Dear OCA-NY members and supporters:
On behalf of the Board of OCA-NY, it is our pleasure to invite you to OCA-NY’s 36th Anniversary Community Service and Leadership Awards Gala, to be held at Grand Harmony Restaurant, 98 Mott Street, Manhattan Chinatown on Friday, September 28th. The Gala will attract hundreds to celebrate OCA-NY’s achievements as a premier volunteer-based civil rights organization. Please click here for information on sponsorships, placing an ad in the journal, and buying tickets. This past year, highlights of our achievement include:
- OCA-NY’s widely publicized campaign for justice for Private Danny Chen, a 19 year old Chinese American soldier found dead in Afghanistan after being physically and emotionally mistreated by his fellow superiors, including being subjected to racial taunting and humiliation. Our campaign for a transparent investigation has led to 8 superiors being charged and to the Army’s decision to hold the trials in the U.S. We will be monitoring the trials in Fort Bragg, North Carolina this summer and fall.
- OCA-NY became a founding member of ACCORD, a coalition of Asian American organizations for redistricting and democracy. Reflecting the growth of Asian Americans in the 2010 Census, our collective efforts led to the creation of the first majority Asian American U.S. Senate District and two additional Asian American Assembly Districts in New York. OCA-NY also assisted over 125 people at its citizenship trainings in Flushing and Elmhurst.
- OCA-NY’s Hate Crimes Prevention Art Project is now embarking on its 6th successful year. This year, we are partnering with Chinatown Youth Initiatives, Good Old Lower East Side, New York State Youth Leadership Council, and Sadie Nash Leadership Project.
- OCA-NY was the host city for the 2011 OCA National Convention that attracted more than 700 attendees from eighty chapters and affiliates across the country. OCA-NY received the Chapter of the Year First Place Award, along with the award for advocacy, community development, and economic development.
We will also be recognizing the significant achievements and contributions of individuals and organizations that reflect OCA-NY’s vision of leadership and service to our community and to society. This year’s honorees include:
Retired General Antonio Taguba, the 2nd naturalized Filipino American to be promoted to General in the Army and author of the infamous report on abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
The New York Community Trust, the oldest and largest private foundation in the country.
Jacky Tik Wong, reporter, Singtao newspaper, the first to break the news of Pvt. Danny Chen’s case in the Chinese media.
Jennifer Gonnerman, Contributing Editor, The New York Magazine.
Please join us on Friday, September 28th to celebrate our accomplishments as a community and as OCA-NY continues to play a vital role in the political, economic, and cultural fabric of our city and the nation.
Please click on the images below for the contribution form and flyer:
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