WHAT: OPENING - OCA-NY Hate Crimes Prevention Art Exhibit, "#ART WILL DEFEAT HATE", ACT. RESPOND. TRANSFORM. AMAZING ARTWORK SHOWCASED. FIVE TOP PRIZE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED. (see attached flyer announcing exhibit opening)
This contest, in its 15th successful year, showcases "artivism" from teenagers citywide. The theme focuses on the rise in hate crimes this past year against many marginalized groups, notably Asian Americans who have been scapegoated for COVID-19.
WHY: FromJanuary1,2021toMay31,2021,therewere322reportedhatecrimes,compared to 128 the same time last year. Of this number, hate crimes increased:
WHEN: Thursday, August 12, 2021 (online) 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHO: Averi Suk, Coordinator (Columbia University college student) High school project interns
Recent victim of hate in New York City
Brianna Cea, OCA-NY President
Jason Chu, performance rapper
Faith Onukaogu (project intern), dance “Black, Asian, Latinx Lives Matter” State Senator John Liu
Manhattan Borough President Gayle Brewer
Deborah Lauter, Exec. Director, New York City Office of Prevention of Hate Crimes John Leo, Regional and Community Affairs Manager, Con Edison
Dennis Chuang, Eastern Regional Leader, East West Bank
David Ho, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Home Care Division
(list in formation)
Redistricting is where power lies. It happens every 10 years after the decennial census. The 2020 Redistricting Cycle has begun! To engage youth on why redistricting is important, APA VOICE Redistricting Task Force is launching an Art Contest for high schoolers living in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. Prizes will be awarded in each of these boroughs: $750-lst Prize; $250-2nd Prize; $100-3rd Prize. The Voting Rights Act requires majority APA districts to be drawn where possible. To be stronger advocates for educational equity, language access, fair immigration policies, affordable housing, and public safety, Asian Americans communities with shared interests should be kept in the same district. How districts are drawn determine which candidates run and which voters can vote for them.
"Redistricting impacts high schoolers. Who is elected impacts funds for education, youth development, and summer employment. " - Ramdat Singh, Director of Civic Engagement, Caribbean Equality Project
"Through art, we can share the rich history and culture of Asian Americans in the US, our resilience in building safe and healthy communities, and our role in the fight for equality with other disadvantaged groups. Let's see young people tell their stories and hopes for AAPI communities to fair representation and access to resources." - Asian Americans For Equality Co-Exec. Directors Jennifer Sun & Thomas Yu.
"Since time immemorial, art has been a catalyst for social and political change. The visual artwork from youth will uplift the Task Force's resounding message -keep our communities whole." -Aminta Kilawan-Narine, Founder and Director, South Queens Women's March.
"It is important to reach young people by giving them multiple platforms to show we belong and that our communities deserve to be fairly represented in redistricting". - Brianna Cea, President, OCA-NY.
APA VOICE Redistricting Task Force Art Contest Committee: Asian Americans for Equality, Caribbean Equality Project, OCA-NY, and South Queens Women's March. All 15 member groups will judge the contest. Winners will be announced in July.
APA Voice Redistricting Task Force launches 14 Leading APA Civic Engagement Groups Form Task Force TO ENSURE FAIR AND EQUAL ACCESS TO POWER
In the last year alone, New York City has experienced a 2700% increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans. Asian American communities of interest must be kept whole to be strong and united in electing candidates who will protect our communities. Congressional and state lines are redrawn every 10 years based on the decennial census. Asian Pacific Americans now make up 14% of New York City. Our voices must be heard to ensure a fair and equal opportunity for a representative democracy.
5 July 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate
202.223.5500 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington, DC – OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates released the following statement in reaction to the reversal of the current Affirmative Action guidance by the Trump Administration, a non-binding guidance for educational institutions:
This Administration completely ignores the reality of race in America. The fact is that we do not live in a post-racial society. Race often informs where students live and go to school, and along with their opportunities for employment. Affirmative action has historically helped Asian Americans and women access institutions of higher learning. Still, certain Asian American and Pacific Islander communities still face considerable educational barriers. For example, only 17 percent of Hmong and Cambodian Americans have a bachelor’s degree, along with only 8 percent of Samoan and 10 percent of Tongan Americans. Holistic admissions inclusive of race in higher education is critical to engendering equity and equality for students of color. Although non-binding, this reversal sends a clear political message that diversity and our communities’ lived racial experiences do not matter. Courts have ruled time and again the legality of affirmative action policies. The President must reverse this decision, uphold the law, and reaffirm our federal government’s obligation to diversity and access in our schools.
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 27 JUNE 2018
Contact: Thu Nguyen | Communications Associate
202.223.5500 | email@example.com
Washington, DC – In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Administration’s Travel Ban, OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates released the following statement:
Yesterday, our justice system upheld the Administration’s Travel Ban – a policy that is rooted in xenophobia rather than facts. Despite the context surrounding its intention, Justice Roberts and the majority opinion defended the ban on national security grounds. The United States has a history of disenfranchising and targeting communities without stating the obvious. Notably, Executive Order 9066 did not specify Japanese Americans, but it was applied to over 120,000 Japanese Americans on the grounds of national security. Indeed, it is extremely hypocritical of the majority opinion to utilize their decision to overturn Korematsu v. United States; exchanging one racist policy for another only harms our country. In light of the Court’s failure, we call on members of Congress to advance legislation prohibiting the implementation of the travel ban.
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific American Islanders (AAPI’s.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chi Loek, OCA-NY President
June 8, 2018 (917) 697-2842
New York, NY - OCA New York - Asian Pacific American Advocates, questions Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC School Chancellor Richard Carranza’s proposed Bill A10427A which calls for changes to the current single-admissions test criteria to the city’s Specialized High Schools with the hope of improving fairness for all students seeking admissions and greater diversity at each of these Specialized High Schools. While we applaud the Mayor and the Chancellor for trying to make changes that diversifies the classrooms for all children, eliminating the single-test criteria in the near-term is a slap-in-the-face to the Asian American communities of this great city. Asian Americans make up nearly 16% of the public school population, many of whom are recent immigrants. They arrive in this city with hopes and dreams of educating their children so they can have a better life. Striving to gain admissions to an elite secondary school is the first-step in this process.
The data establishes that Asian Americans constituted 52% of those admitted to the 8 Specialized High Schools. Furthermore, many of these Asian American kids come from low-income families and/or are recent immigrants where English is not their first language. Yet, these students work hard, focus, and work diligently to excel to gain admissions to one of these schools. In their announcement for these proposed changes, the Mayor and Chancellor displayed racial undertones and stereotyping of Asian Americans that were deplorable. What they have done is pit one community of color with another. The Asian American community deserves a public apology from both the Mayor and the Chancellor.
“OCA-NY strongly believes in diverse schools and communities. However, what the Mayor and the Chancellor have proposed did not take into consideration the concerns of the Asian American communities. The city did not engage all communities before announcing its recently proposed changes. This is unacceptable to our community. Unless all New Yorkers, including Asian Americans, are part of the decision-making process, we cannot support A10427A or any efforts to reform the admissions process.”
Moving forward, OCA-NY invites the Mayor and the Chancellor to a community meeting with Asian Americans to discuss possible approaches to enhancing admissions fairness and diversity.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Edward T. Lau, Program Manager
March 2, 2018 (347) 988-0189 | firstname.lastname@example.org
OCA-NY Announces a Voter Registration Drive Ahead of Municipal and Statewide Elections
[New York, NY] OCA-New York - Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA-NY) announces a voter registration drive to increase voting participation in advance of this year’s municipal and statewide elections. The organization will be mobilizing resources in Asian American communities to help eligible Americans to register to vote. The drive will include setting up registration tables around various communities, phone banking, and door knocking to help Americans register for the upcoming election. OCA-NY will be kicking-off its voter registration drive with community partner, Abacus Federal Saving Bank, at their Bowery and Flushing branches starting on Saturday, March 3rd from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The voter registration drive will continue every Saturday in March.
“These local elections have a direct impact on people’s daily lives,” said Chi Loek, President of OCA-NY. “The election outcome impacts the schools our children attend, police and fire protection, resources allocated to our senior citizens, parks, transit system, taxes, investments, and much more. The partnership with Abacus Federal Saving Bank will allow eligible voters to register quickly and easily in convenient community locations.”
Every year, millions of Americans, especially those in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, do not claim their right to vote because they miss a deadline, move, change names, or simply do not know how to register to vote. With over 25% of eligible Americans having not voted at all, the voter registration drive is a chance to make a difference in helping build a more representative democracy, starting within the New York City AAPI communities.
“Abacus Bank is proud to partner with OCA-NY in its 2018 Voter Registration Drive,” said Jill Sung, President and CEO of Abacus Bank. “Voting is a fundamental right that all Asian American citizens should exercise so that our civil rights as individuals and a community are protected and preserved.” Abacus Bank was founded by Thomas Sung to ensure that financial equality is provided to the AAPI community, particularly to those who through no fault of their own, have been prevented access to the financial system. Achieving both economic and socio-political empowerment is necessary to ensure the AAPI community’s strength now and for the future.
Abacus Federal Saving Bank Bowery Branch: 6 Bowery, New York, NY 10013
Flushing Branch: 36-30 Main St, Flushing, NY 11354
Founded in 1976, OCA-NY - Asian Pacific American Advocates is a Chapter of OCA. OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. OCA-NY is also a member of APA VOICE, a non-partisan, pan-Asian collaboration of organizations and individuals seeking to increase civic engagement in the Asian American community.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2017
Contact: Eddie Lau | Program Manager, OCA-NY Advocates
347-988-0189 | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
OCA-NY HOSTS FREE IMMIGRATION FORUM IN SUNSET PARK
What Immigrants Need to Know in This Time of Fear and Uncertainty
New York, NY – OCA New York - Asian Pacific American Advocates, today announce a free Immigration Forum will be hosted in Sunset Park, Brooklyn this Saturday, June 10, titled “What Immigrants Need to Know in This Time of Fear and Uncertainty.” Attendees can expect to learn latest immigration information from the District Attorney’s Office, among many immigrant representatives.
In order to address the major uptick in immigration arrests happening nationwide. New data released by ICE last week showed that since President Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration enforcement, arrests are up by 40%.
OCA-New York invites members of the immigrant community to attend “What Immigrants Need to Know in This Time of Fear and Uncertainty” at the Chinese Promise Baptist Church on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 to 4 p.m., 842 41st Street, Brooklyn NY 11232. The event is free and all are welcome. Simultaneous Chinese translation will be provided.
Chi Loek, President of OCA-NY stated, “In recognizing that we're a country of immigrants, we contribute to the growth of the economy, diverse culture, religion, and strength of our community. In times of need, we need to embrace and support our newcomers because they will be our future, just as I came to America as an immigrant more than 48 years ago.”
Winnie Hu, OCA-NY Board Member, Event Organizer and Chair of Development Committee stated, "There are a lot of immigrants who get in trouble with the law who are feeling very uncertain and fearful of how this would affect their petition for family members to come to America or how this would affect their citizenship status. Many of these immigrants are living in fear of deportation and are under great stress mentally and emotionally under the new Trump administration. We hope that by providing this Immigration forum, people can become more educated to protect themselves and their families"
Eve Guillergan, OCA-NY Member and Immigration Attorney stated, "There are a lot of immigrants who get in trouble with the law who are feeling very uncertain and fearful of how this would affect their petition for family members to come to America or how this would affect their citizenship status. Many of these immigrants are living in fear of deportation and are under great stress mentally and emotionally under the new Trump administration. We hope that by providing this Immigration forum, people can become more educated to protect themselves and their families"
TJ Mills, Regional Immigration Attorney, Justice for Our Neighbors stated, I am honored to take part OCA-NY’s immigration forum and any other action that might provide our immigrant neighbors a safe haven from a Government that has run amok.
Other confirmed speakers include Jose Interiano from Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and Tiffany Wheatland-Disu from The New York Immigration Coalition.
The Forum will be conducted in English, moderated by Elizabeth R. OuYang, Immigration Attorney & Adjunct Professor at Columbia and NYU. Simultaneous Chinese translation/free light refreshments will be provided.
To register, please go to http://bit.do/ocanyforum or contact Winnie Hu at (347) 208-2733.
This event is sponsored and made possible by Brooklyn Community Foundation, New York State Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix W. Oritz, New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney, NYC Human Rights, UA3, Light & Love Home New York, Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, New York Justice For Our Neighbors, Chinese American Planning Council, United East Athletics Association, Chinese-American Sunshine House, The New York Immigration Coalition, Asian Americans For Equality, MinKwon Center For Community Action, Asian American Bar Association of New York, etc.
Founded in 1973, OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national non-profit civil rights organization promoting and protecting the political, economic, and cultural rights of Asian Pacific Americans in America. We are interested in working with anyone who shares our mission of creating a stronger America by advocating for the values of equal liberty and justice for all.
OCA-NY is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our financial statements are submitted annually to the IRS. All of our board members are volunteers.