Published: June 9, 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!
- NAPAWF Executive Director highlights the fight for fair wages
- Rep. Lujan Grisham introduces the HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act
- AAPI communities remember the lives lost to gun violence
- Democratic Steering and Organizing Committee meets with AAPI leaders
- Celebrate Pride Month with AAPI groups!
- Rep. Judy Chu introduces bill to address AAPI mental health stigma
NAPAWF Executive Director highlights the fight for fair wages
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In a recent op-ed published on The Hill, NAPAWF Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow highlights the ongoing fight for fair wages for AAPI women and the need to recognize the full experiences of our communities:
“These are the faces, the lived realities, of the AAPI community that are desperately lacking when we talk about raising the minimum wage: stories of AAPI women garment workers, poultry plant workers, nail salon technicians and restaurant workers. We need to expand who we think of when we think of low-wage workers and the AAPI workforce.”
- Read the full piece at The Hill!
- Click here to read Fighting Invisibility, Closing the Wage Gap! (An Equal Pay Agenda for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
Rep. Lujan Grisham introduces the HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2017 in the House of Representatives
Representative Lujan Grisham (D-NM) introduced the Health Equity and Access under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act on Tuesday, June 6th! NAPAWF is proud to endorse the HEAL Act as a member of the HEAL Coalition, a group of organizations dedicated to expanding immigrants’ access to health insurance and medical care! The HEAL Act will remove unfair barriers to insurance coverage for immigrant families, including the exclusion of DACA recipients from the Affordable Care Act. NAPAWF works with the HEAL Coalition to represent AAPI women, trans, and gender non-conforming people who are disproportionately harmed by many of these barriers, such as the five-year ban on Medicaid access for immigrants.
- Read NAPAWF’s statement about the introduction of the HEAL Act here!
- Read local coverage of Rep. Lujan Grisham’s introduction of the HEAL Act at the Los Alamos Daily Post!
AAPI communities remember the lives lost to gun violence
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On June 2nd, the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund joined the Wear Orange campaign to highlight lives lost to gun violence. Just one week after performing at President Obama’s second inaugural campaign, Chicago student Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed at age 15. After her friends wore orange in her honor, they started Wear Orange to bring attention to the millions of victims to gun violence every year. SALDEF joined to highlight Sikh victims of gun violence, including the victims of the 2012 Wisconsin Gurudwara shooting.
- Learn more about the Wear Orange Campaign here!
- Read about SALDEF’s work and see more photos of the event here!
- Get more information and statistics about gun violence in the US and how it affects people of color, and join the fight!
Democratic Steering and Organizing Committee meets with AAPI leaders
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Democratic Senate leaders met with the heads of AAPI organizations in Washington, D.C. this week to discuss issues important to AAPI communities around the country. Organizations in attendance included NAPAWF’s partners, such as South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), among other AAPI allies. AAPI leadership brought up community concerns about hate crimes, data collection, and immigration enforcement.
- To learn more about SAALT’s work on hate crimes against South Asians, read their report on the 2016 election: Power, Pain, Potential: South Asians at the Forefront of Growth and Hate in the 2016 Election Cycle.
- There are tons of resources about the need for better data on our communities!
- “Why Disaggregate? Big Differences in AAPI Education” by AAPI Data
- Data Disaggregation Resources from the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
- “Tell the Government that We Need Disaggregated AAPI Data Today” by Reappropriate
- To read more about AAPI response to attacks on immigrants, read NCAPA’s compilation of responses to the proposed Muslim Ban here.
Celebrate Pride Month with AAPI groups!
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June is LGBTQ Pride Month! While the Trump administration hasn’t acknowledged this incredible occasion, AAPI groups will never forget how important LGBTQ people are. Take pride in LGBTQ Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders this month by celebrating with NAPAWF and our allies!
- Read this article about Janet Mock and Geena Rocero, two Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander trans women standing up against the Trump administration, and learn how to stand with them!
- “Six Defiant Accomplishments in Six Months (Since Trump Took Office)” marks all the ways LGBTQ communities and the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) have come together to build resistance.
- Educate yourself on the issues trans and gender non-conforming AAPI people face by reading this report from the National Center for Transgender Equality, and stand with our trans and GNC family!
- Find out some of theimportant issues at the intersection of being AAPI and LGBTQ from the Human Rights Campaign!
Rep. Judy Chu introduces the Stop Mental Health Stigma in Our Communities Act
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Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2677, the Stop Mental Health Stigma in Our Communities Act, to end the silence around mental illness in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.
- Read H.R. 2677 here.
- Learn more about the Stop Mental Health Stigma Act, and why Rep. Chu is battling the stigma in our communities.
- To get more information about mental health issues affecting AAPI people, check out the Asian American Psychologists Association reports..
- For more resources on AAPI mental health organizations and policies, check out the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association.
- Here are a few resources that provide direct services:
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.
- June 13, 6-9PM EST: SPARK for Reproductive Justice is having an informational session for their Trans* Leadership Initiative in Atlanta, Georgia. Find out more!
- NAPAWF is hiring! Click here to see the opportunities.