APALA National President and Special Assistant to the Executive Director at United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930 Johanna Puno Hester declared: “APALA's leadership has spoken. We do not see the President-Elect as a president who will represent and serve our communities. The campaign he ran – a campaign of racism, sexism, Islamophobia and xenophobia – is not what we envision our president to be, and his appointments thus far have confirmed the type of policy we expect to see. We will resist all forms of oppression against ours- and allied- communities and continue to fight for racial, economic and broader social justice.”
“This is not a drill. We must not sit idly by and allow the normalization of white supremacy, authoritarianism and fascism in the White House,” added APALA Executive Director Gregory A. Cendana. “We also cannot normalize acts of hate against brown and black bodies and communities. Now is the time to take a stand on the right side of history because we cannot let this President-Elect threaten the diverse fabric of our society.”
Monica Thammarath, APALA’s 1st Vice President and Senior Liaison at the National Education Association, stated: “The Trump effect is already being felt in our schools. It’s up to us to organize and mobilize our constituencies on the federal, state and local levels to fight against the attacks that we are already seeing in our communities. Don’t doubt that we will call out legislators who comply and collaborate with any backwards and harmful policies.”
APALA remains committed to advocating for worker, civil, and immigrant rights. Please read the full resolution on the Trump administration and resolution to hold elected officials accountable here. To join us in the fight and commit your resistance to the Trump administration, please also sign the #NotYourModelMinority Pledge here.