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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
CAP Applauds the Passage of Gun Violence Prevention
Measures in the House and Urges the Senate To
Follow Suit
The Direct Cash Assistance and Tax Cuts in the
American Rescue Plan Act
CAPAC Members Mourn Victims of Atlanta Spa
Shootings and Condemn Anti-Asian Violence

Washington, DC, March 17 —Last night, a shooter targeted three
separate Asian-owned spas in Georgia, killing eight people and injuring
one more. Six of the eight victims who were murdered were Asian
American women. The suspect has since been taken into custody. While
authorities are still investigating the motive of the shooting, including
whether it constitutes a hate crime, the deadly attack comes at a time
when the Asian American community has already experienced an
alarming rise in anti-Asian hate bigotry. Over the past year, 3,800 hate
incidents against Asian Americans have been documented.
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Members and
House Democratic Leaders issued the following statements:

CAPAC Leadership
Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:
“Last night in Atlanta, eight more people were killed as a result of the
latest act of violence targeting Asian American communities. I am
heartbroken by this attack, and my heart goes out to the victims, their
loved ones, and to the millions of Asian Americans terrified by this
historic spike in anti-Asian hate incidents. In just the last year, there
have been almost 4,000 reported anti-Asian hate incidents – 68% of
which have been against women. This has created greater fear in so
many communities where AAPIs were already risking their lives
working at front line jobs during the pandemic. --
By Seth Hanlon and Galen Hendricks

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is on the verge of passage, as
the U.S. Senate approved it on March 6. The House of Representatives is
preparing for a vote today or tomorrow, March 9 or 10, setting it up for
President Joe Biden’s signature.

To provide desperately needed relief to struggling families and speed the
economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the bill includes an
unprecedented amount of immediate cash relief and tax cuts to low- and
middle-income families. Using illustrative examples, this column shows
how low- and middle-income families will benefit enormously from the
A Story on Probation in the Philippines:
Caught between hard choices: Imprisonment or freedom under probation
Washington, D.C., March 11 — Today, lawmakers in the U.S. House of
Representatives took another step toward enacting the most meaningful gun
violence prevention legislation in decades. A bipartisan coalition on
Thursday passed H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, two bills that would, respectively,
require background checks for private gun sales between individuals and
address the so-called “Charleston loophole,” significantly reducing the risk of
gun dealers selling firearms to individuals who have not passed a criminal
background check.
Both pieces of legislation are important first steps toward curtailing the
epidemic of gun violence in the United States. In response to their passage,
Chelsea Parsons, vice president for Gun Violence Prevention at the Center
for American Progress, issued the following statement:.

Today’s votes reaffirm what the American people have known for some time:
Gun violence prevention measures are necessary and long overdue. The
gaps in our existing gun laws are deadly, and leaving them unaddressed will
only cause further trauma and harm in communities that have already
suffered immeasurably from gun violence. Elected officials are duty-bound to
keep their families, schools, and communities safe from deadly firearms, and
each day without meaningful action represents another 106 lives lost to a
bullet—and hundreds more upended by injury and trauma. Roughly 85,000
Americans have been killed with a gun since Republicans in the Senate
refused to even schedule a vote for this legislation in 2019 --
Part 2

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.
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 looks.

Neighbors have known Peter, not only as a womanizer and gold-digger, but a foul-mouthed addict who has absolutely no respect for anybody,
including his mother and younger brother, both of whom have experienced mental, emotional, and physical abuse from Peter. A neighbor and
relative mustered enough courage to report Peter’s drug use to authorities which put Peter to prison, but only for two months. His mother, despite
her sufferings, did all she can to plea for Peter’s release as an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker). The truth, however, was that her son hated work
and wasn’t planning to go back to the Middle East where he worked for only two years.
After only two months in prison, Peter was released, with no known charges ever filed against him. We can only guess that a mother’s love can
move mountains, even considering Duterte’s war on drugs. It was 2018.

Out from jail and free again, Peter got himself a new girlfriend -- his eighth -- wealthy enough to buy him a motorcycle and provide for his basic
needs and more. Peter met most of his girlfriends from local dating sites, and to his credit, Peter can easily get a girlfriend with lots of means. He
repeatedly refused serious work, or if he ever did, the longest time spent in one job was one week.Why work when there were women willing to
support him financially? Because he had the money, Peter slowly went back to his true love and passion -- drugs, and the cycle began again. The
fun stopped when the woman finally realized Peter never loved her in the first place but what she was giving him to support his vice. As expected,
Peter sold his motorcycle, continued with drugs, pawned many of his mother’s personal property, and got himself part-time girlfriends or
prostitutes to keep his nights cozy and warm. --
The Pause on Deportations Is the First Step Toward a
Fair, Humane, and Workable System and Must Move
By Philip E. Wolgin

From the earliest days of the Trump administration, extreme and disturbing
stories emerged of families and communities being ripped apart by a bolstered
and increasingly aggressive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Over the past four years, anyone in the United States without legal status
became a priority for enforcement, leading to an agency that focused on
arresting, among others, parents dropping their children off at school,
survivors of domestic violence seeking protective orders at courts, and a 10-
year-old child in an ambulance on the way to the hospital for emergency
surgery. This ill-advised and cruel approach culminated in the horrific practice
of separating children from their parents at the border, an action the Trump
administration undertook knowing full well that it would be nearly impossible to
reunite all of the families it separated. The parents of hundreds of separated
children have not yet been located, with some families perhaps separated

Even in the last few months of the Trump administration, federal agencies’
flagrant violations of the law continued. In mid-August, ICE deported a 29-year-
old asylum seeker “despite the lack of a deportation order and before he even
had his first appointment in immigration court.” In December, news broke that
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had expelled at least 66 unaccompanied
children in contravention of a federal judge’s order. In both cases, the
government admitted its wrongdoing in court. --
STATEMENT: CAP’s Winnie Stachelberg Condemns the Tragic Shootings in Georgia
March 17 -- Washington, D.C. — Last night, an armed gunman killed eight people and wounded several more at multiple businesses in the metro Atlanta
area. Six of the victims were Asian, and all but one of the victims were women. In response, Winnie Stachelberg, executive vice president for external
affairs at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

While much is still unknown about what transpired in Atlanta yesterday, initial reporting points to three elements that, at a minimum, warrant further
investigation: the continued prevalence of gun violence, the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, and the increase in gender-based brutality, especially against
women of color.

The past year has seen a troubling surge in violence against women, both domestically and around the world, --
groups of color, but there are also differences.  Racism towards Asian Americans has a different “slant..  During the war, a
fear of Asian Americans as threats to physical safety, as depicted in comic books, as the “sneaky,” “mysterious,”  
“sadistic,” “yellow peril.”   Asian Americans are viewed as financial threats, academic, or as business competitors.  
Assumptions about Asian Americans as foreigners, or since our skin color is not dark enough, have higher income, or
education, deem us as not qualifying as a “legitimate” protected minority.  

Atrocities have occurred throughout our recent history, with Chinese immigrants lynched in the 1800’s. There was a camp
where Chinese immigrants lived who laid railroad tracks right in Madison on West Washington Ave. One can imagine how
many immigrants died during those days due to accidents and lack of health care.  Or an incident with a Hmong family
murdered in Milwaukee because they spoke with an accent. I recall, in Madison, a World War II veteran had a rifle on a
tripod aimed at a Japanese couple living across the street from him.

At times I see racist violence as a parallel to behaviors of offenders of domestic violence, child abuse, or sexual assault,
where power and control, taking one’s own hate, pain, anger and emptiness, and externalized, towards others, towards
more vulnerable and helpless targets, such as the recent older individuals, women, or child victims.  I also see the
extremes of lack of human attachment, caring and trust resulting in individuals, feeling like objects and if that occurs, then
others are seen as objects by them, as well.  

My mother’s family, living in California, with little notice, was ordered to leave their homes, leaving everything but what they
could fit in a suitcase, then transported by trains, to the Santa Anita horse stables to be “processed” by soldiers with rifles
and bayonets, leaving 120,000 Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were legal Americans, to be sent to 10
incarceration camps, surrounded with barbed wire and armed guard towers, tags with numbers on their backs and
searched, including children, in remote areas of the country. Ironically, my father and uncles served in the U.S. armed
services, while this country, their country, incarcerated their families.  After three years, my family was released. --
Anti-Asian Hate and Violence Cannot Be Ignored
By Sharyl Kato

The horrific atrocity of eight individuals murdered in Atlanta, last week, amplifies many
triggers for me, on many different levels, personal, professional, social and political.
This tragedy and so many others, occurring over the past year, highlights the racism our
country has held for centuries, against Asian Americans.  Feelings of fear and dread
rise for me, now, from my childhood and throughout adulthood, having observed and
experienced harassment.  
Many Americans are confused about how to view, or think about Asian Americans, that
is, if they view them at all.  There are many commonalities in
racism towards varying