2013 APA Legislative Day

Asian Pacific American community members at the 2013 APA Legislative Day in Olympia.

The Asian Pacific Islander Coalitions (APIC) of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Yakima, Spokane Counties, South Puget Sound, Southwest Washington, and organizations statewide, invite you to join us at the 2013 Asian Pacific American Legislative Day, on February 19th, at the State Capitol in Olympia, WA.

Each year, the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC), community advocates and Asian Pacific Americans statewide gather at the State Capitol Building in Olympia, Washington to voice their concerns and issues to the state’s elected officials for APA Legislative Day.

APIC brings between 2,000-3,000 participants from their teens to their 90’s, and speaking 25 languages, from all parts of the state, including Spokane, Yakima, King, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Mason counties and southwest Washington. It takes around 50 buses to bring participants to the event, with Eastern Washington participants departing Spokane at 3am to get to Olympia in time for the event.

In addition, over 100 APA organizations endorse APA Legislative Day, including immigrant and   refugee, health and human services, civil rights, civil liberties, community economic development and education organizations.

Participants convey the APA legislative agenda through signs at the rally and visits with their legislators. Community leaders from around the state meet with the Governor and legislative leadership that day to defend civil rights and civil liberties and promote and protect programs critical to our community.

The APIC Legislative Day is an opportunity for the Asian Pacific Islander community to get together, take part in the political process, and really make our voice count. It is democracy at its best.

-Diane Narasaki, chair of APIC of King County, Co-Organizer or APA Legislative Day

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