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September 2016

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Advocates Monthly:
Call to Action - Support Filipino Veterans


CALL TO ACTION: Contact Members of the House to Support Recognition for Filipino Veterans



Over 260,000 Filipinos fought in WWII and more than 57,000 perished during the conflict. For decades, these brave veterans were left unrecognized for their service and denied favorable immigration benefits they were promised before the war. Through the impassioned work of many advocates, including OCA, we were successful in pressuring the administration to act to reunite the families of these deserving veterans in the twilight of their lives. Now we are calling upon you to help us obtain the Congressional Gold Medal for these Filipino veterans, to honor their service andcommitmentto our nation.


THE SENATE HAS DONE THEIR JOB! With 68 cosponsors on board in the Senate, we anticipate passage of S.1555, the Filipino Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act, in short order. We now focus our attention to the House. We are asking you to call the members, speak to their Veterans Affairs staffer, and confirm their Congressmember's current position on the bill (Will Support, Will Not Support).


As of August 29, 2016, 195 members of the House have signed on as cosponsors, more than halfway toward the 290 that we need to get this through. NOW IS THE TIME!


Below, please find instructions and a script that will help you. If you require further information or tools, let us know.


PLEASE REPORT THE STATUS OF YOUR CALLS to Ben de Guzman at You can also contact him by phone at 202-422-4909.



  1. Determine your member of Congress:
  2. Alternatively, if you call the main Capitol Switchboard, you can be directed to your member of Congress: 202-224-3121
  3. Use the Phone Script below to call your member, ask to speak with their legislative staffer for Veterans Affairs, and ask for their position on Filipino WWII Veterans legislation
  4. Track the responses of the members, confirm contact information (name and e-mail) for their staffer and report outcomes to Ben de Guzman (



"Hello! My name is [insert your name] and I would like to speak with the staffer working on veterans issues."


"Hello! My name is [insert your name] and I would like [insert Congressmember's name] to pass HR 2737, the Filipino Veterans Congressional Gold Medal Act. Over 200,000 Filipino soldiers were called into service by President Roosevelt on July 26, 1941 and served in the most grueling conditions in the World War II. Fewer than 16,000 remain and the Congressional Gold Medal will be a fitting tribute to their selfless service in war. This bill, HR 2737 will provide them with that tribute.


"Can I count on [Congressmember's name] to support this legislation?"


If Yes: "Thank you! We are grateful for the Congressmember's support!"


If No: "I appreciate your response. Can you tell me if there are specific reasons or constraints that prevent your boss from supporting this legislation? We stand ready to provide any further information or resources to help make supporting this legislation easier for the Congressmember."


If Maybe: "Please let us know what specific reasons or constraints may be preventing your boss from supporting this legislation. We would like to follow up with you to help add the Congressmember to the list of cosponsors to this important legislation"




OCA Welcomes Civil Rights Fellow Kimberly Hall


Hailing from Richmond, VA, Kim Hall graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) in May 2016 with a degree in Economics and a minor in Religious Studies. As the Civil Rights Fellow, Kim is responsible for issues areas like education and gun control and working with partner organizations under the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA).


During her time at UVA, Kim served on the Boards of the Organization of Young Filipino Americans, the Asian Leaders Council, and the Honor Committee. At the end of her undergraduate career, Kim was awarded the Nelson Chow Award for her longstanding commitment to uplifitng the Asian/Pacific American and university communities.


Upon graduation, she was an OCA National Summer Intern placed at the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). Through her work at APALA, she gained a love for cultivating awareness for issues of the labor movement, education, economic justice, and gender, as it pertains to communities of color. In her free time, Kim enjoys exploring new coffee shops, collecting garden gnomes, and catching up on the latest from The Real Housewives franchise.

Kim can be contacted at



OCA Partners With APIAVote and AAJA for Historic Town Hall


Last month, APIAVote and AAJA hosted their 2016 Presidential Election Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada. All major parties - Democratic, Green, Libertarian, and Republican - sent candidates or representatives to speak on how they plan to address the issues affecting the AAPI community. Candidates included former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein and campaign representatives President Bill Clinton and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. OCA is an official partner of this event.





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OCA - Greater Seattle Mourns Loss of Community Leader Bob Santos


OCA - Greater Seattle is greatly saddened and deeply mourns the passing of longtime community leader "Uncle" Bob Santos.


"No one has done more to revitalize Seattle's Chinatown/International District and fight for civil rights and social justice than Bob Santos," said OCA Greater Seattle president Jacqueline Wu. "He was an icon who has left an indelible legacy as an effective and respected community leader who persistently fought for decent housing, seniors, children's program and the under- privilege.We will greatly miss his leadership, and will always be grateful and remember his work. Our deepest condolences to the Santos family."






Intern This Fall With NAPABA!


Apply for theNAPABA Legal Internship and theMcGuireWoods/NAPABA Law FoundationUndergraduate Internship before September 2nd!





Eligible for SNAP? Get Low-Cost Internet Access from AT&T


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



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