OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. #OCAdvocates
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OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs). Founded as the Organization of Chinese Americans in 1973, OCA has since grown to a robust national advocacy organization to with over 100 chapters, affiliates, and partners, impacting more than 15,000 individuals all across the country through local and national programming. While the organization’s headquarters remains in Washington, DC, allowing OCA to directly engage in critical public policy issues on a macro level, it continues to largely remain as a grassroots constituency of advocates with a membership that includes individuals from all walks of life and diverse ethnic identities addressing uniquely local issues impacting over 18.9 million Asian Americans across the country.

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs). Founded as the Organization of Chinese Americans in 1973, OCA has since grown to a robust national advocacy organization to with over 100 chapters, affiliates, and partners, impacting more than 15,000 individuals all across the country through local and national programming. While the organization’s headquarters remains in Washington, DC, allowing OCA to directly engage in critical public policy issues on a macro level, it continues to largely remain as a grassroots constituency of advocates with a membership that includes individuals from all walks of life and diverse ethnic identities addressing uniquely local issues impacting over 18.9 million Asian Americans across the country.

Mission: OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

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10/04/2020

Join OCA Sacramento Chapter - Asian Pacific American Advocates this week, 10/4 to 10/10, for API Mental Health Week! Links to the events are in the calendar below.

Interested in volunteering? Passionate about #Election2020? Engage registered voters with us! @OCANational and @OCAHoust...
10/02/2020

Interested in volunteering? Passionate about #Election2020? Engage registered voters with us!

@OCANational and @OCAHouston are hosting a text banking event with special guest: musician, poet, and activist @jasonchumusic! Join us virtually on Thursday, Oct. 15th to jam, #GOTV, and win awesome prizes like a $100 Walmart gift card (x2) or a Fujifilm Instax Camera with Film Sets (x2)!!! To register, visit: tinyurl.com/djthevote. We hope to see you there!

#Debate2020 #EarlyVoting #AbsenteeBallot #InPersonVoting #November3rd #MyVoteCounts #Vote2020 #DJtheVote #RocktheVote

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We are deeply troubled by President Trump’s recent Executive Order prohibiting federal institutions and contractors from...
10/01/2020

We are deeply troubled by President Trump’s recent Executive Order prohibiting federal institutions and contractors from providing diversity and inclusion training that contains “divisive concepts” and suggests that “the United States is fundamentally racist.” Diversity and inclusion training is a marginal step in addressing the deep and complex history of oppression in this country. Read our full statement: https://www.ocanational.org/oca-disgusted-at-blatantly-xenophobic-and-discriminatory-executive-order

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
10/01/2020

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

“This is an exciting opportunity for these young scholars” says Sharon M. Wong, National President of OCA. “In this part...
09/28/2020
OCA Proud to Announce Spectrum Scholars Inaugural Class in Partnership with Charter — OCA National Center

“This is an exciting opportunity for these young scholars” says Sharon M. Wong, National President of OCA. “In this partnership with Charter, we are able to identify future leaders in the telecommunications workforce as well as create spaces of mentoring and leadership development. Through programs like this, we are able to tackle multiple issues for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community: closing the digital divide, AAPI representation in corporations, and increasing educational opportunities. We look forward to what these students will accomplish in the future.”

https://www.ocanational.org/oca-proud-to-announce-spectrum-scholars-inaugural-class-in-partnership-with-charter

This week (9/28 to 10/2) is #AANAPISIWeek! Join us in celebrating; share your experience via #AANAPISIWeek to raise awar...
09/28/2020

This week (9/28 to 10/2) is #AANAPISIWeek! Join us in celebrating; share your experience via #AANAPISIWeek to raise awareness for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions! #AAPI2020

09/25/2020
JACL/OCA Leadership Summit: AAPI Issue Briefing

Join us to hear what issues are impacting our AAPI community with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC and Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations all reNational Council of Asian Pacific Americans - NCAPA. Thank you to State Farm for making this program possible!

Join us for #ocacaa2020 Panel 2: Building Your Career and Workplace Community on October 1 from 4-5PM ET. We will be joi...
09/25/2020

Join us for #ocacaa2020 Panel 2: Building Your Career and Workplace Community on October 1 from 4-5PM ET. We will be joined by professionals from T-Mobile, UPS, and McDonald's. The event is free and open to the public! Please RSVP: bit.ly/ocacaa2020 #TogetherWeLead

Congratulations to Tina for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Thank ...
09/25/2020

Congratulations to Tina for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Thank you to AARP Texas for empowering diverse leadership and uplifting AAPIs. Hear from Tina during #ocacaa2020: http://bit.ly/ocacaa2020 #TogetherWeLead

Congratulations to Ryan for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Thank ...
09/25/2020

Congratulations to Ryan for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Thank you to Wells Fargo for empowering diverse leadership and uplifting AAPIs. Hear from Ryan during #ocacaa2020: http://bit.ly/ocacaa2020 #TogetherWeLead

Congratulations to Qing for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Thank ...
09/24/2020

Congratulations to Qing for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Thank you to UPS for empowering diverse leadership and uplifting AAPIs. Hear from Qing during #ocacaa2020: http://bit.ly/ocacaa2020 #TogetherWeLead

Join us for #ocacaa2020 Panel 1: Corporate ERG Response to COVID-19 and Racial Social Unrest on September 30, 4-5PM ET. ...
09/24/2020

Join us for #ocacaa2020 Panel 1: Corporate ERG Response to COVID-19 and Racial Social Unrest on September 30, 4-5PM ET. We will be joined by professionals from Walmart, Wells Fargo, AARP Texas, and Crossings TV. The event is free and open to the public! Please RSVP: bit.ly/ocacaa2020 #TogetherWeLead

Congratulations to Farni for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Thank...
09/24/2020

Congratulations to Farni for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Thank you to T-Mobile for empowering diverse leadership and uplifting AAPIs. Hear from Farni during #ocacaa2020: http://bit.ly/ocacaa2020 #TogetherWeLead

Congratulations to Pauline for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Tha...
09/24/2020

Congratulations to Pauline for being recognized as a 2020 Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award Winner! Thank you to Walmart for empowering diverse leadership and uplifting AAPIs. Hear from Pauline during #ocacaa2020: http://bit.ly/ocacaa2020 #TogetherWeLead

We are so excited to be part of the T-Mobile National Diversity & Inclusion Council. The time for progressive and real c...
09/23/2020
National Urban League

We are so excited to be part of the T-Mobile National Diversity & Inclusion Council. The time for progressive and real change is now, as we must address topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. https://nul.org/news/building-long-lasting-and-impactful-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-plan

Tech is keeping us connected, fostering collaboration, both saving and creating jobs, and making it possible for our enterprises to function. Where does it all go from here? The answers are here at the Tech and the New Normal virtual summit, the premier destination for innovators of color. Watch the...

Join us today to hear from our VP of Public Affairs, Roland Hwang. From our OCA-Detroit Chapter, also known as ACA, serv...
09/22/2020

Join us today to hear from our VP of Public Affairs, Roland Hwang. From our OCA-Detroit Chapter, also known as ACA, served for 27 years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan. He serves on the Michigan Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civil Rights. He is a former hearing referee for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights.

REMINDER! If you haven't already signed up for our Civil Rights Issues Facing the AAPI Community #LLS2020 panel, you can still do so.

To register for this event head to://apaics.org/events/civil-rights-issues-facing-the-aapi-community/

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"Working with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners and city leaders, Comcast will provide WiFi in facilities t...
09/18/2020
Comcast Announces Multiyear Effort to Roll Out 1,000+ WiFi-Connected 'Lift Zones' in Local Community Centers Nationwide

"Working with its network of thousands of nonprofit partners and city leaders, Comcast will provide WiFi in facilities they have identified to help students get online, participate in distance learning, and do their schoolwork. The initiative will provide not only free Internet connectivity, but also access to hundreds of hours of educational and digital skills content to help families and site coordinators navigate online learning. Lift Zones complement Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which, since 2011, has helped connect more than 8 million low-income people to the Internet at home."

https://corporate.comcast.com/press/releases/comcast-announces-1000--liftzones-in-community-centers-in-us-cities

As part of its ongoing commitment to help connect low-income families to the Internet so they can fully participate in educational opportunities and the digital economy, Comcast today announced a multiyear program to launch more than 1,000 WiFi-connected “Lift Zones” in community centers nationw...

With the 2020 Census deadline quickly approaching on September 30, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates calls on the Sen...
09/17/2020

With the 2020 Census deadline quickly approaching on September 30, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates calls on the Senate to pass S.4571 to extend the Census deadline to its original deadline of October 31, 2020. This also changes the deadline for the delivery of appointment data from December 31, 2020 to April 30, 2021, and the deadline for the delivery of redistricting data from March 31, 2021 to July 31, 2021. OCA is one of the many national and state organizations to endorse this bill, a community effort to recognize the importance of a complete and fair count.

Read our full statement at https://www.ocanational.org/oca-urges-senate-to-pass-s4571-to-extend-census-deadline

Are you a previous OCA intern, scholarship winner, or APA Y/APIA-U participant? Then you should consider joining our new...
09/16/2020

Are you a previous OCA intern, scholarship winner, or APA Y/APIA-U participant? Then you should consider joining our new Youth Programs Alumni Facebook Group!

This is intended to be a space for our youth programs participants to connect with one another, provide guidance and support, and share opportunities, such as internships, scholarships, and advocacy trainings and campaigns.

If you are a youth programs alum interested in joining this group please visit bit.ly/ocayouthsalum.

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans - NCAPA
09/16/2020

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans - NCAPA

For months, Asian Americans have navigated a dual pandemic fueled by COVID-19 and anti-Asian racism.

A vote is planned in the House for tomorrow to reject that racism and send a strong message that we are stronger together. Thank you Rep. Grace Meng, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for your leadership!

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ASAMNEWS - Asian American Studies professor thwarts attack At Portland – City of Roses, in Oregon, Dr. Darby Li Po Price, a Hapa, was a victim of a hate crime, last Saturday afternoon. The Asian American Studies professor skillfully thwarted an unprovoked punch to his face. Darby has sadly endured a legacy of racial attacks in America.
ROCK SPRINGS MASSACRE - “Mangled and decomposed, the bodies were being eaten by dogs and hogs.” During the dreadful era of anti-Chinese sentiment across the American West during the 19th century, the infamous Rock Springs Massacre at the Territory of Wyoming occurred. On September 2, 1885, at the town of Rock Springs, White coal miners slaughtered at least 28 Chinese miners and injured 15 more. They burned Chinatown. The riot was caused by a labor dispute over wages. The Union Pacific Coal Department paid lower wages to the Chinese coal miners. Sixteen White men were arrested and jailed. A Sweetwater County grand jury refused to indict them. Their explanation: "We have diligently inquired into the occurrence at Rock Springs. ... Though we have examined a large number of witnesses, no one has been able to testify to a single criminal act committed by any known white person that day." Another sad misjustice for the Chinese in America. Mister Tom Rea, editor of the Wyoming State Historical Society, vividly wrote: “ The Rock Springs Massacre.” https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/rock-springs-massacre The Collected Works of Dr. Raymond Douglas Chong. http://www.chineselovepoetry.com Raymond Douglas Chong’s works speak the language of love, igniting passion in the souls of his readers and listeners. Exploring his poetry, his stories and his music is to tenderly touch the essence of love, and the angst of loves lost. Mobile: 1.510.915.9810 Email: [email protected] WeChat ID: raymonddouglaschong The Zhang Clan Odyssey website: https://orq.mychinaroots.com/services/family-websites/zhang-odyssey/#0
ASAMNEWS – Civil rights movement opened doors for Asian Americans For AsAmNews, I wrote an article about “Civil rights movement opened doors for Asian Americans.” The civil rights movement sparked Congress to pass the landmark Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. “The public law abolished the national origins quota system that was biased for Northwest Europeans and directly excluded immigration of Eastern and Southern Asians to America. In 1965, the Asian American population in the United States was one million.” “The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 was a momentous immigration reform in America. Since 1965, the public law radically transformed the racial diversity of the nation. Asians, including my Zhang family from China, are now included in a multicultural America. Asian Americans are deeply indebted to the civil rights movement by African Americans for their struggles and sacrifices.”
"Community college and public universities are the keys to our community's success. 80% of AAPI students attend public institutions! And we need to make sure they are supported at each of their schools." - Thu Nguyen, Associate Director of Development, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates #AANAPISIWEEK #AAPI2020
ASAM NEWS - The Forgotten Chinese Massacre at Hells Canyon For AsAm News, I wrote an article about “The Forgotten Chinese Massacre at Hells Canyon” on the Snake River in Oregon. A gang of horse thieves murdered 34 Chinese gold miners in 1887, for gold dust. The slain Chinese never got justice since the Whites were found innocent by the jury. The community of Wallowa County intentionally forget the Chinese Massacre. https://asamnews.com/2020/09/14/hells-canyon-massacre-left-34-chinese-gold-miners-dead-in-hidden-chapter-in-u-s-history/ ********** The Collected Works of Dr. Raymond Douglas Chong. http://www.chineselovepoetry.com Raymond Douglas Chong’s works speak the language of love, igniting passion in the souls of his readers and listeners. Exploring his poetry, his stories and his music is to tenderly touch the essence of love, and the angst of loves lost. Mobile: 1.510.915.9810 Email: [email protected] WeChat ID: raymonddouglaschong The Zhang Clan Odyssey website: https://orq.mychinaroots.com/services/family-websites/zhang-odyssey/#0
Remembering Judge Michael Kwan https://wp.me/p8ilTC-6Ys OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates #spike150 #asianamericans #chineseamericanhistory #CRWDA Gold Mountain The Musical Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association
THE SECOND TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD – The Day of the Silver Spike at Deming in New Mexico On May 10, 1869, during The Day of the Golden Spike, the locomotives (iron horses) of Central Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad converged at Promontory Point in Utah. This significant milestone marked the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad (The Iron Road). Afterward, many railroad companies built other transcontinental railroads in the American West for the vast lands, freight transport, and passenger services. The Chinese railroad workers from Sze Yup (Siyi) region of Kwangtung (Guangdong) province were the backbone of the work crews. In 1869, Southern Pacific Railroad began the westerly line of second Transcontinental Railroad through the San Joaquin Valley. From Kansas City, Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway began their easterly line. The 1880 federal census of Pima County in Arizona counted a about 850 laborers and cooks at two railroad camps. The work force included Chinese, Mexicans and Whites. On May 8, 1881, locomotives of Southern Pacific Railroad and Atkinson, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway rendezvous at Deming in New Mexico. A sledgehammer drove a silver spike on the last tie of the last rail with a crowd of railroad men. A lingering question – Was there a group photo commemorating The Day of the Silver Spike? P.S. Retired US Army Major General William Chen had told me about the tale of Chan Dat Fong, his grandfather, a Chinese railroad worker who labored on the Second Transcontinental Railroad.
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CONNIE YOUNG YU – Her Family Story on PBS Asian Americans After the premiere of PBS Asian Americans documentary series, for AsAm News, I wrote an article about Connie Young Yu, “In her own words: Connie Young Yu shares her thoughts on being a descendant of Chinese railroad workers.” Connie’s family story began in 1866 when her great grandfather worked on Transcontinental Railroad. Her grandfather and grandmother experienced the cruelties of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Her father honorably served the U.S. Army during World War II and Korean War. https://asamnews.com/2020/05/27/a-living-legacy-of-a-chinese-railroad-workers-steams-into-the-future/ ********** The Collected Works of Dr. Raymond Douglas Chong. http://www.chineselovepoetry.com Raymond Douglas Chong’s works speak the language of love, igniting passion in the souls of his readers and listeners. Exploring his poetry, his stories and his music is to tenderly touch the essence of love, and the angst of loves lost. Mobile: 1.510.915.9810 Email: [email protected] WeChat ID: raymonddouglaschong The Zhang Clan Odyssey website: https://orq.mychinaroots.com/services/family-websites/zhang-odyssey/#0