September 13, 2017

APANO Statewide Listening Circle Tour is Back!

APANO is excited to announce dates for our 2017 Statewide Listening Circle Tour to deepen our member engagement and listen to voices in our communities. We envision a just world where Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community experiences are prioritized and reflected in the issues and policies we advocate for.

What is a Listening Circle?

A Listening Circle is comprised of 10-15 community members (API identifying) living in a particular geographic area. We ask community members to participate and help shape APANO’s political agenda. During our time together, we hope to achieve these goals:

  • Bring community members together to listen to one another, get to know each other, share stories and build a reflective space around social justice issues
  • Affirm, recognize our communities differences and strengths
  • Talk deeper about these issues: education, housing, immigration, health care, climate change
  • Solicit feedback and input to shape APANO’s policy advocacy strategy

Finer Details: Food & Refreshments provided. Childcare provided upon request. Listening Circle sessions will last approximately 2 hours. Portions of the Listening Circle will be noted and documented for internal organizational use.

Statewide Listening Circle’s will be held in the following areas below, starting October 20th. We encourage all our API communities to attend listening circles in the location closest to their area.

In addition, we have set-aside three identity specific circles (South Asian, Pacific Islander, and Southeast Asian) to be more intentional about engaging members of those communities in culturally specific spaces.

We encourage you to attend the closest to you.* Please register by clicking on the area, and we will follow up with you for additional details:

Culturally-specific Listening Circles

*In our efforts to do more statewide outreach, Portland opportunities are not included in our tour schedule. We’re engaging our Portland communities in a different way, as we’re having conversations with our existing organizing programs. If you would like to learn more about opportunities and events in Portland, check out upcoming Monthly Member Meetings (3rd Thursday of every month) on Thursday, September 21st and Thursday, October 19th, or reach out to

**Are you interested in bringing a listening circle to your community and don’t see your community listed? Please feel free to contact us at

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