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April 2017 E-Newsletter    

APALA’s Biennial Convention             
AAPI Calls for Resistance                           

Membership Drive: Become a Member!

It’s not too late to join APALA! April 19th is the LAST DAY to make sure your membership count for chapter representation on the 2017-2019 National Executive Board. To join APALA, please click here. Your membership directly supports local chapters, strengthens our multi-generational and intersectional movements, and helps build a pipeline of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders! Join today.


APALA’s Biennial Convention

From APALA's first action to marching for justice in the beating of Rodney King to standing in solidarity with Native peoples in North Dakota, we're celebrating our 25-year history of our collective resistance standing with people of color and marginalized groups. This year's convention theme "25 Years of Resistance: Organize & Fight" encapsulates the importance of knowing and understanding our history in the struggle and uniting together in the fights we know we will encounter in the next 25 years of APALA. We invite you to join us to celebrate, to strategize, and to collaborate in APALA's 14th Biennial Convention & 25th Anniversary Celebration. Register here, or click here for more info.


AAPI Calls for Resistance

Following our joint sign-on statement on principles for resistance that had over 200 organizational signatories, APALA held two follow up calls in February to create space for our community to share what they’ve been doing to resist. On the first call, we were joined by Sasha Q. from NQAPIA, Carolyn Chou from the AARW, and Alisi Tulua from EPIC. On the second call, we were joined by Margarita Santini from the UPICEC, Trina Pasumbal from UPLIFT, and Cathy Dang from CAAAV. Thank you to all our speakers, and please check out www.apalanet.org/resistance for more resources for resistance, including this one-pager with 15 tips for our resistance.

Executive Director Transition

In case you missed it, APALA & IAPALA Executive Director Gregory A. Cendana will be stepping down as a full-time staff member this June and transition by August. We are extremely grateful for Greg’s tireless dedication and energy, but are also excited to welcome a new leader into the APALA family. To read the full release, please click here.

You deserve to be counted!

Currently, federal agencies are not required to count detailed data for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities (e.g., Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Native Hawaiian, Chamorro, Samoan, Tongan, etc.). This means our communities remain misrepresented, left out of policy and program decisions, and under-funded. We can change that. You have until April 28 to tell Office of Management & Budget that “I want to be counted and I support the questions used by the U.S. Census Bureau!” Sign the petition here.

Race Talks

In March, APALA National hosted Race Talks, a community event for open dialogue and a space for healing on our nation’s racial disparities. Community members, including APALA DC members, actively participated in this discussion. Special thanks to our intern Tammy who organized and facilitated the discussion!

Asian American Women’s Equal Pay Day & Equal Pay Day

APALA co-sponsored a twitter storm on Asian American Women’s Equal Pay on March 6th and Equal Pay Day on April 4th – thank you to all the membership and allies who participated on raising awareness of the wage gap AAPI women still face today. On March 7th, The primary hashtag #AAPIEqualPay trended locally in New York and DC, and we even saw tweets and retweets from many members of Congress, including Senator Mazie Hirono, Senator Kamala Harris, and Representative Grace Meng, and celebrities, like Constance Wu and Jenny Yang.


March 8th: International Women’s Day

On March 8th, the APALA National office was closed for A Day Without A Woman, which signified the hard work of women, women of color, trans and immigrant women that is often not acknowledged or appreciated in the workplace. In addition, APALA National staff and DC chapter members also participated in the Women Workers Rising rally in front of the Department of Labor in Washington, DC. We were lucky to hear from Sophorn Yang, Cambodian trade union leader, on why women voices at work are so important.


Advancing Justice Strategy Summit in Oakland

APALA National Executive Committee Members Johanna Puno Hester, Monica Thammarath, Kim Geron, and Tracy Lai, and APALA National Staff members Gregory A. Cendana, William Chiang, and Marian Manapsal participated in the Advancing Justice Strategy Summit last month as well. There we discussed the importance and best practices of civic engagement as a way to resist the impending attacks on our communities. Special thanks to the Coulter Foundation for convening us!



Defy, Defend, Expand: Strategy Session on Sanctuary

In the wake of the recent executive orders, nearly 200 cities have started petitions to expand sanctuary in their town. APALA joined Mijente, community members, and leaders from those campaigns for the Expanding Sanctuary Conference 2017, sponsored by Mijente, BYP100, Blackbird, Transgender Law Center, Southerners on New Ground, Undocublack, MPower, and DRUM. APALA National staffer Kenneth Gonzales participated in this two-day convening of strategy, training, vision and convergence.


Grassroots APIs Rising Summit

APALA Executive Director Gregory Cendana also participated in the Grassroots APIs Rising convening in Oakland last month, where more than 160 organizers from grassroots organizations nationwide came to strategize on how to build resilient communities that fight back, resist, and organize. Special thanks to the coordinating committee which included organizers from the Chinese Progressive Association – San Francisco, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, DRUM: Desis Rising Up and Moving, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Providence Youth Student Movement, and AYPAL.


2016 End of Year Report

Thanks to your support, we did so much last year! We convened a National Call with over 300 participants and a Joint Statement for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter. We strategized with coalition partners and formerly incarcerated folks on restorative forms of justice to stop the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline at the AAPIs Beyond Bars Convening in Seattle. We even ran civic engagement and political programs in California, Nevada, Pennsyvlania, and Virginia leading up to the election. To get a refresher on all the great work APALA and our chapters do throughout the year, please check out our 2016 End of Year Report which details our notable achievements and activities from last year.


International Solidarity Spotlight

Bangladesh: All jailed labor activists have been released! The Solidarity Center continues to coordinate with labor lawyers, unions, and other trade union support and campaign organizations to get all baseless charges dropped, as well as full reinstatement or severance benefits for the hundreds of terminated workers. Police officers continue to visit union offices and harass staff and union members.

Thailand: The Human Rights and Development Foundation with support from the Solidarity Center released a report in January on how including migrant workers in Thai labor laws would allow the country to be in line with international standards and still be competitive in the global market. Read the full report here.


Become a Member

We’re calling all chapters to ramp up membership of AAPI workers and allies to fight for worker, immigrant, and civil rights. More than ever, we need your voices to organize our communities to resist the Trump administration. Sign-up or renew your 2017 APALA Membership today! 



Press Releases & Media Highlights



Thank you to our lifetime warriors:

Mary Anne Ahtye
Mary Au
Willard Beck
Rob Bonta
Luisa Blue
Tim Bressler
Josie Camacho
David Carpio
May Chen
Helen T. Chin
Richard Chu 
Lila Chui
Troy Davis
John Delloro
Henry Eng
Virginia Eng
Christopher Erikson
Miguel Foster
Calvin Gee
Yee Gee
Kim Geron
James Hardy
Johanna Puno Hester
Tichakorn Hill
Alex Hing
Jenny Ho
General Holiefield
Ted H. Jacobsen
​Norwood Jewell
Nancy Adams Johnson
Virdell King
Anne Lee
Brandon Leung
Delrico Loyd
Keith Mickens

Barbara Miller
Cesar Moreno
Alana Moy
Lonway Moy
Steven Moy
Elsie Myers
Van S. Nguyen
Ahmed Shakir
Darren Shiroma
Maria Somma
Anna Stuart
Zahid Syed
Mark Taylor
Norman Ten
Monica Thammarath
Marian Thom
Maf Misbah Uddin
Carol Wong
Kent Wong
Michael Yee
Wendell Yee
Alvina Yeh

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO was founded in 1992 as the first and only national organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) union members to advance worker, immigrant and civil rights. 
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