Covid-19 Vaccines

Dear Community Leaders: In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAPI community has been disproportionately affected. Asian American are overrepresented in frontline and essential workers and had one of the highest unemployment rates in August 2020 and have been the victims of an unprecedented spike in anti-Asian violence.   Vaccine hesitancy has prevented most of the nation from returning back to normal in a timely manner. Barriers to receiving the vaccine may be related to limited English proficiency, mis-information, lack of information or lack of…

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Summit Tunnel, Endangered Site

[June 3, 2021] The 1882 Foundation takes great pride in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s selection of the Summit Tunnel and Camp as among America’s Most Endangered Historic Sites. All Americans should take pride in this selection. While it highlights particularly the skills and strength of the Chinese workers who made up 80-90 percent of the Central Pacific Railroad’s workforce, the selection rivals most places in its ability to dramatically tell the continuous story of many people building the American nation. This includes references…

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Patriots Day Statement: The Yellow Whistle

[April 19, 2021] On this #PatriotsDay, I’m wearing a yellow whistle to commemorate our struggles to BELONG, as Americans and with all Americans. We stand in solidarity against racial discrimination; we are whistleblowing on hate and violence. #WeBelong #TheYellowWhistle #StopAAPIHate #StopAsianHate #StopRacialProfiling www.theyellowhistle.org

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Event Recap: G20 Interfaith Forum Anti-Racism Initiative – Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

On June 10, 2021, the G20 Interfaith Forum Anti-Racism Initiative and FSCIRE hosted Responses to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes. The panel, moderated by G20 Interfaith Anti-Racism Initiative Chair Audrey E. Kitagawa over Zoom, was composed of Erika L. Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to President Biden and AAPI Senior Liaison; Jacinta S. Ma, Director of the Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); Representative Grace Meng from New York in the U.S. Congress; California State Assemblymember David Chiu, the first Asian…

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Event Recap: The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF): Patsy Mink’s Legacy: Asian American Women in Government

The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) started a new series entitled “Conversation On Race & Gender” that covers different AAPI topics, from the AAPI Reproductive Justice Agenda to Asian American Women Writers. On May 21, 2021, NAPAWF presented a panel conversation on Asian American Women in Government. The panel speakers included four AAPI women participating and serving in different positions and levels of government across the US: Grace Meng: U.S. Congresswoman representing New York's Sixth Congressional District. Khem Khoeun: Commissioner to the Skokie…

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Event Recap: FDA Oncology Center of Excellence Conversation on Cancer: Advancing Equity in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities: Racism and Injustice

Sponsored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), their Oncology Center of Excellence hosted a virtual event exploring the anti-Asian racism against AAPI communities in relation to the spread of COVID-19. Specifically, three moderators from the Center hosted several featured speakers in an informal discussion of racism and healthcare, the speakers’ research and experiences with disparities and barriers in medical care for AAPI populations, and other similar topics.  The moderators included: Richard Pazdur, MD: Director of the Oncology Center of Excellence Rea Blakey: Associate…

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