Obama to Asian-American Community: “You Are part of the Lifeblood of this Nation”

By May 5

NBC News, 5/5/16

President Barack Obama addressed a range of topics including healthcare, education disparities, and immigration at a gala dinner Wednesday note hosted by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS).

The president, who was introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), also praised the Asian American and Pacific Islander community for speaking out against anti-Muslim rhetoric and for supporting the Sikh, Arab, and South Asian communities targeted by discrimination.

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Categorized in: Government / WHIAAPI in the News, Immigration, Race and Civil Rights, Uncategorized

Rep. Grace Meng Elected New Chair of CAPAC Leadership PAC

By April 13

NBC News, 4/13/16

Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), the first Asian-American Congress member from New York State, has been elected the new chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Leadership PAC, the organization announced Wednesday. She succeeds Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), who founded the Leadership PAC and will remain on its executive board as immediate past chair.

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court get its first Asian American justice?

By March 11

Washington Post, 3/11/16

“We think that this is our time,” said Christopher Kang, national director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans. Kang worked in the White House for six years, helping to shepherd Obama’s past two Supreme Court nominees through their Senate confirmations and later handling judicial nominations in the Office of the White House Counsel.

Kang, along with other leaders of Asian American legal, business and civil rights groups, is urging White House officials at least to have an Asian American among the final candidates granted interviews with Obama. “What we are saying is, give us fair consideration,” said Tina Matsuoka, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

“Why shouldn’t we have an [Asian American] Supreme Court justice?” said Lorna Ho Randlett, founder and co-chair of the Leaders Forum, a business and civic leadership group for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. “If they’re qualified, and on the shortlist and ready to go, if not now, when?”

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