Chapter Spotlight: Orange County
We could not have had such a successful convention without the support from APALA Orange County and the team at Orange County Labor Federation (OCLF). Orange County Chapter President Kathia Canlas emceed our Welcome Reception and OCLF Executive Director Julio Perez provided opening remarks addressing the entire convention body. We thank APALA Orange County for being such a wonderful host and for all its assistance in planning our convention!
Thank you for joining us at APALA's 25th Anniversary & 14th Biennial Convention!
We were joined by nearly 650 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) union members, international friends, community allies, and young workers in Anaheim, CA! We are so thankful of the support from the Orange County Labor Federation, who we could not have planned this convention without, and to our top sponsors the National Education Association, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, and the United Domestic Workers of America.
During convention, we participated in two actions, including a solidarity march and vigil for Charlottesville; passed a historic constitutional amendment to give voting rights to non-union APALA members; and heard from incredible leaders, including CA State Treasurer John Chiang, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, AFSCME National President Lee Saunders, and Women’s March Co-Chairs Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez, and so many more. The 25th anniversary banquet honored Steven Moy from IBEW, Arlene Inouye from AFT, undocumented immigrant youth activist Yves Gomes from UFCW, SEIU’s Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus, and Founding President Kent Wong. Finally, we elected the youngest ever National President, Monica Thammarath of the National Education Association.
We hope you had as much fun as we did! In addition, please check out all the resolutions that the delegates passed, guiding our work for the years to come. Stay tuned for photos and footage from convention in the coming weeks!