CAPA21's $100K effort; POTUS appoints Glen S. Fukushima to SIPC; WaPo editorial on Dilawar Syed nom calls out cowardice of Senate Republicans

Today: Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Jamie Raskin strategy session on saving our democracy

Several nonprofits are hosting an online strategy session with Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Jamie Raskin to discuss the constitutional crisis we face and what each of us can do to preserve our democracy. The event is today, Oct. 20, at 5:30 p.m. Pacific and sponsored by the Equal Justice Society, Indivisible East Bay, She The People, and Free Speech for People. Register here.

Congratulations to Glen S. Fukushima on his appointment by President Biden to the Securities Investor Protection Corporation board. The White House announced the appointment last Friday.

Before his business career, which included senior executive roles at AT&T and NCR, Glen 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.

The Washington Post editorial board last night called Senate Republicans cowards for continuing to block Dilawar Syed’s nomination to SBA deputy:

If Republicans believe Mr. Syed should not be confirmed, they should show up, vote against him and explain why they are doing so. Apparently, though, they don’t want to be on the record voting against the appointment of someone so eminently qualified, who has been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Small Business Association. So they take the coward’s way out.

Join the push to demand Senators do their jobs and show up to the committee and vote on Dilawar’s nomination.

The CAPA21 political action committee launched a fundraising campaign last week matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 raised. They raised $25,000 in a few days after launching the campaign.

The match was made possible by pledges from Raymond L. Ocampo Jr. and Sandra O. Ocampo, Joan Haratani, Clement Kong, Kei-on Chan and Sonia Ng, Don Tamaki, Minami Tamaki LLP, Dianne Fukami, and Ai Mori and Dale Minami. The PAC also announced Tamlyn Tomita, Maeley Tom, Ginger Lew and Dale Minami as its new co-chairs.

CAPA21 was co-founded by Dale and Glen S. Fukushima and is descended from one of the country’s very first Asian Pacific American political action committees, the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans, founded in 1988 by Dale, Maeley, and others as one of the country’s first Asian Pacific American political action committees.