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Advocates Monthly: April 2016

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Advocates Monthly: April 2016


OCA Collaborates with AT&T to Bring Access from AT&T to Members and Low-Income Consumers

OCA has been working hard to help expand broadband access for low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, because as the digital revolution moves forward its important to uplift those who may be left behind. That's why we are proud to support the launch of AT&T's new program created to address the issue stranding many consumers on the wrong side of the digital divide: price.

The new program, called "Access from AT&T," will help bring Internet access to qualifying households at a more affordable rate.

In 2010, the FCC stated that the Internet was "changing how we educate children, deliver health care, manage energy, ensure public safety, engage government, and access, organize and disseminate knowledge."While many understood the tremendous benefits which high-speed Internet could deliver, according to the Pew Research Center, more than half of consumers did not see a "major disadvantage" in being disconnected.

Today, however, opinions have shifted. Two-thirds of those without a home connection say they face a major disadvantage in many areas including job searches, accessing health information, or connecting with government services.

Whether it's used to find employment, access virtual library shelves, or complete an online education, we believe that Internet service can change people's lives for the better. That's why the company is making wireline Internet service more affordable to qualifying households in all 21 states in AT&T's wireline footprint.

Access from AT&T is now available if you or another person in your household participates in the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. For those who enroll, AT&T will deliver an Internet speed of 10Mbps, 5Mbps, or 3Mbps-whichever is the fastest available at their address. Customers assigned a speed tier of 10Mbps or 5Mbps will pay $10 per month, and those assigned 3Mbps will pay $5 per month.

Qualifying households will not be required to pay installation or Internet equipment fees to participate in Access from AT&T, which will last a total of 4 years. Participants who enroll in service in the final year will receive the discounted rates for 12 months. Other eligibility requirements apply.

There is no doubt that we are moving rapidly toward a fully-connected future. Technology will likely change our daily lives in the next decade in even more striking ways than it did in the last. We know that Access from AT&T will help bridge the digital divide by allowing more those who are currently disconnected- including students, seniors and veterans - to more easily search for jobs, complete education courses, and connect with family and friends.

For more information about the program please go to


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Sec. Chow with high-ranking veterans Gen. Eric Shinseki and Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba

OCA Honors Veteran and High Ranking Government Official Edward Chow Jr.

In February 2016, word spread about the national conference call seminars titled "The Many Ways to a Political Appointment," which Former Secretary Chow was leading as the final gifts that he wanted to leave to Asian Pacific Americans, including OCA members.

Learning about the Secretary's health, the OCA-DC chapter created the "Edward Chow, Jr. Tribute Page" on Facebook where people posted messages, and in a special case, a video of Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) making a speech on the floor of Congress to honor Chow. OCA National proposed a community dinner event, and the OCA family entered into a flurry of activities over the following weeks in a race against time.

OCA-DC and OCA-NOVA chapter board members and volunteers, and the OCA National staff collaborated on event planning, the evening's program, a slideshow, and guests and VIP invitations, and also secured citations from several federal and state elected officials. OCA-NJ chapter members gifted the plaque award presented to Secretary Chow and manned the registration table.

The tribute brought out the exemplary spirit of OCA, whose gesture Secretary Chow said was specially meaningful because he was being recognized by his home base.



ICYMI:How I got here: from Macau to Chinatown, undocumented

In case you missed it, check out OCA - New York Board Member Ivy Teng Lei's excellent reflection in the Guardian on being a Chinese immigrant and undocumented.


[CORRECTION: When we first sent this story on the listserv, Ivy Teng Lei was mistakenly listed as a former OCA - NY Board Member. She is a current OCA-NY board member.]



Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino Veterans of WWII

For almost 70 years, Filipino WWII veterans have sought equal recognition for their services in defense of the United States. Now it is time to honor them with the Congressional Gold Medal so that their sacrifices are not forgotten. Sign this petition from The Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Projectto send a letter to your Congressperson asking them to recognize the importance of these veterans.




Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese,is a three-part documentary series telling the story of an almost forgotten community of Chinese in America's Deep South. This documentary will be shown on Mississippi Public Broadcasting this May.


Part One (1870 to 1940), tells how the Chinese first came to Mississippi in the 19th century and the challenges of coming to the United States. In Part Two (1941-1945), 24 Delta Chinese WWII veterans and their families share stories of the war and its impact on their lives in the Mississippi Delta. The documentary concludes with Part Three (1946 to the present), focusing on how the Delta Chinese have influenced the social and economic fabric, customs and culture of Mississippi.



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