Newly-Formed Coalition Of Asian-American Groups Raises Money For Japan | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Newly-Formed Coalition Of Asian-American Groups Raises Money For Japan

Play associated audio

Hope for Japan is a newly-formed coalition of more than 35 Asian-American groups from around the D.C. area, and on Friday night, the group brought gathered for a fundraiser in Rosslyn.

Rep. Gerry Connolly and a minister from the embassy of Japan addressed the crowd, but the most vivid descriptions of the disaster came from Rex Strickland.

Strickland, who is half-Japanese, is a Fairfax firefighter who traveled to the disaster area with the elite rescue team Virginia task force.

"It's sometimes overwhelming how much damage there is...cars on top of 4 story buildings, boats stacked on top of buildings -- i was pretty amazing to see all that," Strickland says.

The fundraiser attracted more than 350 people, each paying at least $40 a seat. The thousands raised will go towards several organizations giving aid directly to Japanese victims.

NPR

Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

The filmmaker says Going Clear, harshly critical of the Church of Scientology, is about the dangers of "blind faith." The church has hit back with an aggressive public relations effort of its own.
NPR

Think Nobody Wants To Buy Ugly Fruits And Veggies? Think Again

Remember that old movie trope, in which the mousy girl takes off her glasses to reveal she was a beauty all along? A similar scenario is playing out among food waste fighters in the world of produce.
NPR

Amazingly, Congress Actually Got Something Done

The leaders and members must, in a word, compromise. And on this occasion, Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did just that, with skill and savvy.
NPR

Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.