OCA Voices for Progress Heard in Night of 1,000 Conversations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20 June 2008
George Wu | Assistant Director
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WASHINGTON DC — OCA, a national social justice organization with over 80 chapters and college affiliates across the country, demanded accountability from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for infringements on the civil liberties of people living in America during a national telephonic discussion Tuesday evening. This conversation is part of the Night of 1,000 Conversations, a campaign organized by the Rights Working Group, in which thousands of people across the nation discuss one issue related to the American ideal of liberty and justice.
"We are very proud that our members were able to take part in this discussion,” said Ginny Gong, OCA National President, "I believe this is a prime example of how communities can build stronger ties, by engaging in dialogues that encourage the need for a change. OCA’s advocacy in the civil rights and immigration reform arena is strengthened by our membership’s collective demand to provide dignity to those caught in this nation’s broken immigration system.”
Although the OCA dialogue took place a day earlier than actual Night of 1,000 Conversations, the content and feel of the conversation was nothing less than what was anticipated by the campaign. OCA members expressed their concerns regarding the raids on homes conducted by DHS, the lack of adequate medical care for individuals in detention, and the current backlog of citizenship applications.
"OCA already hosts a monthly dialogue with our chapter leaders, so the Night of 1,000 Conversations was the perfect platform for OCA members to share their own stories and those of families who have been torn apart by the overreaching policies of DHS,” said Michael Lin, OCA Executive Director, "These dialogues provide us with a motivation to take a stand, and protect the civil liberties of all Americans.”
Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA celebrates its 35th Anniversary this year at the "Voices for Progress” National Convention in Washington, DC from July 31st to August 3rd.