The core of APANO’s work is building a powerful base of members who co-create and co-lead campaigns that address real issues in their community. Our community organizing results in concrete change through policy, public investments, political influence, and greater solidarity with other communities of color and allies.
APANO offers year-round opportunities to cultivate the skills and confidence of our members to analyze community needs and solutions, act strategically and take on increased leadership roles at APANO and in the community.
APANO’s policy advocacy and civic engagement work elevates issues through community engagement and research, connects with and mobilizes voters, and coordinates grassroots advocacy actions through member-led campaigns, in order to build power, win concrete changes and ensure all APIs have a voice in the policies and decisions that affect their lives.
APANO’s Civic Engagement program is multilingual, multicultural and intergenerational, working to ensure all Asian & Pacific Islanders are fully engaged in the issues that affect them. Our work is grounded in movement building, ensuring we work towards building long-term leadership, meaningful partnerships, and strengthen our communities to win in the future.
By elevating members’ stories and connecting them to issues, APANO aims to advance a long-term cultural strategy to impact beliefs, actions and policies through centering the voices of those most impacted and silenced, resisting and shifting harmful narratives and ideas, and moving beyond defensive strategies to envisioning alternatives.