Published: June 16, 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!
- Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocks Trump’s Muslim Ban again
- Senate debates repeal of Affordable Care Act, threatening healthcare access for millions
- AAPI Georgians get involved in the Georgia’s 6th District special election
- NAPAWF takes on Justice for Neha Rastogi in New York and Chicago
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals blocks Trump’s Muslim Ban again
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After U.S. District Court Judge Derrick K. Watson issued a preliminary injunction against Trump’s travel ban against people from six predominantly Muslim nations, the Trump administration appealed the ruling to the Ninth Circuit. On Monday, June 12, the Ninth Circuit upheld Judge Watson’s decision and unanimously ruled that Trump’s executive order “exceeded the scope of the authority delegated to him by Congress.”
Read the story here via Politico
Senate debates repeal of Affordable Care Act, threatening healthcare access for millions
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With time running out before the July 4th recess, the Senate is being pushed for a quick resolution on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and passing the Republican repeal bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). With initial estimates showing 23 million more people losing insurance coverage under the Republican plan, healthcare organizations and providers have expressed concern over passing the AHCA without more consideration.
Read NAPAWF’s statement on AHCA here.
Learn more about what women of color have to lose by reading “The House Republican Repeal Bill Threatens Reproductive Justice for Women of Color” from NAPAWF, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and National Partnership for Women and Families.
Read about other groups NAPAWF has joined to oppose the Republican repeal bill here!
To stand with NAPAWF and oppose AHCA, learn more and raise your voice with our partner, All* Above All!
AAPI Georgians get involved in their local elections
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Georgia’s special election for its 6th Congressional District is nearly here until the polls close on June 20th. APIA Vote’s most recent data for Georgia shows that in the 6th District, which covers Cobb, Dekalb, and Fulton counties, there are 43,440 AAPI citizens of voting age. AAPI families make up 10% of the 6th Congressional District and play a crucial part in determining the outcome of the special election. Both candidates have been paying close attention to local AAPI communities, and local organizations like Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta have been on the ground educating voters.
Read moreabout the role AAPI voters are playing in Georgia’s local election
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NAPAWF takes on Justice for Neha Rastogi in New York and Chicago
New York City
On Thursday, June 15, NAPAWF organized rallies in Chicago and New York City in coordination with a locally organized rally in Palo Alto to amplify domestic violence survivor Neha Rastogi’s demand for justice and accountability.
For more than a decade, Rastogi suffered regular violence at the hands of her abusive husband, Abhishek Gattani. In April, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office offered Gattani a plea agreement that reduces charges against his documented abuse to a “non-violent” crime. Gattani’s sentencing hearing was last Thursday at 1:30pm PST.
Learn more about Justice for Neha Rastogi.
Keep an AP(eye) out for...
- July 13-16: 14th Annual South Asian Bar Association North America Convention. D.C! Learn more and get tickets here.
- NAPAWF is hiring! Click here to see the opportunities.