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Washington, DC - In a historic effort to share power with under-represented members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, APALA members passed a constitutional amendment that created four new seats on the National Executive Board. Today, we welcomed Alex Mabanta, Dim Mang, Pam Ng, and each member of APALA’s staff who will be sharing one voting vice-president seat to the National Executive Board.
The changes made to Article VIII. Sections 1, C2-C3 of APALA’s Constitution dictate that two additional At-Large Vice-Presidents shall be added to the National Executive Board with the intention of uplifting unrepresented and/or under-represented members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. The two candidates who filled these seats are: Dim Mang, young leader in the Michigan Chapter and one of the main co-conspirators on APALA’s Burma solidarity work; and Pam Ng, secretary of the Los Angeles Chapter and organizer at OPEIU, who has been instrumental in building up the chapter.
The amendment established a dedicated position on the National Executive Board for a Young Worker Vice President. The Young Leaders Council elected Alex Mabanta, who is a member of Alameda Chapter and UAW Local 2865, where he is a delegate to the Alameda Labor Council as well.
Lastly, the constitutional amendment also includes changes to designate all permanent national staff as non-voting Ex-Officio members, while adding a new Staff Vice President seat to the National Executive Board. This seat will be assumed on a rotating basis by a designee among Vivian Chang, Sara Greiner, Michelle Loo, Kristina Romines, Maggie Tsai, and Alvina Yeh.
We are excited to support and work with these new leaders!