Mission

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) is a statewide, grassroots organization, uniting Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice.  We use our collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities.

Vision

We envision a just and equitable world where Asians and Pacific Islanders are fully engaged in the social, economic and political issues that affect us.

Values

APANO is working towards a just world where:

  1. All our families have the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive, and their life outcomes are not tied to identity or social determinants of health.
  2. Everyone has the social, economic and political power and resources to make healthy decisions for themselves about their bodies, genders, sexualities and families, in all areas of their lives, without fear of discrimination, exclusion or harm. This includes the ability to have children, not have children, and/or parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments.
  3. The health, well-being and survival of our communities and the natural world are understood as more important than individual profit, and supported through equitable distribution of wealth and resources.
  4. Institutions are built around the inherent worth and dignity of all people and are designed and function as systems of care and support, not systems of criminalization and control.
  5. Communities have the skills, capacity and resources to organize themselves for change, collectively self-determine their needs and solutions, and control their own destinies.
  6. We stand in solidarity with communities who experience oppression and recognize that our liberation is directly linked to theirs.

To deepen and fully realize APANO’s Mission, Vision and Values, we commit to:

  1. Highlighting intersectionality. Each of us holds multiple identities and is impacted by multiple, interlocking issues. We strive to lift up the many ways that systems of oppression are interconnected and shape our experience, and center the voices and leadership of those who live at the intersections. We honor and make space for the multiple identities and issues we hold as diverse communities under the “API” banner.
  2. Prioritizing movement-building. We work in values-based alliances to build long-term movements and invest in meaningful relationships with other organizations and groups fighting for social justice.
  3. Centering organizing in the way we do our work. We recognize the need for a diversity of tactics to support social change, from direct service to non-violent direct action, and intentionally elevate organizing as our central strategy to empower communities, win concrete changes and shift the balance of power.
  4. Strengthening organizational political analyses. Through political education opportunities, policy endorsements, and coalition decisions, APANO will continue to operationalize this framework and deepen the political analysis of Board, staff, and members in support of these values.

Click here to read our 2016-2020 Board Approved Strategic Plan