NCAPA Weekly Roundup | June 12 - 19, 2017

The latest AAPI news from NCAPA and its 34 members.


NCAPA Members Respond to Verdict in Philando Castile Shooting

NCAPA members responded with outrage after Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on all charges in the shooting of Philando Castile. Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC and Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance issued statements. We mourn with the family and communities affected, stand in solidarity and call for justice.

NCAPA Marks Fifth Anniversary of DACA

Last Thursday marked the fifth anniversary of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While we celebrate the successes of DACA recipients, we must also continue to advocate for immigrant communities and reject the anti-immigrant rhetoric of this administration. NCAPA members Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum  (APIAHF) and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) issued responses saying that while DACA continues, immigrant families continue to be left behind.

35th Anniversary of Plyer v. Doe

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates celebrated the 35th Anniversary of the United States Supreme Court case, Plyler v. Doea landmark decision that granted that K-12 public education is a constitutional right to undocumented students.

151 Civil and Human Rights Groups Urge Senators to Oppose the AHCA

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Partnership for Women & Families, the National Health Law Program and 148 other national and state civil and human rights groups, including NCAPA, sent a letter to U.S. senators urging them to oppose repealing the ACA.

NAPAWF Rallies for Abuse Survivor Neha Rastogi

On June 15, NAPAWF organized a rally to bring women to stand against gender-based violence survivors. More than a dozen people at the rally in Daley Plaza (Chicago) made statements in solidarity with Neha Rastogi.

SAALT Condemns Anti-Muslim Rallies

NCAPA member South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and more than 50 organizations opposed the anti-Muslim rallies organized by ACT For America last weekend.

SAALT also participated in a hate crimes forum facilitated by the US Department of Justice Community Relations Service in Kansas with government agencies and advocacy organizations to address the hate crimes and bigotry targeting South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Middle Eastern American communities nationwide.

NCAPA Announces National Director Transition and First Deputy Director

After nearly two years as National Director, Christopher Kang is transitioning from NCAPA as the organization begins the next stage of its strategic development.

We also welcome Chris Harley as Deputy Director, a newly-created leadership position, where she will help guide NCAPA’s future vision and organizational infrastructure.


Asian American and Pacific Islander women and the fair wage fight (Sung Yeon Choimorrow, NAPAWF Executive Director, The Hill)

Two Sisters, Separated by Birth: Lundy & Linda Khoy (Podcast, Immigrant Defense Project)

Being Sikh in Trump’s America: ‘You have to go out of your way to prove you’re not a threat’ (Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times)


Vincent Chin Week of Remembrance

This week 35 years ago, Chinese-American Vincent Chin was severely beaten with a baseball bat by white Detroit autoworkers, mistaken for Japanese and blamed for taking jobs from U.S. autoworkers. He died four days after the beating. Join AAJC’s campaign to #RememberVincentChin.

Protect Affordable Health Care Now!

Call your Senators & get a call script from APIAHF.

Download the Know Your Rights Smartphone App
A high tech company designed and translated an app for community members who are in crisis or have been approached by police or ICE. The app currently supports Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and English.  Click here to download the Android app and stay turned for an iOS version!

2017 Petition: Citizenship for All Adoptees

Sign the petition to ask Members of Congress to support the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which provides citizenship to all individuals who were adopted by U.S. citizen parents. NAKASEC is a lead on this campaign.

NAKASEC’s Truth and Transparency Campaign

Sign the petition to join the campaign calling for truth and increased transparency from Trump administration.

Track hate incidents and view their databases

South Asian Americans Leading Together | Asian Americans Advancing Justice | OCA National | Southern Poverty Law Center | Muslim Advocates


Muslim Advocates Urges Fair and Full Investigation into Kidnap and Murder of Virginia Muslim Teen (Muslim Advocates)

Congressional Tri-Caucus Statement on House Democratic Diversity Initiative (Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus)

National Park Service Announces $1.6 Million in Grants to Preserve and Interpret World War II Japanese American Confinement Sites (National Park Service)

Why more immigrant women must run for office (Sayu Bhojwani, The Huffington Post)

Med School “Dreamer” Honored for Advocacy, Volunteer Work (Robert Nagler Miller, AMA Wire)

Georgia Special Election Shines Light on Asian-American Voters (Taylor Weik, NBC News)

199 Iraqi Americans Arrested, fear deportation (Lauren del Valle and Sonia Moghe, CNN)


SEARAC Operations Manager 

National CAPACD Financial Empowerment Program Manager (Oakland)

Opportunities at Advancing Justice | AAJC

Opportunities at NAPAWF


Monday, June 19 @ 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.: WEAR BLUE: Fostering Community Trust. Rockville, Md.

Wednesday, June 21 @ 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET: AAPCHO Webinar - Eliminating Viral Hepatitis: A New Report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine

Wednesday, June 21 @ 6:00 p.m.: Presentation on the DC, MD, and VA Asian American Vote of 2016. Dechert LLP, 1900 K Street, NW, D.C.

Wednesday, June 21 (RSVP: June 20) @ 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.: Perspectives From the Bench. Ropes & Gray, 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, D.C.

Wednesday, June 28 @ 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.: SEARAC - Refugee Resilience: Fighting for Families Rally. The White House.

Thursday, July 6 - Sunday, July 9: JACL 48th Annual National Convention. D.C.

Thursday, July 13 - Sunday, July 16: 14th Annual SABA North America Convention. D.C.

Thursday, Aug. 3 - Sunday, Aug. 6: 2017 OCA National Convention. Sacramento, CA.

Wednesday, Aug. 16 - Sunday, Aug 20: 2017 APALA Convention. Orange County, CA.


NAKASEC is accepting applications for their “Change Begins with YOUth” Summer Program in Virginia Beach from July 5-8 for young people ages 16 and up. Youth will participate in workshops, discussions, and team building activities to build leadership skills and engage with community members ahead of the state elections. Application deadline: June 21.

Scholarships are available for SEARAC’s Inaugural Equity Summit. Application deadline: June 30.

JACL is accepting applications on a rolling basis for the Mike M. Masaoka Congressional Fellowship. The Masaoka Fellowship is designed to develop leaders for public service and provides Fellows the opportunity to be placed in a Congressional office.

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