This morning, the White House released the President’s “America First” budget blueprint, which includes deeply troubling cuts for nearly all federal government programs and agencies that invest in and contribute to the health and vibrancy of our communities. The proposal prioritizes increased military investments over programs that Americans across communities rely on every day. It suggests cutting all “non- defense” programs by $54 billion, including a $6.2 billion cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).As a membership-driven organization comprised of nearly 100 community-based Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations across the country, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) strongly opposes this budget proposal, which would result in devastating losses for AAPI organizations, communities, and neighborhoods.
Today, the Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD is responsible for promoting fair housing and creating affordable and inclusive communities, and the actions of this department have immense consequences for communities of color. National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) has previously expressed concerns about Secretary Carson's limited experience in these areas. We urge him to support HUD to immediately address the critical housing challenges faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and other communities of color.
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) extends our condolences to the family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot and killed in an act of hate last week in Olathe, Kansas. He and Alok Madasani, two Indian American immigrants, were shot by a man who thought they were Middle Eastern. They were targeted solely on the basis of their physical appearance, which incited the shooter to believe that they did not belong in “his” country.
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) strongly opposes a recent set of bills introduced by Senate and House Republicans that undercut the independence and threaten the existence of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB’s work is essential to protecting consumer rights and financial security of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. AAPIs experienced some of the steepest declines in wealth during the housing market collapse and financial crisis. They were targets of many predatory practices from which any form of recovery would have been impossible without the CFPB.
Today, the Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to vote on the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to be Secretary of the Treasury. The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) urges members of the Finance Committee to reject President Donald Trump’s pick for this post.
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) strongly condemns the series of divisive, hateful, and xenophobic actions that President Trump has announced since he has taken office. In his first week, Trump has issued Executive Orders that will ban the entry of Muslims and refugees into this country, increase immigrant detention and deportation, begin construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico, and withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities— cities that protect undocumented immigrant families who might otherwise be deported by federal immigration law enforcement officials.
The Board of Directors of National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) is proud to announce that we have selected Seema Agnani to serve as our next Executive Director. Seema will assume her new leadership role in January 2017.
Our collective communities are reeling from the results of Tuesday’s election. We grieve, our allies grieve, and our communities grieve from the hurt that has been created by this campaign and the anticipation of the challenges ahead. We must also come together to respond to the hateful rhetoric and violence directed towards Muslims, immigrants, LGTBQ communities, women and communities of color during this presidential campaign. We must work together to protect those vulnerable communities whose very right to exist has been challenged during this campaign.
National CAPACD seeks an Asset Building Program Coordinator to support implementation of the organization’s financial empowerment and small business assistance programming. This is a full-time position based in our Oakland, CA office. The Program Coordinator will support capacity building of member organizations (via National CAPACD’s Asset Building and Small Business Networks) to integrate, innovate and document a continuum of financial inclusion strategies that increase the capability of low-income AAPIs to save, build credit, reduce debt, and invest in their economic future. Find out more here.
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) have launched a National Fair Housing Media Campaign, to engage and inform communities at risk of housing discrimination about their rights under the federal Fair Housing Act, and assistance available to them from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The comprehensive media and community outreach campaign will focus on discrimination based on national origin and will engage target audiences through social media, multilingual marketing, local media engagement, and grassroots outreach. To find out more about the campaign, read the full press release here.