CAPA21 is Proud to Endorse Rep. Pramila Jayapal for Re-election; Meet Her in Berkeley on May 15

The CAPA21 Asian Pacific American political action committee was proud to endorse and donate to Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal in her first run for Congress in 2016. We’re thrilled to again endorse her for re-election and invite you to meet Rep. Jayapal in Berkeley this weekend.

Rep. Jayapal will join Saru Jayaraman, President of One Fair Wage, at a fundraiser on Sunday, May 15, in Berkeley (location provided upon RSVP) at 1:00 p.m. co-hosted by CAPA21 co-chair Dale Minami, former CAPA21 leadership council co-chair Kiran Jain, our dear friend Vincent Eng, Dr. Karen Korematsu, Renuka Kher, Veena Dubal, Roy and Sara Bahat, and Aarti Kohli.

The event will feature a discussion with Rep. Jayapal and Ms. Jayaraman, who are together leading ballot measures in battleground states, including Michigan, that will raise wages and drive hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers and voters of color to the polls this November.

Re-elected twice since 2016, Rep. Jayapal is serving her third term as the U.S. Representative for Washington’s 7th District, which encompasses most of Seattle and its surrounding areas.

Rep. Jayapal has been a leader on a wide range of landmark progressive issues. She is the Chair of the 96-member Congressional Progressive Caucus and also serves on the House Judiciary, Education & Labor, and Budget Committees. She also serves on the Select Committee for Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, a member of the Immigration Task Force for the Congressional Asian Pacific Asian Caucus, and a Vice Chair of the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus where she is the co-chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force.

In Congress, she introduced the Medicare for All Act to guarantee health care as a human right, the Housing is a Human Right Act to invest billions into affordable housing, and the College for All Act to make public colleges and universities free for families making up to $125,000 while making community college and trade schools free for everyone.

Additionally, Congresswoman Jayapal has long been a champion for a $15 minimum wage, racial justice, the PRO Act to support workers’ rights, reproductive justice, the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and climate action so we finally transition to a 100% clean energy economy while prioritizing environmental justice and ensuring everyone has access to clean air, safe drinking water, and public lands.

Prior to becoming the first South Asian American woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, one of just two dozen naturalized citizens currently in Congress, and one of only 87 women of color to ever serve there, Congresswoman Jayapal spent decades working in global public health and development.

Born in India, Rep. Jayapal grew up in India, Indonesia, and Singapore before coming to the United States by herself at the age of 16. She attended college at Georgetown University and later received her MBA from Northwestern University before working in several industries in both the public and private sector. She is the author of two books, Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland and Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change.

She lives in West Seattle with her husband Steve Williamson, a long-time labor leader. She is also the proud mother of a transgender child named Janak and the stepmother to Michael.

CAPA21 Mourns the Loss of Secretary Norman Mineta

The CAPA21 Asian Pacific American political action committee mourns the loss of Secretary Norman Mineta, who passed away on May 3 at age 90. We express our deepest condolences to Deni, David, and the Mineta family.

Secretary Mineta was one of the greatest Asian Pacific American leaders in our history. He not only broke numerous barriers but forged a career notable for advancing APA interests and empowerment – done with a generosity of spirit and graciousness that is rare in politics.

From the synopsis of Dianne Fukami’s documentary on Secretary Mineta: “The child of immigrants, Norman Mineta’s uniquely American story charts a path from the shame he experienced as a Japanese American inside a U.S. concentration camp during World War II to his triumphant rise to political prominence that shaped every level of government and made him one of the most influential Asian Americans in the history of our nation. 

“His distinguished career is an unmatched slate of achievements, including 20 years in the United States Congress and eventually serving in the Cabinets of two Presidents from different political parties— Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is celebrated as a bipartisan visionary who championed political civility yet was a bold change maker with a deft political touch whose legacy includes a lifelong commitment to social justice.”

CAPA21 Congratulates Glen S. Fukushima on Senate Confirmation as Director of SIPC

CAPA21 congratulates our co-founder Glen S. Fukushima on his confirmation by the United States Senate on April 6 as a Director of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SPIC). President Biden nominated Glen to the position in October 2021. Following Glen’s confirmation, President Biden on April 11 designated him as Vice Chair of the SIPC board.

SIPC’s Board of Directors has seven members, five of whom are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. The U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve each appoint a director. Directors are appointed for a term of three years and may serve until replaced.

Congress created the SIPC under the Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970 and serves an important role in the overall system of investor protection in the United States. Since 1971, through 330 liquidation proceedings, SIPC has distributed more than $140 billion for the benefit of more than 773,000 investors who otherwise might have lost their hard-earned savings.

Glen is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where his research focuses on U.S. relations with Asia. Before joining CAP in 2012, he was based in Asia for 22 years as a senior executive with one European and four American multinational corporations, including AT&T and NCR, and served on several corporate boards.

During this period, he was elected to one term as Vice President and two terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. Before his business career, he served as a trade negotiator at the Office of the United States Trade Representative as Director for Japanese Affairs and as Deputy Assistant USTR for Japan and China. During the Clinton Administration, he was appointed as Vice Chair of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.

A native of California and third-generation American of Japanese ancestry, Glen has been active in promoting Asian American advancement in American society, including co-founding CAPA21. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Global Council of the Asia Society, President’s Leadership Council of the Asia Foundation, Board of Councilors of the U.S.-Japan Council, and Advisory Committee of Harvard University’s Asia Center.
He has taught as a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University and at Waseda University in Japan. He earned his B.A. at Stanford University, M.A. at Harvard University, and J.D. at the Harvard Law School. He also studied at the Harvard Business School and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo.

Glen co-founded CAPA21 in 2014 with Dale Minami, Maeley Tom, Ginger Lew, and others. The APA political action committee is today led by Dale, Maeley, Ginger, and Tamlyn Tomita as co-chairs. CAPA21 is descended from one of the country’s very first Asian Pacific American political action committees, the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, which was founded in 1988.

CAPA21 is donating to more candidates

On behalf of co-chairs Maeley Tom, Ginger Lew, and Tamlyn Tomita, I’m proud to announce additional donations from CAPA21. These donations are only possible because of all the incredible donors who contributed to our $200,000 fundraising campaign!

  • $5,000 to Stacy Abrams: Supported by AAPIs in Georgia, her election will radically transform a state that could reach majority-minority status by 2028, including almost a half-million AAPIs. Her campaign launched its first TV and digital ad ( last week.
  • $5,000 to Rep. Mark Takano: An invaluable member of our AAPI delegation, Mark is also improving the lives of our veterans as Chair of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
  • $5,000 to Rep. Andy Kim: Another critical member of our AAPI delegation in Congress, Andy is being targeted by the GOP; it’s vital we defend this seat.
  • $5,000 to Rep. Josh Harder: Running for re-election in a new Calif. district with significant AAPI electorate.
  • $5,000 to Jay Chen for Congress: Strong challenger to Rep. Michelle Steel (R) in new Calif. District 45.
  • $4,900 to Assemblymember Phil Ting: An AAPI champion in the Calif. Legislature, as budget committee chair, led efforts to appropriate $166 million to combat anti-Asian hate.
  • $4,900 to Assemblymember Evan Low: Another AAPI champion in the Calif. legislature running in a new district.
  • $4,900 to Annie Cho for Calif. State Assembly: Important challenger to Assemblywoman Suzette Valladares (R), her win will help address a critical gap in the Calif. legislature that does not have a single AAPI woman.
  • $4,900 to Stephanie Nguyen for Calif. State Assembly: Running for a vacant seat, her win will also elect another AAPI woman to the legislature.

The new donations expand upon our previous contributions to:
$5,000 to Senator Rafael Warnock in Georgia
$5,000 to Senator Mark Kelly in Arizona
$5,000 to Senator Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada
$2,000 to Calif. Attorney General Rob Bonta
$5,000 to Georgians Advancing Progress PAC (GAPPAC)
$5,000 to Asian Americans in Action (Orange County, Calif.)
$5,000 to Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance (Pennsylvania)
$5,000 to One APIA Nevada

And as we mentioned in previous announcements, we are earmarking funds for the Democratic Senate nominees in Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. With the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions upholding fair redistricting in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, there’s optimism that Republican gerrymandering may not be as successful as once feared.

These contributions are only the first phase of donations we’re making in 2022. There will be more to come, especially after primary season is over and we have a better outlook of races across the country.

Thank you again for your support!
Dale Minami, Co-Chair

Why an 80th Anniversary Can Be a Teachable Moment: The Lessons of Day of Remembrance

This is an excerpt of a Medium post by Dianne Fukami. CAPA21 is unaffiliated with the Mineta Legacy Project, which is a 501(c)(3) effort and our publication of this excerpt does not indicate endorsement of CAPA21 by the Project.

In the free online curriculum What Does It Mean To Be An American? we look at the incarceration of Japanese Americans in-depth to provide lessons on how mistakes of the past don’t necessarily have to be repeated and how the Japanese American experience can serve as an example for addressing past wrongs, making reparations, and moving toward forgiveness.
You may ask why this curriculum focuses heavily on the Japanese American experience. The answer is quite simple really. It was inspired by the life of Norman Y. Mineta, who is a former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Secretary of Transportation, having served under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, the first Asian American to serve in a presidential cabinet.
Prior to that, he was a 10-term member of Congress and mayor of San Jose, CA. And as a 10-year old boy, he and his family were forcibly removed from their home in San Jose and like other Japanese Americans, imprisoned behind barbed wire during World War II, in his case, at Heart Mountain, Wyoming.