The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) of the Spokane, Yakima, Snohomish, King, Pierce, and South Puget Sound regions invite you to join us at the 2016 Asian American and Pacific Islander Democracy Summit: Celebrating Unity and Civic Involvement, on Thursday September 15th, 2016, at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.
Since 1997, we have joined together with community leaders and interested supporters across the state to bring thousands of community members to Olympia on Asian Pacific American Legislative Day to hear from the Governor and to speak with their legislators about issues of concern to the Asian Pacific American communities. We supported equal access to safety net services provided to our state’s residents in general and immigrants and refugees in particular. We have promoted and defended culturally competent and language accessible health and human services for the most vulnerable in our community, and have advocated for our civil and human rights, in such areas as racial profiling, affirmative action, education, immigration, and minority businesses.
In 2004 and 2012, thousands of people attended the first statewide Asian Pacific American Summit for a day of voter education and civic engagement. These events were the largest of their kind in the nation. This year, we are taking the next step to promote greater Asian Pacific American civic participation in the democratic process. While celebrating the unity of our communities state-wide, we will also hold a multilingual forum for candidates for Governor, as well as showcase cultural entertainment, our organizations, and businesses.
This event, like the 2004 and 2012 Summits and past APA Legislative Days, is organized by a grassroots volunteer effort. Thanks in advance on behalf of our community for your support.