last week, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development held its 16th annual convention. During the convention, Rep. Keith Ellison addressed attendees, stressing the importance of increased civic engagement. The convention also honored executive director Lisa Hasegawa, who is stepping down as executive director of National CAPACD after 15 years.

NCAPA in the News

In The American Prospect, Jennifer Baik talked to APIAVote’s Alton Wang about the barriers some AAPIs face at the polls, including language barriers.

Take Action!

National Voter Registration Day:

TODAY is National Voter Registration Day!  Join APALA at voter engagement volunteer activities in Virginia throughout October. Sign up:

Support National Federation of Filipino American Association’s (NaFFAA) Joe Montano Fellowship Program.

Volunteer for the Asian American Exit Poll and Poll and Polling Monitoring Project. Sign up here with AALDEF.

Register to vote and encourage others to register at


#Fix96 and stop deportations. Immigration laws from 1996 have made is difficult to halt deportations for many immigrants and refugees. Join SEARAC’s social media campaign.

In Case You Missed It

Reappropriate breaks down why passage of California’s data disaggregation bill, AB 1726, is a tremendous victory for our community.

Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil in the Los Angeles Times writes about how the growing Asian American political force.

In the Wall Street Journal, Michelle Hackman and Dante Chinni highlight the boost in Asian American outreach from political parties.

Inspired by her mother’s story, Kathryn Tolbert in the Washington Post reveals the untold stories of Japanese war brides and their families. It is part of a collection of audio stories that can be found at


Wednesday, Sept. 28 @ 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story Film Screening & Panel. Rayburn House Office Building. 

Thursday, Sept. 29 @ 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Listening Session on AAPI Aging. Boston.

Thursday, Sept. 29 @ 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.: SEARAC Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy Fellowship (LEAF) Fall Social. SEARAC Office.

Wednesday, Oct. 5 @ 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET: #AAPIYouth Google+ Hangout on Civic Engagement (Hosted by Google and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders)

Wednesday, Oct. 5 @ 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.: “Shelter” Book Reading by Author Jung Yun. Hosted by DVRP for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Busboys & Poets 5th & K.

Friday, Oct. 7 @ 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Elevate: AAPI Data Challenge Spotlight Event. U.S. Department of Transportation.

Monday, Oct. 10 - Wednesday, Oct. 12: 15th Annual Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement Convention in Honolulu

Monday, Oct. 17 @ 3:00 p.m. ET: NCAPA Education Committee Every Student Succeeds Act School Finance Webinar

Thursday, Nov. 3 - Saturday, Nov. 6: NAPABA Convention in San Diego

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