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OCA and National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Lament Binghamton Tragedy
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OCA and National Council of Asian Pacific Americans Lament Binghamton Tragedy

7 April 2009

Sarah Smith | Communications Manager
202.223.5500 |

WASHINGTON, D.C.— OCA and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life on Friday that took place at a center in Binghamton, N.Y. dedicated to helping to improve the lives of newcomers to America.  Our condolences go out to the victims, their families and the community.

At this time of mourning, we encourage everyone to focus on the needs of the victims and resist using this senseless act of violence for political purposes. As a nation, we must support the Binghamton community and help them heal. 

"We would like to extend our sympathy to the community and hope it will heal from this soon,” said OCA National President Ken Lee.

John Tandana, a board member of OCA-Long Island Chapter attended the interfaith prayer and vigil service held on April 5 in Binghamton to honor the fourteen lives that were taken and those who were injured at the American Civic Association building. The American Civic Association, in operation since 1939, is a service center for all nationalities and a help center for newcomers to sponsor citizenship education, to promote racial, religious and political understanding and provide English classes.

Founded in 1973, OCA is a national organization with over 81 chapters and affiliates dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans. For more information, visit

Founded in 1996, NCAPA is a coalition of twenty-six organizations that advocate for the interests of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders on the national level.  It is united by a vision that empowers and engages AAPI community members into the political and electoral process. For more information on NCAPA or to contact its member organizations, call 202.223.1240.
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