April 7-9
April 10
April 12
April 23
April 25-27
Phone Bank
Membership Meeting
Leadership Institute Graduation
Workers Rights Hearing
ADPIA Freedom School
May 1
May 8
May 10
May 17
May 20
May 21
Voices of Change Celebration
Membership Meeting
Jade Visioning
Cultural Competency Forum
Primary Election Day!
Oregon Equity Project
June 10
June 26
Membership Meeting
Community Leaders Circle
Registration & Time/Location at www.apano.org
or contact [email protected] 971-340-4861
The APANO Community Organizing & Advocacy for Leadership
Development (CORAL) Program advances diversity and civic leadership in order to fully engage communities in the decisions that
affect them. This year-round training & leadership development
series is open to all members of Oregon’s racial and social justice
community. New schedules are released quarterly in December
(January – March), March (April – June), June (July – September),
and September (October – December). Workshops use proven
popular education and participatory methodologies customized
from social justice movement curriculum worldwide, and may focus on any combination of critical systems analysis, skills building,
training, and practice, to build power with Asian & Pacific Islander
communities. And, we have fun!
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Participants of the CORAL Program have the opportunity to put
their new skills and analysis into practice through participation in
APANO Committees and Working Groups; Leadership Development Institutes; Advocacy and Lobby Days with many partners;
Bilingual Organizing Team, and many other activities!
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Having health insurance is important because coverage helps
people get timely medical care and improves their lives and
health. Oregon has an estimated 30,000 Asian and Pacific
Islanders who are uninsured. In 2014 Oregon will close this
disparity by expanding Medicaid for low-income persons and
providing Cover Oregon tax credits for the middle-class. Yet
problems persist for immigrants and the working class in our
communities. There are roughly 100,000 Oregonians who
make too much to qualify for Medicaid, and too little to afford
Cover Oregon insurance. Nearly 10,000 Legal Permanent
Residents (ie green card holders) who are predominately
Asian and Latino, face a 5 year waiting period for Medicaid,
and Pacific Islanders residing under the Compact of Free
Association (COFA) from Palua, Marshall Islands and
Micronesia are completely excluded.
Basic Health is a federal option that the Oregon Legislature
can adopt that can provide a lower cost health option and
extend coverage to Legal Permanent Residents and COFA
Pacific Islanders. Basic Health could be a state-run plan that
can offer a qualified health plan for less cost. The Urban
Institute estimates the national average premium and out-ofpocket expenses for insurance with Cover Oregon tax credits is
$1,652, and through Basic Health the cost would be $196.
APANO is working with key partners including the Oregon
Latino Health Coalition, Oregon Law Center, and the Oregon
Center for Public Policy, to develop a campaign for Basic
Health for Oregon in 2015. Our coalition was successful in
passing HB 4109, directing the Oregon Health Authority to
study the Basic Health option and report back in the Fall of
2014. The study will begin this spring, and APANO will be
engaging with stakeholders in our communities and hosting a
program on May 17th at OHSU. Do you know someone
who faces a barrier to healthcare? Please contact
[email protected] for more information.
What is a Voter Resource Center?
A Voter Resource Center is a place where community members
have access to register themselves and their networks to vote.
Ideally, Voter Resource Centers are located in trusted and highly
accessed community spaces, such as API-serving health and
human services agencies, clinics, schools and libraries, and
community centers. We aim to have one in place for the May
elections in Beaverton and 5 in place for the November elections.
Why is voting, and voter registration, important?
Currently Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities are the
fastest growing racial group in Oregon, yet our voter turnout and
participation in politics is lower than that of many other groups
(percent, source). With voter registration, education and get out
the vote activities, APANO has seen our communities become
more active over time, and we want to support everyone who can
vote to vote, and everyone else, to work to influence policymaking
to represent the full diversity of our communities and experiences.
What materials come with the Voter Resource Center Toolkit?
The Voter Resource Center Toolkit comes with everything you need
to set up a Voter Resource Center at your community-serving
institution, including:
UÊ Clear signs in English and one or more Asian and Pacific
Islander languages, customized for your community.
UÊ Voter registration cards
UÊ A giant voter registration card with fields in the relevant Asian or
Pacific Islander language, to make it easier to register to vote.
UÊ Voter guides, in-language where applicable. In 2013, APANO
produced voter guides in 5 Asian and Pacific Islander languages.
UÊ Box for collecting cards
Contact [email protected] to help organize a Voter Resource
Center in your community, and for more information about civic
engagement training and opportunities
“...the distinct Micronesian voice needs to be heard and needs to come to the table so that it too can take its place in contributing
to the common good of all.”
- Rev. Joe Enlet, Chuukese Logos Community Church
The first ever COFA Alliance National Network Pacific Islander Legislative Day was held at the Oregon Capitol, joined by Kathy Ko
Lim of the APIA Health Forum and Ambassador Asterio Takesy of Micornesia. Paolo Esteban and Jessica Lee led a Lobbying 101
training, and participants met with legislators to voice concerns around access to health care (see Basic Health for Oregon pg 2).
“Issues of racial equity affect all Oregonians’ well-being...A failure to alleviate those disparities and others will mean a future of
social dysfunction, educational failure and economic stagnation for Oregon.”
- Eugene Register Guard 1/20/14
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, a broad multiracial coalition released Facing Race: the 2013 Oregon Legislative
Report Card on Racial Equity. APANO is a leading member and proud to have contributed to this multi-issue assessment, evaluating
legislation and lawmaker’s commitment to advancing opportunity and addressing disparities affecting Oregonians of color. APANO
members and staff met with legislators at the Capitol to deliver the report card, discuss recommendations, and strengthen relationships.
“We are here today because we’re hopeful that we can work together to create policy solutions for the issues impacting our communities.”
- Coalition of Communities of Color (CCC) Talking Points
APANO and fellows from the API Community Leadership Institute joined with the CCC for a Day of Action on February 24th to build
on the Legislative Report Card and raise the visibility of our multiracial alliances.
APANO’s newly formed Strong Families Working Group is
being headed up by Marilou Carrera and Kara Carmosino.
When: Saturday May 17th, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Where: Center for Health and Healing
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
3rd Floor Conference Center
3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239
$10 to $100 (Earlybird deadline April 15)
Register at www.apano.org/scc14
APANO’s State of Cultural Competency Community
Forum is a day-long gathering of Asian and Pacific
Islander (API) community members, leaders, health
professionals, students and decision-makers centered on
health equity policy and community organizing. At the core
of APANO’s work is the value that everyone have access
to the opportunities and resources they need to be healthy.
For our diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities,
culturally and linguistically appropriate care is critical to our
well-being. Our work spans making impacts in the health
care system to upstream social determinant of health
issues including education, jobs and racial equity.
Our theme is Stronger Communities, Stronger Families,
highlighting the social and environmental determinants on
our families health. We are dedicated to strengthening
Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Oregon by
building effective leadership, addressing the root of
problems faced by our communities, and improving health
and opportunity for our children and families. Strong
communities are communities with real opportunities, equal
access and a higher level of civic engagement. From
affordable health care and good schools, to family wage
jobs and a toxic-free environment with places to play, our
communities are shaped by the way we make policy and
allocate resources. APANO works for strong communities
in order to support strong families, which are at the center
of our Asian and Pacific Islander cultures.
Marilou says, “It is important that we celebrate and honor
the differences in our families, because it is this diversity
that creates strong communities. How do we do that? We
begin by understanding how our families are comprised
and what experiences shape the structure of our families.
When we have this understanding, we are able to call
out the policies that exclude our diverse communities and
develop and advocate for those that align with our values, as
well as provide the resources and support for our communities
to make the healthiest and most appropriate decisions.”
Kara adds, “As an adoptee, I learned early on how
systems and policies intimately shape our families, lives
and relationships. I’m excited for the opportunities the
Strong Families Working Group represents, to link our
diverse personal narratives and community histories to
larger frameworks of gender, sexuality and reproductive
justice and enrich APANO’s work to support all the ways
we are family.”
Our APANO Strong Families is inspired by the work of
Forward Together, who says:
“Strong Families is a home for the four out of five
people in the United States who do not live behind
the proverbial picket fence – whose lives fall
outside the outdated notion that a family consists
of a mom at home and a dad at work. While
that life has never been the reality for most of
our families, too many of the policies that affect
us are based on this fantasy. From a lack of
affordable childcare and afterschool programs,
to immigration policy and marriage equality, the
way we make policy and allocate resources
needs to catch up to the way we live.”
Marilou is also a a member of the HEART Team, and
Kara is a current APICLI Fellow. Strong Families is the
vision that every family will have the rights, recognition,
and resources it needs to thrive. If you are interested in
joining us at the first APANO General Meeting, contact
[email protected] and she’ll connect you with us!
On April 12, the 2013-2014 cohort of the Asian and Pacific Islander Leadership Development Institute will graduate! This year’s
class has been a dynamic addition to Asian and Pacific Islander leadership throughout Oregon, and they have worked with many
organizations to increase their understanding of the work involved in combating racial disparities. APANO is proud to be coleading the institute, and would like to congratulate this year’s Fellows, thank the Community Action Project host sites and their
supervisors, as well as the APICLI Mentors and Steering Committee for their active support of developing new Asian and Pacific
Islander leaders in Oregon.
Fellows: Kara Carmosino, Durga Dhungel, Kathleen Jonathan, Surya R. Joshi, Maki Karakida, Patricia Lim-Pardo, Peter Liu,
Bennie Moses, Mariko Newton, Crispin Ogo, Dessa Salavedra, Elizabeth Takahashi, Jillian Toda, Emily Wang
Community Action Projects: 211 Info (Kathy Wai), APANO Jade Steering Committee (Duncan Hwang), Coalition of
Communities of Color (Inger McDowell), OPAL Environmental Justice (Vivian Satterfield), Oregon Health and Sscience University
(Maileen Hamto), and several self-designed projects.
Mentors: Alma Trinidad, Gauri Rajbaidya, Suliasi Laulaupeaalu, Mary Li, Jiro Isetani, Jenny
Lee-Berry, Rosella De Leon, Helen Ying, Gordy Toyama, Connie Nguyen, Bobby Lee, Helena
Huang, Phillip Kennedy-Wong, Jason Trombley, and June Schumann.
APICLI Steering Committee: June Schumann, Maileen Hamto, Kyle Weismann-Yee, Linda
Than, Connie Nguyen-Truong, Thach Nguyen, Sourixay Villalay
The Asian and Pacific Islander Community Leadership Institute (APICLI) is a project of IRCO Asian Family Center (AFC) and
the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and funded by the Meyer Memorial Trust through the Coalition of
Communities of Color.
For more information on our 2015 Leadership Institute, please contact [email protected]
Beginning Thursday, April 10th, APANO will be hosting a shared
evening of committee meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each
month from 5:30-8:30pm. We envision a gathering of ideas from
all participants and all are welcome!
Committees include: PACE (Policy Advocacy & Civic Engagement),
Strong Families, Education Equity, HEART (Health Equity & Reform
Team), Major Events Committee and Community Leaders Circle.
We look forward to seeing you engaged with APANO on April
10th. Location: TBD
To kick-off Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month,
we invite you to attend APANO’s Voices of Change!
A gathering of over 200 community leaders and
supporters for a social evening of unique music,
amazing food and cultural performances.
Keynote Speaker: Mee Moua, President and Executive
Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Location: Mekong Bistro
8200 NE Siskiyou St.
Portland OR 97220
APANO is excited to announce the date of our Annual
Convention, September 20th, 2014. This year’s convention
will be held at Warner Pacific College (2219 SE 68th Ave,
Portland, OR 97215).
Tickets are $30.00 and are
available at apano.org or the
APANOEvents Facebook Page.
Be on the lookout for details regarding this year’s convention
on the APANO Facebook page and at apano.org!
Hosted by: Simon Tam and
Dr. Thuy Tran
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