OCA-Greater Los Angeles

OCA-Greater Los Angeles OCA-Greater LA is a chapter of a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political & economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.
Founded in 1973, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. OCA is dedicated to securing the rights of Asian Pacific American citizens and permanent residents through legislative and policy initiatives at all levels of the government. OCA aims to embrace the hopes and aspirations of the nearly 2 million citizens and residents of Chinese ancestry in the United States as well as to better the lives of the 10 million Asian Americans across the country. OCA-Greater Los Angeles was founded in 1991 as a local chapter of OCA National.For more almost 20 years, OCA-GLA has fostered the active participation of APIs in both civic and national matters, striving to instill a sense of social responsibility in the API community through leadership opportunities and community empowerment activities. From its inception, OCA-GLA has aspired to make a significant impact in the greater Los Angeles community through community service, community organizing, education and leadership development.
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"From Europe to Africa, people around the world are marching in solidarity for America’s grassroots campaign for racial ...
06/01/2020
Black Lives Matter Protests Go Global, From Ireland to South Africa

"From Europe to Africa, people around the world are marching in solidarity for America’s grassroots campaign for racial justice and against excessive use of force by police."

#BLM #BlackLivesMatter

From Europe to Africa, people around the world are marching in solidarity for America’s grassroots campaign for racial justice and against police brutality.

"Our love goes stronger in times of strife." is a lyric from Michelle Sui's hauntingly lovely rendition of The Wandering...
05/30/2020

"Our love goes stronger in times of strife." is a lyric from Michelle Sui's hauntingly lovely rendition of The Wandering Songstress song in the short film "Street Angel" 🛣️😇🎞️

Much love and heartfelt thank yous 💕 to our fabulous panel composed of Michelle Sui, filmmaker and performance artist; Eugene Moy from the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California; Lydia Lin, co-owner of Steep LA Tea Room; George Yin, OCA-GLA board member extraordinaire, our wonderful co-sponsors (Nü House, Chinese American Citizens Alliance-Los Angeles, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Project by Project-Los Angeles, Steep LA Tea Room, and Taiwanese American Professionals-Los Angeles), and the 355 amazing people who took the time to tune into our special APA Heritage Month event!

The event started off with the preview short film screening of "Street Angel" that artfully showcases Chinatown. It ended with a thoughtful panel discussion about the film, Chinatown's storied history and community, and its possible, revived future with small businesses such as Steep LA Tea Room.

Show love ❤️ to Nü House and the film "Street Angel" by checking out nu-house.org/street-angel and support the film by donating to cutt.ly/streetangel.

Show some more love 💕 to the Chinatown community by donating to paypal.me/ocagla. All donations will go to organizations assiting Chinatown seniors such as the Chinatown Service Center and Southeast Asian Community Alliance.

Show extra love 💖 to support your local APA businesses and community this month and beyond!

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates
05/29/2020

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates

Our OCA Greater Houston chapter and Shabu House 呷哺小火鍋 donated 2000 gloves and masks to support the Black Lives Matter: Houston rally for Justice for George Floyd. Showing up and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement are crucial in addressing and deconstructing anti-blackness within the AAPI community.

“The fact that Hmong American Officer Tou Thao stood to defend his colleague, and antagonized the bystanders who called ...
05/28/2020
OCA Demands Justice in Minnesota Police Killing of George Floyd — OCA National Center

“The fact that Hmong American Officer Tou Thao stood to defend his colleague, and antagonized the bystanders who called for compassion, is not lost upon us. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders must stand up for Black communities by calling out institutional racism and the anti-Blackness within our own communities.” #BlackLivesMatter

Washington, DC - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is deeply disturbed and saddened by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday, May 25. Mr. Floyd was an unarmed Black man apprehended by four police officers for alleged low-level forgery, placed in handcuffs, and pinned d...

We are excited for our We Love L.A. Chinatown event that is taking place tomorrow at 7:00pm ⛩ You can still join in for ...
05/28/2020

We are excited for our We Love L.A. Chinatown event that is taking place tomorrow at 7:00pm ⛩ You can still join in for the special preview screening and panel discussion by signing up at www.crowdcast.io/e/ocagla2020apah. Donations made at this event will go towards relief efforts for Chinatown seniors.

Please join our OCA California chapters for other events this week to celebrate APA Heritage Month with OCA Sacramento Chapter - Asian Pacific American Advocates on Friday and our OCA Bay Area chapters (OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: East Bay Chapter OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates: San Francisco Chapter, and OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates - San Mateo Chapter on Saturday. All are welcome!

Well-known art news & reviews website Hyperallergic.com has made OCA-GLA's "We Love L.A. Chinatown" webinar this Thursda...
05/27/2020
A Look at LA’s Chinatown, Past and Present

Well-known art news & reviews website Hyperallergic.com has made OCA-GLA's "We Love L.A. Chinatown" webinar this
Thursday, May 28 at 7 pm their featured event of the week! Check out their write up at https://hyperallergic.com/565952/we-love-la-chinatown-michelle-sui/ and sign up for the event at www.crowdcast.io/e/ocagla2020apah.

You don't want to miss this artsy event ✨

Michelle Sui’s film Street Angel wanders through the streets of Chinatown, spotlighting the stories of elderly immigrant residents.

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05/21/2020

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Asian Americans available to stream now!Part one of the new five-part documentary series. Episode 1: Breaking GroundIn a...
05/12/2020
Asian Americans | Night 1: Breaking Ground & A Question of Loyalty

Asian Americans available to stream now!

Part one of the new five-part documentary series.

Episode 1: Breaking Ground
In an era of U.S. expansion, new immigrants arrive from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and beyond. Eventually barred by anti-Asian laws, and become America’s first “undocumented immigrants.” Yet they build railroads, take their fight for equality to the U.S. Supreme Court, and dazzle on the silver screen.

Episode 2: A Question of Loyalty
An American-born generation straddles their country of birth and their familial homelands in Asia. Family loyalties are tested during World War II, when Japanese Americans are imprisoned in detention camps, and brothers find themselves on opposite sides of the battle lines. For Koreans and other Asian Americans, joining the U.S. war effort also means the fight for independence in Asia.

New immigrants arrive and adapt to life in America.

05/05/2020
The LA County Commission on Human Relations is hosting its first ever virtual quarterly meeting on Network Against Hate ...
04/24/2020

The LA County Commission on Human Relations is hosting its first ever virtual quarterly meeting on Network Against Hate Crime: Controlling the Spread of Corona Hate next Thursday, April 30 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

Featured speakers are Stewart Kwoh (Founding Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA), Manjusha "Manju" Kulkarni (Executive Director, A3PCON), and Robin Toma (Executive Director, LA County Commission on Human Relations).

Dial in to join: 1 (323) 776-6996
Conference ID: 538 388 703#

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, OCA-Greater Los Angeles presented a webinar featuring informative perspectives of life and l...
04/23/2020

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, OCA-Greater Los Angeles presented a webinar featuring informative perspectives of life and living in the age of a pandemic. "COVID-19 & Rising Anti-Asian Prejudice - Threats to Public Safety, Community Organizing, and Mental Health Responses" was moderated by OCA-GLA Board Member George Yin and his guest panelists included Roland Hwang - OCA National VP Public Affairs; Robin Toma - Exec. Dir., L.A. County Human Relations Commission; Manjusha "Manju" P. Kulkarni - Executive Director, A3PCON ; and Laurie Williamson, LMFT - Pacific Asian Counseling Services. If you missed the online event or would like see a replay, go to www.crowdcast.io/e/covid-19--rising-anti?fbclid=IwAR1UfN3_OF9cvwJ62F3K4l799_2mtqSF1V_JjXkoZANg6xLo9xvbKE_fZfU

Reminder! OCA-GLA is hosting the COVID-19 and Rising Anti-Asian Prejudice webinar TOMORROW at 6:30pm. Join us for a pane...
04/20/2020

Reminder! OCA-GLA is hosting the COVID-19 and Rising Anti-Asian Prejudice webinar TOMORROW at 6:30pm. Join us for a panel discussion with community leaders to learn more about the current policies, community actions, and mental health impact.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1071990703175224/

THE PARK'S FINEST CONTINUES TO SERVEThese are strange times but we continue to be inspired by so many in our community. ...
04/17/2020

THE PARK'S FINEST CONTINUES TO SERVE
These are strange times but we continue to be inspired by so many in our community. Our longtime friends and 2019 Image Award’s Community Spirit Award recipient, The Park’s Finest has closed its doors to the public so that the popular diner can serve the community with its Feed the Frontliners Project.

The Feed the Frontliners Project is an effort made possible through community members and angel sponsors buying plates for healthcare workers (nurses, doctors, clerical, custodial, etc.) and emergency responders to be fed during shifts. While it originally started as a way for frontliners to pick up plates at the shop, the approach has shifted where The Park’s Finest now arranges for delivery to hospitals and fire stations.

Support the Feed the Frontliners Project if you can. They are more than half way through their $50,000 fundraising goal!

More information: www.theparksfinest.com

GoFundMe: www.gofundme.com/f/feed-the-frontliners-project?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF HATE IN L.A. COUNTY?Los Angeles County's 211 hotline offers a safe place to report hate incidents. B...
04/17/2020

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF HATE IN L.A. COUNTY?
Los Angeles County's 211 hotline offers a safe place to report hate incidents. By dialing 2-1-1, you can now file a report as a victim, witness, or advocate for a victim of hate crimes, hate acts, or bullying as a part of a new Anti-Hate Campaign that was launched last September. Go to www.211la.org/safe-place-report-hate

OCA-Greater Los Angeles's cover photo
04/16/2020

OCA-Greater Los Angeles's cover photo

04/03/2020
OCA-Greater Los Angeles's cover photo
04/01/2020

OCA-Greater Los Angeles's cover photo

04/01/2020
California Governor

California Governor

Social distancing means acting like you are infected with #COVID19.

Comedian, actor and former physician, Ken Jeong, wants all Californians to stay informed and stay socially distant.

▶️ covid19.ca.gov #StayHomeSaveLives

"In many cities throughout the United States, Jewish and Chinese communities have lived and flourished side by side, and...
03/28/2020
Asian Americans are facing violent xenophobia during the coronavirus outbreak. Jews have a responsibility to speak out. - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

"In many cities throughout the United States, Jewish and Chinese communities have lived and flourished side by side, and recent incidents have shown those ties to be tried and true."

Thank you to our friends in the Jewish community. Honored and pleased to always have you as partners in denouncing and fighting discrimination and racism.

As a minority group that has been a consistent scapegoat throughout history, Jews have a particular obligation to speak out against xenophobia, writes the assistant director of the American Jewish Committee's Asia Pacific Institute.

NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEADERS UNITE AGAINST ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMICThursday, March 26, 2020, at 4 PM ...
03/25/2020
MEDIA ADVISORY: NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEADERS UNITE AGAINST ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC | APIAVote

NATIONAL AND LOCAL LEADERS UNITE AGAINST ANTI-ASIAN SENTIMENT DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 4 PM EST.
https://www.apiavote.org/press/media-advisory-national-and-local-leaders-unite-against-anti-asian-sentiment-during-covid-19

MEDIA ADVISORY March 24, 2020 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Leaders Uplift the Community Through Resources on Health Education and Support for Small Businesses

Thanks to The Park's Finest for supporting our healthcare providers and emergency responders.  Our 2019 Image Awards hon...
03/23/2020

Thanks to The Park's Finest for supporting our healthcare providers and emergency responders. Our 2019 Image Awards honoree for Community Spirit, The Park's Finest continuously embodies kindness, generosity, and family.

Build Community.

Be safe.

Be strong.

Be well.

#❤️ #👨🏻‍🚒 #👩🏻‍⚕️🧑🏽‍⚕️👨🏻‍⚕️ @ Los Angeles, California

03/20/2020
Governor Newsom ends his presser by calling out racism, brings up The Chinese Exclusion Act

“One thing I want to express is deep deep recognition of xenophobia, the racism that is being perpetuated against Asians in our state. We’ve seen a huge increase in people that are assaulting people on the basis of how they were born and their look. I just want folks to know we are better than that. We are watching that. We’re going to begin enforcing that more aggressively. I just hope people put down their bigotry, bias and recognize in a state where 27% of us are foreign born, a state as I said, truly universal; the most diverse state with the most diverse democracy. That in order to meet this moment, we have to recognize our common humanity.” -Governor Newsom

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03/20/2020
The Park's Finest

Homework from our friends at The Park's Finest.

Use this time to reconnect with your loved ones!

This has been an extremely difficult time for everyone. More so than ever we must protect the vulnerable, defend the weak, and help our healthcare warriors.

Use this time to reconnect with your loved ones. Be safe, be strong, be good to one another.

In Solidarity,
Farmer Johneric
Repost from @theparksfinest

State of the Hood.

Update and Homework.

03/19/2020
“Words matter”: Asian Americans Confront President Trump’s ‘Chinese Virus’ Rhetoric | NBC News

Fight the virus, not the people!

We do not “agree” with the assaults. We do not “agree” with the harassment. We do not “agree” with the rise in xenophobic discrimination in the United States.

OCA calls upon the Trump administration to retract and apologize to the AAPI community for their racist comments. We further ask that all elected officials and community leaders refer to the virus by its proper name: COVID-19, and not the “Chinese Virus” or any derivatives thereof.

OCA encourages victims/witnesses of hate crimes to share their stories at www.aapihatecrimes.org.

President Trump says it's not racist to call Covid-19 the "Chinese Virus" in a White House briefing — but here's why it is.» Subscribe to NBC News: http://nb...

If you feel you have been a victim of an anti-Asian incident in this current climate of fear, misinformation over the CO...
03/10/2020
Myths vs. Facts —

If you feel you have been a victim of an anti-Asian incident in this current climate of fear, misinformation over the COVID 19 Coronavirus, please report to OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates' AAPI Hate Crimes. It's important to document these incidents in order to develop effective solutions to combat racist- and xenophobic-inspired verbal and physical attacks.

https://www.aapihatecrimes.org/myths-vs-facts

The outbreak of COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus in December, 2019, has resulted in widespread fear, misinformation and conspiracy theories. Bad-faith actors have spread this false information using social media, counterfeit documents from health organizations, and malicious rumors in order to dr...

Today, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, is the Presidential Primary Election Day.  OCA-Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA) would like t...
03/03/2020
Los Angeles County RR/CC

Today, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, is the Presidential Primary Election Day. OCA-Greater Los Angeles (OCA-GLA) would like to remind its members residing in Los Angeles County today is the last day to vote. Vote Centers throughout L.A. County open at 7:00am and close at 8:00pm. Since Saturday, February 22, nearly 1,000 voting centers have opened up across the county. And within the first eight days of this voting period, 93,000 people have cast ballots in Los Angeles County, though there are more than 5 million registered voters in the county.

To find the Vote Center in L.A. County nearest you, visit locator.lavote.net/locations/vc

To locate the nearest ballot drop-off site in L.A. County, visit locator.lavote.net/locations/vbm?id=4085

OCA-GLA Members residing outside of L.A. County could find voter information for their areas by visiting the California Secretary of State's website at https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting-resources/county-elections-offices/

Thank you for participating in the civic process.

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