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General: OCA Extremely Concerned About President's Announced and Planned Actions on Immigration

Posted by admin on 01-29-2017

27 January 2017

CONTACT: Nick Lee | Senior Communications Associate

202 223 5500 | nlee@ocanational.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. - OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates is extremely concerned about President Trump's signed and planned actions on immigration, including his executive orders to defund sanctuary cities and ban Muslim refugees.

This week, President Trump signed executive orders on immigration to defund cities that do not comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and another to ban migration from many Muslim-majority countries. Additionally, leaked documents signify efforts to criminalize non-citizens using public benefits, negatively change the H1-B visa program, and eliminate DACA.

"We are outraged at the executive orders that President Trump has signed. From the exclusion of Chinese Americans in 1882 to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, Asian Americans have a long history of systematic rejection of our personhood based on our identity alone. No matter how President Trump and his team may have sold the executive order, our communities fully understand that this is clearly meant to ban the immigration of Muslims. This ban is a denial of the equal application of civil and human rights, and reignites baseless fears of other races, religions, and cultures," said Vicki Shu, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. "Additionally, his executive order to defund Sanctuary Cities is not beneficial to national security. The scale of the proposed elimination of federal funding to these cities is not only counterproductive to our safety but to our health, wellness, and every other aspect of our lives. The forced intertwining of local law enforcement and immigration agents and the increased criminalization of immigration leaves our nation unsafe by creating distrust of police by immigrant communities. These policies not only criminalize and prohibit the entry of entire communities, but also dangerously move our country closer to criminalizing faith and national origin."

"We are also extremely concerned about the President's proposals on DACA, H1-B visas, and public benefits that have surfaced. It is deeply disappointing that he is eliminating or reducing key immigration benefits that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have largely utilized to immigrate to the United States," continued Shu. "In totality, all of these proposals would lead to the largest change in our immigration system in decades and usher in a system that criminalizes immigrants for previously non-deportable actions. We urge President Trump to look at the facts, understand the cultural and economic benefits of immigrants, empathize with our struggles, and reverse his executive order. OCA will work to prevent these proposals and to re-open closed channels to ensure that immigrants can continue to find safety and refuge in our country."



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General: Apply Now for the 2017 OCA National Internship!

Posted by admin on 12-21-2016

Watch the 2016 OCA Summer Internship Class video HERE.

CLICK HERE FOR THE APPLICATION

The OCA Internship Program is one of OCA's signature student leadership development programs. Celebrating its 28th year in 2017, the OCA Internship Program seeks to cultivate future leadership by providing students from all over the country with the opportunity to be involved in the political process through a national organization.

The program has successfully led past interns to become more active on their college campus and increased the presence of the AAPI community in local, state, and federal governments. OCA intern alumni have become executive directors, legislative staffers, OCA National Executive Council members, and are leaders in the private and public sector. Internship placements are available year-round at the OCA National Center, where students work on OCA's program areas as well as assist with communications and development.

In addition to connecting interns with the AAPI community and developing their leadership skills, OCA also brings its summer interns to the OCA National Convention,. The 2016 national convention will be in Sacramento, CA from August 3-6th! The convention will feature speakers, entertainment, workshops, and our signature gala.

The 28th annual OCA Internship Program is generously sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, the Comcast Foundation, William & Sinforosa Tan Kaung Internship Endowment Fund, the Jessie & Claudine Cheng Internship Fund, and Mary Ann & Paul C. Yu Internship Fund.


PURPOSE:

To cultivate future leadership for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community by providing opportunities to work in the public sector and learn about issues affecting APAs. Based in the nation's capital, interns will learn to build relationships, meet with legislative officials, and engage in weekly leadership development workshops.

TYPES OF PLACEMENTS:

During their time at OCA, interns are placed in various governmental and partner organizations, including non-profit organizations and corporations. Interns will be supervised and given projects that will expose interns to public policy decisions. If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager Jon Ho at JHo@ocanational.org.

-OCA National: Work in the OCA National office in Washington DC and learn about OCA's impact in the community.
-Non-Profit: Engage with one of our partners in Washington, DC and learn how they serve the APA community.
-Government: Learn about policy making through hands on experience in a federal agency.
-Congressional: Gain experience in a congressional office and participate in the legislative process.

SAMA SAMA CLASS:

Sama Sama is a mandatory weekly leadership class coordinated by OCA with the help of various national APA community partners. Introduced in 2011, it addresses various APA issues affecting the community and includes team-building activities, identity development, and leadership development. It also provides a space for interns to facilitate discussion on issues impacting them and their community. A crucial keystone of the internship program, Sama Sama provides a safe space for the intern class to grow personally and professionally with each other.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Application Deadline Internship Period
Fall TBD TBD
Spring January 19 March 28 - June 3
Summer February 2 June 12 - August 18
*Note that deadlines are subject to change - check back for the most updated information.

Completed applications must be received by 11pm EST on the listed date. The week after the application deadline, applications undergo a review and paper cut process. Phone interviews are typically conducted approximately two weeks after the application deadline - final candidates are notified the week after. For more specific questions or concerns about the application timeline, please contact Program Manager Jon Ho at JHo@ocanational.org or 202.223.5500.

HOUSING:

Accepted interns are required to find their own housing in Washington, DC for the duration of their internship. OCA encourages interns to find housing together to reduce costs. Furthermore, many former interns say that living together was one of the best parts of their summer internship experience. There are many affordable summer sublets and apartments available in the DC Metro area. Please see the summer housing guide for more information.

STIPEND:

Interns receive $2,500 for 10 weeks of full-time work. This stipend is distributed in three to four installments over the course of the program.

***Please share this opportunity with eligible candidates!***

Apply by clicking HERE now!



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General: Overcoming Our Fears

Posted by admin on 11-22-2016

Dear Advocate:
Since the presidential election, I've been reminded in stark terms of my humanity and privilege. And they have propelled me to action -- to march in protest against discriminatory policies, sign petitions, and to speak out every chance I can.

In the history of my 30 years as a civil rights attorney doing voting rights work, I have never seen so many people petrified by a shift in the political landscape. I also teach at Columbia and New York Universities. Here is a sampling of the fears students, in tears, have shared with me:
I have DACA.[1] I have just been crying and I'm so tired, I can't plan beyond tomorrow.

I'm a senior and don't know if my hard work these past three years will now go down the drain. I don't even know if I can come back for Spring term if my DACA is not renewed since I won't have ID to board a plane.

I am a U.S. born citizen, but my parents are undocumented. I am so scared what will happen to them especially because my little sister needs them.

I have many family members who are green card holders from Bangladesh.

They are so afraid to travel abroad because they don't know if they will get back in again.

If the new president supports stop and frisk, what will happen to my younger brother?

My job to protect my son just got harder.

Are they going to try to fix transgender people now?

I'm scared because decades of progress to integrate and gain access and equality for minority and marginalized groups may now be drastically set back. I'm scared that the hateful rhetoric of this year's long presidential campaign will now guide policy decisions that will fuel more hate crimes and deeper divisions. This, in turn, will lead to expenditure of more resources to maintain "law and order" that should be allocated for better schools, healthcare, and creation of jobs. This is NOT the environment that I want myself, or those I care about, to live in.

As an Asian American, I'm scared because my brothers were victims of hate crimes. I'll never forget the rope burns on my brother's neck when a neighborhood bully landed a lasso around his neck as he rode his bike down the street. As a civil rights attorney, I've helped families whose sons were killed and a doctor who suffers from permanent brain damage as a result of a hate crime.

If you too are scared, then I challenge you to step up, get out of your comfort zone, and mobilize for an inclusive and integrated society that respects the richness of diversity we, as AMERICA, represent.

Sincerely,
Elizabeth R. OuYang
Past President of OCA-NY, civil rights attorney, teacher

[1] Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a program implemented by President Obama that gives certain undocumented children the right to temporarily remain in the U.S. to live, study, and work for a renewable two years.



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General: Coalition Calls on Inspector General to Investigate Possible Profiling of Asian American Scientists

Posted by admin on 06-21-2016

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice were joined by 77 Asian Pacific American, civil rights and civil liberties organizations in sending a letter today to the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz seeking an independent investigation into what appears to be a trend of Asian American scientists being arrested and indicted for espionage-related crimes, only to later have all charges dropped, without explanation.

60 Minutes recently highlighted the cases of Temple University Physics Department Chair Dr. Xiaoxing Xi and National Weather Service hydrologist Sherry Chen, bringing these cases renewed national attention.

Last November, NCAPA and NAPABA led a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging her to lead a Department of Justice investigation. Forty-two members of Congress also requested a full investigation, followed by a Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus letter to Inspector General Horowitz last month.

In April, the Department of Justice issued new rules to provide greater oversight, consultation, and coordination for all national security related cases. While these are welcome improvements, they leave unanswered critical questions about what happened in the cases of Dr. Xi and Ms. Chen and whether profiling played any role.

"Members of Congress as well as the civil rights and legal communities continue to be concerned that individuals appear to have been targeted for investigations based on their perceived race, ethnicity, or national origin," said NAPABA President Jin Y. Hwang. "As we have seen in the cases of Dr. Xiaoxing Xi and Ms. Sherry Chen, these investigations upend lives and have lasting impacts even after charges are dropped. We continue to urge the Department of Justice to conduct thorough and independent investigations to assure the American public that the protections afforded by the Constitution and enshrined in Department policy prohibiting profiling are being followed in the interest of preserving a fair and unbiased legal system."

"OCA is concerned with the apparent practice of racial profiling in national espionage cases. Both Sherry Chen and Professor Xi's cases highlight the very human costs of charges brought to court with insufficient evidence," said OCA Chief Executive Officer Ken Lee. "The treatment that both of them endured must never happen again. That is why we, along with our partners at NCAPA, NAPABA, and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice network, sent a letter to the Inspector General's office. We remain committed to ensuring that there is an independent investigation of the Department of Justice by the Inspector General's office to determine whether or not race, ethnicity, and national origin is a determining factor in all national espionage cases, particularly in the cases against Asian Americans. To allow our nation's headquarters for legal justice to use such underhanded tactics to persecute individuals would be a mockery of the advances our country has made in civil rights and equal and equitable treatment for all Americans."

"Dr. Xi and Ms. Chen have already suffered enough professionally and psychologically. They deserve answers--and so do the American people," said NCAPA National Director Christopher Kang. "We are deeply concerned by even the appearance of anyone being targeted because of their race, ethnicity or national origin, and we must prevent any practice of profiling from happening again. The Department of Justice must preserve our fundamental values of fairness and due process and protect our civil rights and civil liberties."

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Based in Washington, D.C., the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans is a coalition of 35 national Asian Pacific American organizations that serves to represent the interests of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and to provide a national voice for our communities' concerns. Our communities are the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the United States, currently making up approximately six percent of the population.



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General: Save the Date! OCA-GP Banquet

Posted by admin on 03-12-2016



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General: US Drops Charges against Dr. Xi of Temple University

Posted by admin on 09-20-2015

At OCA's annual on Sat. Sept. 20, 2015, Joyce Xi, daughter of Dr. Xi (Chairman of Temple University’s physics department) spoke on the charges brought against her father. While the charges have been dropped, Dr. Xi and his family are still recovering from the events unfolding in the last few months and still struggling to understand how this all happened. To learn more, please click on the links below to articles in the NY Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and USA Today.

U.S. Drops Charges That Professor Shared Technology With China
To get my father, Xiaoxing Xi, FBI twisted America's ideals: Joyce Xi
The Rush to Find China’s Moles
Collateral damage

As a result of these allegations, Dr. Xi and his family has been through a lot emotionally and financially. Anyone who would like to offer support to assist the family in the legal defense fund can contribute via http://www.xiaoxingxi.org/



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General: OCA-GP 2015 Annual Picnic

Posted by admin on 09-07-2015

Please join us at our annual picnic on Sept. 19th, 12pm-2pm at Franklin Square Park.

Parking available at 9th and Vine.



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General: OCA at The Asian American Heritage Festival

Posted by admin on 05-11-2015



OCA-Greater Philly participated in the The Asian American Heritage Festival held at Franklin Square on Saturday, May 9, 2015.



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General: 2015 OCA Summer Internship Program

Posted by admin on 02-03-2015

Jonathan Ho | Program Associate

202 223 5500 | jho@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 (APAs), opens applications for its Summer 2015 Internship Program.

To commemorate the 26th anniversary of the OCA Internship Program, OCA invites students from across the nation to apply for its summer cohort.

“As one of our signature programs, the Summer Internship continues to serve as a pipeline of success for young Asian Pacific American leaders who want to get hands on experience in non-profit, congressional offices, corporations, and federal agencies in Washington, DC.,” said Ken Lee, OCA National Chief Executive Officer, “Our internship program acts as a bridge for students from underserved communities, providing them the opportunities they may not otherwise have. We recognize that interns are an integral part of our organization, as well as the future leaders of our community. That is why this is one of our flagship program and one of the few paid internships for APA student across the country.”

OCA internships are full-time positions. Accepted applicants are placed in federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, congressional offices, and corporations in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Placements are based on individual backgrounds, career interests, and experience. Alumni of the OCA internship program have gone on to work in social justice and civil rights organizations, Fortune 500 corporations, and government agencies.

“For over 25 years, the OCA Internship Program has provided students amazing opportunities to learn lessons in working and living with their ethnic identities in the dynamic Washington, DC environment. The OCA Family welcomes students to come and continue this legacy of providing service to our community partners in DC while gaining more knowledge and experience toward career and life roles as Asian Pacific Americans,” said Stan Lou, OCA National Vice President of Education & Culture.

Candidates should be recent graduates and undergraduates from two-year and four-year institutions. Interns are provided a living stipend of $2,500 for the ten week program. The Summer Internship program will begin on June 8th, 2015 and run through August 14th, 2015. All applicants must be able to work between 34-40 hours per week and be present for the duration of the 10-week program.

For more information on the OCA Internship Program, as well as the application, visit the www.ocanational.org. Completed applications must be submitted by Friday February 27, 2015; 11:00PM (EST).

Please contact the OCA National Center at (202)-223-5500 or jho@ocanational.org if you have any questions.



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General: Anti-Bullying Poster Contest Announcement

Posted by admin on 02-03-2015

The National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA), East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), and OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates invite you to submit original artwork for the Friends DO Make A Difference campaign. The intent of the campaign is to raise awareness around bullying issues among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. We encourage you to create a poster that incorporates your experience and understanding of bullying and anti-bullying. If selected, the poster will become the face of the 2015 Friends DO Make A Difference campaign.

We firmly believe in the healing power of art. It helps us tell our stories, express our pain, and share our hopes. Your poster can reflect any of these perspectives. When you submit your artwork please write a brief statement about what your poster means to you. If selected it will be made into posters and shared with college campuses and communities throughout the country.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Must be an original work
2. Must relate to anti-bullying
3. Limit to ONE submission per artist
4. Poster size must not exceed 11” x 17”
5. Plagiarized material will be disqualified

Who Can Enter

1. Open to anyone over the age of 16
2. No background in art required
3. Living in the United States

Submission Method
https://ecaasuinc.wufoo.com/forms/antibullying-poster-contest/

Rewards
• 1st Place - $100 gift card. You will receive a free trip to Washington, D.C. to attend our May 2015 event. Your poster will be the face of the 2015 Friends DO Make a Difference campaign.
• 2nd Place - $50 gift card. Your poster will be featured at our May 2015 event in Washington, D.C.
• 3rd Place - $30 gift card. Your poster will be featured at our May 2015 event in Washington, D.C.
• 4th Place and 5th Place - Your posters will be featured at our May 2015 event in Washington, D.C.



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