Weekly Roundup | ACA Repeal Falters in the Senate
July 10-17, 2017
A LOOK AHEAD
On Monday, Senate Republicans were forced to abandon plans to vote on their version of a healthcare repeal bill after two more Republicans joined the 50 Senators already opposed to it. Senate Leader McConnell is now pushing forward on a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan, despite Republican Senators opposing this incessant effort to kick over 30 million Americans off their health insurance plans. While this vote is expected to fail, President Trump has also indicated his willingness to let the health insurance marketplaces fail through either deliberate sabotage or malicious neglect. It remains appalling to see this level of cynicism and disregard for the health of millions of Americans in the highest offices in the country.
Another major priority of the Trump Administration is an overhaul of the tax code. A House committee unveiled a plan Tuesday morning that would reduce tax rates and simplify the tax code. The budget calls for a $621.5 billion national defense budget for 2018 and $511 billion for nondefense spending. It also calls for at least $203 billion in cuts over a decade in “mandatory” spending on programs such as Medicare and Social Security.
South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) Holds 14th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.
SABA North America held their 14th Annual Convention on July 13-16. Highlights included panels focusing on topics ranging from public interest to litigation and political law. Additionally, SABA North America hosted their inaugural Lobby Day, where attendees advocated for funding for the Legal Services Corporation, supporting the End Racial Profiling Act and the Access to Counsel Act, and opposing the Muslim & Refugee Ban.
SAALT Executive Director, Suman Raghunathan (second from the left), speaks on the “Combating Hate Crimes in Changing Times” panel at SABA North America’s 14th Annual Convention.
NCAPA IN THE NEWS
Revised Senate Health Care Bill Will Still Damage Country’s Health | APIAHF continues to raise concerns about Trumpcare undermining AAPI access to affordable and fair health insurance coverage.
NAPABA Releases Report: A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law | NAPABA released a new report that is the first-ever comprehensive study of Asian Americans in the legal profession.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Opposes the Nomination of Eric Dreiband to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division | The Advancing Justice affiliation urges Senators to reject Dreiband’s nomination.
APAICS Hosts Political Candidate Training For Emerging AAPI Leaders | 34 emerging AAPI leaders joined the National Leadership Academy Program.
First Ever Multilingual Pro-LGBTQ APIA Ads Air As Youtube Pop-up Ads | The “Family is Still Family” ads were first shown on Asian ethnic television stations across the world in June 2016 for Pride Month and continue to impact and encourage AAPI acceptance of LGBTQ individuals.
OCA Is Disappointed With the House Vote to Pass Anti-Immigrant Bills | OCA opposes House bills that target immigrant communities and undermine community safety.
Reflections from LAT graduates: Raising a united voice for families, healing and immigrant justice | Over 50 Southeast Asian American advocates and allies advocate for fair and humane immigration laws that keep families together.
Tiny Homes Could Help Alleviate the Long Wait List for Hawaiian Homelands | "CNHA has the ability to bring access to capital for these tiny homes, a manufactured product to be financed through our community loan fund.”
JACL: Tech, Media, & Telecom Issues Vital to AAPI Communities|JACL writes on the importance of the community having a voice in policy and regulatory issues around broadband access, innovation, media, and telecommunications.
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
The month of July is dedicated to raising awareness about minority mental health issues. Share these resources recommended by the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), an NCAPA member.
(Source: National Alliance on Mental illness)
Tell Congress to Protect Medicaid!
AAPCHO encourage all AAPCHO members and partners to take action by contacting their Members of Congress and remind them that Medicaid is essential for health centers and the millions of patients we serve!
Tell Senators to Vote NO On Repeal!
Call your Senators everyday until the vote happens. Call your Senators at 1-888-200-5389 and tell them: “I oppose the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and ask that you vote against it and protect our care.”
Download the Immigrant Know Your Rights Smartphone App
NCAPA member, the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC), has designed and translated a smartphone app for immigrants and community members who are in crisis or have been approached by police or ICE. The multilingual app currently supports Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and English. Click here to download this helpful app!
Sign Petition for Citizenship for All Adoptees
Learn about the adoptee crisis from NAKASEC and sign the petition to support the Adoptee Citizenship Act
Track hate incidents and view their databases
ICYMI: AAPIS IN THE NEWS
Deported Adoptee’s Remains to Be Returned to U.S. (Taylor Weik, NBC News)
Latino Muslims Find Home at Mosque Led by Cambodian Refugees (Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil, NBC News)
South Asian Americans on the frontlines of civil rights struggles (Suman Goha Mozumder, India Abroad)
Advancing Justice | AAJC Senior Telecommunication, Technology, and Media Fellow; and Development Associate/ Manager
NAPAWF: Chicago Organizer, Communications and Development Coordinator, Finance and Operations Associate
Thursday, July 20: ILF Emerging Leaders Policy Forum & Federal Career Fair. Capital Hilton. D.C.
Thursday, July 20: LEAP'S 35th Anniversary Celebration. Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Los Angeles.
Friday, July 21 at 11:00 a.m. - 2:00p.m.: CAPAL Annual AANHPI Career Fair. Dept. of the Interior.
Tuesday, July 25 @ 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Active Bystander Intervention Training. Silver Spring Civic Building.
Thursday, Aug. 3 - Sunday, Aug. 6: 2017 OCA National Convention. Sacramento, CA.
Thursday, Aug. 8 @ 3:00 p.m. ET: NCAPA Education Committee Webinar - ESSA and K-12 Federal Education Policy: Experiences from AAPIs in California
Wednesday, Aug. 16 - Sunday, Aug 20: 2017 APALA Convention. Orange County, CA.
Wednesday, Sept. 27- Friday, Sept. 29: APIAHF Convention - UNITE. FOCUS. ACT, Mayflower Hotel, D.C. (Registration now open)
Friday, September 29-30: APIASF Summit: Elevate. Washington, D.C.
Thursday, Oct. 5: American Courage Awards on October 5, 2017 in Washington, DC.