Victoria Rumsey and her strong immigrant mother.
NCAPA is participating in a 31-day fast for fair immigration reform for AAPI women and their families as part of We Belong Together’s Women’s Fast. NCAPA members from several organizations volunteered to fast for 24 hours on a day between March 8 and April 8. Our Tumblr will feature several of the fasters’ stories in the coming days.
From Colorado and Hawaii to New York and D.C., see where NCAPA members are fasting here.
OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates fasted on March 13. The following is a blog written by Victoria Rumsey, the director of development at OCA, about why she fasted:
In my reflections during my fast, I thought about the need to provide a voice for those who do not have the capacity to speak for themselves. Un-silencing the hunger pangs that came and went, un-silencing all the families that are torn apart, un-silencing all those who come here for a better life.
My mom came to this country from Taiwan to live the American Dream not knowing that 34 years later, her daughter would be working for a national civil rights organization ensuring that our voices are not left unheard and providing opportunities for the Asian Pacific American community. I could not imagine any woman being separated from their family, women who came to this country to speak for themselves and to give themselves and children a better life.
I am the primary caretaker for my mother, who battles with cancer each day. There are undocumented individuals out there who are the primary caretakers of their families, and they should be allowed to continue taking care of their families. I’m living the American Dream. And everyone should have access to the American Dream.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
11 December 2013
Tom Hayashi | Executive Director
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization dedicated to advancing the political, social, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APA), delivered over 3,800 postcards to House congressional offices and participated in the Fast 4 Families campaign to call for fair and comprehensive immigration reform.
As part of the iAMerica Immigration Reform Campaign, OCA collected 3,856 e-petition signatures over a span of 24 days calling for Congress to pass fair and commonsense immigration reform aligned with the values of OCA and members of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). These values include a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million aspiring citizens; continued reunification of families; shortening of visa backlogs; and assurance of dignity and due process for individuals caught in detention and deportation proceedings. For each signature collected, OCA created a postcard on their behalf and delivered them over a three day period to 226 different congressional offices.
"Immigration reform is long overdue, and it must take into consideration the needs and concerns of the Asian Pacific Americans, especially because we are an immigrant heavy community,” says Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director, "The iAMerica e-Petition is our way of uplifting the voices of the APA and our allied communities in this movement and telling Congress that they must act now.”
Additionally, OCA joined immigration reform advocates across the country today and participated in Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform and Citizen, a national fasting campaign headquartered at the National Mall in Washington, DC. The campaign calls for Congress to pass immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. More information about the campaign can be found at their website.
"At the core of immigration reform are our stories, our experiences, and our families,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA President, "we are appealing to the hearts of our congressional members by participating in the Fast for Families campaign with our National Coalition for Asian Pacific American partners and immigration advocates. The multiple racial, ethnic, gender, and faith experiences represented highlight the complexity of immigration and the impact that a fair and commonsense immigration reform bill would have on the United States.”
Messages from Korean Americans to NAKASEC Executive Director for his participation in Fast 4 Families. If you haven’t heard, activists and leaders from around the country are fasting until they cannot fast anymore to ensure that a pathway to citizenship is created for the over 11 million aspiring citizens in the United States! Let’s support their efforts!
This month, various organizations and campaigns across the country are holding events, petitions, activities, and pledges all for the sake of immigration reform - OCA included, with our iAMerica campaign. They may be different campaigns, but we’re all fighting for the same cause - fair and commonsense immigration reform - many stories, one narrative. Fight on!
By Sid Saraf, FOXSports.com You never know with this guy. OK, first things first. TMZ has video of Rob Gronkowski at an event in Foxborough, Mass. on Sunday. The Patriots tight end is heard on video joking with an Asian fan, saying “they told me he could only cook fried rice!” Gronk went on to&
Gronk calls Asian American fan Leslie Chow from the “Hangover”.
OCA staff and AALDEF volunteers conduct exit poll surveys to better understand Asian Pacific American voting behavior and possible barriers faced by our communities. Laws and practices should encourage civic participation, not prevent it.
Check out this awesome spoken word video about comprehensive immigration reform from our allies at NAKASEC.
And don’t forget that immigration reform starts with you. Sign the iAMerica petition and change our country.
The makers of “Friday” brings us another teenage girl with a not-so-impressive sound. Except this time, with twice the cultural appropriation and offensive use of mixed Asian symbols. Pandas, Chinese food, and geishas? We’ll decline what she’s having. Thanks, but no thanks. #RebeccaBlackVersion2 #ExceptMoreRacist #IsDudeRappingWithAnAccent
Rebecca Black 2.0. Except more offensive.
Happy National Coming Out Day! From OCA, NAPAWF, NQAPIA, APALA (and us, of course).
[Pictured: Tom Hayashi (OCA National); Miriam Yeung (NAPAWF); Ben de Guzman (NQAPIA); Greg Cendana (APALA)]
Happy National Coming Out Day! OCA Executive Director, Tom Hayashi, comes #Out4Equality. Let’s make it even more equal by passing immigration reform for bi-national same-sex couples! Sign the OCA iAMerica e-petition and demand that Congress pass a fair and commonsense immigration reform bill for #undocumented #LGBT individuals, bi-national same-sex couples, and Asian Pacific Islanders in the United States!
OCA launches iAMerica Campaign! Raise the voice of the APA immigrant experience - sign the petition, share this with your friends, and show our Congressional Officials that APA families matter!
For every signature collected, OCA will send a postcard to the representative associated with the listed zip code. iAMerica demands that our House Representatives pass a fair and commonsense immigration reform bill. #iAMerica #WeAreAmerica
Help us spread the word by reblogging this. It’s time that Congress pass a fair and commonsense immigration reform bill inclusive of APA families!
The US is a country of immigrants. There are currently over 1 million undocumented Asian Pacific Islanders in the US. 280,000 are Chinese; 270,000 are Filipino; 240,000 are Indian; 230,000 are Korean; and 170,00 are Vietnamese. It’s time to change this, keep our families together! Make a change and sign the OCA iAMerica petition.
Sutter Buttes Little League coach and board member Suk Dulai discovered a messaged scratched into the side of his truck. âWe want no Hindus at SBLL.â
"We Want No Hindus at SBLL" is carved into the truck of a Sikh couple. Local authorities are investigating this as a hate crime.
We’re dismayed but not entirely shocked at the lengths that individuals will go to proclaim their ignorance, hate, and racism. This sort of behavior is unacceptable, and we’re glad that the police are taking action. Check out the link for more information.
House officials introduce immigration reform bill similar to Senate version. Rep. Xavier Becerra says “It is time that the Congress pass immigration reform…people from across the political spectrum want us to pass this.”
OCA agrees. The time for immigration reform is now. Like and reblog if you believe in immigration reform.
WASHINGTON — A government shutdown would have far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. Mail would be delivered. Social Security and Medicare benefits would continue to flow. But vacationers would be turned away from national parks and Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking…
So, we woke up this morning to a government shutdown. No surprise here, though.Interested in how the shutdown may impact you? Check out this article from Politico about how different government programs are being affected.
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Of course! Thanks for doing what you all do! I met some folks from OCA back in 2009 at NIU for a leadership conference while I was a sophomore in college and it’s great to know that there are organizations that support change and rights for us. :)