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  • Friday, October 17, 2014 3:18 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    All Students Count Action Alert!
    Show your support for better national K-12 data!

    ABOUT THE ALL STUDENTS COUNT ACT
    As many of you recognize, our country is home to more than 48 district groups of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) students. However, data tends to generalize these populations under the label of “Asian” or “Pacific Islander & Native Hawaiian.” Many AA & NHPI groups are masked from this label and their educational challenges and disregarded.

    The All Students Count Act is a bill that would require states to report K-12 student data according to the race categories that the decennial Census uses, instead of the outdated categories currently required by the US Department of Education.  It also requires cross-tabulated data by gender and disability.  This would mean that, for the first time, states would provide student outcomes (e.g. graduation rates) for black males, low-income females, or Latinos with disabilities, in addition to 7 Asian categories and 4 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander categories. Through this campaign effort, we can gain comprehensive data on under resourced students and take strides to address these unique issues. 

    CURRENT GOALS
    1. Collect at least 500 photos by November 18 for our Tumblr to provide momentum for congress to act
    2. Advocacy with legislators to build champions, co-sponsors, and supporters to pass the bill
    3. Increase student participation in the planning process and photo campaign
     HOW TO GET INVOLVED
    1. Participate in the photo campaign:
      • Take a picture with the #AllStudentsCount sign.
      • Check the box with the major race category that you belong to, and fill in the blank with the ethnicity that you identify with.  (e.g. “I am not just Asian, I am Cambodian-American").
      • Take a picture with your own sign to support #AllStudentsCount.
    2. Have your organization endorse the All Students Count Act
      • Commit your organization to participate in the photo campaign.
    3.  Stay updated through our listserve or weekly planning group
    4. Use our attached toolkit and spread this to other organizations or campuses!
    IF YOU’RE IN WASHINGTON, DC…
    Attend the documentary screening of "America by the Numbers: Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town?". This documentary will highlight the educational barriers that Cambodian American students face and the importance of having disaggregated data.
    • Tuesday, November 18th at 6PM
    • Capitol Visitor Center (Exact Auditorium TBD), 
    • First St SE, Washington, DC 20515
    • Panelists:
      • Maria Hinojosa, Founder of Futuro Media Group and Host of American by the Numbers
      • Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
      • Lian Cheun, Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action (KGA) and Commissioner to President's Advisory on AAPI
    • Sponsors:
      • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
      • Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
      • Center for Asian Pacific American Media (CAAM)
    Watch the trailer.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION
    We are excited to see the results of the All Students Count campaign and achieve K12 data reform. Through collective efforts and community organizing, we will create a better K12 education system for our future generations.

    Please send all pictures or videos to allstudentscount@gmail.com so that we can add it to the campaign website at http://allstudentscount.tumblr.com

    Feel free to post your pictures and videos on your social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Tumblr) using #AllStudentsCount.

    For more information, read our attached toolkit and visit our campaign website: allstudentscount.tumblr.com or contact Rita Pin Ahrens atrita@searac.org.

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  • Thursday, October 02, 2014 2:14 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA launches National Voter Registration and Voter Mobilization Drive


    OCA launched a voter mobilization effort for the 2014 midterm elections to register over 1,000 new Asian Pacific American voters and contact over 24,000 registered APA voters in key electoral states.


    Key OCA Chapters include:

    • Sacramento
    • Cleveland
    • Chicago
    • St. Louis
    • Central Virginia

    For members in select states, you can register to vote online by going to : http://bit.ly/OCAVote


    Voter registration deadline for many states begin on Monday, October 6th! Make sure you register to vote before the deadline in order to vote this November.


    Do you want to get involve? Please contact: Tong Thao, 202-223-5500 x 116 or tthao@ocanational.org

    OCA launches National Voter Registration and Voter Mobilization Drive
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:02 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)
    Asian Pacific Americans Outraged at Xenophobic and Racist Comments from Fox News

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    24 September 2014

    CONTACT

    Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is outraged at the xenophobic and racist comments made during Fox News’ Cashing In segment.

    On Saturday, September 20, panelists on Fox News’ Cashin’ In segment discussed profiling in the United States. The panelists called for increased profiling of Muslim Americans, along with the possibility of internment. One panelist, Jonathan Hoenig, goes so far as to say, “The last war we won, we put Japanese Americans in internment camps. We dropped nuclear bombs on residential city centers. So yeah, I think profiling would be at least a good start. It’s not on skin color…it’s on ideology.”

    “The overwhelming consensus among the panelist to profile Muslim Americans and the comment made by Jonathan Hoenig affirming the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II is disgusting, xenophobic, and racist,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “Protecting our national security should never come at the cost of an entire community’s civil rights. The internment of Japanese Americans did not increase the United States’ chance of success during World War II. And the continued profiling, harassment, and hate against the Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American communities will not secure the United States borders or help us win the war on terror. The only thing profiling will accomplish is the continued persecution of immigrant communities.”

    Since September 11, anti-Islamic and anti-Asian/Pacific Islander hate crimes have increased and continue to remain higher than pre-September 11 numbers. South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) recently released a report highlighting xenophobic rhetoric and hate crimes against South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab Communities in the United States. The report indicates that over 80% of all hate violence against these communities were driven by anti-Muslim sentiment.

    “Our communities demand an apology from Fox News for the comments made. When they speak about profiling based on ideology, they are speaking about profiling based language, country of origin, religion, and ultimately skin color. Irrational fears of internal sabotage and threats based on ideological indicators led to the incarceration of over 100,000 Japanese Americans during World War II; and those same indicators are what have increased hate crimes and profiling of Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian Americans since September 11,” said Ken Lee, OCA National Acting CEO. “Ultimately, those indicators come down to little more than an individual’s skin color and are merely a cover to deny civil liberties to communities because of their perceived race, ethnicity, or religion, not ideology.”

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  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:17 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)
    Asian Pacific Americans Denounces Civil Rights Abuses in Ferguson


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    18 August 2014

    CONTACT

    Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), sends its deepest condolences to the family of Michael Brown and denounces the outrageous abuse of civil rights against demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri.

    “OCA extends our deepest condolences to the Brown family and stands in solidarity with the African American community in this most troubling time. Excessive use of police force, continued racial and religious profiling, and the lack of accountability for officers involved in these cases have led not only to the death of Michael Brown, but a long list of deaths from the African American community and other communities of color,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “The reports and investigations from the Ferguson police department have been inadequate in addressing the role of their officer in the shooting and have instead focused on demonizing the character of Michael Brown. That is unacceptable. We call on a full and transparent investigation into this case by the local authorities and by the Department of Justice.”

    “The incidents in Ferguson are an outrageous abuse of civil rights against the African American community. The reactions by local police to peacful protesters, from their use of police dogs to tear gases thrown at demonstrators, are clear violations of the Ferguson community’s constitutional right to peacefully assemble,” said Ken Lee, OCA Acting Chief Executive Officer. “Likewise, the curfew imposed by the Governor on civilians limits that same right. We must provide protections for the African American community to grieve the death of this youth and protest the injustice that they have continually faced instead of limiting them.”

    “Our nation must address the root causes that continue to allow the excessive use of police force and profiling of African, Latino, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander American communities. We call for legislation that will prevent such tragedies from occurring again and that will hold officers accountable for their actions,” said Miriam Yeung, OCA National Vice President of Public Affairs. “Asian Pacific American communities have not been exempt from these issues. The deaths of Fong Lee in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Matangi Tai in Mesa, Arizona at the hands of those who have sworn to protect our communities are clear examples that these issues cut across all racial, ethnic, and religious lines. OCA stands in solidarity with the residents of Ferguson in calling for justice and change.”

    The OCA St. Louis Chapter also released a statement regarding the effects of the Ferguson incidents on locally owned Asian Pacific American businesses.


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  • Monday, July 21, 2014 4:17 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Announces 2014 OCA Unsung Heroes Awardees


    15 July 2014

    ​CONTACT

    Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), is proud to announce its 2013-2014 OCA Unsung Heroes presented by Buick. This year, OCA will honor four individuals whose time and effort towards advancing equity and equality for Asian Pacific Americans are not often publicly recognized.

    They will be acknowledged during the 2014 OCA Gala Awards held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the OCA National Convention in Los Angeles, CA. OCA will celebrate their spirit of volunteerism and advocacy, and members will learn about the significant contributions each Unsung Hero has made to their communities in 2013.

    “The advocates awarded are selfless in their commitment and devotion to advancement of Asian Pacific Americans. Their actions demonstrate the values and mission of OCA. It is because of our chapters and members like them that OCA continues to exist as an organization dedicated to the empowerment of all APAs,” said Clifford Yee, OCA Vice President of Chapter Development. “We thank these individuals for their commitment to strengthening our communities.”

    "Buick has sponsored the OCA Unsung Heroes Award since 2001 and is proud to be a returning sponsor this year. It is our absolute honor and privilege to help recognize the people who work so diligently to advance the entire Asian Pacific American community and celebrate their accomplishments,” said Global Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett, General Motors.

    The 2013-2014 Unsung Heroes Awardees are as follows:

    DAVID CHAI was born in 1937 in Nanjing, China, a few months before the Japanese occupation. His family moved to Tokyo in 1948 and he came to America in 1955 with a one-way ticket on a freighter with $100 in his pocket to study Engineering at Purdue University. David Chai retired in 2000 after 30 years with AT&T Bell Laboratories. While at Bell Labs, he encountered the glass ceiling that affects so many Chinese Americans, especially those of the immigrant generation. To help combat this, he became involved with employee affinity groups to improve the promotion prospects of all minority groups. He recognized early on the lack of Asian “role models” to emulate or to serve as mentors at Bell Labs and elsewhere. Moving to Foster City in 2004, he joined OCA San Mateo, and was elected to its Board in 2005.

    In 2006, as he was planning for a candidate debate sponsored by OCA San Mateo, he met Roger Dong who was interested in starting a project about Chinese Americans. David has received the Community Service Award of the Asian American Heritage Council of New Jersey (1998), the Outstanding & Distinguished Service Award from the OCA New Jersey and the Aletha R. Wright Volunteer Leadership Award from Leadership New Jersey in 1999. He has served on many boards, including the Board of 80-20 (2005-2008); the United Way of Monmouth County [NJ]; Leadership New Jersey; OCA San Mateo, where he is the Chair of Speak & Lead with Pride.

    JINKY DOLAR is a senior account executive at Crossings TV. She has worked at the Sacramento Bee as an Audience Development Sales Manager in the Circulation Department for over nine years. Jinky has successfully established new business partnerships with the Press Club, utility, cable, phone companies, builders, grocers, retailers, magazines, etc. She is an avid activist on anti-domestic violence, mental health awareness, problematic gambling, human trafficking and other civil rights issues impacting Asian Americans. Her community involvement has helped me build an extensive network build coalitions. In turn, she connected local non-profit organizations to key grant opportunities such as those with philanthropic businesses.

    Jinky served on many diverse and non-profit organization boards, amongst which she is most impressed with OCA Sacramento’s mission, its advocacy work for the Asian American community and its leadership standing in the community. Jinky joined OCA Sacramento four years ago serving on different capacities. Currently, she is the Executive Vice President. For the past three years, she has chaired the chapter’s signature fundraising event, the Dragon Boat Festival Celebration. She was able to successfully secure new corporate and community sponsorships, and has raised event attendance to more than 500 guests. Jinky also enjoys working with her business partners on the Business Advisory Council, which brought successful education and leadership programs to the community that include the Youth Speak and Lead with Pride Program, API Business Women Luncheon, and Legislative Reception at the Capitol.

    JERI OKAMOTO FLOYD is the first attorney in her family. Jeri is a third-generation Japanese American who spent her youth in Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Montana, California, and Oregon. She graduated summa cum laude from UC Santa Barbara and received a full scholarship to Loyola Law School, where she served as Managing Editor of the Law Review. She is a lifetime OCA member and first volunteered with OCA Greater Los Angeles (GLA) during the 1994 convention in Los Angeles. She has served as the OCA GLA Director of Education & Culture, an advisory board member, and volunteers and continues as a liaison to the China adoption community. Jeri's family underwrites wish lists for the API Community Holiday Toy Drive and annually sponsors OCA GLA summer interns.

    Jeri found her heart’s calling when she and her husband adopted their two daughters from China. She initiated youth mentorship programs at UCLA, such as the China Care Bruins Buddy Program (2005-present) and Chinese Cultural Dance Club's Junior Dance Program (2002-present) -- connecting Chinese adoptees (ages five to teens) with API college mentors. She has conducted transracial adoption workshops with the FCC, Vista Del Mar Family Services, OCA, Pact, and the international Half the Sky/China Care Foundation and North American Council on Adoptable Children. She facilitated FCC/OCA roundtables at two national conventions; helped start the FCC/OCA family picnics; and coordinated FCC/OCA screenings of the China adoption film Somewhere Between. Her articles and essays have appeared in Adoptive Families, The Sun, Guideposts, Nikkei Chronicles, OCA Image, FCC China Connection Journal, and other publications.

    MICHAEL WU joined OCA New York (NY) in 2008 and has been a Board Member since 2010. In 2013 and for the last five years, Michael has served as co-captain of OCA NY’s dragon boat racing teams where he and his co-captain led the team to win divisional 1st place in 2009 and 2012 in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. After attending the 2013 JACL-OCA Leadership training in Washington, D.C., Michael spearheaded OCA NY’s voting rights work in the summer and fall, where his team of two interns and over 20 volunteers exceeded the committed goals. Michael has also been active with the campaign for justice for Private Danny Chen in 2013 by volunteering his time to drive a vanload of supporters to North Carolina to monitor one of the courts-martial and by helping to collect signatures in support of the successful street co-naming petition for “Private Danny Chen Way” in Chinatown.

    Michael is currently the Founding Managing Partner of Blue Angel Partners, a seed stage and technology-focused venture capital fund with partners in New York, Atlanta, Raleigh, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. Prior to that, Michael was a VC at Chart Venture Partners investing in startups with dual-use technologies for both commercial and defense applications. In addition to volunteering for OCA NY, Michael also volunteers his time as a Board Member of Long Island Angel Network, Advisory Board Member of Clean Energy Business Incubator at Stony Brook University, Advisory Board Member of WBT Innovation Marketplace, and mentor to startups and technology incubators and accelerators such as The Cleantech Open, NEXUS-NY, R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator, LaunchPad Long Island, PowerBridge NY, among others.

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    About General Motors
    General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com. GM is also a recognized leader in the automotive industry for its pioneering efforts in diversity. To learn more, visit http://www.gm.com/diversity.
  • Monday, July 14, 2014 7:00 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    Asian Pacific Americans Demand Apology for Racist Comment by Bob Beckel​


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ​14 July 2014

    ​CONTACT

    ​Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    ​WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), demands an apology from Bob Beckel for the racist comment he recently made on Fox News’ “The Five”.

    On Thursday’s edition of “The Five”, co-host Bob Beckel made the following statement: “The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the United States,” Beckel said. “You know what they just did? As usual, we bring them over here, and we teach a bunch of Chinamen– uh, Chinese people how to do computers. They go back to China and they hack into us.”

    “Bob Beckel’s comment was racist, xenophobic, and derogatory towards not only Chinese Americans, but all Asian Americans. Asian Pacific Americans are citizens, military personnel, and government officials, yet our communities continue to be viewed by the larger American public as perpetual foreigners and a threat to American national security,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “Although these harmful stereotypes have begun to erode over the last decade, Bob Beckel’s comments are a painful reminder of the hate and overt racism that the APA community continues to endure. What he said was unacceptable and would not have been tolerated if said of any other racial minority. OCA and the Asian Pacific American community demand an apology from Bob Beckel for this comment and from Fox News for even allowing Beckel on-air given his history of racist language.”

    Beckel has made racist statements in the past regarding APAs. In 2011, he said after he went swimming, he looked “oriental”. He also said that “Chinamen are rednecks” after his usage of the term during an episode of “The Five” that same year.


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  • Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:46 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    ​2 July 2014

    ​CONTACT

    Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    ​202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act (CRA).

    The CRA was first proposed by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964. The CRA banned segregation in all public spaces; desegregated schools; prohibited unequal voting requirements; barred denial of service because skin color; and made discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, and gender in the workplace illegal, among other milestones. Below is a quote from Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President:

    “Today is a day for celebration. The Civil Rights Act was a monumental victory for not only civil rights advocates but for all Americans. It has provided many within our community the protections necessary to express the rights that we have always been afforded under the Constitution, and it remains a pivotal piece of legislation that has paved the way for the continued expansion of our civil liberties. However, though we rejoice in the spirit of the legislation, we must remember that these rights are not unopposed. Recent attacks on fundamental civil rights policies and programs, such as the attempts to undermine affirmative action or the rise of voter identification laws, remind us that there remains a strong and present need to prevent the encroachment of one’s fundamental rights.

    Asian Pacific Americans stood in solidarity with other communities of color during the long march for justice. No community can progress if other communities are weighed down by unjust and inhumane laws. We will continue to advocate for the safety of all communities; promote diversity in higher education and public employment through affirmative action; and ensure APA voices are counted in the ballot box. OCA remains dedicated to protecting and advancing equality and equity for all Americans.”



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  • Wednesday, July 02, 2014 4:43 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    Asian Pacific Americans Still Require Permanent Immigration Reform


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    1 July 2014

    CONTACT

    ​Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer


    202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), shares the sentiments made by President Obama regarding Congressional inaction on immigration reform.

    On June 30th, President Obama gave remarks on the need for executive action on immigration reform in response to the failure of House leadership to pass an immigration bill. The President emphasized the bipartisan desire for movement on the issue in the House and highlighted the overwhelming support of the American public for legislation. Miriam Yeung, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs, released the following statement:

    “President Obama’s remarks demonstrate the need for bipartisan and permanent reform. We echo the President’s disappointment with House leadership and their unwillingness to allow an immigration bill onto the floor. The American public elected them into office to represent our interests, and they have failed to give us the vote our communities have waited to see for over a year.

    We urge the President to take into consideration the needs of the Asian Pacific American immigrant communities as he executes his executive authority. Specifically, we want him to ease the burdens placed on undocumented immigrants, keep families together, and ensure that all immigrants are provided the necessary due process and prosecutorial discretion they deserve. However, our communities still require a fair, humane, and permanent solution to our broken immigration system, and OCA will continue to advocate for that reform.”


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  • Friday, June 27, 2014 2:45 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)
    Asian Pacific Americans Call for Immigration Reform on Anniversary of S. 744

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    27 June 2014

    CONTACT

    ​Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

    202 223 5500 | policy@ocanational.org

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), urges House Leadership to move forward on immigration reform before the August recess.

    One year ago, the United States Senate passed S.744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” in order to expedite the process for individuals currently waiting for visas through the family immigration system and to provide the over 11.5 million undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship.

    “One year has gone by since the Senate passed S.744 and an immigration reform bill has yet to reach the House floor. We are disappointed by the delay in the House,” said Ken Lee, OCA Acting CEO. “Asian Pacific Americans comprise 1.3 million of the over 11 million undocumented immigrants. And over 1.8 million APA family members are waiting in the family immigration backlogs. Our communities have a long history of exclusion through US immigration policies. We understand the struggles that come with living in a country where you can never become a citizen. The House must show APAs that they have learned from past immigration mistakes like the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and the Asian Exclusion Act of 1924. All immigrants deserve the right to live without fear of their safety, of deportation, and of separation from their families. Congress is still in session, and they have a job to do – pass immigration reform.”

    On June 11, OCA, along with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Japanese American Citizens League, and the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium, released the preliminary 2014 National Asian American and Pacific Islander Immigration Score Card.

    “Immigration reform remains a priority issue for Asian Pacific Americans. Our histories and experiences have been shaped by this issue. It is for that reason that OCA and our partners have released the preliminary 2014 National AAPI Immigration Score Card,” said Miriam Yeung, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. “The ratings are indicative of the support that our representatives have shown our community. If they fall below 60 percent, then they are failing us. But as we move towards the August recess, our congressional officials can show our communities that they support us by passing immigration reform legislation and/or making public statements in support of a pathway to citizenship, family reunification, and due process for all immigrants.”


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  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 4:10 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Celebrates Pride Month in Solidarity with LGBT Asian Pacific Americans


    June 23, 2014

    Dear Advocates,

    This month, OCA celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in solidarity with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). As a national Asian Pacific American organization, we recognize that our work and our struggles cannot be separated from those of the LGBT community. We cannot claim progress for the APA community if APA LGBT individuals are invisible in the process. Our march for justice must include our LGBT friends, families, and allies. It is with this in mind that we stand together in solidarity with the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance to embrace and to celebrate Pride Month and all the identities within that continuum.

    OCA has a long standing history of support for the LGBT community. In 2013, we co-sponsored a same-sex marriage rally during the hearing ofWindsor v. United States, and have also released statements regarding the Windsor case and Hollingsworth v. Perry reaffirming our support for the full civil rights of all Americans. Additionally, our annual 
    OCA National Convention has long included workshops on LGBT advocacy for Asian Pacific Americans. This year, NQAPIA will hold a workshop titled “Advocacy 101: Allyship and LGBT Advocacy for AAPI Communities”, an interactive workshop focused on developing strategies for APA organizations and advocates to become stronger allies for the LGBT community.

    Please join us in celebrating LGBT Pride Month and ensuring equality for all Americans.

    Sincerely,

    Sharon M. Wong
    President


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