Here are 6 Easy Ways to Make an Impact in the AAPI Community

May was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As we move through the rest of the year, it’s important to remember that our community needs your help more than ever, not just in May, but all year long. Here are 6 quick ways to make a meaningful impact in the AAPI Community:

1) SUPPORT

Apna Ghar provides critical, comprehensive, culturally competent services, and conducts outreach and advocacy across communities to end gender violence.

Asian/Pacific Islander DVRP is working to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Asian/Pacific Islander communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Daya empowers South Asian survivors of…


Today the Senate will be holding the first hearing on President Biden’s initial nominations for federal court judges. There has been a lot of buzz since Biden announced his first batch of eleven judicial nominees to federal courts. Of the eleven, nine are women and seven are women of color, including the first Asian American woman to serve on the District of D.C.

This is a big step in diversifying the overwhelmingly white and male federal bench, which was exacerbated by former President Trump’s judicial nominees. As we continue with new, diverse nominees, it is also important that we don’t…


NAPAWF DC chapter holds a banner in protest of deportation raids in front of the White House in 2009.
NAPAWF DC chapter holds a banner in protest of deportation raids in front of the White House in 2009.

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women have faced daily assaults on our rights and our wellbeing over the past four years and for too long, our communities have been denied the investment and resources necessary to thrive. Because of our race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender or sexual identity, and other elements of our identities, people in power often choose not to see or hear us.

But we are the fastest growing voting group in the country and we turned out in record numbers in 2020. We can no longer be ignored. We are demanding bold policymaking because every…


Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in California v. Texas, another legal case that threatens to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The ACA requires most people to have minimum essential health insurance coverage or they have to pay a penalty; this is known as the individual mandate. In a different legal challenge to the ACA in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the mandate is constitutional under Congress’ taxation authority. But in 2017, Congress passed a law that set the penalty at $0. …


The 2020 Supreme Court term ended on July 9. Here, we analyze the decisions from this term using an intersectional reproductive justice lens for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. While there have been other significant cases that are also related to reproductive rights and health, immigrant rights, and economic justice, here we focus on cases where the Court could have taken a more intersectional approach for AAPIs as it relates to our multi-issue priorities.

IMMIGRATION

DHS v. Regent of California

What it’s about:

On Thursday, June 18, the Supreme Court upheld the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, following the Trump administration’s…


By Sung Yeon Choimorrow

This weekend, as I got up to put new clothes on and give pocket money to my excited young daughter, I could not help but think about what was missing. Lunar New Year has been a cherished tradition in my family for years, passed down through my parents. As an immigrant born in South Korea, this generational tradition is how I honor my heritage and my parents, especially now as I raise my daughter. …


By Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

I am not your model minority. As an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) woman, I have been subject to the stereotypes of being docile, subservient, and compliant. More times than I can count, I’ve been on the receiving end of microaggressions like “You’re so articulate” to outwardly xenophobic comments like “Go back to where you came from” (even though I am American).

I am AAPI, a woman, an immigrant, a mother, and a member of the faith community. At this point in history, as it…


We are Asian American women and social justice advocates. During the work week, we are organizing and mobilizing for the human rights of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and girls; on nights and weekends, we are reading the work of AAPI authors whose stories illustrate the daily and generational struggles of our community. These authors put faces and names to the issues that we fight for — immigrant justice, economic justice, and bodily autonomy — and touch the hearts of millions who may otherwise overlook our experiences as AAPI women. …


Discriminatory legislation based on false stereotypes of AAPI women will take away our agency to make decisions about our lives, relegating AAPI women to poorer health outcomes
By Valerie Izumi

A map of states that have passed or introduced a Same Sex Abortion Ban (SSAB). In 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit declared Indiana’s sex-selective abortion ban unconstitutional.

As an Asian American woman living in Kentucky, I was outraged to discover that anti-choice state legislators have introduced a bill to restrict reproductive healthcare access under the guise of nondiscrimination. The legislation, HB 5, contains what is known as a sex-selective abortion ban, among other types of bans. Sex-selective abortion bans are dangerous to the wellbeing of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women and our agency over our…


The AAPI community greatly benefited from the activism of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his ensuing legacy in the civil rights movement. We carry his mantle as we continue fighting for the agency of AAPI women and girls over our lives, our families, and our communities.

Credit: Jama Abdirahman/The Seattle Globalist

Lately, I have been contemplating the critical importance of AAPI activism in a time when we still lack the agency to make decisions about our lives, our families, and our communities. What arose out of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s sacrifices for people of color, and what do AAPIs owe to Black activists in…

NAPAWF

NAPAWF is focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect our lives, our families and our communities.

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