2017 CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS

APALA's national convention will:

Highlight prominent community and labor campaigns from around the country

Enhance organizing, communication and political skills through panels, workshops and plenary sessions

Provide networking and learning opportunities for young workers and students to enter the labor movement

Feature elected officials, labor, community and young leaders who will address year round civic and political engagement, racial justice and ending mass criminalization, organizing and leadership development, and global solidarity and fighting corporate greed

Elevate succesful campaigns utilized by unions and community-based organizations to engage, mobilize, and organize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Honor Asian American and Pacific Islanders leaders and allies with the presentation of the Art Takei, Vincent Foo, Philip Vera Cruz & John Delloro awards

Elect new APALA officers and At-Large Executive Board Members

Celebrate APALA's 25th year histiry of resistance and organizing.

APALA 14th BIENNIAL CONVENTION CALL
Orange County
August 16-20, 2017

Anaheim, CA - The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) celebrated its 25th anniversary convention in Anaheim, California from August 18 to 20, 2017. The convention was attended by close to 650 participants from dozens of unions and community partners who united under the theme “25 Years of Resistance: Organize & Fight.”

Highlights included two separate solidarity actions, including a solidarity march and vigil for those who were killed and injured during the violent KKK and Neo-Nazi demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. The convention elected Monica Thammarath from the National Education Association as the new APALA President – the youngest National President APALA has elected to date. The other officers elected were Tracy Lai, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Michael Yee, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); Kim Geron, California Faculty Association; and Johanna Hester, American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) who had served as APALA’s president for the past six years.

The convention also marked the passing of the torch from Greg Cendana who served for seven years as APALA’s executive director, to Alvina Yeh, the new executive director. The convention was also joined by a delegation of two dozen labor and peace activists from Okinawa and Japan who have been mobilizing against the proposed expansion of U.S. military bases on the island of Okinawa. The APALA convention unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the end to U.S. military base expansion on Okinawa. Other international guests were from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and the Maldives.

Speakers included California State Treasurer John Chiang, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, AFSCME President Lee Saunders, and Women’s March Co-Chair Linda Sarsour. The 25th anniversary banquet honored Steven Moy from IBEW, Arlene Inouye from AFT, undocumented immigrant youth activist Yves Gomes from UFCW, and SEIU’s Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus.
The “resistance” theme of the convention emphasized APALA’s rejection of Trump’s and his administration’s racism, sexism, and homophobia, and his anti-worker and anti-immigrant positions. The convention delegates represented the rich diversity of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and brought hundreds of young workers and youth activists to the forefront.

Pre-convention activities included organizing and political training for hundreds of young workers, rank-and- file union activists, and community allies. The convention passed a constitutional amendment to expand the ranks of APALA to include young workers, community allies, and other workers who are not currently union members but who embrace the fight for social and economic justice.

`UAW 2121 from Connecticut attendee and delegate Christopher Nguyen said, "The unity and power I felt from this APALA 25th anniversary convention will remain with me. We're here to stay—and I want our community to be empowered to RESIST, ORGANIZE, AND FIGHT!" 
 
Maria Castaneda, Secretary-Treasurer of 1199SEIU United Health Care Workers East and President of the SEIU API Caucus, commented: "APALA's role to grow the labor movement is vital. Organizing the unorganized, especially immigrant, formerly incarcerated, and young workers, and training rank and file workers into union leadership are so needed to build the power of our community and to broaden our movement to be more inclusive of everyone, including those at the margins." 
 
Donald Tanaka of UA Local 250, a retiree and convention delegate from Gardena, CA, stated, "We must continue to strive to educate and inform workers on the important issues facing our country and our communities. We must work to build out partnerships in the building trades and other industries. Workers must have a voice, and it has to be heard on a national and international scale — APALA is that voice." 

Jennifer Li of IFPTE Local 21 concluded: "This APALA convention was my first and I am so ready to kick down some doors. This is the first time in the 6 years that I've been in the labor movement that there is a place for me. I've always kept my head down and just did my work, because I knew it would be useless to acknowledge the problems within labor by myself. APALA felt like something I've NEVER felt in labor -- like home." (https://www.apalanet.org/press-releases/archives/08-2017)

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APALASF Fundraising Dinner and Awards Night
Fort Mckinley Restaurant, San Francisco
June 29, 2017

APALA San Francisco Chapter held a fundraising dinner at the Fort Mckinley Restaurant in San Francisco on June 29, 2017. During the event awards were presented by esteemed guests from various organizations to four dedicated professionals in their respective areas of expertise.

The Labor & Community Partnership Award was received by Ronald W. Wong and was presented by James A. Bryant, director of the A. Philip Randolph Western Region.

The Community Service Leadership Award was received by Rayna Lehman and was presented by Roberto Mendez, Regional Director of (IAM) Employee Assistance Program.

The Humanitarian Leadership Award was received by Rev. Norman Fong and was presented by Stan Kiino, AFA-CWA National APALA Board Member.

The Labor Leadership Award was received by Anand Singh and was presented by Norman Ten, CWA 9404 National APALA Board Member.

The successful event was attended by more than eighty members, friends and local community guests.


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Constitutional Timeline
for the 2013 APALA Biennial National Convention
San Diego, California
August 13-16, 2015

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APALASF and CAAGE Fundraiser
SEIU Local 1021, San Francisco
July 24, 2014

APALA San Francisco Chapter and CAAGE held a fundraiser at the SEIU Local 1021 in San Francisco for the benefit of ASPIRE. The successful event was attended by more than eighty members, friends and local community guests.



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40th Year Anniversary Celebration of Agbayani Village
June 21, 2014

SF APALA Chapter members drove 300 miles to Delano, California to join the celebration of the 40th Year Anniversary of Agbayani Village on June 21, 2014.

The Paulo Agbayani Retirement Village was the farm worker movement's response to the plight of the Manong's, elderly and often displaced Filipino farm workers. Most had immigrated from the Philippines as young men in the 1920s and 1930s. Few Filipino women were allowed and California's racist anti-mescegenation laws forbade marriage outside their race. Most Filipino farm workers spent their lives in farm labor camps from which they were evicted when the Delano Grape Strike began in September 1965. Unable to marry, most didn't have families or decent places to live. By 1970, their need for affordable housing had become acute.

United Farm Workers leaders such as Cesar Chavez, Larry Itliong, Dolores Huerta, Peter Velasco and Philip Vera Cruz recognized that by the time the five-year Delano strike was won in 1970, most Manongs found themselves working past retirement age without families, financial support and other resources.

The Agbayani Village was named for a Filipino union member who died on the picket line. It was constructed by hundreds of volunteers and dedicated on June 21, 1974.



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APALASF joins OUR Walmart
April 30, 2014

SF APALA Chapter members joined OUR Walmart in action on April 30 at the Latino Community Foundation's Annual Fundraiser being held at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel.  They were there to ask Aida Alvarez, Latino Community Foundation Chair and Walmart Board of Director member to help support Walmart workers to get better wages and working conditions.



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APALASF Workers Rights Forum
SEIU Local 1021 Union Hall, San Francisco
August 3, 2013



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APALASF FUNDRAISING DINNER
May 23, 2013

APALA San Francisco Chapter held its Fundraising Dinner last May 23, 2013 at the ILWU local 34. The theme for this years event is "Continuing the Legacy, Immigrant Rights, Worker Rights and Economic Rights."

This years awardees were:

Luisa Blue, Golden Gate Award;
Oscar De La Torre, Labor Award;
David Bacon, Humanitarian Award;
Marily Mondejar, Community Leadership Award.

David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was the keynote speaker of the event.



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Rep. Walden Bello Visits With Bay Area Fil-Ams
February 15, 2013

Cong. Walden Bello Speaks with Filipino-American communities on May Election's role about Aquino's Reforms. The event sponsored by the APALA-SF Chapter was held at the SEIU 1021 office on February 15, 2013. It was attended by about 60 Fil-Ams from the Bay area.



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APALA National Executive Board
November 16, 2012

APALA National Executive Board held its executive board meeting in San Francisco. A reception, sponsored by the APALA-SF Chapter was held on November 15, 2012 at the SEIU 1021 Office.



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Fil-Am Heritage Month & Forum on Prop. 30 & 32
October 12, 2012 6:00 p.m.



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APALASF Lauds Honoree during Laborfest Event
July 14, 2012



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APALASF Members participate in the Mayoral Election
November 5, 2011



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Occupy Chinatown March Rally October 30, 2011



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Relief Goods For Typhoon Pedring Victims in the Philippines
October 18, 2011



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APALASF Officers Strategic Planning Meeting
September 17, 2011



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Meet & Greet with Leeland Yee
September 17, 2011



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Rank Choice Voting Education
September 16, 2011



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APALA Convention
Oakland
July 22, 2011



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APALA-SF Elects New Officers
San Francisco
June 7
, 2011

          On June 7, 2011, Members of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, San Francisco Chapter elected its new officers. The APALA-SF Chapter held a mail-in ballot. The ballot counting was done at the SEIU 1021 office in San Francisco, led by Josie Bryant, APALA member and an administrative officer of the SEIU 1021. The following officers will serve the APALA-SF for the next three years:

Daz Lamparas, CWA - President
Antonio Balotro, SEIU 1877 - 1st Vice-President
Blesilda Ocampo, SEIU 1021 - 3rd Vice-President
Elizabeth Valdellon, TWU Local 200 - Treasurer
Mary Anne Ahtye, UESF/AFT - Secretary
and National Executive Board Delegate

Appointed board members are:

Cyrel Dudley, UHW/SEIU - Retirees Delegate
Victoria Cheng - SF CLC Delegate
Terence Lee - Student Delegate
William Chiang - Student Delegate