OCA Policy Platform 

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The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is the fastest growing racial group in the United States. In 2017, there were 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and that number is projected to multiply to 42.3 million by 2050. But this rapid growth has implications for our communities. Foremost, AAPI communities need greater funding for services and programs specific to our community, and continued advocacy to protect AAPI human and civil rights.

Originally founded as the Organization of Chinese Americans in 1973, OCA rebranded to OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates in 2013 in order to reflect its pan-AAPI mission and the changing demographics of its membership. OCA continues to recognize the need for its civil rights work to be inclusive of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. 

Based on the needs of the AAPI community, OCA’s policy portfolio consists of five main areas: 

1. Immigration 

In order to maintain America’s legacy as a place of refuge and equality, we must adopt measures to empty the backlog of visa applications, protect family immigration, and create clean direct pathways to citizenship.

2. Education

Our public and private education systems must see equitable access as well as AAPI representation in curriculum. In addition, there is a critical need for resources and recognition for Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) which bolster enrollment and retention for low-income AAPIs.

3. Racial Equity and Inclusion

As AAPIs continue to be the victims of hate incidents and racial profiling, we must continue to fight uncompromisingly against hate speech, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and discrimination. 

4. Civic Engagement and Census

Civic engagement is the foundation of our American democracy, which is why voter suppression and fear-mongering must be stopped. To that end, OCA is committed to ensuring access to the ballot and a fair and proper count of AAPIs in the 2020 Census.

5. Workforce Development and Technology

AAPIs of all ages and places deserve equitable access to technology as well as inclusive workforce development and career pipeline opportunities.