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Statement in Support of AAPI

Statement in Support of Asian, Asian-Americans, Pacific-Islanders

Earlier this month, we reached the official year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic. For months prior, the world tracked the development from China, throughout Asia and eventually around the world.
As the disease spread, so did inflammatory and discriminatory comments regarding its origin in China that has led to a dramatic increase in violence against People who identify as Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander. Discussions at a congressional hearing Thursday continued that hateful rhetoric.
This week, three specific things occurred that are leading PNACAC to send this statement:

  • NACAC Issues Statement of Support for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Students
  • Stop AAPI Hate, a reporting center launched in March 2020 created by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University, released their 2020-2021 National Report (more on this below)
  • A white man shot and killed eight people in Atlanta. Of those killed, seven were women and all but one appeared to be of Asian descent. The suspect has been arrested and admitted to the killings. There is now a discussion on if he will be charged with hate crimes related to race, national origin or biological sex and gender identity. Georgia’s hate crimes law covers all.

We’ll admit, we are late to address this issue. And so why address it at all? Because…

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Urgent: Legislative Support Needed

Student Loan Forgiveness Legislation

Greetings Alaska PNACAC members!
As you may know, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation that would repeal Secretary DeVos’ rule on borrower defense to repayment, which allows federal financial aid to be forgiven if a college defrauds or misleads the student.  NACAC believes that the DeVos’ rule puts an unfair burden on students and taxpayers.  If it is repealed, the rule put in place during Obama’s administration will replace it. 
A coalition NACAC is part of is working to pass legislation in the Senate and they are specifically targeting certain Senators including Senator Murkowski from Alaska. PNACAC encourages you to fill out this action alert, urging Senator Murkowski to support this legislation which will allow students to have their federal student loans forgiven if a school employed illegal or deceptive practices to encourage the students to borrow debt to attend the school.

Please submit the action alert as soon as possible as the vote could happen as early as February 13th.

Questions? Contact Matt Allen, Government Relations Committee Chair.
Encourage Your Senators to Support S.J.Res.56