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[Summer of 2023 - What We've Been Up To]

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

Dear Friends of OCA San Diego,


My name is Leah Tsao (曹麗安), OCA San Diego chapter president since June 2023. Founder and former president Brocade Wu continues to serve on the board as executive vice president and treasurer, and we are grateful for her ongoing service.


In this letter, I would like to present a few highlights of what has been happening this summer. Please visit our website https://www.ocasdchapter.org/ to learn more details about recent developments. Special thanks to Eileen Lundquist for getting our website started and up and running.


July

  • Board member Eileen Lundquist, and long-time OCA member Woon-Wah Siu, and I, attended the national OCA conference in Washington, DC. On Day 1 of the conference, we were among approximately 100 other attendees who went up to Capitol Hill to lobby for three Senate bills that directly advocate for initiatives about education, mental health, and safety for Asian Americans


  • Chapters were given the opportunity to present a proposal to the national board to ask for funding via the President’s Circle Initiative (PCI) program. As the third place recipient, the proceeds will allow OCA San Diego to provide monetary support to Asian high school clubs, the purpose of which is to increase visibility and inclusion of API students at their schools.


August


  • OCA SD joined the FCC-funded community outreach fellowship program that will bring awareness about internet service discounts for low-income families and ultimately help promote local OCA chapters. Info about this paid position is on our website.


  • Our newest board member Janice Holowka and I attended a workshop led by a UCSD student activist group called OTTA, Our Time to Act Together, whose leaders gave a presentation on “How to Activate Youth.”


September


  • Thanks to Brocade’s efforts last year, OCA will receive funding from the State of California’s Stop the Hate Program through a partnership with Cal State University-San Marcos grant application


  • Board member Chih-Wu Chang who is also president of the Carlsbad Dem Club will continue to provide education on voting and the election process. In addition, he will be involved in a discussion with the local ADL- Anti-Defamation League office. Also, special thanks to Chih-Wu for stepping up and taking care of the membership database.


As a young organization, the board will be assessing to tighter strategic plan for the future. We hope to expand our scope of advocacy work as our capacity to do so increases. But we cannot do it alone. On behalf of our board, we thank you for your support whether you were a member in the past or have already renewed your membership. But if you haven’t done so, please consider the following



  • Making a donation in any amount .Mail to OCA San Diego P.O. Box 2331 Carlsbad, CA 92018 or via online payment.


  • Becoming a volunteer to help amplify our voices. The gift of time is priceless.


We always encourage you to contact us with any questions, concerns, or feedback.


Please reach out to us at hello@ocasdchapter.org.


With gratitude,

Leah




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