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Message from Diane Narasaki and Tony Lee, on behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington: Please see the ACTION ALERT for April 30, Monday, and take a minute to join us that day in calling Governor Inslee with the message and number below! Your call is important! Thank you!


Demand Governor Inslee Fire WA DOL Director Pat Kohler

Join us in calling Governor Inslee on April 30 and leave him a message at

(360) 902-4111

Sample Script

“Hello. My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I’m calling to urge Governor Inslee to remove Pat Kohler, Department of Licensing Director! DOL gave personal information to ICE and helped ICE identify and locate our immigrant neighbors, against the Governor’s Executive Order. They are now at risk of being ripped from their families and communities and being deported. Pat Kohler’s failed leadership affects thousands of state residents and she must be held accountable and removed. Do not allow her to hire a deputy director before she is removed!


Under the DOL Director Pat Kohler’s leadership, the WA Dept. of Licensing failed to comply with Governor Inslee’s Executive Order prohibiting use of state agency resources to identify or apprehend immigrants for violations of federal immigration laws for a year after he issued it. This is an unforgivable breach of trust. We know that DOL’s violation of this Executive Order has already unleashed ICE against one prominent immigrant activist, and has put many more of our neighbors and friends at risk of deportation by sharing their personal information with ICE. Though process improvements have been made since the Seattle Times broke the news of DOL’s violation of the Governor’s Executive Order, such as the requirement for court orders to obtain information, the damage has been done and cannot be undone. The betrayal of our state’s values cannot be fixed by bureaucratic changes alone. The DOL director must be held accountable and removed, for DOL’s violation of the Governor’s Executive Order and putting thousands of state residents at risk of losing their loved ones to detention and deportation. Only her removal and an overhaul of DOL’s leadership can restore public trust in DOL. This is why a broad coalition of 18 organizations statewide (see organizational logos below) call for DOL Director Kohler to be removed immediately.

Statements from Community Leaders

“I sat on the interview committee that recommended Pat Kohler for the Director’s position at DOL. It is now clear that she was the wrong person and that DOL needs to make changes to restore public trust and faith after the injustices committed against communities of color targeted by the federal Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). And those changes need to start at the top.
- Jeffrey G. Johnson, President, Washington State Labor Council

“LCA is asking Governor Inslee to ask for Pat Kohler to resign, and if she doesn’t step down, he should use his executive power and remove her from the position. Stop with the excuses. We are prepared to support a new director that has strong leadership abilities and vision to change the culture at DOL and restore credibility”
- Nina Martinez, Latino Civic Alliance, Board Chair

“For years, DOL Director Pat Kohler failed to protect the privacy and personal data of Washington state residents and put thousands at risk of losing their families, homes and communities. We ask the Governor to remove her immediately and replace her with leadership which will ensure DOL compliance with his Executive Order and respect for the privacy and dignity of all Washington State residents.”
-Diane Narasaki, Executive Director, Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)

For more information and statements from community leaders and representatives of the organizations below, please visit LCA’s website and click “READ FULL STATEMENT”.



4/17 Tuesday Noon DOL Actions in Seattle and Several Cities

ACTION ALERT from Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC), King County Co-Chairs, Diane Narasaki and Tony Lee

Please join us in a multi-city action on April 17, Tuesday, noon – 1pm, at the locations listed in the 1st attachment (“DOL Join Us on Tuesday”) below, demanding the resignation or removal of the Department of Licensing (DOL) Director. The Seattle action will take place downtown outside the DOL office at 205 Spring Street. Actions will also take place outside DOL offices in Bellingham, Everett, Lacey, White Center/Burien, Moses Lake, Yakima, and Vancouver; please see the locations in the aforementioned 1st attachment below.

Please get the information out to your networks and social media to turn people out for this event. It will not be a picket line (we will not block the entrance to the DOL office or interfere with the people entering/exiting), but we will hold signs outside the DOL office. Please let us know if you can come, and if you can bring others, and if so, how many. Suggested slogans for signs are at the end of the attachment below, if you can bring them; if not, there will also be signs at the site.

Under the DOL Director’s leadership, the DOL failed to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order designed to protect the privacy of Washington state residents, including immigrants and refugees. The DOL routinely and frequently shared personal data of Washington residents with ICE, raising the danger of their being identified, apprehended, detained and deported for no reason other than their immigration status.

Please see the 2nd attachment below, a joint public statement from the 18 organizations (“DOL – public statement…), including the Latino Civic Alliance, the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) of Washington State, Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS), Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute, Japanese American Citizens League, Filipino Community of Seattle, APACE, GC Reforms, Coalition on Immigrants, Refugees and Communities of Color (CIRCC), Casa Latina, LULAC, El Centro de la Raza, Community to Community, OneAmerica, Refugee Women’s Alliance, and the Washington State Labor Council. The 3rd attachment is a letter from APIC to the Governor indicating several reasons for APIC’s request to the Governor to remove the DOL Director and prevent her from hiring the next DOL Deputy Director.

Thank you all. We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday at noon at the event!

1. DOLJoin us on Tuesday

2. DOL – public statement with organizations’ logos

3. APIC – DOL Letter from APIC to Governor Inslee


2017 APA Legislative Day

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