NCAPA Weekly Roundup | Jan. 1 - 9, 2017

The latest AAPI news from NCAPA and its member organizations.


Civil rights leaders decry rushed confirmation hearing of unfit Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions: NCAPA National Director Christopher Kang joined civil rights leaders from the Leadership Conference, the NAACP, NCLR, National Action Network and more to call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to oppose Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General.

NCAPA, People for the American Way and Alliance for Justice also compiled a report that shows dramatic gaps in Sen. Jeff Sessions’ record, even after updates to Sessions’ original Senate Judiciary Questionnaire. The questionnaire is a vital step toward Sessions’ nomination for Attorney General.

Additionally, NCAPA and members Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), OCA, South Asian Bar Association of North America and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) joined a Muslim Advocates letter signed by 37 advocacy groups.

Welcoming AAPI Members of Congress: APIAVote hosted a welcome dinner Thursday evening celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander members of Congress, with Reps. Judy Chu, Bobby Scott, Ted Lieu, Grace Meng and Amata Radewagen making remarks about the growth of AAPI representatives. Freshmen Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Raja Krishnamoorthi also spoke about how important the support from the AAPI community is to them.

Budget resolution begins Affordable Care Act repeal: Last week, the Senate introduced a budget resolution that included the first step in repealing the ACA. The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) opposes ACA repeal, as many in the community have benefited from coverage provided under the ACA.

APIAHF hosts livestream on the ACA and immigrant communities: Find out what options are available to begin or continue your health coverage in a Facebook livestream from APIAHF’s Amina Abbas and Elianne Ramos.

New NCAPA member leadership announcements: Jason Tengco is the new executive director the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA). Tengco previously worked for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI)

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) hired its first executive director, Cyndy Yu Robinson. Cyndy has had a 25-year career in communication, public affairs, and public engagement at AECOM, Lenovo, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Center for Asian American Women (CAPAW) announced its new director, Courtney Chappell. Courtney was most recently deputy director at WHIAAPI.

NCAPA in the News

On Jeff Sessions:

Read six ways Republicans are rigging the process for Jeff Sessions. (Christopher Kang, The Huffington Post)

A closer look at Sen. Sessions’ work on the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine offenses, shows that Sessions’ efforts leave a lot to be desired, according to National Director Christopher Kang. (Christopher Kang, American Constitution Society Blog)

Advocacy groups are preparing for the confirmation hearings of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General tomorrow, demanding a delay. (Ariane de Vogue, CNN and Eric Bradner, CNN)

The NAACP and NCAPA speak out on why Jeff Sessions must be more thoroughly vetted. (Josh Keefe, International Business Times)

More news

Asian American leaders, including AAJC’s Mee Moua, NQAPIA’s Glenn Magpantay and NAPAFASA’s Myron Quon, reflect on their favorite moments during the Obama administration. (NBC Asian America)

NCAPA member the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and its partners at the Korean Resource Center started a podcast about immigration news for the Korean American community. The latest episode is available on YouTube and is entirely in Korean.  (Hyoung Jae Kim, Korea Daily)

 Take Action!

#StopSessions: Call 877-959-6082 to tell your Senators to #StopSessions from becoming the next U.S. attorney general. Read the AAJC fact sheet to learn about how Sen. Sessions threatens civil rights.

Participate in the Women’s March on Washington with NAPAWF.

Tell your personal #YesWeCan story: Using #YesWeCan on social media, share what Obama moment inspired you. You can submit stories online at

Education Leader DACA Sign On Letter: Teachers and education leaders may use this letter from Stand from Children to protect young immigrants.

Contribute to the tracking of hate crimes and view their databases:

 In Case You Missed It

The 115th Congress marks many firsts for the Asian American community, making this the most diverse Congress yet. (Charles Lam, NBC Asian America)

The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders celebrates the progress made under President Obama’s administration. Highlights are included in a time capsule documentary and timeline of significant events. (Doua Thor, guest post for Angry Asian Man)

The U.S. Army updated its rules to allow religious accommodations for hijabs, beards and other articles of faith. (Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, NBC Asian America)

After spending nearly two decades behind bars and facing deportation, Eddy Zheng became a naturalized U.S. citizen. His story was also featured in a Center for Asian American Media documentary.  (Agnes Constante, NBC Asian America)

Actor Kal Penn donated $25,000 to Palestinian refugees after winning MasterChef: Celebrity Showdown. The money will go to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).  (Stephany Bai, NBC Asian America)


Monday, Jan. 9 @ 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET: Webinar from APIAHF - Moving Forward in 2017: What You Need to Know About the ACA in the 115th Congress

Thursday, Jan. 12 & Thursday, Jan. 19 @ 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.: AAJC Citizen Application Workshop. Call (202) 393-3572 to make an appointment and receive instructions. 1627 K St NW, Suite 610, DC.

Saturday, Jan. 14 @ 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: United We Dream “We Are Here To Say” DC Rally. Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street NW DC.

Saturday, Jan. 21: Women’s March on Washington. Sign up to participate with NAPAWF and/or NAKASEC. DC.

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