OCA Policy Platform
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Originally founded as the Organization of Chinese Americans in 1973, OCA rebranded to OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates in 2013 in order to reflect the changing demographics of the membership and become a pan-Asian civil rights organization. OCA recognized the need for its civil rights and youth/professional development work to be inclusive of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is the fastest growing racial group in the United States. The Census reported that there were 23 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2017, and that number is projected to grow to 42.3 million by 2050. The implications for this rapid growth includes the need for more representation across all sectors, greater funding for services and programs specific to the AAPI community, and continued advocacy to protect AAPI human and civil rights.
Based on the needs of the AAPI community, OCA’s policy portfolio consists of five main areas:
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.
Our public and private education systems must see equitable access and resources as well as AAPI representation in curriculum. In addition, there is a critical need for resources and recognition for Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).
Racial Equity and Inclusion
As AAPIs face hate crimes and racial profiling, we must continue to push against hate speech, violence, and discrimination. Further, racial equity calls for workforce diversity and the disaggregation of data.
Civic Engagement and Census
Civic engagement is critically important to our democracy, which is why it is crucial to increase AAPI community engagement and ensure a fair and proper count of AAPIs in the 2020 Census.
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.