APALA’s 12th Biennial Convention held in Las Vegas, NV took place from August 14 to August 18, 2013 and hosted hundreds of workers, youth leaders, and activists advocating for social justice and workers’ rights.
Experienced and youth leaders alike were able to come together, share their inspirational stories of struggle and success, and collaborate on innovative and creative ways to continue the fight for economic justice and insuring their voices are heard.
“I am proud to be re-elected as the National President along side the new Executive Board that will continue to guide APALA in its growth and impact. We continue to build community power, break barriers, and develop new leaders. The convention is another milestone in our commitment to worker, civil and immigrant rights.”
– Johanna Puno Hester, APALA National President
“I’m excited and honored to be elected to serve as an officer for APALA. From seasoned workers to young leaders, it is important for the leadership of our organization to reflect the communities that APALA represents. As a young, Southeast Asian American woman, I’m committed to build on this diversity and continue fighting for AAPI workers, students, and their families.”
– Monica Thammarath, APALA 2nd Vice President
“Each convention brings a unique source of energy and inspiration unlike any other space. This year, we address a diverse range of issues from worker rights to trans-formative justice for people of color. APALA continues to strengthen our resolve to build innovative partnerships that uplift the power within our communities”
– Gregory Cendana, APALA Executive Director
The impact and scope of APALA’s 2013 Convention:
- 18 resolutions passed including global labor solidarity and transgender inclusiveness.
- 3 plenaries on immigration, community & labor partnerships, and youth organizing & leadership development
- 2 actions for immigration reform and picketing in solidarity with Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino Workers
- 2 inaugural summits, Young Leaders Summit & Seasoned Worker Summit.
- 6 keynote speakers included union executive leadership
- The first Asian American woman in Senate addressed the convention. Second Asian American Senator to address convention, following the late & honorable Daniel Inouye
- Over 20 unions represented
- 85 youth and young workers in attendance
- Nearly 20 Asian, South Asian, and Pacific Islander DREAMers present at convention
- 6 union caucuses & 4 inaugural regional caucus
- 7 Asian Pacific American performing artists