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Vaccine/COVID-19 Updates
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Olympia's Armory Creative Campus Project Update
Ownership of Armory Hall has been transferred to Olympia, where city officials hope to turn the building into an art center for the community. There will be an open house in March!

For more information about the Olympia Armory Creative Campus project, go here
Upcoming Events in 2022
ACRS Free Citizenship Clinics
Need help applying for U.S. citizenship? ACRS is partnering with the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs to host a FREE virtual clinic every month. Call or text “APPLY” at (253) 256-1948 or register online. Learn more.

**We would like to know if anyone in our South Sound community would benefit from citizenship clinics? Please let us know at boardmscss@gmail.com!

Race Dialogue—March 26th at 9:30-12pm
Social change begins with self-examination and requires exchanges, dialogues, and finally civic engagement and actions to cultivate anti-racist community.We continue our commitment to the quest of making meaningful social change by inviting the community to come together for skill-building and conversation to better understand and address the racism that exists within our community. Understanding how racism and bias contribute to structure and perpetuating the classroom to prison pipeline. The purpose of this event is to inform people of what actions are being taken and could be taken to dismantle or impact these systems. Register here. 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Spring 2022 Youth Leadership Summit—Deadline March 3rd 
Calling all student leaders who are passionate about elevating Asian American and Pacific Islander issues! AAJC is now accepting applications for their Spring 2022 Youth Leadership Summit! Apply here
Why Community Engagement is Vital

A community is a group of people who live in the same area or have the same values. We live in a diverse country with millions of communities thus having different values and needs. But how do we know what each community is fighting for if we don’t engage? 

To be engaged is to participate, to interact, and to listen to people’s stories. In the past two years, we have lost our sense of union due to hate crimes. The debate of which group faces the most hardships keeps us from working and fighting together against the injustice that is thrown to us. Everyone goes through discrimination and racism which leads to segregation. As part of the APIC-SPS chapter, we made sure our refugees, disabilities, and people of color have their voice heard. We make sure to build connections with each individual so no one feels excluded or feels like they can’t express themselves. It all started with a story that can influence from one community to the next.

Let the year 2022 be a year full of stories to have a great impact. Let the year 2022 be the reason for each generation to have hope in fighting injustice, discrimination, and racism. Lastly, let the year 2022 be a year where we all share the same vision and mission to make our community a better place. —by APIC SPS Community Engagement Intern Krizia Ragotero

Past Events
Vaccination Clinic—February 16th from 4-7pm
Where: Olympia High School (1302 North Street SE)
What: Pfizer vaccine (12+)

How to Finance Your Future: Small Business Flex Fund—February 17th at 12:15-1pm
Invest in your small business or non-profit with a simple, low-interest, and flexible loan. Presentation by APIC-SPS with special guest Keith Swenson (Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Development & Competitiveness). 
Small Business Flex Fund
Apply for the Flex Fund Here
A&NHPI Legislative Days 2022
Thank you for joining us for our annual A&NHPI legislative days. APIC-SPS met with our 22nd legislators Senator Hunt, Representative Dolan, and Representative Bateman.  
 
View APIC's 2022 Legislative Tracker here
 
While APIC-SPS will not be pursuing a legislative bill specifically aimed at including API history in the K-12 curriculum this year, we are encouraging educators and community activities to support the graduation requirement recommendation, which will add ethnic studies as part of the graduation requirement. 
 
*Would you be interested in having APIC-SPS work with legislators to propose a bill next year (2023) that includes A&NHPI history as part of the public school curriculum or continue working with school districts directly? If you are interested, please write to apic.southpugetsound@gmail.com
In Case You Missed It: Getting Vaccinated Video
APIC-SPS has received additional funding from the DOH to make more videos like this featuring members from our community. If you or someone you know would be interested in participating, email us at apic.southpugetsound@gmail.com.
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