Published: July 7, 2017
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NAPAWF joins its allies to stand against Trump’s corporate budget
#PaidSickDays takes Twitter by storm
AAPI communities celebrate Independence Day by remembering their own battles for independence in the US
NAPAWF joins its allies to stand against Trump's corporate budget
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On July 5th, NAPAWF joined with 172 other public interest organizations and called on Congress for a budget free of riders meant to benefit corporations. From NAPAWF Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow:
“Trump has put forward a budget that endangers the people who most need our support. Instead of offering solutions for Asian-American and Pacific Islander women and gender non-conforming people, immigrants, low-income people and other vulnerable communities, Trump’s budget lines the pockets of the wealthiest Americans. Our families need a clean budget that funds programs like the Violence Against Women Act and the Affordable Care Act – not another chance for corporations to use ideology-driven riders and make a profit off our backs.”
Read the full letter and list of organizations from the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards!
Follow coverage of the letter and response from The Hill.
#PaidSickDays takes Twitter by storm
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This past Thursday, July 6, NAPAWF joined at least a dozen other groups on Twitter to celebrate a major victory for working people and families: nearly two million people gained #PaidSickDays this month, thanks to five new laws that took effect in Cook County, Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Arizona.
Paid sick leave is critical to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women, transgender and gender non-conforming communities. No one should have to choose between paying the bills and caring for their health, but too often that is the reality that many AAPI workers have to face. NAPAWF believes in policies that cultivate caring communities that allow AAPI families to thrive — regardless of what state they live in or where they work.
So as we celebrate our wins, let us also pledge vigilance against efforts to undermine our hard-fought gains.
Missed the Tweet storm? Click here to catch some of the earlier action.
See a full list of State, District, and County Paid Sick Days statutes here.
AAPI communities mark the 4th of July by remembering our long histories in the U.S., and discussing our growing populations
On Independence Day, AAPI communities and organizations held space for discussions about the earliest AAPI settlers in the US, what to expect from our fastest-growing immigrant population, and the civil rights battles we have yet to fight. Read ahead to see how Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have made history in the United States and continue doing so today!
- Read US Representative and CAPAC Immigration Task Force Leader Pramila Jayapal (WA-7) describe her journey to citizenship in The New York Times!
- Watch “Chinatown is as American as fireworks” from W. Kamau Bell’s United Shades of America.
- Learn about “The One Other Country That Celebrates the Fourth of July (Sort Of)” at The Atlantic.
Keep an eye out for…
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.
July 31: 2017 Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Summit, hosted by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (open only to students). Register free here!
“25 Years of Resistance: Organize & Fight,” APALA’s 14th Biennial Convention in Anaheim, CA. A limited number of partial and full travel/hotel scholarships for young workers, leaders, and students to attend are available. The application deadline has been extended to July 9th, and results will be determined mid-July. Apply now!
NAPAWF is hiring! Click here to see the opportunities.