Hijacking the Media

the slants

We’ve long empowered all progressive AAPI including Southeast, Sub-continental, and far Western Asians. Today’s NPR story connects the recent string of attacks on Indian-Americans to the need to fight racism. Opponents have tried to hijack the AAPI narrative with media like “Hindus and Trump Rallied Together in a Xenophobic Fever” and AAPIs writing loudly into “letters to the editor” and call-in shows and WeChat-originated efforts to defeat Maryland sanctuary laws and AAPIs booked on (we notice, thanks to the Asian American Media Matters, MediaWatch, and AsAmNews). As our media team efforts are very significant, we not only notice and not only call it out, but take that never-before-done step: explain. Might be preaching to the choir, but we hope to reach at least that 1 open mind.

When Asians feel safe in the minority myth, don’t feel any need to organize or be politically involved (as the vast majority do), want to reap the benefits by being good in suburbia, feel free to collaborate with hateful groups (to, say, hate Muslims as Hindus often do or to hate Communists as many Asians do or etc.), or want to simply get a paycheck and be at peace, there’s a rude wake-up call. Some think our opponents just want to stop illegal immigration (lots of AAPI easily feel resentful at illegals when they’ve spent energy coming legally but fail to realize NumbersUSA’s goal is to reduce all not just illegal immigration, wake up!) or just want to get us into college (hint: removing affirmative action returns us to the days when we weren’t even allowed in America much less college, it won’t allegedly let Asians flood on in, moves like NYC’s edit to its Specialized HS exam are moves to reduce AAPI dominance of merit-based systems) or just want to let our small businesses have less regulations and more profits (hint: non-white businesses need not open). We however have seen for decades our opponent’s real goals: reduce all immigration, reduce AAPIs dominating colleges, and let whites return to work where we succeeded. The truth is far uglier than the innocent moves as whites reappropriate us, their quiet offense-less obedient minorities.

Indian Americans aren’t the only ones put on notice. We refuse to wait until hateful violent attacks (in addition to the stream of microaggressions everywhere and everyday) reaches other AAPI groups, but know that we fight to empower Indian Americans as just 1 subgroup of many AAPI ones. When we say hate and racism and xenophobia aren’t ok, we cite the same not just against AAPIs but also by AAPIs because the circle of harm goes in every way, as we see now, as we’ve seen in history, as we refuse to allow to recur. We exist to empower AAPIs and any threat to it is a target of our resistance. We have our own voice, we will tell our own stories, no media will use a few erroneous AAPIs to hijack the voice of all AAPIs. We’re watching and, as our name says, taking action.

Our Commitment to Critical Health Care Services is Nonnegotiable

Today, International Women’s Day, the AAA-Fund reminds the nation that we support Planned Parenthood, who provides needed healthcare for women around the nation.

Below is a letter from Angela Ferrell-Zabala, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Planned Parenthood Action Fund


With the release of the ACA replacement legislation by House Republicans, I wanted to alert you to an article that was just posted by the New York Times reporting that some in the White House have been pressing for Planned Parenthood to stop providing abortion at all health centers in return for the potential of increased funding.

Of course, any such proposal is an insult to us all, and fundamentally misunderstands Planned Parenthood’s commitment to the people we serve across the country and our mission to ensure that everyone — regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money they make — have access to the full range of reproductive health care, including safe, legal abortion.  It also misrepresents how health care reimbursement works.  Like other health care providers, there is no line-item in the federal budget for Planned Parenthood, and health centers only receive Medicaid reimbursement for preventive care, including birth control and cancer screenings.  The White House does not control the flow of funds to Planned Parenthood.

This so-called “proposal” is exactly what extreme organizations have pushed for decades, designed to get one-step closer to ending safe, legal abortion in this country by stopping Planned Parenthood’s service delivery and undermining our role as a strong advocate for full reproductive health care. These are also the same organizations who have long opposed comprehensive sex education, have attempted to stop access to condoms as a part of STD and HIV prevention, and want to roll back access to certain forms of contraception.

Please help us to amplify our response to this proposal on your social media properties.

Sample social share language:

  • Proud to #StandWithPP today & every day. Thank you for standing up for women no matter what. http://buff.ly/2mcvW53
  • Infographic on the myth that Planned Parenthood gets a check from the federal government http://bit.ly/2lPlOgz #IStandWithPP
  • Federal funds do not pay for abortion, an unfair law that has stood for over 40 years. #IStandWithPP http://bit.ly/1WvNC8T
  • WH reportedly offering @PPFA more funding if they’ll stop providing abortion. Their response: http://buff.ly/2mcvW53 #IStandWithPP
  • WH reportedly offering @PPFA more funding if they’ll stop providing abortion. That’s not how it works http://p.ppfa.org/2lUhQV3 #IStandWithPP


Please let me know if you have any questions.

How Federal Tax Dollars Support Planned Parenthood Patients




In light of recent attacks and hate crimes targeting South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Middle Eastern, and Jewish communities – including the recent shooting of two South Asian men in Olathe, Kansas and the shooting of a Sikh man in Kent, Washington – Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

“The alarming number of attacks facing the South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Middle Eastern, and Jewish communities is appalling and must end. The recent shooting of Deep Rai, a Sikh American, outside of his home in Washington follows the murder of Srinivas Kuchibotla and attempted murder of Alok Madasani in Kansas. The stark parallels in these cases are undeniable. In both attacks, the assailants told the victims to go back to their country before opening fire on them.

“While both shootings are now being investigated as hate crimes, this is not enough to stymie the increase in xenophobic attacks targeting communities of color and religious minorities that we have seen since the presidential election. In fact, just last week, we learned of the fatal shooting of another Indian man, Harnish Patel, who was murdered outside of his home in Lancaster, South Carolina. While the facts of this particular case are still being investigated, it is clear that we must do more to address the surging tide of hate and the emboldened anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric plaguing our national discourse.

“This begins with President Trump and our nation’s leaders not only condemning these incidents of hate, but also moving away from the dangerous rhetoric that has enabled this violence to flourish. We must also take proactive steps to investigate and prevent future hate crimes impacting our communities. These hateful actions run contrary to our values as a nation and have no place in our society. No community should have to live in a constant state of fear in their own country.”

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.


Our Friend Rep. Lieu Statement Regarding The Need to Investigate White House Conflicts of Interest

Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding Republicans on the House Judiciary committee rejecting a resolution of inquiry (H. Res 111) introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY). The resolution directs the Department of Justice to provide the House of Representatives with information relevant to President Trump’s conflicts of interest, his potential violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause, and ties between his advisors and the Russian regime. The full text of the Resolution of Inquiry can be found here.

“I am disheartened that House Republicans would oppose efforts to bring transparency to the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia and business conflicts.
In the past few weeks, we’ve heard of questionable interactions between Administration officials and Russian agents, yet congressional Republicans have refused to take any concrete effort to learn more about the connections. Moreover, the President has failed to adequately remove himself from his business, going so far as to host official events at his hotel. Still, Republicans have turned a blind eye to these clear conflicts of interest.”

“The American people deserve to know the truth. We also deserve elected officials who don’t shrink from their responsibilities as the people’s representatives, but do everything they can to put the interests of Americans first. Today’s debate – or lack thereof – suggests the contrary from my Republican colleagues.”

Congressman Lieu is a member of the House Foreign Affairs and House Judiciary Committees.  

Mr. Lieu is also a Veteran, an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus, a Colonel in the Air Force Reserves, and 1 of 24 immigrant Members of Congress.

The Impact of Defunding Planned Parenthood

Extreme politicians in Congress are threatening to introduce legislation to “defund” Planned Parenthood. This misnamed effort would enact cruel laws to block millions of patients who depend on Medicaid or other public health care programs from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers. Make no mistake: These politicians’ ultimate goal is to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide. If that happens, Planned Parenthood patients would lose their chosen provider, and many would have nowhere else to turn for health care.

Anti-abortion politicians and extremists are spreading misinformation in an attempt to obscure  what they’re really trying to do and hide how their attacks on Planned Parenthood would hurt patients — nearly half of whom are people of color, and many of whom live in rural areas. Here are four frequently asked questions about Planned Parenthood, and answers that demonstrate just how devastating it would be to shut down its health centers.

Q: Why is being able to access health care at a Planned Parenthood center so important?

A: To begin with, many of Planned Parenthood’s patients have no other accessible health care options.

If Planned Parenthood health centers can’t provide care for them, nobody will. In fact, in more than 20% of the counties where Planned Parenthood health centers operate, there are no other health care providers who serve patients who rely on safety-net providers.

But that’s not the only problem.

Q: If Planned Parenthood health centers shut down, won’t other providers just absorb Planned Parenthood’s patients?

A: No. Even in areas where other providers exist, those providers won’t be able to take up the slack.

There simply aren’t enough reproductive health care providers out there to pick up the slack for the care Planned Parenthood centers provide. Per year, Planned Parenthood health centers provide birth control for 2 million people, as well as over 4 million STD tests and treatments; over 360,000 breast exams; over 270,000 Pap tests.

Meanwhile, more than two thirds of states already report difficulty ensuring enough providers for Medicaid, the nation’s largest publicly funded health care program. Providers of ob-gyn care who accept Medicaid, such as Planned Parenthood, are in particularly short supply. In addition, Planned Parenthood health centers are more likely than other safety-net family planning providers to provide the full range of birth control  (including IUDs and implants) on-site and more likely to offer rapid-result HIV testing. It’s no wonder the American Public Health Association says it’s “ludicrous” for politicians to claim that other providers could simply absorb Planned Parenthood’s patients.

For many women in America, Planned Parenthood is the only place where they are able to get needed quality care.

Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, immediate past president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Q: How many people would lose access to health care?

A: If extreme politicians shut down Planned Parenthood, 2.5 million patients would lose access to care.

Here’s the breakdown: Approximately 60% of Planned Parenthood’s patients access health care at its health centers through publicly funded programs like Medicaid or Title X. Legislation that “defunds” Planned Parenthood immediately blocks those people from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers. In addition, we know that politicians real goal is to shut down Planned Parenthood health centers across the country. If these politicians succeed, it will be a national health disaster and devastate care.

Q: How do we know that people will be hurt if they can’t get care at Planned Parenthood health centers?

A: When patients can no longer turn to Planned Parenthood for care, there are devastating results. We’ve already seen them firsthand at the state level.

In Texas, one study found that pregnancy-related deaths doubled after the state stopped reimbursing Planned Parenthood and imposed stringent funding cuts for women’s health — and 54% fewer patients in the state received care. In Wisconsin, fewer women could access lifesaving cancer screenings following the closure of Planned Parenthood health centers.

We also know that people will be hurt if Planned Parenthood health centers are forced to close their doors because so many people depend on Planned Parenthood for health care. Think about it: An estimated one in five American women visits Planned Parenthood health centers during her lifetime. Without Planned Parenthood’s approximately 650 health centers across the country, many patients would not have timely access to basic preventive health care services

Bottom line: Denying health care and education to millions of teens and adults won’t make our country great.

Denying care will only risk people’s lives and well-being, and limit their choices — all in service of an extreme agenda that Americans overwhelmingly reject. Politicians like Vice President Mike Pence, who’s led the charge to attack care at Planned Parenthood, would hurt those who already face significant barriers to accessing health care, and as such are some of our most vulnerable people. Planned Parenthood intends to do everything in its power to stop them.
Other Providers Cannot Absorb Patients if-Planned Parenthood is Defunded

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