APALA Calls for Community and Labor Solidarity for Victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)
Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda has left tens of thousands of people struggling in the wake of its devastation. To help our brothers and sisters in desperate need, APALA kindly ask for your generosity and compassion in financially donating whatever you can to send food, water, blankets, medicine, and other relief materials to the Philippines. Please click the link below for more information:
On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, APALA joined tens of thousands of immigrant rights activists and working families gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the March for Dignity and Respect – a rally and march for immigration reform. Popular music acts performed at a concert and more than 30 members of Congress and senators attended, including Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.). Civil Rights leader Julian Bond and other high-ranking faith leaders from diverse religious backgrounds and immigration reform leaders were also present.
APALA and other members of the AFL-CIO joined thousands for the March for Dignity and Respect in a joint effort to fight for comprehensive immigration reform with a clear pathway to citizenship. Colorful banners flew and inspirational chants rang clear as thousands of participants marched from the National Mall to the Capitol building where they delivered their message to Congress: The Time is Now: America Needs Immigration Reform!
At the end of the march, APALA’s own Executive Director Gregory Cendana bravely participated in an act of civil disobedience and was arrested along with members of the labor community from all walks of life, including Congressmen, local union members, members of the faith community, and young student activists. His message was clear “I demand that Congress pass legislation that provides a fair and inclusive pathway to citizenship, upholds worker rights, reunites families, and demilitarizes our border”.
APALA is co-sponsoring the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (AALDEF) Asian American Poll Monitoring and Exit Poll in NY, NJ, & VA
Asian Pacific Americans (APA’s) are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, but our political potential has yet to be fully realized. Throughout the course of U.S. history, APA’s have been denied citizenship, suffered disenfranchisement, and been subject to discriminatory laws which still affect our community to this date. The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) is joining many other organizations in co-sponsoring the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s (AALDEF) multilingual Asian American Poll Monitoring and Exit Poll in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia.
Join us and help put an end to discriminatory actions towards Asian Pacific American voters by signing up at http://www.aaldef.net/ to volunteer for equal rights to civic engagement. You can also find more information on poll monitoring by visiting http://aaldef.org/programs/voting-rights/.
APALA’S 12th Biennial Convention was held in sunny Las Vegas, NV from August 14th-18th, 2013 and welcomed nearly 500 attendees ranging from rank and file members to young student leaders. The convention was a remarkable success as members of the AAPI community from throughout the country came together to form new partnerships, share motivational stories of struggle and success, and develop inspiring new strategies to further the fight for social and economic justice.
Attendees heard from 10 prominent political speakers working in support of the labor movement and enjoyed entertainment from 7 Asian Pacific American performing artists. This year’s theme of Our Strength, Our Voice: Leading the Way rang true as participants engaged in many workshops designed to tackle important contemporary issues such as immigration, community & labor partnerships, and youth organizing & leadership development.
Other highlights include:
- 18 resolutions passed including global labor solidarity and transgender inclusiveness
- Over 15 languages and ethnicities were represented at this year’s convention
- 6 union leaders addressed convention, the most in APALA’s history
- The first Asian American woman in Senate addressed the convention. Second Asian American Senator to address convention, following the late and honorable Daniel Inouye
- Nearly 20 Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander DREAMers present at convention
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