NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Sept. 5 - 12, 2016

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Reflections on the 15th anniversary of 9/11: NCAPA member South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) wrote about the progress against racial profiling and surveillance in the years since 9/11, and about the work yet to come to ensure liberty and justice for Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities. The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) was part of a group of organizers that protested racial and religious profiling over the weekend.

First Muslim American and Pakistani American nominated to serve as an Article III federal judge: The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) applauded President Obama’s nomination of Abid R. Qureshi to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

NCAPA joins letter urging Census to count prisoners more accurately: NCAPA joined a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights letter to call on the Census to stop counting prisoners as residents of their prisons rather than their homes. NCAPA members Advancing Justice | AAJC, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), National CAPACD and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) were among the 40 civil rights groups to join the letter.

APALA rises in solidarity with prisoner strikes: APALA shared its support for a peaceful prisoner strike Sept. 9. The strike marked the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison riot and called for the end of the use of forced labor in the prison system.

NAKASEC launches campaign for adoptee citizenship rights: The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) joined the Adoptee Rights Campaign to launch the Family is More than DNA Postcard Campaign. The campaign aims to educate and organize support for the Adoptee Citizenship Act, a bipartisan bill that would grant retroactive U.S. citizenship to all internationally adopted individuals.

NCAPA education committee ESSA webinar: NCAPA’s education committee held its third webinar on the Every Student Succeeds Act and new proposals in school testing. If you missed it, this webinar and previous webinars are available at

National CAPACD remembers Uncle Bob Santos: Long-time activist “Uncle Bob” Santos passed away last weekend at age 82. Some of his work included improving the International Chinatown District in Seattle where he grew up. He was a founding father of National CAPACD, who remembered his humor and advice.

Thank you to Lisa Hasegawa: Lisa Hasegawa of CAPACD is stepping down as executive director at the end of the year. Lisa served CAPACD for 15 years and previously served on NCAPA’s executive committee for many years.

 NCAPA in the News

In NBC Asian America, Frances Kai-Hwa Wang covered the 9/11 action that NQAPIA participated in to protest profiling.

In ColorLines, Deepa Iyer compiled reflections from Muslim, Arab, South Asian and Sikh activists and allies about how 9/11 has shaped their lives and movements. APALA’s Gregory Cendana and NQAPIA’s Sasha W. are among those who submitted their reflections.

In the Atlantic, NCAPA education committee co-chair Rita Pin Ahrens was featured in a series of articles about what education experts think school would like in the perfect world. In the final installment, experts discuss how to hold schools more accountable in evaluations.

Take Action!

#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:

Share your feedback with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). Take the survey by Sept. 30:

Register to vote and encourage others to register at

CAAM’s Chinese Exclusion Act Campaign - “Who is American?”: Help CAAM raise funds to support a PBS documentary on the Chinese Exclusion Act:

Take the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance’s (APALA) #NotYourModelMinority pledge:

Sign on here to become a partner (with APALA) for National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 27.

In Case You Missed It

The Seattle Times’ Sandi Doughton remembers Uncle Bob Santos and his impact on the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Purvi Patel was released from prison Sept. 1 after a three-year legal battle. ColorLines’ Miriam Zoila Pérez calls this a victory for the legal landscape of abortion rights.

Jackie Chan will receive an honorary Oscar at this year’s annual Academy Governors Awards on Nov. 12. He will be the fourth person of Asian descent to be awarded an honorary Oscar.


Tuesday, Sept. 13 @ 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST: What's Menthol Got To Do With It? Everything! Washington, D.C. National Press Conference. Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL)’s Rod Lew to speak. Kaiser Family Foundation, live stream available.

Tuesday, Sept. 13 @ 3:00 p.m. EST: APIAVote Voter Registration Webinar

Saturday, Sept. 17: Citizenship Day - Free consultations with immigration attorneys

Monday, Sept. 19 - Wednesday, Sept. 21: National CAPACD Conference in St. Paul

Wednesday, Sept. 28 @ 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story Film Screening & Panel. Capitol Visitors Center, Room 268.

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

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

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