MARCH 2021
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Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea              
Heidi M. Pascual
Publisher & Editor
2006 Journalist of the Year
for the State of Wisconsin
Gun Violence Prevention Priorities for a New
Congress and a New Administration
How Biden’s Coronavirus Plan Funds and Supports
State Vaccination Efforts
By Nicole Rapfogel
The United States Could Be In the Early Days of a
Domestic Insurgency
More Than a Celebration: The Elevation of
Madam Vice President Should Be a Call to
By Jocelyn Frye

On January 20, Kamala Harris broke multiple glass ceilings when she
became the first woman, Black person, and Indian American to assume
the role of vice president of the United States. Each of these distinctions
is worthy of celebration, but the combination of these milestones, in
particular, is a landmark achievement that demands special attention. It
is an achievement that in one oath-taking instant both illuminated and
embodied the progress that the nation needs—and the call to action that
now must follow. Namely, it served as an opportunity to redefine what
leadership looks like; to reexamine how power is wielded and
leveraged more broadly to inject equity within different settings; to reject
the double standards to which women in leadership are currently held;
and to reposition women of color as the critical benchmark on which to
measure true progress. This breakthrough represents an enormous step
forward—but to have real impact in the everyday lives of women, and
indeed all people, it must be more than a celebratory moment. It must be
a catalyst for change and the foundation for progress in every institution
in the weeks, months, and years ahead.

As vice president, Harris will help unravel long-standing, narrow
perceptions of who can be a leader. For too long, men—primarily white
men—have held the reins of political leadership on the national level. --
By Katrina Mulligan

U.S. leaders, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have rightly deemed the
Trump-incited storming of the Capitol building as an insurrection that is
inconsistent with the rule of law. The assault, which took place while
Congress was convened to certify the election—and which left at least
five people dead—was not a protest gone awry. Instead, it was a
deliberately planned attack. This was violence with a political goal in
mind: Preventing the lawful certification of presidential election results
to disrupt the peaceful transition of power. --
Leading AAPI Voices Shine Light on Discrimination
and Violence
CAPAC Members Mourn the Loss of Vicha Ratanapakdee and Condemn Continuing Spike in Violence
Against Asian Americans
A Story on Probation in the Philippines:
Caught between hard choices: Imprisonment or freedom under probation
declared unconstitutional in 1937. It was reintroduced many years after the end of World War II and became law during the Martial Law regime of
President Ferdinand Marcos in 1976. During the time of President Corazon Aquino (1987), the Probation Administration was renamed Parole and
Probation Administration (PPA). PPA’s function includes supervision of prisoners who, after serving part of ther sentence in jails are released on
parole pardon with parole conditions. The PPA is tasked to promote the correction and rehabilitation of criminal offenders, as well as provide
opportunity for restoring broken relationships among stakeholders in a crime. In 2005, through a Memorandum of Agreement with the Dangerous
Drugs Board, PPA was also tasked to investigate and supervise first-time minor drug offenders placed on suspended sentence pursuant to
Republic Act 9165.
(Sources: Wikipedia and PPA Websites)

This story revolves around a drug addict in my hometown who has been released from prison middle of last year, how he’s behaving while waiting
for approval of his application for probation, how our community is dealing with him, and what our local PPA is doing to fulfill its functions.

Editor's Note: The names of people have been changed to protect the identity of those involved.

Peter’s Story
Peter is a good-looking man, medium built, armed with an engaging smile and eyes that “speak” to anyone he wants to be with. At 35, he has had
several women -- decent and pretty professionals, hardworking employees, as well as flirty, ill-repute girls (for fun). Peter boasts of having five
children with five different women, all of whom are being taken care of by their respective relatives, all mother-side. He doesn’t have any of his
children with him because Peter has not been employed for years, and he could not, or would not, take a job he considers “unfit” for his good

Peter used to belong to a well-to-do family whose fortune came from successful   hardwork and sacrifice abroad. His parents relied on dollar
allowances sent by Peter’s grandparents, aunts, and uncles, while they lived in the grandparents’ home free of everything. --
By Chelsea Parsons
The need for federal action to address gun violence is more urgent than ever.
2020 was a devastating year for gun violence, with early data showing that
there were more than 19,000 gun-related homicides, including 612 mass
shootings in which four or more people were shot. According to one analysis,
homicides increased 36 percent across 28 major cities, and communities of
color bore a disproportionate burden of that violence. At the same time, there
was an unprecedented surge in gun sales in 2020, with an estimated 20
million guns sold.

After four years of a presidential administration that was hostile toward efforts
to address gun violence, the start of a new Congress and a new presidential
administration presents an opportunity for serious action to address the many
gaps and weaknesses in our nation’s approach to this public health crisis.
Below is a list of top priorities for legislative, executive, and budgetary action
to begin to implement a comprehensive federal strategy to reduce all forms of
gun violence.

Legislative action
Require universal background checks: Under current federal law, licensed
gun dealers are required to conduct a background check prior to every gun
sale. However, this requirement does not apply to sales facilitated by
individuals who are not licensed dealers—a gap in the law known as the
private sale loophole. --
The arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech and National Institutes of Health (NIH)-
Moderna COVID-19 vaccines—as well as Johnson & Johnson’s recent
request for emergency use authorization of its one-dose vaccine—offers hope
to the millions of Americans longing for an end to the deadly coronavirus
pandemic. But the United States is still struggling to make up for lost time.
The Trump administration’s failure to plan for vaccine distribution has left
states scrambling to get approved vaccines into the arms of residents. Not
only did the Trump administration fail to provide states with federal guidance,
but it also allocated a woefully insufficient amount of federal funding. Even
more outrageous, as recently as last fall, the Trump administration was
actively lobbying Congress to deny states the funding they needed for COVID-
19 vaccine distribution and administration. --
Washington, D.C. — Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, hate crimes, harassment, and racism against Asian Americans have increased drastically,
with over 3,000 cases of anti-Asian discrimination reported through 2020. Recently, there has been a new spike in anti-Asian hate incidents targeting
elderly Asian Americans, including the murder of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai man who was attacked while walking in San Francisco and later
died from his injuries. There have also been several attacks targeting Asian American seniors in Oakland’s Chinatown, as well as a knife attack on a 61-
year-old Filipino man in New York City, who was slashed across the face on the subway. --
There has been an unnerving wave of violence against Asian Americans, and particularly seniors, in the wake of rampant
misinformation about COVID-19. While some attacks on seniors have attracted news attention, daily incidents of harassment
and intimidation continue in some of America’s biggest cities. With many seniors venturing out of their homes to shop for
Lunar New Year, this is an increased time of vulnerability for many in our communities.

NBC News ran a special report on the disturbing rise in violence and how authorities are responding. Investigative and
Consumer Correspondent Vicky Nguyen led the story and noted the massive increase in hate crimes against Asian
Americans across the country. In San Francisco, there have been several attacks in recent months, including one that killed
84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee. In New York City, the NYPD reported that they typically only receive 2-3 hate crime reports
per year — but that it jumped to 27 last year after COVID-19. On Tuesday, authorities announced the arrest of a suspect in
three violent attacks in Oakland last month.

As Nguyen noted in her report, President Biden committed to taking strong action to stop harassment and violence against
Asian Americans during APIAVote’s 2020 Presidential Town Hall. This platform helped elevate the AAPI community’s
concerns about the already-rising levels of harassment last year. The AAPI Community is deeply grateful to Vicky for her
timely and life-saving reporting.

Asian American leaders from across the country are also using their profiles to raise their voices to protect our communities
and lead the search for more information. Actors Daniel Dae Kim and Daniel Wu and 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and
civil rights activist Amanda Nguyen appeared on MSNBC’s “American Voices” with Alicia Menendez on Sunday afternoon to
raise public awareness of these hate crimes.

Regionally groups around the country are mobilizing to share resources and best practices to stop the wave of anti-Asian
violence. Locally led by Chinese Affirmative Action, more than 40 Asian American and immigrant groups signed a letter
demanding that local San Francisco and Oakland authorities immediately increase culturally-relevant and trauma-informed
investments that:

1.Ensure victims and survivors of all backgrounds and language abilities receive full supportive services so they can
recover and heal.
2.Expand intervention- and prevention-based programs and invest in basic needs and community-based infrastructure that
we know will end the cycle of violence and keep all of us safer.
3.Resource cross-community education and healing in Asian American and Black communities that humanizes all of us
rather than demonizes or scapegoats any community of color.
The root causes of this violence are complex. Though racism is undoubtedly a contributing factor in some of the violence,
many AAPIs see a more comprehensive, multicultural approach as essential to stopping these incidents. --
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Probation -- which aims to provide a community-based alternative to imprisonment for first-time offenders -- was
introduced in the Philippines during the American colonial period sometime in 1935 (via Act No. 4221) but was