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June 2017 E-Newsletter    
 

25 Years of Resistance Organize and Fight!
With less than 60 days to go, we hope you’re able to join us for APALA's 14th Biennial Convention & 25th Anniversary Celebration:
(1) You can register and book your rooms here, using group code ASA.
(2) Scholarships for young leaders are available; applications are due July 2nd. Recipients will be notified mid-July.
(3) You can help us spread the word using sample social media posts available here.
 
$25,000 for APALA’s 25 Years of Resistance
If you want to help build power for our AAPI labor community, then please consider making a special $25 gift in honor of our 25th anniversary. Our campaign to raise $25,000 in our of APALA’s 25 Years of Resistance aims to engage members, supporters, and family and friends to propel APALA forward in its next 25 years. Proceeds from this fundraiser support: (1) Our young leader scholarship program for convention, (2) year-round civic engagement, including efforts to build AAPI political power in Pennsylvania, and (3) building our Organizing Institutes to scale! Donate today
 
New Executive Director Alvina Yeh
In case you missed it, our new APALA and IAPALA Executive Director Alvina Yeh started in June. We are excited for her to join the team. Alvina Yeh stated: “I am so honored to serve APALA in this capacity. Ever since I became involved, I have always found a sense of community in APALA that you can’t get anywhere else. With such a supportive National Executive Board and staff, I am excited to hit the ground running this June, especially in a progressive space that is a leader in the resistance needed in the AAPI and labor communities.” Check out the full release here.   
 
APAHM Recap: Climate March, May Day Actions, & AAPIsResist Twitter Town Halls
Thank you to everyone who participated in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)! APALA members throughout the country participated in Climate March and May Day actions and stood in solidarity with working people worldwide. Also as part of the #AAPIsResist Month of Resistance, APALA co-hosted four #AAPIsResist Twitter Town Halls – check out the summary storifies here: (1) Thinking Globally, (2) Forms of Activism, (3)  Beyond the Moment, and (4) One Year After Pulse.
 
Community & Labor Reception, Washington, DC
The APALA National Staff organized an APAHM Community and Labor Reception on May 15th on the rooftop of the Bank of Labor. The reception highlighted the need to organize on the ground to resist bad policies and rhetoric! Special thanks to sponsor Bank of Labor and guest speakers: Sapna Pandya, Executive Director of Many Languages One Voice, AFSCME Secretary Treasurer Elissa McBride, and Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez.
 
National Executive Board Meeting
The National Executive Board convened in Washington, DC on May 16th and 17th, where more 30 board members came and discussed pertinent issues, such as environmental justice and attacks on the public sector, in the labor movement.  We were joined by guest speakers: National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Gracia; Bridget Martin, Bank of Labor Senior Vice President; Jamal Watkins, AFL-CIO National Outreach Director; Congresswoman Grace Meng, CAPAC PAC Chair and DNC Vice Chair; Richard Calvin Chang, Policy Director of Empowering Pacific Islander Communities; Emma Leheny, NEA General Counsel; and Jill Matundan, AFSCME International Director of Conference and Travel Services. Special thanks to the National Education Association for hosting the meeting!
 
World Bank Protest
On April 21st, APALA joined with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, AFL-CIO and many more organizations to protest the for-profit partnership between the World Bank and Bridge International Academies. We demanded free, high-quality public education that put students before profits. Knowing the conditions of underfunded schools in the US, we rose in solidarity with African communities to stop the World Bank from privatizing education and using poor children for corporate experiments. Click here for more information.
 
International Solidarity Spotlight
The Solidarity Center and JustJobs Network recently released the report, “Creating Good Jobs and Reconstruction and Migration,” on the 2nd anniversary of the Nepal earthquakes, examining opportunities for developing decent work in the country in the context of reconstruction efforts and the high levels of out-migration. Nepal is at a unique moment when it can leverage the reconstruction process to protect worker rights, provide family-supporting wages and ensure that migration out of the country for work is a choice, not a necessity.
 
Data Training Opportunity
Our country is in crisis and we know we need to attack this problem at its core. YOU can be a part of the solution and together we can make the difference.  We invite you to participate in the first Change the Game Training - Political and Organizing Data Training for Communities of Color. Please apply, even if you’re unsure if you’ll be able to afford it! Applications are due June 30th.
 
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
Linda Bennett
Rob Bonta
Luisa Blue
Tim Bressler
Josie Camacho
David Carpio
Gregory Cendana
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
Tarn Goelling
Yves Gomes
James Hardy
Johanna Puno Hester
Tichakorn Hill
Alex Hing
Jenny Ho
General Holiefield

Arlene Inouye
Ted H. Jacobsen
Jammi Juarez
​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. 
Learn more at www.apalanet.org.
 
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