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May AANHPI/APIDA Heritage Month Celebration
Roots & Belonging: Fire Scar May 18th at 6pm
 
In celebration of AANHPI/APIDA heritage month, APIC-SPS will be hosting an event on the eventing of May 18th with author Lily K. Lee.
COVID-19 Important Updates
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Leadership Summit 2022
Leadership Summit (September TBD)

We will convene the first planning meeting on April 29th at 4:00pm. If you would like to participate in the planning of this event, please email us at apic.southpugetsound@gmail.com
Redistricting Update
Redistricting Update April 2022
  • Redistricting Justice for WA plans to file a Voting Rights Act lawsuit in April. They are looking for more plaintiffs (voters of color) in the 29th district and closely-surrounding neighborhoods. Email team@redistrictingjusticewa.org if you or someone you know can be a plaintiff from the 29th LD.
  • Seattle city council redistricting: RJW met with the Redistricting Commission Director and are meeting with each individual commissioner in the coming weeks as they ramp up their campaign. Be on the look out for community mapping events!
  • Everett city council redistricting: RJW would love your help reaching out to interested community members in Everett!
Race Dialogue Recap
APIC-SPS, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Thurston County, Heartsparkle Players, Window Seat Media, Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Strengthening Sanctuary Alliance, and the Multicultural Service Center of South Sound hosted this Race Dialogue on March 26, 2022. The goal of this dialogue was to discuss the education and criminal legal systems with regard to the school-to-prison pipeline. Many thanks to our speakers Liezl Tomas Rebugio and Reiko Callner. 
Watch here!
AANHPI Legislative Day Debrief
 
  • Health Equity for Immigrants: Over $12 million was allocated to launch health coverage programs for all Washingtonians (regardless of immigration status) 
  • The Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) is preparing to submit a request to the federal government through a Section 1332 waiver process. 
  • We recommend that members of the Campaign and allies offer support to the Exchange by participating in any or both of the two action items below:
    • Organizational sign-on letter. To join the sign-on letter, please visit this link. Deadline: April 29, 5pm
    • Submit your own organizational letter. Click here for an email template. Deadline May 2, 12 pm
  • Unemployment Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants: Bill did not pass, but this session we were able to make great progress
  • Funding for Affordable Housing: $708.4 million invested in permanent solutions
  • Funding for the International Families Justice Coalition: Did not get funding, working to get answers on why 
  • State Funding for Refugee Resettlement: Combined $40 million allocated to the resettlement of Afghan and Ukrainian refugees
  •  Working Families Tax Credit: $10 million allocated to community outreach 
  • Secure Automatic Voter Registration: Bill did not pass, but a budget proviso was approved allocating $25,000 for a study to be conducted in the interium
  • Voting Rights Act Enhancements: Did not pass, but a budget proviso was approved focusing on data collection
  • Ending Prison Gerrymandering: Passed 
  • Language Access: Passed
  • Prison Privacy and Trans Justice: Passed
  • Abortion Care Access: Passed
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