July 2 is #CheckYourPower day! Make sure you are registered and on the list to vote for midterm election! You can check your voting status here ( http://www.canivote.org ). It is important to vote because it is our right and power! When we vote, we can help make changes in our community! You can also SHARE your power by taking a photo of you, family, friends, and community throwing up “3s” and hashtagging #GA123! Also, July 2nd is the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the #CIVILRIGHTSACT. To learn more information about #PowerCheck Day please visit http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/power-check-day

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

As part of our ongoing celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), APALA partnered with the AFL-CIO and SEARAC to host a panel titled “Shattering the Model MInority Myth: Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders in Mass Incarceration” . We were honored to host our distinguished panelist, all of whom are passionate and knowledgeable in the work they do.

Our panelist included Eddy Zheng, Project Director at the Community Youth Center of  San Francisco, who is one of the most visible Asian American leaders. Zheng dedicated his life to preventing youth violence and delinquency after having been a victim of the broken criminal justice system himself.  Also featured were Quyen Dinh, Executive Director SEARAC, and Suman Murthy and Robert Rooks of Californians for Safety and Justice.

The discussion drove to break the “model minority” myth of Asian-Americans, and focused on the flaws of the criminal justice system in terms of rehabilitating prisoners, rather than simply punishing them. Our panel also presented an opportunity for our community to take part in fighting for justice for AAPI at-risk youth and encouraged us all to look past the stigmas and advocate for all our brothers and sisters.

Watch the entire panel here: http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Shattering-the-Model-Minority-Myth-Asian-Pacific-Islanders-and-Mass-Incarceration

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