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Washington, DC - Yesterday, APALA/IAPALA’s Executive Director, Alvina Yeh, joined a dozen other AANHPI civil rights and social justice leaders to meet with President Biden and Vice President Harris to discuss the needs and issues of the AANHPI community. The meeting began with President Biden sharing the news of AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka passing. President Biden noted what a loss this is for the labor movement.
Delegation members touched on data disaggregation, anti-Asian hate, economic justice, immigration, and voting rights. Yeh had the opportunity to uplift the fact that working people, particularly women and people of color bore the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees were surprised when Yeh shared that “ while only 4% of U.S. nurses are Filipino, about 30% of almost 200 registered nurses who have died from COVID-19 are Filipino Americans”. She stressed the importance of various programs working people need such as the American Jobs Plan, American Families Plan, and the PRO Act, and asserted that all workers deserve dignity and safety in the workplace. President Biden reaffirmed his Administration’s support for working people and promised that this would not be the last opportunity to meet.
We are appreciative of this Administration’s genuine commitment to AAPI working people and look forward to working with the Administration on a pro-worker agenda.