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OCA National Convention Charts New Course Forward and Serves Community

Monday, July 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nick Lee
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OCA National Convention Charts New Course Forward and Serves Community

OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates concluded its 42nd Annual National Convention at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, CA this month. It ran from Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5, 2015 and was an unqualified success in its efforts to engage and expand the knowledge of participants, assist Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) with their professional and personal development, highlight the community and the achievements of prominent AAPIs, and celebrate the legacy and future of OCA.

The reception that commenced the Convention included over 30 prominent elected officials who arrived to show support for OCA and their mission, demonstrating the reach and power of the organization. Among those in attendance were California State Treasurer John Chiang, California State Controller Betty Yee, California State Legislature Assemblyman David Chiu, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

The theme of this year's Convention was "Unifying Asian Pacific Islander America" and a strong focus was placed on uplifting Pacific Islander issues. To this end, OCA National President Michael W. Kwan held a meeting with Samoan community leaders to help the organization become more involved and aware of issues affecting the Samoan community. President Kwan also helped cement the organization's commitment to Pacific Islanders by presenting the National Board with two proposed resolutions to help guarantee citizenship and voting rights for Samoans.

This year's Convention had a special emphasis on providing services to the local community and OCA took its signature professional development and training programs on the road to San Francisco. This year was particularly successful, with registration at capacity for Youth and B3: Build, Breakthrough, Believe professional development programs. These programs are designed to assist AAPIs at critical stages of their development including entering college, college age, and young professional age.


OCA also helped plan and execute a giveaway of 300 HDTV antennas in San Francisco's Chinatown. These antennas will allow low-income residents to access free programming including in-language ethnic media, which will allow immigrant communities to stay in touch with their language, culture, and community. This will enable Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to stay more informed and engaged with the issues affecting our community, thereby assisting in OCA's mission to embrace the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans.

As we celebrate the past, we are simultaneously plotting a new course for OCA. We would also like to thank our donors and sponsors for their unwavering support, including AARP, Allstate, American Honda Motor Company, Anheuser-Busch Inc., AT&T, Buick, Caesars Entertainment, the Coca-Cola Company, Comcast/NBC Universal, Crossings TV, DAE, Ford Motor company, IW Group, Inc., McDonalds USA, MGM Resorts International, Shell Oil Company, Sodexo, State Farm, Teach for America, UPS, Verizon, Walmart, and Wells Fargo. Many thanks for a wonderful and inspiring Convention and we hope to see you all at next year's Convention to be held in New Jersey!

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