AAPI HERITAGE MONTH SPOTLIGHT
Honoring Filipino VeteransOn July 26, 1941, as tensions with Japan rose in the Pacific, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called into service all of the organized military forces of the Philippines. And while more than one quarter million Filipino soldiers served in World War II, in the same manner and under the same circumstances as other members of the U.S. Armed Forces, these soldiers had not been formally honored or recognized by the United States. That changed on October 25, 2017, when Congress bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino WWII veterans in honor of their wartime service.
Ben de Guzman of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project discusses ongoing efforts to be sure every Filipino WWII veteran is honored.
Deportation and Immigrant Rights: Southeast Asian AmericansSince 1998, the U.S. has issued more than 16,000 deportation orders to Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian Americans.
Quyen Dinh, Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center- SEARAC, joins host Ellee Pai Hong to discuss the impact of deportation policy on Southeast Asian American immigrant and refugee communities.
Queer and AAPI: Identity and IntersectionalityThe Williams Institute reports that more than 325,000 LGBTQ Asians and Pacific Islanders live in the United States.
Khudai Tanveer of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance- NQAPIA lives at the intersections of queer, South Asian, and Muslim identities. Hear Tanveer’s unique perspective on efforts to promote inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQ people within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Women: Advancing Leadership in CongressA record 20 Asian Pacific American members were sworn into the United States Congress in 2019, yet no women were represented in this group.
Madalene Mielke of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies discusses her organization’s efforts to increase female AAPI representation in Congress.
IN FOCUS: CENSUS 2020
Census 2020 and Asian Pacific Americans: Accuracy Counts
Census 2020: Impact on America’s Businesses
DeVere Kutscher of Public Private Strategies discusses the importance of accuracy in Census 2020 and its effect on businesses’ ability to make informed decisions.
Maximizing Latino Participation in Census 2020
Vanessa Cardenas of the League of United Latin American Citizens explains how LULAC is working to help the Latino community overcome the barriers of confusion and language, and increase participation.
Access and Awareness: Multilingual Census Hotline
Indian Country and Census 2020: Reach and Representation
Natalie Landreth of the Native American Rights Fund, outlines efforts underway to ensure Natives are accurately counted in the upcoming Census.
Census 2020: Securing Resources and Representation
Vanita Gupta, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, discusses the importance of accuracy in Census 2020 and its direct impact on representation and access to governmental resources.
Census 2020: Ensuring A Fair and Accurate Count
Election and Census: 2020 Civic Participation
Melanie Campbell of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation shares how her organization is working to increase civic engagement in black America, from the voting booth to participation in Census 2020.
STORIES FROM YOUR REGION
Washington Air Quality Committee
GRASPing the need for post-secondary education
Fighting poverty in Schools
The ARC of Northern VirginiaLucy Beadnell, Director of Advocacy for The ARC of Northern Virginiaj joins Elena Russo to discuss the free services they offer to people with developmental disabilities and their support network. Additionally, they discuss the TravelMate program, which provides virtual support to individuals with cognitive challenges to be more independent while traveling.
Increasing educational opportunities in Chesterfield County
Special Olympics Virginia
Chesterfield County Public Schools