OACC is currently in the process of compiling submissions for a zine that highlights the works of API cultural producers.The intent of this project is to create space within our zine for APIs’ cultural presence to be expressed and for artists to build community in sharing their works within the same anthology.We accept submissions of photos, paintings, poems, song lyrics, etc.The theme of the zine is “I Am Here,” to build off of the Smithsonian APA Center’s APAHM 2014 theme of “I Am Beyond.”The deadline to submit is Tuesday, 7/1. If people are interested in submitting, we also ask that they send us a 150 word or less bio with a high-resolution head shot of themselves.If they are submitting a poem, we ask that it be 20 lines or less. They can feel free to share 20 lines from poems that are longer.If they are sharing from a song, we ask that they limit it to one verse from their song if the song is longer than 16 bars.If they are submitting a prose piece, we ask that it be 200 words or less.All submissions, bios, and head shots can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.Please email if you have any questions!
Congressman Mike Honda will host a press conference to call on the Food and Drug Administration to end the discriminatory regulation that prohibits gay and bisexual men from donating blood.
“Despite tremendous advances in the medical and biotech fields, the Food and Drug Administration still bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men,” Congressman Honda said. “The American Medical Association now opposes this discriminatory and outdated restriction. Our society is increasingly supporting equality for LGBT people. I will fight this ban that only marginalizes, stigmatizes, and stereotypes healthy people across the country.”
“The ban on gay men donating blood is an archaic and discriminatory policy that precludes gay Americans from participating fully in our society,” added Santa Clara County Supervisor Ken Yeager. “Thanks to advances in testing science, overturning this ban would increase the donor blood supply and help save thousands of lives.”
"With the risk of man-made and natural disasters that could injure thousands of people, it’s inconceivable that we would be turning away gay donated blood that has been scientifically tested to be safe,” said Councilmember Evan Low. “I urge the FDA to join the U.K., Canada, and Australia in rescinding this lifetime discriminatory ban.”