Published: March 10, 2017
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- Republican Party to repeal Affordable Care Act, Millions May Lose Health Care
- Trump administration reissues “Muslim Ban” 2.0
- Congressional APA Caucus reaches out to Trump for a second time
- South Asian Americans reel as hate crimes rise
- AAPI Equal Pay & NAPAWF releases Fighting Invisibility, Closing the Wage Gap
- NAPAWF’s Interim Executive Director, Sung Yeon Choimorrow joins Global Gag Rule Protest on International Women's Day
Republican Party to repeal Affordable Care Act, Millions May Lose Health Care
Congresswoman Judy Chu gives a thumbs down during President Trump’s address to Congress regarding his intentions to repeal ACA. (Photo Credit: CNN)
On Monday, March 6th, the Republican Party revealed the Affordable Health Care Act, a bill meant to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After years of attempted repeals and months of hinted plans, the Republican repeal bill includes many policy proposals targeted at vulnerable communities.
- NAPAWF opposes the latest attempt to take healthcare away from the most vulnerable people in the country. AAPI women and gender non-conforming people deserve better than the Republican repeal bill. Read our response here.
- Many other organizations, medical organizations, and even conservative groups, have also pointed out the flaws in the plan to repeal the ACA, including provisions to further limit immigrants’ access to medical care, and to defund Planned Parenthood:
- Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum
- Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)
- National Council Asian Pacific Americans
- Planned Parenthood Federation of America
- Read more about Republican opposition to the bill here.
- Read about medical organizations' concerns about the repeal here.
Trump administration reissues “Muslim Ban” 2.0
- On March 6, the Trump administration released another executive order that would ban immigrants from the same six, predominantly Muslim nations that were in the original ban: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Iraq was removed from the blanket ban, but Iraqi citizens are still included in the resettlement ban. Learn about the minor differences between the two bans here.
- Read President Trump’s executive orders and the related memos here.
- Check out NAPAWF’s statement about the new executive order and violence against AAPI communities, as well as the following statements by allied organizations:
- National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)— National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Denounces Muslim Ban 2.0 As Un-American
- Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)--Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Latest Executive Order As Muslim Ban 2.0
- South Asians Americans Leading Together--SAALT Statement Condemning Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0
- National Immigration Law Center--NILC Statement on New Muslim Ban Executive Order
- National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health--Trump’s “Revised” Refugee and Muslim Ban STILL Inhumane and Unconstitutional
Congressional APA Caucus reaches out to Trump for a second time
- CAPAC, led by Congresswoman Judy Chu, renewed calls for a meeting with President Trump, having reached out multiple times with no response. They wanted to discuss the rise in attacks on Asian American and South Asian Americans and demand that this administration voices the concerns of their communities.
- Read about CAPAC’s second attempt at arranging a meeting with the President here.
South Asian Americans reel as hate crimes rise
- 3 attacks on Indian men in February and March have left South Asians here and abroad concerned about their safety in America.
- On March 10, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department released statistics revealing that bias-related crimes rose over 60 percent between 2015 and 2016. Those crimes related to ethnicity/national origin were 4x higher than in the previous year and those related to religion were 3x higher than the previous year.
- On March 10, SAALT, members of Congress, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), and partner organizations gathered for a vigil to honor victims of hate violence in South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Arab American communities nationwide.
AAPI Equal Pay & NAPAWF releases Fighting Invisibility, Closing the Wage Gap
- On March 7, advocacy groups across the country participated in Asian American Equal Pay Day, and even notable Asian American stars like Jenny Yang, Angry Asian Man, and Constance Wu!
- The Congressional Asian Pacific Americans Caucus (CAPAC) participated to raise awareness, and members of Congress—including Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Mazie Hirono, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Ted Lieu, Rep. Grace Meng, and Rep. Lois Frankel, also tweeted their support.
- NAPAWF just released a detailed equal pay report: "Fighting Invisibility, Closing the Gap: An Equal Pay Agenda for Asian American and Pacific Islanders," a comprehensive look at wage equity for AAPI communities and policy recommendations for closing the wage gap.
NAPAWF’s Interim Executive Director, Sung Yeon Choimorrow joins Global Gag Rule Protest on International Women's Day
- On March 8, advocates gathered in Washington D.C. for the “Resist Trump, Stop the Gag” protest, to speak out against President Trump’s Global Gag Rule that would ban U.S. aid to all international organizations that provide or discuss abortion.
- Interim Executive Director, Sung Yeon Choimorrow, spoke out against the Global Gag and the impact of poor reproductive policies on AAPI communities. Listen to part of her speech here.
- Read NAPAWF’s statement on International Women’s Day and the Global Gag Rule and learn more about the protest here.
Keep an AP(Eye) out for...
- March 11: National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance hosts the Community Catalyst Awards in Washington, D.C. featuring the honoring of former NAPAWF Executive Director, Miriam Yeung!
- March 20: The House Budget Committee will be the third congressional panel to review the Republican ACA repeal legislation starting next week.
- March 13: Advocacy groups including the National Women’s Law Center, NARAL, ACLU, and Planned Parenthood will host #HandsOffMyBC call-in day to Secretary Price to support no-cost birth control coverage.
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