National AAPI Week of Action For Immigration Reform

The subject of immigration reform is close to my heart, and one I’ve addressed at BCB before. Here’s your chance to learn more and get involved: The National AAPI Week of Action — from January 12-20 — is a collaborative effort among national, state, and local AAPI organizations and allies to demonstrate the collective power and voices of AAPIs in the comprehensive immigration reform debate. Coordinated outreach and events across the nation will engage community members in the broader Reform Immigration FOR America (RIFA) campaign, and show Congress that the AAPI community is serious about demanding reform this year.

Whether you’re an ABC or FOB, immigration reform affects you. Greatly. APAs are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S. and nearly 60% are immigrant, with an estimated 1.2 million undocumented. Current bureaucratic backlogs can prevent visas and family reunification for years, even decades.

Fixing the archaic, broken immigration system and establishing a path to legalization means our community members can come out of the shadows, we can keep our families intact, our workers will be less vulnerable to exploitation, students can have a fair shot at higher ed… all of which ultimately benefit the economy and everyone within US borders, citizen or non-.

Join Asian American Justice Center, Organization of Chinese Americans, the Congressional APA Caucus (chaired by the mighty Representative Mike Honda) and many other organizations and individuals supporting immigrant justice by:

•    Texting “AAPI” to 69866 to receive action alerts and updates.

•    Calling or writing to your Congress members and asking them to support comprehensive immigration reform this year.

•    Joining an event in your area.

•    Downloading the Field Packet for AAPI Communities.

•    Hosting a community screening of Made in LA, the Emmy-award winning film about immigrant women garment workers and their struggles as mothers, wives, and workers.

•    Sharing your immigration story with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) by emailing immigration@napawf.org.

•   Taking other quick and easy RIFA actions (here and here)and spread the word.

With your help, we’ll win just reform for our communities this time ’round. 2010 is the year!

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