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CPAC- Tri-Caucus Informational Briefing August 10 State Capitol

Tue, 08/10/2010 - 2:00pm

Dear Colleagues:

We welcome your participation at an Informational Briefing on August 10th held by the California Legislative Tri-Caucus, the Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and African-American Caucuses. The intent of this briefing is to unveil four major California health assessment reports on Latinos, Asian Pacific Islanders, African Americans and Native Americans. (See attached Project Executive Summary.) The project has been implemented by the California Program on Access to Care (CPAC) and has been funded by The California Endowment. The briefing will be held in the State Capitol from 2-4pm on Thursday, August 10th in Room 447. There will be a reception held by CPAC and The California Endowment, and co-hosted by the Tri-Caucus in Room 211 from 5 to 6:30pm that evening.

We celebrate the efforts of the four ethnic partner agencies and the four research investigators who have carried out this important and historic effort. They include:

Ca. Court Rules in Favor of Racist Slumlord Donald Sterling?!?

California Court Okays Discrimination Against Section 8 Tenants

by Dean Preston of Tenants Together‚ Apr. 13‚ 2010

    Remember Donald Sterling, the NBA team owner and Los Angeles mega-landlord who has been sued multiple times for outrageous housing discrimination, most recently by the U.S. Department of Justice? Sterling is back in the news this week, again for discrimination in his role as landlord. This time, however, Sterling convinced a California Court of Appeal that it was just fine for him to discriminate against a Section 8 tenant. At this point, anyone who still believes in the myth that judges are “liberal activists” needs to have his or her head examined.

APAPA 8th Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum - 2009

8th Annual Voters Education & Candidates Forum - 2009
In Partnership with the API Joint Legislative Caucus, California State University, Sacramento,
KCRA3, KFBK Newstalk 1530 & Community Organizations

Sunday, October 4, 2009, Noon – 6:00pm
California State University, Sacramento - University Union

6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
11:30 am – General Reception, Hosted Lunch
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Forum Program
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm – VIP Reception (invitation only)

On facebook? RSVP here

APAPA General Membership & Board Meeting

The APAPA General Membership & Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 6, 2009 at the Sacramento Sheriff's Station located on 7000 65th Street, Sac., CA 95823. from 5:30PM-8PM. A cost-free dinner will be provided.

Please invite your friends and family. If any members has any Local, City, County , State, Government candidates or officials that you would like to speak at the meeting please contact Nia at- (916)949-9888.

Korean-American Day - Capitol West Steps

Please let others know about K-A Day at the West Steps of the State Capitol 12:00-4:00 on 20 Sept. Food will be provided at noon. Dave Jones is scheduled to speak around 2pm.

We also need people to setup tables and chairs in the morning at 9:30. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for these volunteers. We need about 6-8 people.

APAPA General Membership & Board Meeting

General Membership & Board Meeting
Monday 7/7/08, @ Sacramento Sheriff's Station 7000 65th Street, Sac., CA 95818 5:30PM-8PM

Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association-
Community Education Foundation
Empowerment of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

The APAPA General Membership & Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 7, 2008 at the Sacramento Sheriff's Station located on 7000 65th Street, Sac., CA 95823 from 5:30PM-8PM. A cost-free dinner will be provided. Please invite your friends and family.

Hmong Rally at State Capitol - Mon, March 24th 11:30AM

From Dave Jones...
Dear Friend:

As you know, I have been working closely with the Hmong community to address the humanitarian crisis the Hmong are facing in Southeast Asia. As allies to the United States during the Vietnam War, the Hmong in Laos became targets of retaliation and human rights violations after the war and continue to be so to this day.

Last August, I introduced Assembly Joint Resolution 36, the Hmong Human Rights Resolution, to urge the United States government to take various actions at the international level to help the Hmong in Laos and Thailand. In order to increase awareness of the issue, I hosted both a film screening of Rebecca Sommer's Hunted Like Animals in October and a legislative advocacy day, which included a rally and special hearing on AJR 36, in January.

For over thirty years, thousands of Hmong veterans and their families have been hiding in the jungles of Laos, suffering under disastrous circumstances. They face frequent military attacks, starvation, and disease and lack the basic necessities needed to live a normal life. Many Hmong also fled to Thailand where they live in refugee camps and now face forced deportation back to Laos, fearful of further persecution.

With great sadness and dismay, I am writing to inform you that there have been reports of worsening conditions in Laos and Thailand. Since January, over 70 deaths have been reported, mainly of women and children living in the jungle. Further, according to Human Rights Watch, forced repatriation to Laos has begun, as 11 Hmong were forcibly returned to Laos in late February.

In response to this tragic news, the Hmong of Northern California will rally on the North Steps of the State Capitol on Monday, March 24th, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. I invite you to join me as we stand with the Hmong community and others to protest these human rights violations and to urge immediate action by the federal government.

Hunted Like Animals

From Dave Jones...

Dear Friends:

I am writing to invite you to a FREE film screening of Rebecca Sommer's Hunted Like Animals on Tuesday, October 30th, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at the Crest Theatre (1013 K Street) in downtown Sacramento.

Hunted Like Animals is an eye-opening documentary about the ongoing human rights violations of the Hmong people in the jungles of Laos.

As veterans of the Vietnam War attest, the Hmong people and soldiers who fought with the United States saved countless American lives. When the United States withdrew, the Hmong in Laos became targets of retaliation and human rights violations which continue to this day.

Live Blogging from the APAPA Voter Education Forum

Live Blogging from the APAPA Voter Education Forum

I had to go backstage to line up to receive an award of appreciation for SFD's involvement in helping with this event. I missed the taped video from Dan Lungren. Pamela Wu (KCRA Ch. 3) just thanked myself, John Tjaden and Randy Bayne for live-blogging this event (unfortunately, none of us were up on the stage at the time ;o)). Went up on stage to receive my plaque. Now I'm back on stage at my computer.

Amy Tong (2007 Forum Chair) just thanked everyone for helping out. Amy has proved to be quite an incredible organizer. It's been great working with her over the last couple of months.

C.C. Yin (Founder and Chair of APAPA) is speaking now. More certificates of appreciation for the sponsors of this event. They get plaques and Hawaiian Leis!! C.C. just received a deeeluxe lei from one of the sponsors.

Comcast brought a giant check that shows they contributed $150K to the event. Wal-Mart is the next sponsor. The Bakersfield store is actually a member of APAPA. The big sponsors are receiving real Chinese swords. They are apparently the swords of democracy. C.C.'s wife is introduced. She's the one that writes the checks! "It's alright to participate in the political process and vote!"

Miss Asian America, Louise Wu, just walked past us as she was going off stage. Wow, nice ... tiara! ;o))

The candidates are now being introduced. They also get leis. Oops, they started walking off the stage before they could all receive them.

(I was able to take a few pictures from the side where we were sitting)

More below the fold...

The Latvian Connection

So, I'm reading orcinus and run across an interesting post from Dave with some not very well known facts about the mindset of the people behind the killing of Satender Singh; he links to this article from Casey Sanchez of The Southern Poverty Law Center. I'm going to pick out a few paragraphs below which are relevant to Sacramento ...

The Latvian Connection

    The Watchmen

    Gay rights activists blame Singh's death on what they call "The West Coast connection" or the "U.S.-Latvia Axis of Hate," a reference to a virulent Latvian megachurch preacher who has become a central figure in the hard-line Slavic anti-gay movement in the West. And indeed, in early August, authorities announced that two Slavic men, one of whom had fled to Russia, were being charged in Singh's death, which they characterized as a hate crime.

    A growing and ferocious anti-gay movement in the Sacramento Valley is centered among Russian- and Ukrainian-speaking immigrants. Many of them are members of an international extremist anti-gay movement whose adherents call themselves the Watchmen on the Walls. In Latvia, the Watchmen are popular among Christian fundamentalists and ethnic Russians, and are known for presiding over anti-gay rallies where gays and lesbians are pelted with bags of excrement. In the Western U.S., the Watchmen have a following among Russian-speaking evangelicals from the former Soviet Union. Members are increasingly active in several cities long known as gay-friendly enclaves, including Sacramento, Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Schwarzenegger to TERMINATE Aid to Poor Kids

Let's compare and contrast

This is where Arnold lives

This is where some of the constituents he's speaking of, live

Arnold Schwarzenegger to TERMINATE aid to Poor Kids

From the Mercury News

A beaming Arnold Schwarzenegger began his final four years as governor Friday with a grand inauguration befitting what he promises will be an ambitious second-term agenda. But ambitious means expensive, and this week the governor will begin to reveal how he plans to pay for a massive expansion of health care for millions of Californians, as well as billions of dollars for new prisons and other infrastructure.

Sunday, the governor offered a glimpse of how he plans to pay for some of it: proposing an end to state welfare payments to poor families with children after five years. Aides said the plan would promote personal responsibility and save nearly $500 million.

I Agree

Thanks Howard

Howard on the Daily Show

The Fifty State Strategy

"We cannot run 18-state campaigns. We've got to be everywhere. We've got to be in Mississippi. We've got to be in Oklahoma. We have to be organized. By the end of this year, we have a goal of having a Democrat in every precinct in America,

APAPA 5th Annual Votersââ‚ÂÃ

The Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) Community Education Foundation (APAPA-CEF) will host their 5th Annual Voters’ Education Forum 2006 on Saturday, October 7, 2006, from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm, at Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento. This event is FREE to public.