NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Aug. 22 - 29, 2016

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APALA letter shows solidarity with Movement for Black Lives: To stand with the Movement for Black Lives, 126 AAPI organizations and allied organizations, including NCAPA, joined the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) in a letter committing to mobilize our communities. The statement is also available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Filipino, and Vietnamese.

NAPCA and SEARAC demand Administration for Community Living (ACL) meet the needs of AAPI older adults: Last week, the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) delivered comments to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) asking them to produce guidance to states on increasing language access, collecting disaggregated data and strengthening service delivery for AAPI elders in their state aging plans. This is part of a larger effort with the Diverse Elders Coalition.

NCAPIP holds diabetes conference in San Francisco: Over the weekend, the National Council of Asian & Pacific Islander Physicians (NCAPIP) held a conference to present new findings and share ideas addressing the high prevalence of diabetes in AANHPI communities. The AANHPI Diabetes Coalition created the Screen at 23 campaign last year to raise awareness that AANHPIs should be screened for diabetes at a body mass index of 23 and higher.

NAPAWF gives update on Purvi Patel case: Last month, the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned Purvi Patel’s conviction of feticide, a case that the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) has been following closely. Last week, the state chose not to appeal the ruling, a decision NAPAWF says is the step in the right direction. Patel will have a resentencing hearing in the coming weeks.

NCAPA in the News

In POLITICO, Aaron Mak writes about being Chinese American at a Milwaukee rally protesting police brutality and about talking to his family about the movement.

In the Wall Street Journal, Gerald F. Seib cites statistics from Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) to show the overlooked impact of the Asian American voting bloc. (WSJ log-in required to access.)

Center for Asian American Media’s Momo Chang wrote a guest blog in Angry Asian Man with recommended films that are made by, star or or are about Asian Americans.

Take Action!

Register to vote and encourage others to register at

#ElevateAAPI Challenge: Use your creativity to help tell the story of AAPIs! Learn more about the challenge from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) and AAPI Data: (Deadline: Sept. 5)

Tell FIBA to #LetSikhsPlay: Join the Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund (SALDEF) and sign the petition to not ban players from professional basketball because of religious dress:

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

CBS reported that prosecutors charged a Tulsa man with first-degree murder and a hate crime in the killing of 37-year-old Khalid Jabara. NCAPA signed on to a Muslim Advocates letter last week demanding a fair and thorough investigation into Jabara’s death.

To celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, check out NPS’ Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Initiative.

POLITICO’s Seung Min Kim takes us to Nevada to detail how the Asian American vote could be the determining factor in the Senate race between former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep. Joe Heck.

President Obama will expand Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hawaii, writes NBC Asian America’s Frances Kai-Hwa Wang.

USPS announced it will issue a new stamp commemorating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, beginning Oct. 5, NBC Asian America’s Minh Nguyen reports.


Monday, Aug. 29 @ 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET: ESSA Webinar #3 - Learn about the new rules in school testing. NCAPA Education Committee.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 @ 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.: Power of She Networking Reception. Baan Thai.

Thursday, Sept. 8 @ 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Social Security Emergency Budget Briefing & Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 Briefing. International Trade Commission Building.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 28 @ 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Breathin’: The Eddy Zheng Story Film Screening & Panel. Capitol Visitors Center, Room 268.

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