The latest AAPI news from NCAPA and its members.
AAPIs march for justice at Women’s March on Washington: NCAPA members the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), National CAPACD, National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), OCA, and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) were among the partners for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.
NCAPA signs letters to protect DACA: NCAPA joined a Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights letter and an Immigrant Legal Resource Center letter to urge the Trump Administration to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has provided relief to more than 740,000 undocumented individuals. Nine NCAPA member organizations joined the LCCHR letter and 10 members joined the ILRC letter.
National Day of Racial Healing: NCAPA joined fellow Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Anchors, including member Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), in a Twitter chat to discuss what racial healing means to them on the National Day of Racial Healing and action steps to take to promote racial hearing in the next year.
“We Are Here to Stay” march fights for immigrant rights: On Jan. 14, NAKASEC joined the We Are Here to Stay Rally as an official supporting organization to uplift the voices of immigrant and refugee leaders of all backgrounds around the shared values of unity and sanctuary.
AAPCHO calls on Congress to oppose repeal of health care law: The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) called on Congress to oppose repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement.
Supreme Court hears case on Asian American band trademark battle: Last week, the Supreme Court heard the case Lee v. Tam, which considered the trademark for Simon Tam’s band “The Slants.” NCAPA member Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) each filed amicus brief that warned the Court about dangers of opening the federal trademark program to racial slurs. The AAJC brief was joined by NCAPA and members APALA; Laotian American National Alliance (LANA); National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA); OCA; and SEARAC, as well as others.
JACL mourns passing of key figure in redress campaign: The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) mourns the passing of Angus Macbeth, who helped form the basis of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which provided monetary compensation and an apology to Japanese Americans who were affected by President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066.
NCAPA in the News
A new report from NCAPA member South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) details the dramatic rise in hate violence and incidents during the 2016 election cycle. (Agnes Constante, NBC Asian America)
“When people from across the country gather in D.C. this week for the Women’s March on Washington, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women will be there in full force,” writes the interim director for the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. (Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Huffington Post)
The executive director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) explains why we must be vigilant in order to hold the Trump Administration accountable. (Glenn D. Magpantay, Gay Star News)
A storyteller wrote about how she was motivated to tell her abortion story after attending an anti-abortion hearing that former NAPAWF executive director Miriam Yeung testified at to defend decisions of women of color. (Kristine A. Kippins, Glamour)
Asian Americans made a strong showing at women’s marches around the country, with many NCAPA members included in a collection of photos. (Angry Asian Man)
Organizational sign ons:
AAPI Organizational Letter in Opposition to Sen. Sessions (Deadline: COB Monday, Jan. 23)
AAPI Statement of Principles. This sign-on is led by APALA and is meant to guide AAPI resistance to Trump and the new Administration. (Deadline: 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23)
Contribute to the tracking of hate crimes and view their databases:
South Asian Americans Leading Together. Also use the hashtag #TrackHate.
In Case You Missed It
Cambodian American Lundy Khoy, a former SEARAC staffer, talked to Samantha Bee in a segment about how unforgiving deportation laws can be to immigrants with old criminal records. SEARAC also answered FAQs about this subject. (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee | TBS, YouTube)
Aziz Ansari was the first South Asian American to host Saturday Night Live over the weekend, with the episode airing a day after inauguration. (Video, The Washington Post)
A new study by a California Supreme Court justice and Yale University law students.finds that few Asian Americans reach top positions at law firms. (Hayley Miller, The Huffington Post)
Tuesday, Jan. 24 @ 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT: SEARAC Community Call.Fighting for our Families: Immigration and Deportation.
Tuesday, Jan. 24 @ 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. ET/1:30 - 2:30 p.m. PT: AAPCHO Webinar.Addressing Nail Salon Worker Patient Health: A Health Center Guide.
Thursday, Jan. 26 @ 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. ET / 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. PT: SEARAC Webinar with ith the Center for Justice & Accountability: In Pursuit of Accountability for Perpetrators: The Role of U.S.-Based Khmer Rouge Survivors
Saturday, Feb. 4 - Sunday, Feb. 5:APAICS Leadership Academy. Orlando.
Saturday, March 11 @ 6:00 - 10:30 p.m.:NQAPIA Community Catalyst Awards Celebration. D.C.
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