We believe long-term, social change requires a deep examination of how our public and private institutions operate.  Achieving social justice requires structures and systems that ensure the rights, resources and recognition our communities need to thrive.  APANO’s Policy Advocacy work develops out of our community organizing and leadership development programs, with the goal of winning concrete changes in local ordinances, state and federal legislation, ballot measures, and other public policy.  Our work is grounded in participatory research and data analysis, with strong coalition building in order to win campaigns.

The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session faces 5 months of intensive budget and policy making. With our vision for racial justice, health equity and strong families, and a growing base of member-leaders, APANO has led and supported campaigns that are transforming Oregon into a state where all people have the rights, resources and recognition needed to thrive. Our 2o17 policy priorities include:

  1. Ethnic Studies HB 2845
    Convenes advisory group to develop statewide ethnic studies standards and directs Department of Education to adopt the standards into existing statewide social studies standards, for public kindergarten through grade 12. Requires department to publish annual reports on implementation of standards. Having the opportunity to take ethnic studies courses creates pathways to success for students by improving knowledge of different racial and cultural groups, increasing student engagement in their education and supporting better academic outcomes for Oregon’s diverse and growing communities.
  2. Stable Homes HB 2004
    Requires that all evictions and terminations of rental agreements must be for just cause, such as failure to pay rent or for violation of the lease terms, and repeals the statewide ban on rent stabilization. These measures will help working families maintain housing stability and curb homelessness. Currently, 4 in 10 of Asians in Oregon are renters, while 6 in 10 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Oregon are renters, making our communities particularly vulnerable to housing instability due to no-cause evictions or rapidly rising rent costs.
  3. Reproductive Health Equity Act HB 2232
    Ensures that all Oregonians have coverage for the full range of reproductive health services, including abortion, at zero out-of-pocket cost; fills coverage gaps for reproductive health care, including postpartum care, for those categorically excluded from health programs due to citizenship status; and prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in reproductive health coverage. Access to reproductive health care is critical for the health and economic security of all Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status, gender identity or type of insurance.

To learn more about APANO’s ongoing policy work and how you can be involved, please contact Zahir Janmohamed, Policy Director zahir@apano.org or 971-340-4861.

Our Families, Our Health
APANO and our health equity partners continue to fight for our families have the rights, resources and recognition we need to thrive. We are launching “Our Families, Our Health” to hear from members around the state, and better understand their barriers to healthcare. APANO aims to secure full coverage for all Oregonians, regardless of citizenship status, where they live, who they are, or how much money they make, to affordable, culturally competent health insurance.

Read more about the current campaign here.

Anti-Displacement and Building Resilient Communities
Gentrification and displacement remain one of the threats to the stability of the community, and APANO and the Jade District is committed to advocating for policy changes that will mitigate the displacement effects that rising housing costs, a lack of affordable housing, and new public investments in the area will bring. This advocacy includes joining coalitions that support anti-displacement policies, including Anti-Displacement PDX and supporting affordable housing enterprises such as ROSE CDC and more. We also know that the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project will greatly impact the neighborhood, and we are continually working on ensuring that all public investments in the area go to benefit the community that currently resides in the area, rather than working to displace them.

For more information about this campaign, please contact Jade Environmental Justice Coordinator, Khanh Pham at khanh@apano.org.

Lobby Day is an opportunity to influence the decisions being made around us in areas of health, education, and economic justice. It is a day-long event where APANO members use their collective strengths to advance equity through empowering, organizing and advocating with our communities to engage in meaningful conversations with our elected officials. A series of legislative trainings take place prior to the day of action at the state capitol, preparing members in crafting their stories, using their voice, and learning about the meeting format when meeting their elected officials. At APANO, we know that real change in our community starts with organized people who work together to identify and advocate on the issues we care about.