OCA, a national organization with 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to ensuring social justice for Asian Pacific Americans, today renewed its commitment to hate crimes prevention and education. Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.
On June 19, 1982 Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese American man, was brutally beaten to death on in Detroit, Michigan. Although the crime was racially motivated, it was not recognized as a hate crime and Chin’s assailants were sentenced to only three years’ probation and a $3,000 fine
“Vincent Chin’s murder and the soft treatment his attackers received galvanized the Asian Pacific American community to unprecedented action and awareness about hate crimes against APAs,” said Ginny Gong, National President, “OCA, a leading civil rights organization in that movement, continues to fight against violence and hate, whether it is motivated by the victim’s race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. Today, on the 25th anniversary of Vincent Chin’s assault, we renew our commitment to hate crimes prevention and to spreading awareness about hate crimes.
OCA’s Hate Crimes Initiative Conference Series, in partnership with Allstate Foundation, works with OCA chapters around the country to sponsor conferences targeting community leaders, organizations, and law enforcement officials. The conferences educate participants about hate crimes in the APA community and encourage participants to be proactive and take preventative measures. OCA and Allstate have also partnered to publish Responding to Hate Crime: A Community Action Guide, a guidebook to responding to and preventing hate crimes
OCA-Detroit chapter will commemorate the anniversary with an OCA/Allstate Hate Crimes Initiative workshop and memorial activities this weekend.
Multi-Cultural Event Demystifies Hate Crimes; Offers Network of Support and Useful Information
In remembrance of the 25th anniversary of the Vincent Chin case, the Detroit chapter of the OCA will bring together the community for a day of discussion, reflection and networking
The Initiative Against Hate Crimes Conference– Remembering Vincent Chin 25 Years Later, begins at 9AM on June 23rd at the Chinese Community Center in Madison Heights, MI and concludes with a 4PM Gravesite Remembrance for Vincent Chin at Forest Lawn Cemetery located at 11851 Van Dyke Road in Detroit, Michigan. The program is made possible by The Allstate Foundation
The conference will offer tangible advice and information for today’s citizen while examining the various political and cultural issues connected to the murder of Vincent Chin in one of our own Michigan neighborhoods on June 19, 1982. The conference will focus on current political and social issues against the backdrop of the brutal death of Vincent Chin - a 27 year old Chinese American whose case sparked an unprecedented outpouring of support of Asian Pacific Americans and a federal civil rights case. The line up includes appearances and contributions by Roland Hwang, former president of the OCA-Detroit (1983) and president of the American Citizens for Justice, plus a keynote address by Frank H. Wu, Dean of Wayne State University Law School and author of the book, “Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White (New York: Basic Books)
“Participants will leave our conference feeling empowered, connected to their community and culture, and inspired to continue a positive dialogue towards change”, says Shenlin Chen, the Executive Director of Detroit’s ACA chapter and organizer of the event.
The event will feature presentations by a variety of civil rights leaders, community groups and politicians and includes a free copy of “Responding to Hate Crimes: A Community Action Guide”. The conference is open to the public and free of charge. To register and learn more, visit www.acadetroit.org or contact the ACA at (248) 585-9343. Lunch will be provided, seating is limited
The Association of Chinese Americans – Detroit Chapter was founded in 1972 and is the oldest chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans. The ACA has over 250 members and currently works with a variety of corporate and government partners to further their mission of embracing the hopes and aspirations of Asian Americans in the United States through service, outreach and support
The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by the Allstate Corporation. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation sponsor community initiatives to promote “safe and vital communities”; “tolerance, inclusion, and diversity”; and “economic empowerment”. The Allstate Foundation believes in the financial potential of every individual and in helping America’s families achieve their American dream.