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February 2017 E-Newsletter    

As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, We Will Resist

We choose resistance. Over 200 AAPI organizations throughout the country have signed on to a joint statement committing resistance to the Trump administration. APALA and many of our chapters are proud signers of the statement, and some notable signers include the National Education Association (NEA) API Caucus, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) API Caucus, and the California API Legislative Caucus. Please click here to see the full statement and list of signatories, and check out this Colorlines article on our joint statement. Please also join our AAPI Call for Resistance as a follow up; register here.

Inauguration Actions

In response to the inauguration of Trump, APALA members had a strong presence at the Women’s March on Washington and sister marches throughout the country. We thank everyone who participated and stood up with our allies and co-conspirators against hate, racism, sexism, xenophobia. Let’s keep on resisting!

Direct Action Trainings

APALA is proud to join the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance in its Direct Action Trainings for People of Color in Los Angeles (2/19), Washington, DC (2/25), New York City (2/26), Boston (3/4), Philadelphia (3/5), Bay Area (3/18), Seattle (3/19), and Chicago (4/1). The goal is to get as many people of color trained to engage in direct action strategically, effectively, and as safely as possible. This training series is lead and planned by queer and trans API people in collaboration with the Ruckus Society and a number of POC organizations. This training is open to all POC. Space is limited, and spots are going quickly, so please register today! Register here.

Welcoming APALA Illinois!

We’re excited to announce that APALA Illinois has signed its charter and is now an official chapter of APALA! Special thanks to Kenzo Shibata for his leadership to organize a chapter, and we look forward to strengthening the AAPI worker voice in the Midwest and beyond. If you're interested in creating a chapter near you, please contact William Chiang at wchiang@apalanet.org for more information. 

Filipino WWII Congressional Gold Medal Bill

APALA also joined with the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project to urge member and the community to call their House representatives to vote to pass the Filipino Veterans of WWII Congressional Gold Bill, which was passed by the Senate last summer. On December 1, 2016, APALA celebrated with our allies and partners the passing of the bill, a historic victory to recognize the contributions of the Filipino and Filipino American community in the U.S.  Read full press release.


Roundtable with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

Members of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) National Executive Board and staff convened a roundtable with the Council of Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) to discuss the importance and alignment of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) issues within the broader Asian American community as it relates to mass incarceration and economic justice. Convening at CNHA member organization Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Center for its work to connect children with their mothers in the system, roundtable speakers included Michelle Kauhane, CNHA President and CEO; Annelle Amaral, member of Hawaii Paroling Authority and president of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Oahu Council; and a formerly incarcerated staff member at the center who graciously shared her story of reentry into society.  Read full press release.

Community & Labor Reception in Honolulu, Hawaii 

Following the December National Executive Board meeting, APALA Hawaii hosted a reception at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 142 with a night of food, drink and music. We give our sincerest thanks to our sponsors: United Public Workers, Local 646; the Hawaii Government Employees Association, AFSCME Local 152; ILWU Local 142; the Hawaii State Teachers Association, National Education Association; and the Hawaii State, AFL-CIO.

National Executive Board Meeting

In December 2016, the National Executive Board (NEB) convened in Honolulu, Hawaii. APALA’s presence in Hawaii, a state whose population is predominantly Asian American and Pacific Islander, is crucial as the state has the deep rooted labor history connecting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) to broader labor movement. Our National Executive Board discussed and strategized on the ways in which APALA could move forward under a Trump Administration. The NEB passed several resolutions to help guide APALA’s work, including resolutions to resist the Trump administration and hold elected official accountable, a resolution to advance global labor solidarity with the Solidarity Center in particular, and a resolution reaffirming APALA’s commitment to Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander issues.  

APALA National Executive Board with Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell!


International Solidarity Spotlight

APALA stands in solidarity with Bangladeshi trade unionists and workers in response to the detainment of activists who went on strike last December. APALA National President Johanna Puno Hester stated: “The struggle we see here in the U.S. and abroad are rooted in the same spirit to build worker power and battle corporate greed. We stand by our Bangladeshi sisters and brothers in their fight for better wages and to collectively bargain.”  Read the full release here.


APALA’s 14th Biennial Convention | 25 Years of Resistance: Organize and Fight

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.


Press Releases & Media Highlights


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! 


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
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
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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