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

    Asian Pacific Americans Still Require Permanent Immigration Reform


    1 July 2014


    ​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.”

    OCA National Center
    1322 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
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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


    27 June 2014


    ​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.”

    OCA National Center
    1322 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036

  • 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.


    Sharon M. Wong

    OCA National Center
    1322 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036
    P: (202) 223 5500 | F: (202) 296 0540


  • Friday, June 20, 2014 1:18 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Announces 2014 Pioneer and Outstanding Citizen Achievement Honorees


    20 June 2014

    Ken 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 the honorees for the 2014 OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Awards and OCA Pioneer Award to be presented at this year’s National Convention in Los Angeles, California, August 7-10, 2014.

    This year, OCA will be awarding the OCA Outstanding Achievement Award to Congresswoman Judy Chu and Actor James Hong. The OCA Pioneer Award will be given to Actress Ming-Na Wen and Artist Tyrus Wong. All will be presented their awards at the OCA National Convention Gala Awards on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

    "We are proud to honor a diverse and accomplished group of APA leaders and difference makers who have made a strong impact toward this country,” says OCA President Sharon M. Wong. "Their contributions, dedication, and service have paved the way for APAs to pursue their own passions to make a difference in the community.”

    OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award

    Congresswoman Judy Chu – Judy Chu was elected to the U.S. House to Representatives in July 2009. She represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California.

    Rep. Chu currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where she is a member of the Subcommittees on Intellectual Property and the Internet as well as Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

    She also serves on the House Small Business Committee, which has oversight of the small Business Administration. Rep. Chu is the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access. She is also a member of the Subcommittees on Contracting and Workforce as well as Investigations, Oversight and Regulations.

    In 2011, Chu was elected Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which advocates for the needs and concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community across the nation.

    Chu founded and co-chairs the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus, which advocates for the copyright protections of those in the creative industries, such as music, film and visual arts. She also serves in leadership of the House Democratic Caucus as a Member of the Steering and Policy Committee.

    Chu was first elected to the Board of Education for Garvey School District in 1985. From there, she was elected to the Monterey Park City Council, where she served as Mayor three times. She then was elected to the State Assembly and then California’s elected tax board, known as the State Board of Equalization. In 2009, she became the first Chinese American woman elected to Congress in history.

    James Hong – From Minneapolis, Minnesota, James’ early career was in civil engineering and one of his first jobs was working for the city of Los Angeles.  After first appearing on Groucho Marx’s "You Bet Your Life” in 1954, he was instantly bitten by the Hollywood bug and decided to change his career.  Since then, he has never looked back and after nearly 60 years in the entertainment industry, he continues to keep busy today.

    Recently James played Jerry Chen, an avatar in Universal’s "R.I.P.D.” for Nick (played by Ryan Reynolds).  He co-starred with Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon and supermodel Marissa Miller.  In 2011 he received his first Annie Award for "Kung Fu Panda Holiday” a TV special reprising his role as Mr. Ping from both "Kung Fu Panda” movies.  Earlier this year he earned the Daytime Emmy Nomination for Nickelodeon’s "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.”

    James continues to entertain not just on in TV and film but also video games.  In 2012, he can be heard in two of the top selling video games for that year which include Blizzard’s "Diablo 3” and Activision’s "Call of Duty: Black Ops II” which combined has sold nearly 20 million copies.  Additional video game credits include "Sleeping Dogs” and Blizzard’s "World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.”

    Including his award winning voice-over work, he can be seen on the Disney XD Channel show "Pair of Kings” as his reoccurring role of the island’s Elder.  James has made TV guest appearances on "The Big Bang Theory,” "Chuck,” "Bones,” and "Archer.”  Between film, TV and video game projects, James has over 500 credits to his name and the list continues to grow.

    OCA Pioneer Award

    Ming-Na Wen – Ming-Na Wen first won attention with her touching and critically acclaimed performance as ‘June’ in the feature film "The Joy Luck Club,” but she is most noted for her portrayal of ‘Dr. Jing-Mei Chen’ on the hit show "ER.” She also starred in "SGU Stargate Universe.”  

    Wen received the first contract role for an Asian-American actor in a daytime drama when she won the part of ‘Lien Hughes’ on "As the World Turns."  Her other television credits include "Eureka,” "Law and Order: SVU,” "Boston Legal,” "The George Lopez Show,” "Private Practice” and "Two and a Half Men."

    The diverse actress proved she was able to play more than the gentle wallflower in "The Joy Luck Club" when she tackled the roles of ‘Chun-Li,’ the butt-kicking female lead in "Streetfighter," and as the sex-hungry wife ‘Mimi’ in director Mike Figgis' film, "One Night Stand."

    Wen is proud to be the title voice of "Mulan," Disney's animated feature (for which she won an Annie Award), as well as the lead voice of ‘Aki Ross’ in the stunning CGI animated film, "Final Fantasy."  The talented actress has also has lent her voice for the shows "Phineas and Ferb” and "Ni Hao, Kai Lan,” as well as documentaries and children’s books.  She recently completed production on the Blumhouse feature film "6 Miranda Drive,” opposite Kevin Bacon.

    Wen has been included in People magazine's list of the 50 most beautiful people, was named one of the 100 most influential Asian Americans of the past decade by a.Magazine, and was inducted into the Committee of 100.  She cherishes her family time with her husband and their two children.  She also enjoys painting, photography, scrap booking and decorating. 

    Tyrus Wong – Painter, muralist, lithographer, film production illustrator and kite maker, Tyrus Wong was born in Guangzhou, China in 1910. At age nine he left China for the United States. Upon his arrival he spent nearly a month at the Angel Island Immigration Station before joining his father in Sacramento.  

    As a young teen he moved to Los Angeles’ Chinatown. While attending Benjamin Franklin Junior High his artistic talents were recognized and he was recommended for a summer scholarship at Otis Art Institute.  After completing the summer scholarship he knew at this young age that art was the only thing he wanted to do. Wisely his father supported his artistic endeavors and scraped together the $95 tuition needed for his first term at Otis.

    Wong was awarded subsequent scholarships and graduated from Otis with top honors. In 1937 Wong married Ruth Kimm and their first daughter was born a year later. Needing to provide for his family he took a job at Disney Studios working as an in-betweener. Not liking this tedious work and hearing that Disney had plans to produce "Bambi”, he put together a portfolio consisting of tiny sketches of deer in the forest. His talents as a landscape painter were immediately recognized and he was promoted to establish the look and style for Disney’s classic "Bambi”. His lush backgrounds inspired by Chinese traditional ink-and-brush work conveyed the simplicity that Walt Disney had been searching for.  Wong illustrated the feeling of the forest rather than indicating every leaf and detail.

    Wong later moved on to Warner Bros. where he worked for over thirty years as pre-production artist on many live-action films including, "Rebel Without a Cause”, "Harper”, and "The Wild Bunch”. He also successfully applied his talents to designing his signature line of Christmas cards which meld his Oriental style painting with his Western experience. He also illustrated books and numerous magazines including L.A. Times Home and Readers Digest. Wong still managed to find time for painting and his work is still exhibited at museums and fine art galleries nationwide. Upon his retirement he rediscovered a childhood joy…flying kites. Wong designs and makes by hand all of his kites, some more than a hundred feet long. 

    Though he celebrated his 103rd birthday last October he can still be found once a month at Santa Monica Beach filling the sky with birds, butterflies, goldfish and pandas and on a good wind day perhaps a 100 foot long centipede.

    The OCA National Convention is a three-day event of programs, workshops, events, and activities designed to foster the next generation of APA community, government, business, and corporate leaders. This year’s annual convention will take place in Los Angeles, California from August 7 – 10 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  

    For more information, please contact the OCA Development Department at (202) 223-5500 ext. 121 or Development@ocanational.org.
    CLICK HERE to register.

  • Thursday, June 05, 2014 11:05 AM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    OCA Mourns the Loss of Yuri Kochiyama

    June 5, 2014 

    Dear Advocates, 

    As many of you may already be aware, Yuri Kochiyama passed away over the weekend at the age of 93. She was a prominent and influential Asian American social justice, human rights, and civil rights activist who served as an inspiration to all civil rights leaders. Yuri was a lifelong advocate who staunchly supported and advanced civil rights, redress and reparations for Japanese Americans, various movements for ethnic studies, and other causes. 

    Yuri demonstrated the need for our community to work within and outside ourselves. She was perhaps most well-known for her friendship with Malcom X, her work within the African American and Native American movements, and the bridges she built between communities of color. Civil rights is not a zero sum game and her work has single handedly demonstrated this principle. Yuri has shown us that the movement cannot only lift one community but must simultaneously uplift all of us. In 2001, we were honored to award her with the OCA Outstanding Citizen Achievement Award at our National Convention in Seattle, Washington for her work and passion for our community.

    She has paved many roads for our communities and built strong bonds with other communities through her work and dedication to justice. Though she may no longer be with us, her legacy lives on as a new generation of leaders continues the march toward equality and equity for all. Let us remember her with gratitude and open minds.


    Sharon M. Wong
    OCA National

  • Friday, May 30, 2014 8:00 AM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    Chicago Police Harass Asian American Spa Manager During Raid


    28 May 2014


    Ken Lee | Acting Chief Operating Executive

    (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) and OCA-Greater Chicago, a chapter of OCA, are dismayed by the actions of Chicago police officers in the case of Jinqing Klyzek. 

    “We hope that Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy will conduct a thorough investigation on this incident and hold the officers responsible for Ms. Klyzek’s mistreatment accountable for their actions,” said OCA Chicago President, Janny Leung. 

    In July of 2013, officers verbally harassed and physically abused Jinqing Klyzek, a Chinese American spa manager, during a raid on a Chicago spa. Security footage of the raid shows an officer physically subduing and then striking Ms. Klyzek while she was kneeling. The footage further shows another officer telling Ms. Klyzek that she is “not f---ing American,” and threatening to “put [her] in a UPS box and send [her] back to wherever the f--- [she] came from.” Ms. Jinqing Klyzek recently brought a federal civil rights lawsuit against those officers and the Chicago police department.

    “As a national civil rights organization, we are concerned that this incident is neither incidental nor isolated. Mayor Emanuel must ensure that our law enforcement officers behave in a manner that promotes trust and cooperation rather than fear and retaliation,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA President. “The city of Chicago must safeguard the civil liberties and dignity of all Chicago residents, regardless of their national origin or language proficiency, and ensure that they are not harassed or mistreated by local law enforcement officials.”
  • Friday, May 23, 2014 2:53 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)



    May 23, 2014


    Maricel Lumaquin, VP of Communications

    916.716.7471    mlumaquin@ocasacramento.org

    OCA Sacramento Chapter announced today that David Low has resigned as President effective immediately due to increased demands in his role as a sales manager for Marchon, a VSP Global company.  Mr. Low has led the organization since January 2014 and was instrumental in the successful facilitation of OCA National’s Mentoring Asian American Professionals Program at the local chapter level this year.  We thank Mr. Low for his contribution to the Chapter and wish him all the best.

    The Board of Directors has appointed Michael Head to serve as Interim President.  Mr. Head was the Chapter President from 2010 – 2013, and has served in various leadership capacities since 1999.


    The Board has also elected Greg Jung as Co-Executive Vice President to work alongside with Jinky Dolar, who is the current Executive Vice President for the chapter.  Together, they will oversee the Chapter’s program and leadership development. Ms. Dolar is a successful marketing executive with Crossings TV, while Mr. Jung is a prominent local State Farm Agent. Both have deep and extensive knowledge of the chapter’s activities, and are actively involved in the community.

    OCA, headquartered in Washington D.C., is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Islander Americans in the United States.  Founded in 1995, Sacramento Chapter is one of its 100 chapters and college affiliates striving to develop strong leadership, community involvement and civic participation.  To learn more about OCA Sacramento, visit www.ocasacramento.org.

  • Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:42 AM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)
    Governor Brown Issues Proclamation Declaring Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month


    SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued a proclamation declaring May 2014 as “Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month” in the State of California.

    The text of the proclamation is below:

    The 4.8 million Californians of Asian or Pacific Islander descent constitute the fastest-growing ethnic group in our state. California’s social and economic ties to the Pacific Rim are strengthened every day through commerce, cultural exchange, immigration and the growth of our own Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

    The United States Congress enacted Public Law 95-419, establishing Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week, in 1978. They selected early May for this observance because of two important milestones in the history of Asians in America: the arrival of Manjiro, the first Japanese citizen to settle in our country, on May 7, 1843; and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, using a largely Chinese labor force, on May 10, 1867. In 1990, reflecting the growing numbers and diversity of Asians and Pacific Islanders in America, Congress expanded the observance from one week to the entire month of May.

    Sadly, this time of year also recalls a darker aspect of the Asian and Pacific Islander experience in America: the misplaced fears and outright violence that often greeted these groups when they first arrived on our shores. On May 6, 1882, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, the most infamous of many state and federal laws that unfairly targeted immigrants from Asia and the Pacific. As we celebrate the contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders this month, we should not forget the unnecessary suffering inflicted on these immigrant groups. 

    This pattern of discrimination began during the Gold Rush, when the Foreign Miners’ Tax, which unfairly targeted prospectors from Asia and Latin America, was signed into law by our state’s first governor, Peter Burnett. San Francisco and Los Angeles witnessed multiple instances of mob violence against Chinese immigrants during the Gold Rush era and after. In 1913, at the urging of Governor Hiram Johnson, the Legislature passed the state’s first Alien Land Law, which prevented land ownership by foreigners who were ineligible for citizenship due to discriminatory laws passed at the federal level. Seven years later, an overwhelming majority of the people of California voted for an initiative to extend the Alien Land Law and make it harsher, but this was not enough to appease the xenophobia that gripped California during these years. In 1923, Governor Johnson’s successor William Stephens devoted much of his State of the State address to what he called “The Oriental Problem” and described his efforts to get Congress to pass an even more draconian law. His efforts came to fruition in the form of the Immigration Act of 1924, which would prevent most legal immigration from Asia until the major reforms of 1965.

    I urge all Californians to join me this month in reflecting on the part that men and women from China, the Philippines, India, Vietnam, Korea, Japan and other parts of Asia and the Pacific have played in our state’s history. We should also reflect on our propensity to view strangers from other lands through a distorted prismundefinedtoo often leading to discrimination, injustice and violence.

    NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim May 2014, as “Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.”

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 6th day of May 2014.
  • Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:32 AM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)

    SCA 5 Distorts Education Policy Priorities


    20 March 2014


    Tom Hayashi | Executive Director

    202 223 5500 | thayashi@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 (APA), is concerned about the irresponsible policy making shown by California State Senator Ed Hernandez during the creation, introduction, and passage of Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA 5).

    California State Senator Ed Hernández authored SCA 5, a constitutional amendment that would provide public universities in California the ability to include race, sex, and ethnicity for consideration in their admission policies. However, SCA 5 does not repeal the ban on affirmative action in public employment and contracting. If passed through both houses, it will appear on the 2016 ballot for a vote by Californians. The amendment passed in the California Senate and is currently held for consideration in the Assembly.

    Although APAs comprise a large amount of Senator Hernandez’s constituency, very few APA community members were consulted during the creation, introduction, and passage of SCA 5 in the California Senate. Issues of concern around SCA 5 include, but are not limited to:

    • Absence of public input
    • No hearings with issue experts
    • Lack of educational meetings held with community members on affirmative action

    “OCA is supportive of affirmative action, but we are concerned by the Senator’s disregard for the APA community’s voice in policies that heavily affect our communities,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director. “Even though Senator Hernández has a large Asian Pacific American constituency, he did not consult our communities. Grave injustices can occur if we do not have public policies that equalize educational opportunities; however, what is more disconcerting is policy making that renders our communities mute and invisible. Responsible policy making must take into consideration the opinions of all communities before bills are even introduced.”

    OCA has taken favorable positions on affirmative action in the past. In 2003, OCA passed a resolution that supports the continued use of affirmative action in the workplace, contracts, and higher education. Additionally, a national resolution was also approved in 2014, which supports:

    • Holistic admission policies in higher education, inclusive of race, sex, and ethnicity
    • Opposes the practice of merit-only admission practices
    • Opposed any forms of caps and quotas in public colleges and universities.
    “There is still much educational disparity among APAs, and our policies must expand to increase resources to students at all educational levels. Additionally, policies that emphasize education for students and parents beyond the classroom are necessary to maximize student competitiveness and ensure that our communities better understand the need to go beyond grade point averages and SAT scores. At OCA, we have multiple programs that emphasize leadership and professional development to ensure all APA students better comprehend soft skills. But this effort needs to also be emulated in our public policies,” says Miriam Yeung, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. “OCA remains committed to uplifting historically oppressed communities, but we cannot support a bill that politically marginalizes Asian Pacific Americans in the process. Affirmative action is a necessary component of the national dialogue on education reform. And because of that, we must commit ourselves to an engaged policy making process that constructs policies which provide equitable and equal educational access for all students.”

    OCA has been engaged in conversation with affirmative action experts and policy makers in California in order to best comprehend the context for SCA 5. Additionally, OCA has also engaged in its own research and data disaggregation of application, admission, and enrollment numbers from the University of California Regents. It is because of the hard work, on-going conversations, and policy analyses of the OCA California Chapters, including East Bay, Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento, Silicon Valley, and San Francisco, that OCA has been able to continue monitoring the progress of SCA 5. OCA remains committed to advocating for equal and equitable educational policies that create opportunities for all Asian Pacific American students at every educational level and which address key issues beyond those included in SCA 5.

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  • Tuesday, February 04, 2014 4:28 PM | Maricel Lumaquin (Administrator)
    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 (APA), is supportive of President Obama’s State of the Union Address.
    President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday night, highlighting the need for economic equality, civil rights, immigration, and education reform.
    "While the President did not elaborate on immigration reform, except to note his strong support for Congress to deliver legislation this year, we remain steadfast in advocating for commonsense immigration reform. Therefore, OCA is supportive of President Obama’s fifth State of the Union address,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "We appreciate his dedication to the forward movement of issues heavily affecting the Asian Pacific American community. President Obama’s speech shows that there are still many barriers to full economic, social, and political participation and contribution for some segments of the American population. This is a year of action, and action must be taken by Congress to remove these barriers to ensure that the over 11.5 million undocumented immigrants, of whom, 1.3 million are APA, have a pathway to citizenship; that students can access quality education; and that all citizens can engage in the democratic process.
    The President also asserted his desire to see fixes to aforementioned issues, with or without congressional action. However, he still insisted on bi-partisan congressional action.
    "As a nation, we must come together to ensure that all citizens and aspiring citizens can fully participate and contribute to the best of their abilities. The responsibility for this falls on us to ensure that our country moves toward justice for everyone and on our Congressional Officials to act as beacons to light our way, "says Miriam Yeung, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs, "OCA, too, will continue to advocate for issues and policies salient to all Asian Pacific Americans. To this end, OCA calls on Congress to pass a fair and commonsense immigration reform bill this year to ensure that everyone can reach their full potential.”

    Tom Hayashi | Executive Director
    202 223 5500 | thayashi@ocanational.org

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