NQAPIA will be taking part in a number of important events next week on Capitol Hill, with the White House, and with our national advocacy partners to bringing the voices of Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) LGBT organizations to bear on important issues:
Tuesday, September 18
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2237
NQAPIA joins the National Black Justice Coalition and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, as well as other national organizations to host this briefing. Dr. Juan Battle from the City University of New York will present findings from the Social Justice Sexuality Project.
Wednesday, September 19
Senate Hearing: “Hate Crimes & the Threat of Domestic Extremism”
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
In the wake of the tragic shootings in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the US Senate announced that it will hold a hearing on hate crimes and the threats posed by extremist hate groups in America. We strongly urge everyone to honor the victims of Oak Creek by physically being at the hearing as a show of community strength to the United States Senate.
Later that evening, NQAPIA is proud to join LGBT Emerging Leaders at a special reception hosted at the Vice President’s Residence. Many AAPI youth activists who have worked with NQAPIA on a variety of initiatives were invited to this exclusive event, and we look forward to recognizing their fabulousness.
Thursday, September 20
National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) Press Briefing and Webinar: Launch of 2012 Policy Platform: Framing Issues and Recommendations to Improve the Lives of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities
The 2012 Policy Platform follows a tradition NCAPA began in 2004 to present a comprehensive set of policy recommendations related to the Asian American & Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander community in the issue areas of Civil Rights, Education, Health, Housing and Economic Justice, and Immigration every four years.
NQAPIA is eager to put our communities’ voices forward at these opportunities next week. If you’re able to join us- physically, by livestreaming, or by social media- we hope you can be part of these important conversations!
Ben de Guzman, Co-Director for Programs
NQAPIA and NCAPA are projects of the Tides Center