Published: April 28, 2017
AP(Eye) on the Hill is our weekly highlight of significant federal updates, particularly those that impact AAPI communities regarding reproductive, immigration, and economic justice. Learn about NAPAWF’s and other national AAPI groups’ federal policy work while you’re out on the ground!
- How have the first 100 days of this administration impacted reproductive justice for women of color?
- Federal judge blocks Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities
- New research shows breast cancer rates among AAPI women are rising
- Surgeon General Vivek Murthy forced to resign
- The Office of Budget & Management collects second round of comments about data collection and disaggregation
How have the first 100 days of this administration impacted reproductive justice for women of color?
On Friday, April 28th, NAPAWF, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and In Our Own Voice: Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, will be on Twitter answering questions, talking about how Trump’s 100 days in office have impacted reproductive justice for women of color. Follow the conversation here using #100DaysRJ!
To learn more about how the last 100 days have impacted our communities, check out these resources from our allies:
- "From the Women’s March to Now: AAPI Resilience in the First 100 Days" by Sung Yeon Choimorrow, NAPAWF Interim Executive Director
- “TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS: Immigrant Women and Families on the Frontlines” by We Belong Together
- “Trump’s First 100 Days: A Blueprint to Hurt People of Color” by Jessica González-Rojas, NLIRH’s Executive Director
- “100 Days, 100 Ways: How the Trump Administration Has Undermined Women’s Progress” from the Center for American Progress, featuring Marcela Howell, Executive Director of In Our Own Voice, as well as Julie Gonen (NCLR); Jordan Brooks (United State of Women); and Carol Joyner (Labor Project)
Federal judge blocks Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities
Protester Moina Shaiq holds a sign at a rally outside City Hall in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Jeff Chiu/AP
On April 25th, California Judge William H. Orrick issued a temporary injunction to President Trump’s executive order that would withhold federal funds from “sanctuary cities” — cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement in their localities. The ruling came after Santa Clara County, the city of San Francisco and other jurisdictions argued that threatening to withhold funding from cities that refused to cooperate with federal orders could be unconstitutional.
- Read NAPAWF’s statement in support of the constitutional rights of immigrants.
- Learn some quick information about the ruling—and Trump’s response to it.
- See more comprehensive coverage of the story from CNN.
New research shows breast cancer rates among AAPI women are rising
Photo Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images
A recent study from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California examined not only breast cancer rates among Asian American and Pacific Islander women as a whole, but among AAPI ethnic subgroups. The research revealed that while breast cancer rates for other racial groups has largely stabilized in the last 15 years, rates among AAPI women have been increasing. Lead Researcher Scarlett Lin Gomez stated in a press release, “(t)hese patterns warrant additional attention to public health prioritization to target disparities in access to care, as well as further research in identifying relevant breast cancer risk factors for specific breast cancer subtypes.”
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy forced to resign
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On April 21st, Dr. Vivek Murthy resigned at the behest of the Trump Administration. Dr. Murthy was the first Indian-American, the second AAPI, and the youngest Surgeon General in US history. He was supported by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, as well as other AAPI groups such as the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. Dr. Murthy was well-known for his support of Obamacare and came under fire for his concerns about gun violence and the effects of gun violence on public health. His resignation has led to concerns about the future of health research and responses to epidemics in the US.
The Office of Budget & Management collects second round of comments about data collection and disaggregation
The Office of Budget and Management (OMB) asks for public comments on potential revisions to its 1997 standards for collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data. These standards apply to all federal agencies, including those in healthcare, education, housing, transportation, and civil rights. This is the first time in 20 years that the OMB has considered changing these standards for AANHPI communities.
Right now, federal agencies aren’t required to collect detailed data about Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. That means our communities are misrepresented, left out of major policy and program decisions, and are often underfunded.Data should reflect the unique histories, cultures, and challenges that impact our communities in very different ways. For the first time in 20 years, we have the opportunity to speak up for detailed AANHPI data. Tell OMB "I want to be counted and I support the questions used by the U.S. Census Bureau!" before today, April 28!
Keep an AP(Eye) out for...
- May marks the beginning of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Keep an eye out for upcoming activities in your area!
- NAPAWF will march with AAPI groups on May Day (5/1). Learn about how to join us here!