December 8, 2015

CORAL Catalog Winter 2016

The Community Organizing, Advocacy and Leadership Development (CORAL) program of APANO is made up of workshops, issue forums and experiential opportunities offered to build the analysis, skills and political power of Asian and Pacific Islanders in Oregon. Each opportunity is free and offered in English, unless otherwise noted. Childcare and interpretation can be provided upon request with 1 week advance notice.

A Living Landbase on 82nd Ave: Building Backyard Habitats
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The area around 82nd Ave., known as the Jade District, is an urban transit corridor with high rates of air toxins and little green space. In organizing against displacement and for healthy, safe, livable community space, we know that factors in play include the natural environment. In partnership with Backyard Habitat/Columbia Land Trust and Portland Audobon, APANO will install test garden sites at Harrison Park and the Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS). Join us to discuss what environmental justice looks like for this community and how to restore native wildlife to an area, then learn hands-on skills by working on the land together. To learn more about Backyard Habitat, visit

  • Part 1: Saturday, January 23, 12 PM - 3 PM
    Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS), 8114 SE Division St.
    Discuss environmental justice and why it matters to Asians and Pacific Islanders, then learn practical skills about building a garden site.
  • Part 2: Saturday, February 13, 12 PM - 3 PM
    Jade/APANO Multicultural Space (JAMS), 8114 SE Division St.
    Work with APANO and Backyard Habitat/Columbia Land Trust for a hands-on experience building garden sites to support native wildlife together.

RSVP to Khanh Pham at

Racial Equity Report Card Release

Thursday, January 14, 9 AM to 4 PM
The Capitol Building, Salem, OR

Join APANO and partners to release this year’s Racial Equity Report Card, meant to hold lawmakers accountable by evaluating each legislator’s commitment to advancing opportunity and addressing disparities affecting Oregonians of color. We will rally in Salem at the Capitol Building to release the report card and speak with legislators about our priorities. To sign up to attend with APANO, please contact Kara at

Building Our Power: 2016 Legislative Trainings
Want to get more involved in APANO’s advocacy around policies that impact all our communities? Interested in how Asians and Pacific Islanders can build political power? APANO’s 2016 legislative trainings will focus on policy issues around health access for the 383,000 Oregonians—roughly 1 in 10—still lacking health coverage, as well as the many others prevented from accessing care due to high costs or discrimination. Join us to learn about our 2016 legislative priorities and how community members can use their voice during this legislative session. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kathy Wai at

APANO Lobby Day
Monday, February 15, 9 AM to 4 PM
The Capitol Building, Salem, OR

Join APANO for our annual Lobby Day, a day-long event where we engage in meaningful conversations with our elected officials and build our collective power and voice. The day will entail community building, lobbying and messaging training, inspiring speakers and meeting our elected officials. Join us as we gather in Salem to increase our visibility and advocate for issues that impact our and our families’ health.. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Kathy Wai at

Be A Man, Act Like a Lady: Gender Justice Workshop
Thursday, March 10, 6 PM - 8 PM
2788 SE 82nd Ave, Portland OR 97211
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In this workshop, we will explore our understandings of gender and sexuality in Asian and Pacific Islander communities, discuss how to work against systems of gender oppression and learn about APANO’s Strong Families framework—the vision that all families have the rights, recognition and resources they need to thrive. Facilitated by APANO Strong Families members.

Making Place: Exploring the Role of Planning and Policy
Thursday, March 31, 6 PM - 8 PM
2788 SE 82nd Ave, Portland OR 97211
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How are cities shaped and developed? What has caused families to be displaced? Are there policies that can prevent displacement? Join us to discuss historical and current work of communities fighting for self-determination and explore the potential of organized communities working hand-in-hand with strong policy tools to increase community control. Facilitated by Leslie Lum and Khanh Pham.

Our Families, Our Health: Lifting Up Health Justice for COFA!
Saturday, April 2, 8:30 AM - 4 PM
Collaborative Life Sciences Building, OHSU
2730 SW Moody Ave,
Portland, OR 97201

When we are healthy, we are more likely to live fulfilling lives and contribute to a vibrant and productive Oregon. And every Oregonian—no matter who they are or how much money they make—deserves the chance to be healthy. Join APANO and the COFA Alliance National Network (CANN) for an annual day-long gathering with health equity activists, local health authorities, organizers, students, the Micronesian community, and members and allies of APANO and COFA communities, to discuss health equity, reproductive justice and current restrictions on health access, with a focus on barriers impacting immigrants from Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia—areas in the Pacific Ocean governed by an agreement with the US known as a Compact of Free Association (COFA). Registration will begin in February.

Stay tuned for upcoming CORAL events through the spring and summer exploring API history in Oregon, unpacking the model minority myth, building a shared understanding of cultural strategies for social change, and more! For more information about APANO's leadership development and training program, please contact Training Manager, Kara Carmosino at