Published: May 5, 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!
- House Republicans voted against healthcare for 24 million people, including women of color
- The first 100 Days of the Trump Administration
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month kicks off!
- AAPI communities march on Washington for Workers’ Rights and against Climate Change
- Trump appoints anti-choice activists to lead family planning program and represent Dep. of Health & Human Services (HHS)
- The Equality Act is introduced in Congress with massive support
- Latest Executive Order exposes hypocrisy and anti-Muslim policies
House Republicans voted against healthcare for 24 million people, including women of color
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Cliff Owen/AP
The House of Representatives voted yet again on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), an attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The bill passed through House Rules Committee on Wednesday and on May 4th, passed through the House of Representatives. Despite the lack of public support or an updated score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), subsequent amendments moved the bill forward.
More than two million AAPI people could lose health insurance coverage under the repeal bill and many more women of color and low income women could lose access to preventive health and reproductive health services.
- How the AHCA is dividing the Republican party via FiveThirtyEight
- NAPAWF expresses disappointment in GOP's attempt to rollback health care access
- APIAHF's statement on the House voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act
The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration
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On April 29th, the Trump administration met its 100-day mark. The first 100 days of the Trump administration have been considered a failure by many, but have been a success for AAPI resistance to the anti-immigrant, sexist, and racist agenda of the administration.
- “From The Women’s March To Now: AAPI Resilience In The First 100 Days” NAPAWF via Huffington Post
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month kicks off!
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Throughout May, NAPAWF will be celebrating APAHM and featuring a fierce AAPI activist who made (or who’s making!) history. This week’s activist is Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay!
- Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus’s statement celebrating APAHM!
- Here are 7 other inspiring Asian & Asian American activists we ❤!
AAPI communities march on Washington for Workers’ Rights and against Climate Change
On May 1st, NAPAWF led an AAPI contingent with APALA and NAKASEC in May Day actions in Washington, DC, while chapter organizations participated in May Day actions around the country!
- NAPAWF, APALA, and NAKASEC’s joint statement about the May Day action
- Learn more about NAPAWF’s organizing around economic justice and workers’ rights here, and support our efforts!
- Check out NAPAWF’s comprehensive report Fighting Invisibility to learn about how the AAPI wage gap is a workers’ rights issue!
Signs at the march reflected this reality, with slogans such as ““Climate Change Will Hit Communities of Color First,” or “I Am a Marshall Islander—Where Will I Go?”
On April 29th, activists gathered from all over the country to march for action against climate change. “The People’s March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” pulled support from labor and union organizers and organizers from #NoDAPL against the Keystone Access Pipeline.
Environmental justice is key to reproductive justice, and most heavily impacts low-income communities, communities of color, and women. Find out more about why environmental justice is a reproductive justice issue:
- “At Standing Rock, Environmental Justice Is Reproductive Justice” by Rachel Lorenzo
- “Flint, Michigan: Why Environmental Justice Is Reproductive Justice” by Caitlyn Martin
- “If you really care about environmental justice, you should care about reproductive justice!” from the National Women’s Law Center
Trump appoints anti-choice activists to lead family planning program and represent Dep. of Health & Human Services (HHS)
On April 28th, Trump announced the appointment of Charmaine Yoest, President of the anti-choice organization Americans United for Life, as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Public Affairs.
On Monday, May 1st, Trump appointed Teresa Manning, professor at the Antonin Scalia School of Law and longtime anti-choice activist as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs. Ms. Yoest will be responsible for representing HHS’s mission to the public, while Ms. Manning will manage key family planning initiatives including Title X, which is the main provider of reproductive health services for low-income people in the United States.
Both appointments reflect an ongoing agenda against reproductive justice, both from the administration where anti-choice Vice President Mike Pence has promised to institute further policies limiting access to reproductive healthcare, and from HHS, where the newly-confirmed Secretary Tom Price has a long history of anti-choice politics.
The Equality Act is introduced in Congress with massive support
The Equality Act will amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and would prohibit discrimination based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth, and sex-based stereotypes. The Equality Act also specifically outlaws the “discredited practice known as conversion therapy.” NAPAWF is proud to support the Equality Act and applauds its reintroduction!
Latest Executive Order exposes hypocrisy and anti-Muslim policies
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On May 4th, President Trump signed an executive order that eases political activity restrictions for religious and other tax-exempt organizations, as well as permits religious employers to discriminate against their employees.
The administration is not truly upholding freedom of religion, but continuing to fuel their anti-Muslim and Islamophobic rhetoric. Following Trump's campaign, there has been a rise in anti-Muslim hate groups and hate crimes, including assaults against Muslim women.
Keep an AP(Eye) out for...
Throughout May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Keep an eye out for upcoming activities in your area!
May 8th 1pm ET: Rally Against the Muslim Ban Our Communities Stand Tall, No Ban, No Wall, No Raids | In the DC/DMW area? Join us on Monday, May 8 to rally against the Muslim ban outside of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, on the day the Fourth Circuit appellate judges will hear the administration’s appeal to reinstate the ban.
May 11th 3pm ET: Forms of Activism Twitter Town Hall (via #AAPIsResist) | With the current and impending attacks on our communities, people are ready to fight! It's easy to equate marching and direct actions as a part of our activism, but resistance can come in all different sizes, shapes, and forms. How do you resist? How do we create, inclusive spaces to achieve broader social, racial, and economic justice?