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OCA Solemnly Reflects on September 11

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OCA Solemnly Reflects on September 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

11 September 2014

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Kenneth Lee | Acting Chief Executive Officer

202 223 5500 | klee@ocanational.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), solemnly reflects on our fallen heroes and the lives lost during the tragic events that transpired on September 11 thirteen years ago.

“On this day, we remember the brave men and women, like emergency nurse, Rebecca Canalija, and fire fighter, Benny Hom, who selflessly risked their lives aiding those trapped by fallen debris or injured in the ensuing chaos,” says Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “Neither do we forget the victims of this tragic moment in our nation’s history or the valiant heroes who gave their lives to help the fallen.”

Post-September 11, 2001, racial profiling, harassment, bullying, and hate crimes against individuals from the South Asian and Middle Eastern communities have dramatically increased.

“My heart goes out to all the families and victims of September 11. It was a terrible tragedy and loss for our country. But we, as a society, must also face the actions that our prejudices and fears have produced post-September 11. The hate and harassment that the South Asian and Middle Eastern communities continue to endure, along with the xenophobic rhetoric employed in the media and among even our own policy makers, are not the answer to ensuring our national security,” said Ken Lee, OCA National Acting CEO. “It was only 72 years ago that Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Roosevelt leading to the internment and civil rights violation of over 120,000 Japanese Americans. Such an infringement of civil liberties must never happen again. Thwarting threats to our national security should not come at the expense of our civil liberties. It is most important in times of crisis to ensure the civil rights of all Americans. We must move forward together as a people, a community, and a country instead of scapegoating and blaming the innocent.”

To learn more about the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans during 9/11, please inquire about Voices of Healing: Spirit and Unity After 9/11 in the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community, a book produced by OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates and East West Discovery Press documenting the stories of unsung APA heroes and victims.

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