First of all, I wish you a wonderful New Year and Lunar New Year. May you all enjoy good luck and great fortune in the Year of the Monkey. Over the past year our organization has grown and prospered because of people like you, and we are eternally grateful for your support.
OCA is an organization that lives and breathes because of volunteers like you and me. We sacrifice our time not only because it is a good thing to do, but also because it makes us feel a sense of belonging and purpose that we need in our lives.
We want you stay involved one way or another, so I ask you all as dedicated advocates to engage, activate, and advocate. Whether that is by joining your chapter's board, volunteering your time to help plan an APA-Y or APIAU session at a local school, or simply donating a few dollars, we need your help to keep OCA an organization that continues to benefit all the diverse members of our community.
OCA Chief Executive Officer
OCA Welcomes National President Dr. Leslie Moe-Kaiser
At the conclusion of the January Meeting of its National Board of Directors, OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates welcomed 2016 OCA National President, Dr. Leslie Moe-Kaiser to office. Dr. Moe-Kaiser has been a long time member of OCA, having previously served on the National Board of Directors, the Business Advisory Council and the Executive Council. Recently retired after a distinguished career with State Farm®, Dr. Moe-Kaiser brings a wealth of experience as a leader to the Office of the National President. Moe-Kaiser also has a long history serving on the boards of many leading Asian American and Pacific Islander non-profits.
OCA Attends First Day Issue of Lunar New Year Stamp
Leaders from OCA -Westchester/Hudson Valley, OCA - New Jersey, OCA - New York, and OCA - Long Island joined with stamp designer Kam Mak at the first day issue ceremony for this year's Lunar New Year Stamp. (Photo: Virginia Ng)
OCA members were instrumental in creating the first Lunar New Year stamp. These efforts were recently covered by NBC News.
OCA - Dallas Fort Worth Celebrates Lunar New Year
OCA - Dallas-Forth Worth Chapter enjoyed a successful Lunar New Year banquet with special guest Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of the House Rules Committee! (Photo: Diana Meilan Wang)
OCA Members Prominent in Virginia AAPI Advocacy Circles
OCA Members were among many AAPI advocates to visit the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond for the Virginia Asian Pacific American forum. Angela Chiang (standing in top photo), OCA - Central Virginia Chapter President and former chair of the Virginia Asian Advisory Board has been working for a number of years on many of the main issues affecting Virginia AAPIs.
Also in attendance was OCA - Northern Virginia Member, Delegate Mark Keam (third from left in bottom photo). He was recently successful in spearheading a legislative effort to create an official Fred Korematsu Day in the State of Virginia, to honor the Japanese American civil rights leader who fought against the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. His efforts were recently covered by NBC News.
B3 is Coming to Sacramento this March!
According to a Pew Research study, 97% of English-speaking Asian Americans reported being internet users in 2014, the highest rate of internet use compared to all other racial demographics.
As the world becomes increasingly more connected to the internet, how will the Internet of Things affect the Asian Pacific American community? Hear from AAPI Leaders in the field about what it means for our community and your everyday life.
Exact date and time will be confirmed later. Register now to save your spot!REGISTER NOW>>>
Internship Applications Due February 26th!
During the 10 week program (June 8, 2016 - August 14, 2016), OCA interns take on full time positions in federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, congressional offices, and in public affairs units of corporations in the Washington D.C. metro area. Past interns have also gained valuable exposure to national advocacy efforts, which have helped enhance their activities in their local campuses and communities. Other intern alumni have returned to Washington D.C. for full-time employment and a life in public service.
Click here to directly access the on-line application. Applications and support materials for Summer must be submitted by Friday, February 26,2016 at 11:00 PM EST. Spring applications are on a rolling basis, so apply early! For more information on the OCA Internship Program as well as the application, click here.
Watch: In Football We Truston OVEE February 23
Did you missIn Football We Trustwhen it was on PBS? No problem, watch aspecialOVEEonline screening ofIn Football We Truston February 23 at 6pm PT.OVEE allows audiences to watch a film and chat together in a virtual theatre with friends, fans, and experts, including thefilmmakers. Visithttps://ovee.itvs.org/for more information!
In Football We Trust intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they'll never stop fighting for a better future.