ACTION | Enroll Before March 31st

As you know, we’re just a few weeks away from March 31st, which marks the end of the enrollment period for individuals to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

This is a big, big deal for the AAPI community (here’s why). We need your help to get the word out so we can raise awareness in the community and help community health organizations and health centers get members of our community enrolled.

You can get involved with our social media campaign by sharing:

  1.        our new infographics on AAPIs and the Affordable Care Act (click here and see attached)
  2.        a photo using hashtag #GetCovered (click here for instructions)
  3.        our 20 Reasons to Get Covered (click here)

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National Day of Action: March for Dignity & Respect

National Day of Action: March for Dignity & Respect
Join thousands across the country to tell Congress: Just and fair immigration reform is necessary!

Communities demand immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, protects workers’ rights, promotes family unity, and stops the militarization of border communities.

Take a stand and march with your community…

March Route:

Begin: 6th Avenue and Laurel Street, Balboa Park
South on 6th Avenue
West on Broadway
North on India Street
West on Ash Street
North on Pacific Hwy until you reach the County Administration Building

The march is approximately 2.37 miles. Please bring plenty of water and sun protectant, as the temperature is expected to be in the low 80s.

There will be hundreds, if not thousands, of San Diegans there rallying for comprehensive immigration reform, and it’s a nationwide effort to put pressure on the House to act before the year ends.

Maricar is the point person for this event, and he will be carrying our banner. Please contact him if you are interested in attending.

Thank you!

OUR VOICES HAVE BEEN HEARD: “Asian Bar Crawl” in San Diego is no longer a costume party!

WE DID IT! Because of the outpouring of support, the organizer of the Asian Bar Crawl has decided to get rid of the costume party portion of the event and made some additional changes (stated in her letter).

Although the event is still not perfect, we have decided to no longer boycott it, and we look forward to continuing the conversation with the event organizer so that we can prevent something like this from happening in San Diego again.

Thank you everyone who made this possible! We would also like to acknowledge all the organizations who supported us in this effort:

Anakbayan San Diego
Asian and Pacific Islander Student Alliance at the University of California San Diego
Asian Pacific American Coalition San Diego
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) – San Diego
Bibak San Diego Youth
Breaking the Silence Against Domestic Violence
Kaibigang Pilipin@ at the University of California San Diego
Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP)
Little Saigon Foundation
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) – Region 10
Pacific Arts Movement
Philippine American Youth Organization
Queer People of Color at University of California San Diego
The ReNEWell Center
San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
San Diego Community Leadership Development Institute
Vietnamese American Youth Alliance (VAYA)

In solidarity,

Linda Le & Trinh Le
NAPAWF-SD Co-Chairs

BOYCOTT “Asian Bar Crawl” in San Diego

Boycott "Asian Bar Crawl" in San Diego

NAPAWF-SD is mobilizing folks to boycott the upcoming “Asian Bar Crawl” in San Diego (http://www.facebook.com/events/194049470764732/).

See the flyer for the “Asian Bar Crawl” event here:
asian-bar-crawl

Please read our letter below. If your organization would like to sign onto the letter, please let us know by Saturday (9/21) noon as we plan on sending the letter to the promoters and all 7 restaurant owners that afternoon. Please also spread the word.

Thank you!

Our letter:

Dear “Asian Bar Crawl” promoters and restaurant owners,

We recently learned about your Asian Bar Crawl event on Sunday, September 22nd, and we have concerns about the way the event is being represented and publicized, particularly the images of costume ideas you display on your website and Facebook event.

While the costume ideas may be seen as a joke or are intended to be “for fun” at the event, they are horribly offensive and inaccurate representations for many Asians and Asian Americans. They reduce Asian cultures and traditions to a few stale, narrow stereotypes, when ironically, the purpose of your event is to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, not demean it.

In the spirit of celebrating and respecting these cultures and their histories, we ask that you hold off on the “sexy geisha kimono.” Your costume suggestions are blatantly misogynistic and racist.

In fact, we ask that you remove the entire costume portion of the bar crawl.

If you are going to make a profit from this event, we suggest donating and supporting Mid-Autumn New Year Festivals organized by local Asian American communities, to get a better sense of the meaning and history behind the festival and the real communities that are a part of it. The history and spirit of the mid-autumn festival has nothing to do with cosplay.

Here are website links to a few local events and an article, which elaborates why the costumes you promote are offensive and not appropriate to advertise:

Little Saigon Foundation’s Lantern Festival
http://sdlanternfestival.com/

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum Family Moon Festival
http://www.sdchm.org/

“We’re a Culture, Not a Costume”
http://thesocietypages.org/colorline/2011/10/25/were-a-culture-not-a-costume/

We hope to be able to resolve this situation with you soon. Until then, we will mobilize with Asian American, Pacific Islander and other supportive organizations to spread the word and boycott this event.

Signed,

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – San Diego Chapter (NAPAWF-SD)

CALL TO ACTION: Tweet @Rep_Hunter TODAY in Support of Border Communities

Rep Duncan Hunter

To the friends and allies of border communities,

Congressional Rep. Duncan Hunter, is having a Town Hall on Thursday, August 22 in his district in San Diego.

Today, the San Diego Table on Immigration Policy would like to bring to his attention that we do not want the militarization of southern border communities as part of immigration reform.

Please take part in this online action today in support of San Diego border residents and families.

Here are some tweets and images you are welcome to post:

Upload this image, Image1.jpg, and tweet this message:
@Rep_Hunter San Diego communities do not want to be militarized! Will you stand with us? #WeAretheBorder

Upload this image, Image2.jpg, and tweet this message:
@Rep_Hunter Do you agree we should #revitalizenotmilitarize San Diego border communities? #WeAretheBorder

Upload this image, Image3.jpg, and tweet this message:
@Rep-Hunter Do you agree we should have ACCOUNTABILITY and OVERSIGHT over #BorderPatrol? #WeAretheBorder #RevitalizeNotMilitarize

If any of this is too difficult to do, simply search for #WeAretheBorder in the Twitter search engine and retweet someone else’s message. The more posts and the more retweets we can do, the more we can push this online conversation into public light.

Please share this with your friends and contacts and please be courteous with your online conversations. To download the images, please click here.

Urge Governor Brown to support voting rights!

Urge Governor Brown to support voting rights!

AB 817

An innovative voting rights bill that would open up our democracy to more Californians has been passed by the legislature. It’s now headed to Governor Brown for his signature. If he signs the bill (AB 817), lawful permanent residents (green card holders) will be able to serve as poll workers on Election Day.

Tell Governor Brown to sign the bill into law by signing this petition. The governor has just a few more days to act on the bill, so he needs to hear from you now!

Sign the petition on 18 Million Rising here.

Mother’s Membership Campaign

NAPAWF-SD May Infographic
Mother’s Membership Campaign
Happy May Membership Drive!
Support our San Diego chapter in NAPAWF’s national Numbers Don’t Lie Campaign by clicking here to vote for our chapter!
If you have signed up your mom or loved one for membership or have contributed by voting for us in our Numbers Don’t Lie campaign, please email a copy of your emailed receipt to membership.napawfsd@gmail.com
Thank you!

NAPAWF-SD Membership Committee