Caring for Our Communities

We are building a targeted universal childcare program designed with a focus on BIPOC mothers, children, and providers.

SB 706 COFA Medicaid Outreach and Education declares an emergency and requires the Oregon Health Authority to provide grant to organizations for the purpose of conducting outreach to Oregonians who are COFA citizens to enroll in medical assistance.

HB 2503 & SB 239 Childcare Assistance Reform 

  • Reforming the current Employment Related Day Care program 

  • Aligning all childcare programs under one agency that will ensure affordability by capping cost at 7% of family income and pay by enrollment, increase the flexibility of the program for parents to use outside of just work hours. 

  • Expand childcare to all children regardless of status, and protect eligibility for at least a year.

Climate Justice

  • HB 2842 Healthy Homes distributes grants to local governments, local housing authorities, nonprofit organizations, Community or federally recognized Indian tribes in this state to help low income households or environmental justice communities with home repairs and retrofits while ensuring better coordination between agencies doing home improvement work.

  • HB 2475 Oregon Energy Affordability gives the Public Utilities Commission the ability to allow utilities to provide rate designs, such as discounts, that help reduce the energy burden for low-income and other underserved customers. Organizations who represent the people most impacted by energy burden will be able to access funding to participate in regulatory processes in the same manner as other broad customer groups, like the Citizens’ Utility Board.

HB 2995 100% Clean Energy for All 

  • Establishes a 100% clean energy standard from 2035 onward

  • Generated using renewable or emissions-free resources

  • Organizations who represent the people most impacted by energy burden will be able to access funding to participate in regulatory processes in the same manner as other broad customer groups, like the Citizens’ Utility Board

  • Maximizes community benefits like jobs and resiliency

  • Phase out coal by 2025 (from current timeline to 2030)

  • Removes waste incineration from qualifying energy sources under the state’s existing Renewable Portfolio Standard (ORS 469A.025)

  • Makes requirements for utilities to acquire a certain amount of energy from community-benefitting sources such as solar plus storage projects.

  • Requires utilities to invest in resiliency and reliability for the grid and for Oregon’s communities

  • Applies labor standards to renewable energy projects

Building an Equitable Democracy 

APANO continues to fight so that our communities have the rights, resources and recognition we deserve. These policies get us one step closer to the world we envision becoming a reality.

HB 2678 & SB 343 Ranked Choice Voting Statewide Implementation Bill

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) lets people rank candidates in the order they prefer. To win, a candidate must receive more than 50% of the vote. If no candidate gets 50%, an “instant runoff” occurs where the ballots for the last-place candidate are instantly recounted for the voters’ second choice

RCV reduces barriers for voters eliminating the spoiler effect and forces us to choose who “can win” and guarantees that winning candidates have always received more than half the vote. It also reduces barriers for candidates making campaign financing disparities less relevant and campaigns friendlier.

  • HB 2678 brings RCV to Oregon by 1) Using RCV in all partisan primaries and 2) Replacing nonpartisan primaries with an RCV general election in November (except for counties in which home rule applies).

  • SB 343 creates new funding for voting counting machines.

  • HB 2499 Automatic Voter Registration extends automatic voter registration to Oregon Health Authority and any state agency designated by the Governor.

  • HB 2745 Equal Voter Access Act requires that voter registration cards and electronic voter registration pages include the ability for Oregon voters to mark optional demographic information, including: race, ethnicity and preferred language.

  • SB 571 & HB 2366 Restoration of Voting Rights: SB 571 Provides in statute that Oregonians in prison can vote in the location they were processed in. HB 2366 Allows persons convicted of felony to register to vote, update voter registration and vote in elections while incarcerated. Specifies that person’s residence is where the person resided prior to incarceration. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

  • SJR 10 Removing the Slavery Exception Clause in OR proposes amendment to Oregon Constitution that will prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude in all circumstances.

Immigrant Rights

Migration is central to the story of our API community and we must continue to fight for a safer home for everyone. 

  • SB 750 Just Enforcement deputizes whistleblowers so that they can bring enforcement actions against employers that break labor laws on behalf of the state, if the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) cannot.

  • LC 2786 Universal Legal Representation would expand legal services to Oregonians at risk of deportation through use of massive collaborative representation through community-based lawyering and client empowerment.

Inclusive and Equitable Education

Through the COVID 19 Pandemic, the inequities in our education system were laid bare for all to see. Now we must support bold policies to close these gaps.

  • HB 2496 & SB553 COFA Tuition equity would allow COFA citizens to pay in state tuition rate instead of out of state tuition rates once residency is established in Oregon.

  • 2021 Oregon Partners for Education Justice Legislative Agenda

    To address the systemic inequities that persist in the educational sector, Oregon Partners for Education Justice (OPEJ) is advocating to:

    • Build on the Student Success Act as a Foundation for Equity: HB 2001, HB 2368, HB 2369, HB 2408, HB 2060, HB 2537, HB 2841, SB 227, SB 232, SB 687, SB 5513
    • Hold Our Public Education System Accountable to All Students: HB 2052, HB 2056, HB 2414, HB 2570, SB 227, SB 599, SB 617, HB 683
    • Lift Up Community Solutions in a Shared Commitment to Equity: HB 2055, HB 2504, HB 2937, HB 2945, SB 236, SB 237, SB 238, SB 328

APANO is proud to support

  • HB 2544 Youth Homelessness

  • HB 2359 True Representation Act

  • HB 2835 Food security for students 

  • HB 2528 Oregon Dental Access

  • LC 2247 Interpretation Accountability Act 


Political Director | Marchel Hirschfield: [email protected]
Field Manager | Michelle Hicks: [email protected]
Civic Engagement Manager | Coua Xiong: [email protected]