EMBRACING THE HOPES AND DREAMS OF ASIAN AMERICANS & PACIFIC ISLANDERS
OCA (Organization of Chinese Americans) created a unified voice for Chinese Americans in the civil rights movement by founders K.L. Wang and Alex Mark.
As the AAPI community continued to grow and diversify, OCA understood the importance to reflect the needs of the community. In 2013, the organization was rebranded to OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates to represent the breadth of the pan-ethnic diaspora.
Brocade Wu-Harmon, a retired biomedical researcher living in Oceanside,CA founded the San Diego chapter in response to the mass shooting targeted at two Asian-owned spas in Atlanta that killed eight on March 16, 2021. Both local and federal law enforcement officials initially denied the act to be racially motivated.
Fifty years later, OCA National – Asian Pacific American Advocates continues on as a member-driven nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. with 50+ chapters and affiliates across the U.S.
California State University San Marcos
Stop the Hate
CSUSM will be partnering with OCA-APAA San Diego, Umeke, and SOS-Save Our Streets to provide resources that will strengthen each organization's goals and efforts in support of local Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi
American (APIDA) communities