WASHINGTON (Sept. 21, 2012 ) — The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a project of the Tides Center, launched the “2012 Policy Platform: Framing Issues and Recommendations to Improve the Lives of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities.”
The document, available online at www.ncapaonline.org, presents a comprehensive set of policy recommendations related to the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) community in the areas of Civil Rights, Education, Health, Housing and Economic Justice, and Immigration.
“NCAPA calls on candidates, policymakers and community leaders alike to leverage the recommendations in the 2012 Policy Platform to bring greater attention to the diverse needs faced by AA & NHPI community members,” said Deepa Iyer, Chairperson of NCAPA and Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together. “We encourage everyone to download, read and endorse the Policy Platform and join NCAPA in taking proactive measures to address the issues facing AA & NHPI communities.”
The 2012 Policy Platform continues NCAPA’s tradition of publishing a comprehensive document on public policy priorities for the AA & NHPI community every four years. Between 2000 and 2010, the Asian American population grew by 46% and the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander population grew by 40%. Today, AA & NHPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the United States and represent 6% of the total United States population.
“With a voting age population that grew 63% in the last decade, AA & NHPIs are poised to become a significant voting bloc in this and future elections,” said Doua Thor, Vice Chairperson of NCAPA and Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. “Policymakers need to better understand the impact of public policy on the AA & NHPI community and work with NCAPA to ensure AA & NHPIs are always part of policy solutions.”
The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), founded in 1996, is a coalition of 31 Asian Pacific American organizations around the country. NCAPA serves to represent the interests of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community and to provide a national voice on policy issues and priorities. More information about NCAPA is available at www.ncapaonline.org. For information about this statement, please contact Dana Chapnick, NCAPA Program Director, at 301-270-1855 or email [email protected].