Published: June 23, 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!
Senate Republicans reveals plan to repeal Affordable Care Act
After 35 years, AAPI groups remember the murder of Vincent Chin
Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen killed in Alexandria, Virginia
New study finds Asian American women less likely to receive prompt follow-up treatment for breast cancer
Senate unveils repeal of Affordable Care Act
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After weeks of backdoor deals, Senate Republicans have finally revealed the text of their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). AHCA has already passed the House of Representatives and is anticipated for a vote in the Senate before the July 4th recess. The bill will repeal the Affordable Care Act, and take away many of the provisions that protect low-income families. While there has been no official word from the Congressional Budget Office on the Senate version of AHCA, the House bill was projected to take away health insurance coverage for 23 million more people.
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!
On the 35th anniversary of the Murder of Vincent Chin, AAPI groups stand against hate crimes
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In June 1982, Chinese-American man Vincent Jen Chin (May 18, 1955 – June 23, 1982) was brutally attacked with a baseball bat in Detroit, Michigan. Chin died in the hospital four days later. Chin’s killers were Ronald Ebens, an autoworker, who confessed to the crime; and his stepson, Michael Nitz. Both were sentenced to three years of probation for beating Chin to death. Ebens never spent a day in prison for the murder of Vincent Jen Chin.
“Vincent Chin gave us clarity as Asian-American civil rights activists 35 years ago, and now we must bring those lessons to bear on a new generation of civil rights struggles.”
Read the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus’s statement on the 35th anniversary of Chin’s murder here.
Hear from AAPI activists on how Vincent Chin’s murder changed their lives..
Learn more about the case from The New York Times.
Order Who Killed Vincent Chin?, a documentary about the case featuring NAPAWF founding sister Helen Zia.
Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen killed in Alexandria, Virginia
Photo Credit: Nabra Hassanen
On June 18, 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was kidnapped and killed on her way back to her mosque in Dulles, VA. Hassanen and her friends from the mosque were reportedly fasting for Ramadan, and breaking their fasts at a nearby diner when 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres threatened them with a metal baseball bat. Hassanen was attacked and taken by Torres during the altercation, and her body was recovered from a pond near Torres’s apartment later that day.
While police have informed the public there are no current grounds for a hate crime enhancement, Hassanen’s parents believe that Nabra’s visibility has a hijab-wearing Muslim contributed to Torres targeting her and her friends. Regardless of Torres’s intentions, Hassanen’s death has shocked Muslim communities and friends in local Virginia and nationwide. Vigils have been organized in Hassanen’s memory around the country. One memorial for Hassanen in DuPont Circle, D.C. was set on fire, increasing fears over anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States that have been growing since the 2016 presidential campaigns.
NAPAWF offers our sincere condolences to Nabra’s family and friends, and stands with our Muslim brothers and sisters against Islamophobia and racism.
Find a list of vigils and memorials for Nabra Hassanen at #JusticeforNabra here.
Donate to Nabra’s family and stand against violence toward Muslims here.
Study finds AAPI women less likely to receive timely care after abnormal mammogram
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A study of nearly 50,000 AAPI women found that women from different AAPI subgroups were less likely to seek and receive timely follow-up care after an abnormal mammogram. One of the study’s authors noted that while there is no consensus in the medical community on when patients should seek follow-up care after a mammogram, “previous research has found that women who delay by three months or more have lower survival rates than those who follow up sooner.” Kim Nguyen, an author of the study and a scientist with the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies, also emphasized the importance of disaggregating data for AAPI people:
“This is something that’s really important because Asians are not a monolithic group. There are significant differences that we are finding between Asian ethnic groups and health, and that’s why it's very important to disaggregate the different ethnic groups when we’re studying health.”
Keep an AP(Eye) out for…
June 28: Join SEARAC for Refugee Resilience: Fighting for Families. Learn more and RSVP here!
July 13-16: 14th Annual South Asian Bar Association North America Convention. D.C Learn more and get tickets here.
July 19: NAPABA’s 2017 Scavenger Hunt! RSVP here.
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