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.

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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.

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Join us, S+ MGMT, and Asian American Arts Alliance for a conversation on Monday, April 26 at 8PM ET/5PM PT. The discussi...
04/23/2021

Join us, S+ MGMT, and Asian American Arts Alliance for a conversation on Monday, April 26 at 8PM ET/5PM PT. The discussion will surround social impact, representation, equity, and more in the Media industry. To RSVP: t.ly/wAJ4

Join us, S+ MGMT, and Asian American Arts Alliance for a conversation on Monday, April 26 at 8PM ET/5PM PT. The discussion will surround social impact, representation, equity, and more in the Media industry. To RSVP: t.ly/wAJ4

We extend our congratulations to Vanita Gupta and her confirmation to the Associate Attorney General position at the Dep...
04/23/2021

We extend our congratulations to Vanita Gupta and her confirmation to the Associate Attorney General position at the Department of Justice. Following a long series of Senate hearings, we are proud to see this historic confirmation come to fruition yesterday.

Read our full statement here: ocanational.org/press-releases/oca-congratulates-vanita-gupta-on-her-doj-confirmation

We extend our congratulations to Vanita Gupta and her confirmation to the Associate Attorney General position at the Department of Justice. Following a long series of Senate hearings, we are proud to see this historic confirmation come to fruition yesterday.

Read our full statement here: ocanational.org/press-releases/oca-congratulates-vanita-gupta-on-her-doj-confirmation

We join in the chorus of other grassroots organizers, community advocacy groups, and fellow civil rights organizations i...
04/22/2021

We join in the chorus of other grassroots organizers, community advocacy groups, and fellow civil rights organizations in feeling a sense of relief as accountability towards former officer Derek Chauvin has been upheld in the murder of George Floyd.

Read our full statement here: ocanational.org/press-releases/oca-statements-on-former-officer-chauvins-verdict-and-accountability

We join in the chorus of other grassroots organizers, community advocacy groups, and fellow civil rights organizations in feeling a sense of relief as accountability towards former officer Derek Chauvin has been upheld in the murder of George Floyd.

Read our full statement here: ocanational.org/press-releases/oca-statements-on-former-officer-chauvins-verdict-and-accountability

04/21/2021
OCA Public Town Hall

Join OCA National and hear what we are doing to tackle anti-Asian violence, discuss the importance of solidarity between the black and Asian American communities, and share the different ways individuals can get involved to stop AAPI Hate.

Join us tonight for our Public Town Hall at 4PM PT/7PM ET. We will be discussing recent actions taken by OCA, shareable ...
04/21/2021

Join us tonight for our Public Town Hall at 4PM PT/7PM ET. We will be discussing recent actions taken by OCA, shareable resources for the community, and hearing from some chapters on what they've done in response to unrest in our country. Please share widely with family, friends and community members. To tune in, please RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/OCAPublicTownHall

Join us tonight for our Public Town Hall at 4PM PT/7PM ET. We will be discussing recent actions taken by OCA, shareable resources for the community, and hearing from some chapters on what they've done in response to unrest in our country. Please share widely with family, friends and community members. To tune in, please RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/OCAPublicTownHall

There's only two weeks left to apply for our OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships! We are providing $2,000 scholarships to...
04/20/2021

There's only two weeks left to apply for our OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships! We are providing $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and $2,500 scholarships to rising college seniors. Learn more and apply here: ocanational.org/scholarships

There's only two weeks left to apply for our OCA-UPS Gold Mountain Scholarships! We are providing $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and $2,500 scholarships to rising college seniors. Learn more and apply here: ocanational.org/scholarships

We join our partner South Asian Americans Leading Together and the Sikh community in mourning the loss of four community...
04/20/2021

We join our partner South Asian Americans Leading Together and the Sikh community in mourning the loss of four community members, along with four other victims, in the Indianapolis FedEx shooting on April 15, 2021. Read our full statement here: https://www.ocanational.org/press-releases/oca-stands-with-the-sikh-community

We join our partner South Asian Americans Leading Together and the Sikh community in mourning the loss of four community members, along with four other victims, in the Indianapolis FedEx shooting on April 15, 2021. Read our full statement here: https://www.ocanational.org/press-releases/oca-stands-with-the-sikh-community

We mourn the passing of  20-year-old Daunte Wright that occurred in Minnesota. This is the same community that witnessed...
04/15/2021

We mourn the passing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright that occurred in Minnesota. This is the same community that witnessed the tragic murder of George Floyd in May of 2020.

Read our full statement here: https://www.ocanational.org/oca-statement-on-daunte-wrights-death-and-police-brutality

We mourn the passing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright that occurred in Minnesota. This is the same community that witnessed the tragic murder of George Floyd in May of 2020.

Read our full statement here: https://www.ocanational.org/oca-statement-on-daunte-wrights-death-and-police-brutality

Manipulation of Cambodian genocide victims by a white artist, published in VICE, is anti-Asian violence. Join others in ...
04/14/2021

Manipulation of Cambodian genocide victims by a white artist, published in VICE, is anti-Asian violence. Join others in calling for VICE to meet with community organizers at Southeast Asian Freedom Network - SEAFN and Mekong NYC to put forth humanizing, accurate coverage of our history. Sign the petition and support: bit.ly/demandsforvice

Manipulation of Cambodian genocide victims by a white artist, published in VICE, is anti-Asian violence. Join others in calling for VICE to meet with community organizers at Southeast Asian Freedom Network - SEAFN and Mekong NYC to put forth humanizing, accurate coverage of our history. Sign the petition and support: bit.ly/demandsforvice

04/13/2021
Equity, Access, and the Digital Divide

We’ll get the latest information from representatives of the Biden Administration and the Federal Communications Commission about critical initiatives to expand broadband access, and we’ll explore tangible solutions to challenges ranging from language barriers to the skills and knowledge necessary for individuals to get online safely and effectively.

Join us for this free event tomorrow to learn how the Digital Divide impacts the AAPI community and what we need to dema...
04/12/2021

Join us for this free event tomorrow to learn how the Digital Divide impacts the AAPI community and what we need to demand from the FCC and Biden Administration: tinyurl.com/digitaldivideRT #Broadband4All

Join us for this free event tomorrow to learn how the Digital Divide impacts the AAPI community and what we need to demand from the FCC and Biden Administration: tinyurl.com/digitaldivideRT #Broadband4All

This Friday we're kicking off the first in our four-part series of webinars centered around AAPI History this year! Join...
04/05/2021

This Friday we're kicking off the first in our four-part series of webinars centered around AAPI History this year! Join us from 6-7pm ET/3-4pm PT on April 9th to break down and discuss the tragic 1982 hate crime against Chinese-American Vincent Chin with guest speaker Roland Hwang, attorney and Association of Chinese Americans, Inc. President at the time of the case. Learn more about the event that brought rise to the grassroots AAPI advocacy movement and register for this webinar here: https://bit.ly/3sSsFZX

This Friday we're kicking off the first in our four-part series of webinars centered around AAPI History this year! Join us from 6-7pm ET/3-4pm PT on April 9th to break down and discuss the tragic 1982 hate crime against Chinese-American Vincent Chin with guest speaker Roland Hwang, attorney and Association of Chinese Americans, Inc. President at the time of the case. Learn more about the event that brought rise to the grassroots AAPI advocacy movement and register for this webinar here: https://bit.ly/3sSsFZX

It is important for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to be represented at all levels of government, to be i...
04/02/2021

It is important for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to be represented at all levels of government, to be involved in the political process, advocacy, and public service, in order to meet our communities’ needs and make our voices heard. The S.Y. & S.F. Fung Public Service Scholarship Fund aims to support this work by awarding financial aid to students pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration and who intend to pursue a career in public service. In 2021, one scholar will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT. Learn more and apply here: ocanational.org/public-service-scholarship

It is important for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to be represented at all levels of government, to be involved in the political process, advocacy, and public service, in order to meet our communities’ needs and make our voices heard. The S.Y. & S.F. Fung Public Service Scholarship Fund aims to support this work by awarding financial aid to students pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration and who intend to pursue a career in public service. In 2021, one scholar will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship. The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 11:59 PM PT. Learn more and apply here: ocanational.org/public-service-scholarship

We commend the Biden-Harris Administration’s actions in creating a diverse and representative American government. OCA a...
04/01/2021

We commend the Biden-Harris Administration’s actions in creating a diverse and representative American government. OCA also appreciates the work and resources that President Biden has committed towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities given the rise in anti-Asian violence reverberating across the country.

President Biden announced his intent to nominate 11 judicial candidates on Tuesday. This candidate pool includes the most diverse group yet to be nominated, including three African American women candidates for various Circuit Court seats, the first Muslim candidate for a federal judge position in history, and the first AAPI woman to serve in the District of Columbia, among others.

Read our full statement here: ocanational.org/oca-commends-the-biden-administration-judicial-appointments-and-support-for-aapi-communities

We commend the Biden-Harris Administration’s actions in creating a diverse and representative American government. OCA also appreciates the work and resources that President Biden has committed towards the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities given the rise in anti-Asian violence reverberating across the country.

President Biden announced his intent to nominate 11 judicial candidates on Tuesday. This candidate pool includes the most diverse group yet to be nominated, including three African American women candidates for various Circuit Court seats, the first Muslim candidate for a federal judge position in history, and the first AAPI woman to serve in the District of Columbia, among others.

Read our full statement here: ocanational.org/oca-commends-the-biden-administration-judicial-appointments-and-support-for-aapi-communities

We are excited to see Rob Bonta's appointment to be the Attorney General of California. Read our full statement here: oc...
03/29/2021

We are excited to see Rob Bonta's appointment to be the Attorney General of California. Read our full statement here: ocanational.org/oca-statement-on-rob-bonta-as-ag-of-california

We are excited to see Rob Bonta's appointment to be the Attorney General of California. Read our full statement here: ocanational.org/oca-statement-on-rob-bonta-as-ag-of-california

There is a lot of grief, pain, and anger in the #AsianAmerican community. After enduring a year of increased discriminat...
03/26/2021

There is a lot of grief, pain, and anger in the #AsianAmerican community. After enduring a year of increased discrimination and attacks that disproportionately targeted Asian elders and Asian women, Asian Americans are hurting and mourning. For far too long, violence against Asian women especially has been overlooked, minimized, and even erased. #StopAsianHate

If you, your family members, someone you know, or community members have experienced xenophobia, discrimination, or harassment, please report the incident using our hate reporting tool: http://aapihatecrimes.org

There is a lot of grief, pain, and anger in the #AsianAmerican community. After enduring a year of increased discrimination and attacks that disproportionately targeted Asian elders and Asian women, Asian Americans are hurting and mourning. For far too long, violence against Asian women especially has been overlooked, minimized, and even erased. #StopAsianHate

If you, your family members, someone you know, or community members have experienced xenophobia, discrimination, or harassment, please report the incident using our hate reporting tool: http://aapihatecrimes.org

As communities that are tirelessly targeted by punitive policies rooted in anti-immigrant sentiments, TPS holders have b...
03/25/2021

As communities that are tirelessly targeted by punitive policies rooted in anti-immigrant sentiments, TPS holders have been living in a torturous state of insecurity based on their temporary status, and the deliberate attempts to deny them of the ability to gain pathways to legalization and citizenship. We are asking Congress to ensure that they also are pushing for 1) no increased funding towards border/immigration enforcement and 2) the removal of criminal bars in admissibility for permanent protections in any legislation.

Call on your elected officials to pass legislation and sign onto our petition today: bit.ly/TPS2Residency. #BeyondTemporary #TPSJustice #WhoWeAre

As communities that are tirelessly targeted by punitive policies rooted in anti-immigrant sentiments, TPS holders have been living in a torturous state of insecurity based on their temporary status, and the deliberate attempts to deny them of the ability to gain pathways to legalization and citizenship. We are asking Congress to ensure that they also are pushing for 1) no increased funding towards border/immigration enforcement and 2) the removal of criminal bars in admissibility for permanent protections in any legislation.

Call on your elected officials to pass legislation and sign onto our petition today: bit.ly/TPS2Residency. #BeyondTemporary #TPSJustice #WhoWeAre

Join us and other community organizations and leaders to discuss the #COVID19 vaccine. Conversation topics will include ...
03/25/2021

Join us and other community organizations and leaders to discuss the #COVID19 vaccine. Conversation topics will include vaccine rollout and concerns about the vaccine in #AAPI communities. This will take place today at 4PM PT/7PM ET. #SPARKtheFuture

To RSVP for the event: https://iwgroup-agency.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtc-6qqTktE9Kg1PjCRO0ir3_h-SH_TtEv

Join us and other community organizations and leaders to discuss the #COVID19 vaccine. Conversation topics will include vaccine rollout and concerns about the vaccine in #AAPI communities. This will take place today at 4PM PT/7PM ET. #SPARKtheFuture

To RSVP for the event: https://iwgroup-agency.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtc-6qqTktE9Kg1PjCRO0ir3_h-SH_TtEv

Immigration and Customs Enforcement needs to stop deportations of Southeast Asian Americans. Deportations are tearing fa...
03/24/2021

Immigration and Customs Enforcement needs to stop deportations of Southeast Asian Americans. Deportations are tearing families apart, especially causing more harm and public health risks during a global pandemic. Our immigration policies should be rooted in values of compassion, fairness, opportunity, but current immigration laws totally contradict these values. We must #SEAAaNewWayForward! bit.ly/SEAAaNewWayForward #WhoWeAre

Immigration and Customs Enforcement needs to stop deportations of Southeast Asian Americans. Deportations are tearing families apart, especially causing more harm and public health risks during a global pandemic. Our immigration policies should be rooted in values of compassion, fairness, opportunity, but current immigration laws totally contradict these values. We must #SEAAaNewWayForward! bit.ly/SEAAaNewWayForward #WhoWeAre

03/23/2021

Value Our Families wants to shift the public narrative from anti-immigrant rhetoric that criminalizes the act of migration, to centering their humanity, dignity and placing families first. The US Citizenship Act includes important elements from the #ReunitingFamiliesAct that the #ValueOurFamilies Coalition has fought so hard for its commitment to reuniting families. This Immigration Proposal will change the future for our immigrant families! Join us, put families first and build a more compassionate immigration system. #WhoWeAre

DC RALLY FOR COLLECTIVE SAFETY: ✊ In solidarity with the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community, we MUST c...
03/19/2021

DC RALLY FOR COLLECTIVE SAFETY:
✊ In solidarity with the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community, we MUST come together. Join us and many other advocates this SUNDAY 1-2:30PM at the McPherson Square (15th and K St NW). Come make your sign with us at 1PM (materials provided), and stay for the rally at 1:30PM. The event will be ASL interpreted.

Tuesday's evening mass shooting was carried out by a white terrorist in Atlanta; and women of Asian descent were SIX of the EIGHT victims. That could have been our mothers, our sisters, our cousins, our family members. We could not afford another tragedy. We don't know all the answers; but we will NOT stop until everyone can feel safe at home, at work, and in their own country.

We will NOT stop fighting for:
✅ Robust reinvestment in our communities;
✅ Expansive and intersectional education at all levels;
✅ Urgently-needed sensible gun control;
✅ Recognizing the problem of homegrown white supremacist violence;
✅ Collective strength and allyship from all communities.

Again, in solidarity with the #AAPI community, we MUST come together. See you this Sunday.

Facebook event: DC Rally for Collective Safety: Protect Asian/AAPI Communities

DC RALLY FOR COLLECTIVE SAFETY:
✊ In solidarity with the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community, we MUST come together. Join us and many other advocates this SUNDAY 1-2:30PM at the McPherson Square (15th and K St NW). Come make your sign with us at 1PM (materials provided), and stay for the rally at 1:30PM. The event will be ASL interpreted.

Tuesday's evening mass shooting was carried out by a white terrorist in Atlanta; and women of Asian descent were SIX of the EIGHT victims. That could have been our mothers, our sisters, our cousins, our family members. We could not afford another tragedy. We don't know all the answers; but we will NOT stop until everyone can feel safe at home, at work, and in their own country.

We will NOT stop fighting for:
✅ Robust reinvestment in our communities;
✅ Expansive and intersectional education at all levels;
✅ Urgently-needed sensible gun control;
✅ Recognizing the problem of homegrown white supremacist violence;
✅ Collective strength and allyship from all communities.

Again, in solidarity with the #AAPI community, we MUST come together. See you this Sunday.

Facebook event: DC Rally for Collective Safety: Protect Asian/AAPI Communities

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