October 5, 2013
From The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
New York, NY – The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) joins the chorus of voices calling for comprehensive immigration reform today. As part of the National Day for Dignity and Respect, actions and activities around the country highlight the need for immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship and treats LGBT immigrants and families equally.
“Our board and staff are gathered in New York today and we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are taking to the streets across the nation,” said Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs. “As Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), we know the urgency of now and the need for reform. As lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, we also know that equality matters and that our fight must include us all.”
NQAPIA Immigration Highlights
NQAPIA has been a stalwart voice on immigrants’ rights this year. We thank you for your partnership and support in that work, which includes the following:
Mobilization: Over a hundred volunteers gathered more than 6,000 postcards calling for comprehensive immigration reform that includes LGBT families.
Communication: We have articulated AAPI and LGBT perspectives on immigration reform
Uncovering Our Stories Campaign lifting up LGBT AAPI voices on immigration
Education: We have held Community Forums, Workshops, and Meetings on immigration reform in over 10 cities.
Advocacy: We have engaged members of Congress, the Administration, and our national partners to promote an intersectional analysis of immigration reform.
Ben de Guzman, NQAPIA Co-Director for Programs – firstname.lastname@example.org