The Fiscal Cliff

The “fiscal cliff” is a combination of expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts (“sequestration”) scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2013. If a deficit reduction compromise is not reached by January 1st, automatic cuts will dramatically scale back federal domestic programs, threatening the social safety net for millions of American families. Further, a series of tax cuts is also scheduled to expire at the end of the year, threatening middle class families with an average annual tax increase of $2,000. These two components – steep spending cuts and abrupt tax hikes – would undermine our nation’s economic recovery while needlessly putting struggling families at risk.  

On Friday, December 7th, National CAPACD and NCAPA conducted a webinar featuring speakers from the White House and Congress to discuss the latest on the fiscal cliff.  

In case you missed it, please click here to view the webinar in its entirety.

Please click here for advocacy tools and steps you can take to ensure your voice is heard.

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How will the Fiscal Cliff affect Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities?

The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) and the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) present the second in a webinar series focusing on the fiscal cliff and the implications that tax increases and automatic spending cuts will have on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities. This webinar will provide an overview of the fiscal cliff, describe the impact that cuts and tax increases will have on housing and other social safety net programs that serve vulnerable communities, and highlight opportunities to take action and weigh in on these issues.

Date:     Friday, December 7, 2012
Time:    1:00pm-2:00pm (EST), 10:00am-11:00am (PST)

Lisa Hasegawa – Executive Director, National CAPACD
Deborah Weinstein – Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32)
Gautam Raghavan – Associate Director of Public Engagement, White House Office of Public Engagement
Portia Wu -- Special Assistant to the President for Labor and Workforce Policy, White House
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Job Announcement: Events and Fundraising Manager

National CAPACD seeks an Events and Fundraising Manager to plan and execute our annual DC convention of 200-300 attendees from local nonprofit organizations around the country. In addition, the Events and Fundraising Manager will be responsible for coordinating fundraising events throughout the year.
The Events and Fundraising Manager will be responsible for all aspects of planning and execution of our annual conference including budgeting, program planning, stakeholder involvement, sponsorship, registration, on-site logistics, and evaluation. Reporting to the Director of Operations, the Events and Fundraising Manager will work directly with staff, consultants, local and national partners, board members, volunteers, and vendors.  
In addition to the annual convention, the Events and Fundraising Manager will be responsible for creating an annual fundraising plan consisting of a series of special events. We seek a creative and energetic individual who has exciting new ideas for and enjoys putting on fundraising events.
We are a growing nine-person organization looking to add a highly-organized, self-starter who can generate and gather ideas in a collaborative environment and translate ideas into action.
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Election Poll Results Reveal Asian American Voters Break for Obama

Asian Americans Largely Ignored by Both Parties, Voted for Obama by Huge Margin
Washington, DC—Asian Americans voted for President Barack Obama in enormous numbers this election, according to the Asian American Election Eve Poll, a joint project of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development  (National CAPACD) and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). While only 41% identify as Democrats, Asian American voters broke for Barack Obama by a huge margin, with 72% voting for the President and 26% for Mitt Romney. In Congressional races, 73% of Asian American voters backed Democratic candidates, while 27% backed Republicans.
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Election Day - Be Prepared, Know Your Rights and Vote

November 6 is fast approaching and 25 local and national Civic Engagement partners are in the final stages of their voter education and mobilization efforts in 14 states through the Asian American and Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Project.

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EBALDC and the Fed Reserve Bank of SF Release Research Report on Youth Financial Education

The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), in partnership with the Federal Reaserve Bank of San Francisco, released a report, "Money Savvy Youth: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Finanial Education for Fourth and Fifth Graders", which found that youth participating in EBALDC's Money Savvy Youth program demonstrated "an increase in financial knowledge and self-reported positive financial behaviors". 

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Celebrating the Power of Collaboration and AAPIs in the Community Development Movement

Join us for an end-of-summer reception in Chicago, Illinois on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 6pm to 9pm at the Cambodian American Heritage Museum!

This end-of-summer reception, “Celebrating the Power of Collaboration and AAPIs in the Community Development Movement,” will bring together Chicago’s leading community development practitioners, leaders, and activists for a night of fun; entertainment; networking; and opportunities to learn about local best practices and innovative programs as well as connect to a growing national movement of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in community development. 
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We Are All Sikhs: A Statement on Oak Creek Tragedy and Its Impact

This Friday, August 10th, a memorial service will be held for the six individuals who lost their lives in the tragic shooting at the Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The 178 undersigned community of civic, faith-based, immigrant rights, and civil rights organizations expresses our deepest condolences to the victims and their families affected by the mass shooting which left six individuals dead, at least three others critically injured, and many others wounded. We are grateful for the efforts by many Gurdwara congregants, first responders, and the local community in Wisconsin who helped to save lives and prevented an even greater loss of life from occurring.

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Independent Foreclosure Review Deadline is December 31st

Deadline to submit an application for an Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) is December 31, 2012
In response to servicer misconduct, The Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) is a program mandated by The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (federal bank regulators). 14 major loan servicers are now offering eligible borrowers a free and impartial Independent Foreclosure Review by an independent consultant to identify those who may have been financially injured due to errors, misrepresentations or other deficiencies in their foreclosure process. If the review finds that financial injury occurred, the customer may receive compensation or other remedy. 
Instructions to help fill out and submit an IFR are available in multiple languages, including: EnglishKorean
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ACTION ALERT: California AG Settlement Funds in Danger

Governor Jerry Brown has proposed to use a significant portion of funding from the recent National Mortgage Settlement - originally intended for housing counseling, education, and homeowner outreach - to fund other programs. 
The California Legislature’s deadline to adopt a budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year (starting July 1st) is tomorrow, Friday, June 15th.  Senator Mark Leno chairs the Senate’s Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, and could intervene in these negotiations in favor of retaining the $411 million for counseling and education.  
If you or your organization would like to weigh-in in opposition to the Governor’s proposal, we encourage you to call Senator Mark Leno’s Capitol office at 916-651-4003.
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