Asian Pacific Americans Denounce Civil Rights Abuses in Ferguson

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Asian Pacific Americans Denounce 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.

ncapablog:

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.
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ncapablog:

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.

OCA Pushes Immigration Reform into the New Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11 December 2013

CONTACT

Tom Hayashi | Executive Director

202 223 5500 | thayashi@ocanational.org

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!

Ummmm ok: Rob Gronkowski had an interesting few days

Gronk calls Asian American fan Leslie Chow from the “Hangover”.

"The Asian Pacific American community must be proactive in preempting hateful speech and disparaging and racist portrayals of APAs in the media. We have filed a complaint with the FCC, and we have received confirmation that an official investigation being initiated." - Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director. 
The continued negative and disparaging portrayal of Asian Pacific Americans in the media must stop. Like and reblog this if you agree with OCA. High-res
"The Asian Pacific American community must be proactive in preempting hateful speech and disparaging and racist portrayals of APAs in the media. We have filed a complaint with the FCC, and we have received confirmation that an official investigation being initiated." - Tom Hayashi, OCA Executive Director.
The continued negative and disparaging portrayal of Asian Pacific Americans in the media must stop. Like and reblog this if you agree with OCA.

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.

apawatchdog:

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.

18mr:

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! High-res

18mr:

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!

(via apiasfrepresent)

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! High-res

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.  High-res

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. 

Vandals Carve ‘We Want No Hindus At SBLL’ Into Sikh Little League Coach’s Truck - CBS Sacramento

"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.