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AFL-CIO Support for Pipeline Draws Liberal Ire
The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), a member group of the AFL-CIO with more than 20 chapters nationwide, joined a coalition of minority union workers to oppose the project. Read more.
Cranston Public Library celebrates National Voter Registration Day
NVRD is led by a diverse, non-partisan group including MTV, the League of Women Voters, Bus Federation, Rock the Vote, Voto Latino, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). Read more.
In Our Own Words: Reflections on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11
Some people are conflating what it means to be American with anti-Muslim hate. Read more.
Fil-Am is US trade unions' highest-ranking Asian official
"The growing diversity of the workforce and union membership will only strengthen in the coming years." Read more.
Clinton bolsters Asian American support in three states
"“Under a Trump presidency, no immigrants from the Philippines would be able to come to the United States,” Cortez Masto said during an Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) reception in Las Vegas. Read more.
Trump adds Philippines to terror list, Asian-American labor responds
"Donald Trump disrespects Filipinos and exposes his own ignorance and racism by calling for a ban on immigration from the Philippines," said SEIU Vice President Luisa Blue." Read more.
Clinton, Trump campaigns court AAPI voters
“And let me be CLEAR. @seanreyesag does not speak for me or many in the Filipino American community I know.” Read more.
Asian-American Community Applauds Presidential Election Forum.
"Reyes' reiteration that undocumented immigrants are not welcome too easily dismisses the hard work [of] millions of families and their children who are already contributing to the U.S. economy every day." Read more.
APALA Launches the Not Your Model Minority Pledge
"Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance is taking a stance to shatter the model minority myth, resisting the positioning of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as tools of white supremacy." Read more.
Going Beyond "Anti-Trump"
"We need to move beyond “Anti-Trump”: we need to be pro-worker, pro-Black, pro-choice, pro-immigrant, pro-LGBT, pro-Muslims, pro-poor folks." Read more.
Filipino-American labor leader Larry Itliong recognized in the 2016 Democratic Party Platform
“It is clear the voices of the AAPI community mattered to the drafting committee this year. Throughout the platform, we see a common thread of inclusivity and dignity and respect for all people." Read more.
Asian American Advocates Call for Solidarity with Black Lives Matter
"As AAPI allies and co-conspirators, we won't stand complicit in this system that disproportionately discriminates, devalues, and brutalizes folks who are unapologetically Black." Read more.
High Stakes in Presidential Elections Involve New Supreme Court Justices -- APA Leaders
Gregory Cendana, executive director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)-AFL-CIO, declared: “The disappointing decision on US v Texas for DAPA and DACA+ will undoubtedly energize our communities heading into the November election.' Read more.
One union: Labor against racism
In the wake of the recent police killings, a statement from the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance “condemns the continual mistreatment, brutality and murder that the Black community faces, and stands firmly with the Movement for Black Lives.” Read more.
New Super-PAC launched to promote progressive issues
"The new organization will work with state groups such as the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Battle Born Progress, Next Gen, Make it Work and Mi Familia Vota." Read more.
Black Lives Matter has come a long way since heckling Bernie Sanders
“It’s important that we look beyond November,” said Gregory Cendana of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. “No matter who is elected, we have work to do.” Read more.
Fil-Am historians, activists gather in New York
With the theme “A Pinoy State of Mind – Building with Our Roots” the conference held June 22-25 on the John Jay College of Criminal Law campus featured plenary sessions that included Jose Antonio Vargas (Pulitzer Prize winner and founder of EmergingUS), Broadway stars, recent Fil-Am authors, LGBTQ activists as well as community leaders, teachers and historians. Read more.
37 Million Asian Americans by 2040
"In 2040, one out of 10 Americans would be of Asian and Pacific Islander (AAPI) heritage. That translates to a projected 37 million, or 10 percent of the nation’s total population over the next 25 years." Read more.
How our communities are impacted by mass criminalization
"We need to stop operating in silos and discuss what it means to be marginalized at the intersections of who we are." Read more.
Advocates Concerned Bangladeshi Asylum Seekers May Be #Deported2Death
"Muslim and South Asian communities, and those perceived to be, are among those consistently subject to racial and religious profiling," Gregory Cendana, executive director of Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, told NBC News. Read more.
New Report Discusses Impact of Mass Incarceration on AAPI Community
"By raising awareness about the intersections of the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline that exists in the AAPI community, we are hopeful that this historic report will serve as a critical resource to insert the AAPI community voice in the larger arena around criminal justice reform." Read more.
National Voter Registration Day 2015 - Make Your Vote Counts in November
"On that day, coordinated grassroots, digital and media efforts are aimed at creating an awareness of voter registration opportunities and reaching hundreds of thousands of new voters who would not register otherwise." Read more.
APALA Partnered with Hands Up United for an Asian American and Pacific Islander Artist Delegation to Ferguson
"The delegation aims to show that we are all more alike than we are made to believe and now more than ever we need to come together to stand up for racial and economic justice." Read more.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Working to End Mass Incarceration
"The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), a time for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to celebrate our heritage and the communities we have formed in the United States. Yet, far too many of our brothers and sisters remain behind bars." Read more.
'Police Violence Will Repeat Itself:' Asian Groups Call for Police Accountability
"A national coalition of Asian American groups has issued an open letter calling for justice for Akai Gurley, an African American shot by NYPD Officer Peter Liang in November of 2014." Read more.
AAPI Union Membership Grows, Bucking National Trend
"Although union membership declined nationally according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a closer look by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) revealed a rise in union membership among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), from 9.4 percent in 2013 to 10.4 percent in 2014, an increase of 96,000 workers." Read more.
Applauding the State of the Union Address, Still Hoping for More
""We join President Obama's call to address the growing income inequality in this country and support many of the policies he outlined during the State of the Union—raising wages, increasing access to higher education and strengthening workers' voices on the job." Read more.
America Has 'Long Way to Go' to Address Post-9/11 Backlash
"Thirteen years since the tragic events of 9/11, our country still has a long way to go in addressing the backlash towards South Asian, Sikh, Hindu and Muslim communities." Read more.
Celebrating National Coming Out Day by Coming #out4equality
"Today, I celebrate National Coming Out Day as the first openly gay Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA)." Read more.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations Express Concern Regarding Xenophobic Campaign Rhetoric
"Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have experienced an extended history of treatment as 'perpetual foreigners.' " Read more.