Joined by dozens of AAPI local, national, and community based organizations, APALA Seattle took part in the AAPI Beyond Bars, Beyond Borders Convening in Seattle, WA on August 3-5. Participants drew upon the experiences of incarceration and potential deportation from a panel of currently incarcerated AAPI prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex. Community strategy sessions also took place at the Washington State Labor Council and at Highline College. To end the convening, APALA marched in conjunction with leaders of the 1Love Movement & Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) to demand #Not1More deportation and the #Right2Return of deported communities. The rally outside of the Northwest Detention Center signified the growing intersection of the criminal immigration system that continues to incarcerate, detain, deport, and separate many immigrant and refugee families. See the full press release here.
APALA Seattle held their annual fundraising banquet at South Seattle Community College on April 23. Joined by chapter members, elected officials and community allies alike, dozens of activists gathered to support the chapter’s commitment to social justice and workers’ rights. APALA Seattle also took part in the labor delegation to the Washington Corrections Center for Women organized by Free America and AFL-CIO.