WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 4, 2014) — The Organization of Chinese Americans – Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national membership-driven organization of community advocates dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs), welcomes Kham Moua as the new OCA Policy Associate and Tong Thao as the 2014 – 2015 Civil Rights Fellow.
Moua was the previous OCA Civil Rights Fellow, and before that, worked as the special projects/program coordinator for Hmong National Development and Hmong American Partnership, while serving as the Chairman of the Board for Shades of Yellow. As the policy associate, Moua will manage OCA’s policy portfolio and advocacy activities, as well as continue to develop OCA’s advocacy arm.
In addition to the Policy Associate, OCA is proud to introduce Tong Thao as the 2014 – 2015 Civil Rights Fellow. Thao graduated from Sacramento State University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Art in government. He was previously the Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center and an organizer for Hmong Innovating Politics.
“We are excited to continue working with Kham and to welcome Tong as part of the OCA family,” said Sharon M. Wong, OCA National President. “Their previous experiences in policy, communications, and community organizing are assets to OCA’s continued efforts to create progress for the civil rights of all Asian Pacific Americans. We are confident that they will be able to further our organization’s mission and vision for our communities.”
Advocacy highlights from the past year include:
• Partnership with nine other APA, Latino, faith, and labor organizations to release the 2014 National Immigration Score Card
• A national immigration e-petition and postcard campaign that gained over 3,800 signatures
• Assisting Congresswoman Chu to introduce a military hazing data collection amendment to the 2015 House National Defense Authorization Act
• Collaboration with other national APA organizations to hold NBCUniversal accountable for the “kill everyone in China” comment on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
• Various meetings with top government officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Education, Justice, and the Army
“As a national civil rights organization, preserving the civil liberties and advancing equity and equality for all Asian Pacific Americans remains our top priority,” said Ken Lee, OCA Acting Chief Executive Officer. “OCA is committed to expanding the political power of APAs through civic engagement and strong advocacy on issues important to our communities. Our inclusion of a permanent policy staff, along with an annual fellow, will allow OCA exponentially increase the potency of our advocacy work, as well as cultivate a leadership pipeline of politically engaged APA young professionals.”