The latest news, events and ways to take action from NCAPA and its 34 member organizations.
NCAPA Weekly Roundup | April 21 - 28, 2017
AAJC and NAPAWF Applaud Federal Court Decision Blocking Trump’s Attack on Sanctuary Cities
This week, San Francisco Judge William H. Orrick issued a temporary injunction to President Trump’s executive order that would withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities.” Advancing Justice | AAJC and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) applauded this ruling in support of immigrant families.
Little Noticed Supreme Court Case Could Have Major Impact on Naturalized U.S. Citizens
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in Maslenjak v. United States to determine if an immaterial false statement or omission in an immigration document or status proceeding can lead to criminal prosecution and revocation of citizenship. Advancing Justice | AAJC in partnership with The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) led more than 70 organizations filing an amicus brief to explain the chilling effect it could have on the 8.5 million adults eligible for naturalization.
Senators Urge Continuation of Program that Reunites Filipino World War II Veterans with Their Families
Senators Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) urged President Trump to continue the implementation of the Filipino World War II Veterans Parole Program, which reunites eligible Filipino veterans with their families. NCAPA, Advancing Justice | AAJC, and the National Federation of Filipino American Federations (NaFFAA) were quoted in strong support of continuing this program.
SAALT Holds National South Asian Summit
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) led a South Asian Summit last weekend that convened advocates and allies around the country to respond to the rise in hate violence, xenophobic rhetoric and anti-immigrant sentiment. See highlights from the weekend with the hashtag #United4Action.
NAPABA, SABA Support the Nomination of Judge Amul Thapar for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee expressing their strong support for Judge Amul R. Thapar’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
NAKASEC Hosts Voter Registration Drives in Virginia Ahead of June Primaries
The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) registered voters and shared information on this year’s General Election in Virginia over the past week. NAKASEC will continue to register and canvass Korean and Asian American voters to encourage them to go to the polls on Tuesday, June 13. Online voter registration is available until the deadline at vote.virginia.gov. For questions or assistance for voter registration in Korean, please contact NAKASEC at 703-256-2208.
CAAM Presents May Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Programs and Events
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) will present an array of public programs, film screenings and online conversations throughout May. For a full list, click here.
NCAPA IN THE NEWS
John C. Yang of Advancing Justice | AAJC spoke about “Stand Against Hatred,” an effort to track hate in the AAPI community, and the broader implications of increased hate inflicted on people of color in the United States. (Asia Pacific Forum)
Using data focused on AAPI college enrollment in California, former NCAPA intern Jason Fong wrote about the invisibility of the AAPI experience, showing that most do not attend elite colleges and struggle with completion. (Data Bits, a blog for AAPI Data)
CAAM interviewed “The Tiger Hunter” star Danny Pudi about his first romantic lead role and his upbringing as a child of a Polish immigrant mother and an Indian immigrant father. (Melissa Hung, Center for Asian American Media)
ACTION ALERTS & RESOURCES
#CountMeIn: Support detailed data on the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community.
For the first time in 20 years, you can tell the federal Office of Management and Budget why detailed data about specific Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander groups is important to you and your community.
Two ways to take action:
1) Individuals/community members: Send a letter to OMB
2) Organizations: Sign on to an organization sign on letter
Join APALA, NAKASEC, and NAPAWF for an AAPI Contingent on May Day/International Workers' Day
The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) are organizing an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) contingent at the May Day/International Workers’ Day rally and march on May 1.
Date: May 1, 2017
Time: Meeting time at 2:00 p.m.
Location: McPherson Square, 15th St. NW & K St. NW
Protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
APIAHF: You can be the margin that saves the ACA. Call your member of congress today.
Support the Maryland Trust Act
AAPIs in Maryland, sign the AAJC petition to the Maryland Legislature and Gov. Larry Hogan to pass the Maryland Trust Act, which would make communities safer and support immigrant communities.
NAKASEC’s Immigrant Rapid Response Plan
-Share and use this number for families with immigration questions: 1-844-500-DACA or 1-844-500-3222 (Assistance available in Korean & English)
Know Your Rights
Share your FAFSA experience
Take SEARAC’S FAFSA Survey to help inform policymakers how to better support first-generation AAPI students with limited English proficiency in completing the FAFSA.
Track hate incidents and view their databases
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Dr. Vivek Murthy stepped down as as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. We thank him for his service to our country. (Read Dr. Murthy’s farewell message)
April 29 marks the 25-year anniversary of the LA riots. A new documentary, K-TOWN ‘92, takes a look at Los Angeles before and after 1992 and examines the need for people of color to tell their own stories. (Watch and read more on ktown92.com)
Democratic Latino, Black, Asian American Legislators Vow to Fight ‘Together’ Against Trump (Patricia Guadalupe, NBC Latino)
SAVE THE DATE for NCAPA’s APAHM Event
Wednesday, May 17
2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Emerging Threats to the AAPI Community: A Civil Rights & Immigration Discussion. Registration now open. Register here!
5:30 - 8:00 p.m.: APAHM Reception Hosted by Mnet America, NCAPA, APAICS and AAJC, in collaboration with CAPAC. U.S. Capitol Visitor Center - HVC-201. RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 29: People’s Climate March. D.C.
Saturday, April 29: Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Jump Start College Tour, a free workshop for high school students and parents. Portland Community College Southeast Campus.
Monday, May 1 @ 2:00 p.m.:Join APALA, NAKASEC, and NAPAWF for an AAPI Contingent on May Day/International Workers' Day. RSVP here: bit.ly/AAPIMayDayRSVP
Thursday, May 4 @ 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET: NCAPA Education Committee Webinar - AAPIs in Education During the First 100 Days. Register: bit.ly/NCAPAEd-100Days
Monday, May 8 @ 12:00 p.m.: Rally Against the Muslim Ban. (With AAJC and SAALT) Richmond, Va.
Wednesday, May 24 @ 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Conquering Hepatitis B! A Roadmap for a Cure. Congressional Briefing hosted by Hepatitis B Foundation, AAPCHO and the National Viral Hepatitis RoundTable. Cannon HOB. RSVP to email@example.com.
Friday, May 26: AAPCHO 2nd Annual AA&NHPI Health Center Summit. San Francisco, Calif.
Wednesday, May 31 - Friday, June 2: People & Places 2017 in Arlington, Va. With National CAPACD + Partners.
Thursday, July 13 - Sunday, July 16: 14th Annual SABA North America Convention. D.C.
Executive Director Openings
Job and Internship Openings
NAPBA seeks a volunteer General Counsel. More information.
AARP is accepting nominations for its 2nd Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Hero Awards to recognize the extraordinary staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations that serve Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) age 50-plus.
Have a story to tell as an #AAPI journalist? Tell the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) about it and you could present at #AAJA17 for a cash prize!