Photos by Dean Wong
Dear Asian Pacific American Community Leaders and Activists,
Happy New Year! You are warmly invited to a community briefing, next TUESDAY,
JANUARY 21, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, at Asian Counseling and Referral Service
(ACRS). There will be a briefing and discussion on the legislative
agenda the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) is considering for our 2014
Asian Pacific American Legislative Day. The issues we propose include
health and human services, education, immigrant rights, civic participation,
and others. We will be interested to hear if you think these are
appropriate, and if you have others we should consider.
We welcome your presence and feedback on the legislative agenda we are forming.
Although we are not organizing thousands of participants go to Olympia on
APA Legislative Day this year, we are sending a delegation and also want to
encourage our community members to contact their legislators and the Governor
on that day to support the APIC legislative agenda or specific issues within
it. Everyone is welcome to attend the community briefing, and we will be
especially grateful to community leaders and activists who can take the message
back to their own constituencies in their languages.
Please contact my assistant, Sam Heng, at email@example.com,
or at 206 695-7582 to RSVP by 1/17
so he can arrange for enough seating and light refreshments, as well as enough
copies of the briefing papers on the issues. There will be light
refreshments from 5:30 pm and the program will be from 6:00 pm – 7:00pm.
A flyer is attached if you would like to post it or forward it. Thank you!
Looking forward to seeing you there,
King County APIC Chair
Over 1,000 Asians and Pacific Islanders collectively speaking over 20 languages are expected to participate in this year’s Asian Pacific American Legislative Day in Olympia, the largest pan- Asian Pacific American gathering of its kind in the nation.
The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC), community advocates and Asian Pacific Americans statewide will gather at the State Capitol Building in Olympia, Washington to urge the Governor and the state’s elected officials to prevent cuts to, and invest in, critical services for the community, to ensure language access and culturally competent care throughout the state’s healthcare reform efforts, to invest in efforts to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income children of color in K-12 education, and invest in our community’s capital infrastructure through projects like a new Shoreline clinic being built by International Community Health Services.
The event will begin with entertainment at 10:00 a.m. and a rally at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the State Capitol Building in Olympia, followed by visits with legislators.
The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition is a statewide network of Asian Pacific Islander community organizations dedicated to promoting health and human services, civil and human rights, equal access to education, economic development for small businesses, and other concerns of Asian Pacific Americans, including immigrants and refugees, in Washington state. Participants for the event will come from all parts of the state, including Pierce, Spokane, Yakima, King, Snohomish, and Thurston counties and southwest Washington.
Diane Narasaki, chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of King County said, “APA Legislative Day is a key opportunity for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities to make their voices heard on issues of critical importance to the community. The lives and well- being of all generations of our community is at stake.”