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Join the All Students Count Campaign!


In collaboration with several other organizations such as SEARAC, JACL, AALDEF, OCA, NWLC, and NCAPA, APALA is joining the effort in launching the All Students Count Act campaign! The goal of this campaign aims at disaggregating school performance data for students in K-12 schools in the United States. It would require states to report K-12 student data according to 10 different AAPI racial categories, in addition to gender and disability. This would mean that, for the first time, states would provide educational outcomes (e.g. graduation rates) for black males, low-income females, or Latin@s with disabilities, etc., rather than just reporting achievement rates based on a generalized racial population.

Here are the ways you can get involved:

1. Participate in the photo campaign by taking a picture with the #AllStudentsCount sign (found in the ASC toolkit) and upload   it to our Tumblr website
2. Have your organization endorse the All Students Count Act
3. Stay updated with our work by signing up on our listserv or join our weekly planning group! RSVP at tinyurl.com/listservASC
4. Use our toolkit and spread this to other organizations or campuses!

Click here to access the All Students Count Toolkit.

 We have an upcoming All Students Count webinar later this month, date TBA. Check back (or sign up on the listserv) to stay informed about our events!


Congressman Mike Honda and youth at press conference about All Students Count in San Jose, CA. (Photo credits to AllStudentsCount Tumblr)

 APALA 2014 Congressional Voter Guide

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APALA is proud to present our 2014 Congressional Voter Guide. The Congressional Voter Guide provides a report on a variety of actions taken by the 113th U.S. Congress on significant issues that affect Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders AAPIs and their families. Critical legislation regarding Minimum Wage, Equal Pay, Emergency Unemployment Compensation, Immigration Reform and others are all being decided by our elected officials in Congress.

“With the 2014 midterm election less than a month away, APALA will continue to make phone calls, knock on doors, and do whatever is necessary to ensure that the AAPI community is informed” said Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President. The 2014 Congressional Voter Guide was developed to hold elected officials accountable on issues pertaining to AAPI worker, immigrant and civil rights. “By voting for candidates who fight for economic justice, support worker, immigrant, and civil rights, you protect the interests of our community and empower all of us.”

Click HERE for APALA’s 2014 Congressional Voter Guide.

2014 Midterm Election is November 4th

Election Day is less than 1 month away – have you registered to vote?

 If you don’t know your state deadline to register to vote, CLICK HERE to find out.

You can also CLICK HERE to learn more about election information, early voting, candidates on your ballot, your registration status, and much more.

And, if you haven’t already, make sure you REGISTER TO VOTE.


 APALA, Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO 3 Day Organizing Institute

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Alameda Labor Council, and the AFL-CIO is proud to host a 3-Day Organizing Institute Program on September 5 – 7 in the Bay Area. The OI is intended to train APA rank and file members, community allies, students and young leaders to become effective union organizers. The purpose of the Organizing Institute is to train Asian Pacific Islander (API) member activists and member organizers in basic organizing skills. If you are looking to train member activists to work on internal or external organizing campaigns, we encourage you to send your members to the training.

Participants will learn:

One on One Communication Skills             How to Move Workers to Take Action

Leadership ID and Development                 Internal/External Organizing Campaign Techniques

Registration for the training may be completed on the OI website at http://www.AFLCIO.org/OI Participants must be pre-registered for the training by August 22nd. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.  All fees must be paid by August 29th, unless other arrangements are made in advance.  We are not able to accept personal checks. Checks should be made payable to the Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO, to the attention of Gail Tapscott. All fees and sponsorship forms should be sent to Gail Tapscott at 815 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20006.



 Just Ask College Guide

Just Ask is a comprehensive college guide for students and parents that provides a checklist on a wide range of questions and issues broken down into four categories college costs, instructional and academic services, college and life services and campus safety. Thousands of students and parents have already used the guide to find the right college for them.

View College Guide: JUSTASK 2014_College Guide with Partners

 Register to Vote on September 23

Want to plan your own National Voter Registration Day event? Visit the “Partner Toolkit” page on our new NVRD website. There, you’ll find all the resources you need to plan a successful event.

Also be sure to register as a partner by Thursday, July 31st to receive free field materials!

http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/resources/partner-toolkit #CelebrateNVRD


2014 National Immigration Score Card

On July 28, 2014, National Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander groups, labor and Evangelica leaders  (APALA, Hispanic Federation, JACL, LCLAA, NCLR, Mi Familia Vota, NAKASEC, OCA, and VotoLatino)  announced an unprecedented alliance and civiv engagement initiative by releasing the 2014 National Immigration Score Card. This Immigration score card shows how Congress has failed on the issues of immigration on reform. This report also shows how the scores of several members were knocked down by leader’s refusual to bring the floor immigration legislation that could have passed the House.

This National Immigration Score Card is accessible and available online at: www.immigrationscores.com


All Students Count Day of Action

The All Students Count Act is a bill from Congressmember Mike Honda that would require State Education Agencies (State Departments of Education) to report disaggregated data at the K-12 levels for their annual state report cards based on the 2010 Census. It would divide the Asian American ethnic group into: Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Other Asian (fill in the blank).Similarly, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) data would be broken into: Native Hawaiian, Guamanian or Chamorro, Samoan, and Other Pacific Islander (fill in the blank).The legislation would also allow for the cross-tabulation of gender and disability (ex. Female-identified Vietnamese student).

On July 23rd, 2014 AALDEF, APALA, JACL, OCA, National Women’s Law Center, and SEARAC are hosted a rally for the All Students Count Act. Students, educators, and the community, concerned about public education in the United States, came together for better data collection and reporting to better support students and better reflect the incredible diversity of our country.

To learn more about the #AllStudentsCount Campaign, please visit:



List of Organizations who already endorsed the act:


To Sign Up and Endorse:




Power Check Day on August 5, 2014

Have you checked your power lately?


On August 5th,  join Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) in reminding voters to verify their power by checking their voting status. We believe in our power to vote on issues that impact our communities!

#PowerCheck your voting status at www.canivote.org and connect with your state registrar’s office

#PowerCheck out the website for more information http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/power-check-day