Chapter Activities and Highlights for 2007

January 2007

  • OCA makes history with dedication of OCA’s permanent national headquarters, the National Center for APA Leadership, in Washington, D.C.
  • OCA commends Toys "R" Us decision to award Asian-American baby with scholarship.

February 2007

  • OCA criticizes Kenneth Eng's racist column in AsianWeek.
  • OCA announces applications for Summer Internship Program.
  • OCA moves to its new location, the OCA National Center for APA Leadership.

March 2007

  • OCA participates in a national call for Historic National APA Mobilization for Just and Humane Immigration Reform.
  • OCA applauds new steps towards comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • OCA supports reintroduction of the Hate Crimes Prevention Bill.
  • OCA & JACL host the annual State Farm® JACL/OCA Leadership Conference in Washington DC.

April 2007

  • OCA expresses support for Virginia Tech community in the wake of the shootings at the school.
  • OCA criticizes White House proposal for immigration reform which threatened family-based immigration.
  • OCA National joins New York-area chapters in condemning racist radio segment on CBS radio affiliate WFNY, demands the firing of the DJs and producer responsible.

May 2007

  • OCA and partner organizations organize major national mobilization in support of comprehensive immigration reform. Events include issues and advocacy workshop, rally, and legislative visits.
  • OCA announces disbursement of 2007 Allstate Hate Crimes Initiative Conference Grants.
  • OCA meets with CBS Radio and WFNY to express outrage over offensive Programming.
  • CBS Radio drops DJs JV and Elvis and producer.
  • OCA applauds U.S. House decision to pass Hate Crimes Prevention Legislation.
  • OCA celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with events around the country.
  • OCA National celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by hosting writer and journalist William Wong to talk about his new book, Images of America: Angel Island.
  • OCA announces launch of new financial workshop program, Entrepreneur Empowerment Training, organized in partnership with Association of Women’s Business Centers and State Farm®.

June 2007

  • OCA urges U.S. Congress to pass the Filipino Veterans Equity Act to recognize and give full benefits to Filipino veterans who fought under U.S. military command in World War II.
  • OCA commemorates the 25th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s death. On June 19th, 1982 Vincent Chin, a 27 year old Chinese American man, was brutally beaten to death on in Detroit, Michigan. Vincent Chin’s murder and the soft treatment his attackers received galvanized the Asian Pacific American community to unprecedented action.
  • OCA continues to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Congress.
  • OCA holds its 29th annual national convention in Sacramento, CA, drawing hundreds from around the country to one of the largest gatherings of APAs in the US.

July 2007

  • OCA congratulates the U.S. House’s decision to increase aid to APIA college students through the 2007 College Cost Reduction Act.
  • OCA remembers former OCA National General Counsel Robert Wone on the anniversary of his death.
  • OCA welcomes a new chapter, OCA-Arkansas, into the OCA family. OCA Arkansas is based in Bentonville, AR, which boasts a fast-growing APA community.
  • OCA National President and New York area chapters meet with Leslie Moonves, CBS President and CEO, and other CBS executives to discuss the role of diversity in mainstream media.

September 2007

  • First Entrepreneur Empowerment Training classes begin at the Women’s Business Center in Northern Virginia.

October 2007

  • OCA National and OCA-Las Vegas host the 2007 National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Awards in Las Vegas. The event celebrated and recognized APAs in the corporate sector who exemplify excellence in their profession, leadership in their communities, and commitment to diversity in the corporate sector.


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