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OCA's National Civil Rights Fellowship Program

An amazing opportunity, the OCA National Board unanimously approved the creation of OCA’s first-ever National Civil Rights Fellowship Program in April 2011. The Civil Rights Fellowship Program was created to provide hands-on training for talented young APA leaders on issues to create greater access to educational and economic opportunities, strategically address discriminatory practices and policies as well as hate speech and race motivated violence directed at APAs. Housed at the OCA National Center in Washington, DC, the Fellow works closely with the OCA National Center staff and coalition partners in the civil rights and social justice networks to advance the well being of APA communities across the country.

 

It is our pleasure to share with you updates on some of the work that has been done through your generous support of OCA’s National Civil Rights Fellowship Program:

 

“The OCA Civil Rights Fellowship provides me with the distinct opportunity to work on a grassroots level with legislative partners, the community, and other APA organizations in advocacy issues. I have found that the experience brings me a new perspective of democracy and respect for those who work tirelessly for equality while strengthening my understanding of advocacy for the APA community.” - Kendall Kosai, OCA’s inaugural Civil Rights FellowWorking Together with Community Partners on Public Policy Issues.


In response to the recent issues around harassment of APAs in the military, the Civil Rights Fellow and the

National Executive Director has been working closely with our OCA-New York chapter and other APA organization

in seeking a response on the accountability and the implementation of a zero-tolerance policy for hazing

harassment and abuse in the military.


As the 1882 Project progresses, it is vital that support in educating and empowering individuals on the House

Resolution remain strong. The Fellow has played a pivotal role in mobilizing OCA constituents to urge for the 

passing of Resolution 282 in the House of Representatives and is also actively involved in strategic planning 

meetings and monitors legislation as it moves through Congress.

 

Advocating and Educating

Addressing and responding to harmful racist rhetoric among a variety of media monitoring projects. The recent string of insensitive and toxic rhetoric that has been appearing on receipts 

to customers. A string of incidents from ESPN, Chick-Fil-A, Papa Johns, and Starbucks in each of the last three months have once again demonstrated the need for further advocacy and education.


Educating and assisting hundreds with citizenship application process in the immigrant community in partnership with our local chapter in Houston and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center.

 

Engaging OCA APA Community Members in Advocacy 

As OCA continues to ensure that voices of APAs are amplified through electoral participation, the civil rights fellow will play an essential role in engaging the community members in their civic duties through citizenship workshops, voter registration campaigns, and voter education initiatives. 


General Information:

Housed at the OCA National Center in Washington, DC, each Fellow will work closely with the OCA National Center staff and coalition partners in the civil rights and social justice arena to advance the well being of APA communities. Fellows will not only focus on select policies and legislation affecting APAs in the nation’s capital through outreach to entities like the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders, but also work closely with OCA’s 80 chapters and affiliates across the country to engage our members on issues important to local communities.

As OCA prepares to engage APA community members in their civic duties in 2012 through citizenship workshops, voter registration campaigns, and voter education initiatives, the Fellow will also play an essential role in ensuring our community is visible and heard. We hope you take a moment today to pledge your support for OCA’s National Civil Rights Fellowship Program. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar toward our May goal of $50,000.


Visit OCANational.org for additional information about the National Civil Rights Fellowship Program.


Help us make a difference by supporting the National Civil Rights Fellowship Program. Levels of support are as follows:

Friends: $0-$999
Supporter: $1,000-$4,999
Leader: $5,000-$9,999
Builder: $10,000-$24,999 
Mover: $25,000-$99,999
Patron: $100,000+
Benefactor: $500,000+
Employer's gift matching program
Recurring monthly contribution
Anonymous donation

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