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Apr11

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

Nov05

Thank you on behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of WA State

On behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington State, thank you to everyone who participated and came to the 2012 Asian Pacific American Summit on September 21 in the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. Thank you to our sponsors National Coalition for Asian American Community Development (CAPACD), United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, ResCare HomeCare, Union Bank and Washington Education Association. Thanks to over 100 endorsers statewide!

Over 1000 people attended from over 25 language groups. Mee Moua, the first Hmong woman to be elected to the Minnesota State Senate and current President of the Asian American Justice Center, gave an inspirational call to action. U.S. Senator Patty Murray shared greetings and an important message on civic engagement. We’re grateful to former U.S. Representative for Washington Jay Inslee and to Attorney General of Washington Rob McKenna, for their participation in the gubernatorial candidate forum.

Many attendees at the event that had not already registered to vote were motivated to register at the event. Many that were already registered to vote signed Pledge to Vote cards.

We encourage everyone who is registered to vote, to vote for the candidate of their choice and to get their ballots in! Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6, 2012. The Asian Pacific Islander community is the swing vote in many states. Washington State Asian Pacific Islanders could be the swing vote in Washington State. Your vote could determine who our next governor will be. Your vote will also help determine who will be elected as president of the United States, and the outcome of many location elections. Please vote! The future of our community, state, and country depend on it!

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