APALA Convention Was a Success

#APALACon15 Organizing in Solidarity, Building One Vision Forward Was a Great Success!

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Highlights from #APALAcon15 include:

  • Over 500 convention attendees
  • 75 speakers through 5 plenaries, 14 workshops, 3 summits and 8 caucuses including a plenary of with 7 elected union women leaders: Luisa Blue (SEIU), Maria Elena Durazo (UNITE-HERE), Esther Lopez (UFCW), Becky Pringle (NEA), Laura Reyes (AFSCME), Mary Cathryn Ricker (AFT) and moderated by Josie Camacho (Alameda Labor Council)
  • 69 scholarship recipients including more than 40 undocumented Asian American and Pacific Islander youth from across the country
  • United Domestic Workers of America/AFSCME 3930 Special Assistant to the Executive Director and AFSCME International Vice-President Johanna Puno Hester was re-elected another term as President and will serve alongside the following officers: Monica Thammarath (1st Vice President), Kim Geron (2nd Vice President), Tracy Lai (Secretary) and Michael Yee (Treasurer)
  • Elected Yves Gomes of UFCW 400 to the APALA National Executive Board. He becomes the first undocumented and youngest person ever to serve on the highest governing body.
  • Engaged over 20 unions and 40 community organizations
  • Grounded the convention with strategy summits on undocumented AAPIs, Young Workers, the Movement for Black Lives, as well as a Townhall on Mass Criminalization
  • Marched in support of the UNITE-HERE Local 30 workers fighting for a fair contract
  • Held a rally calling out Senator Diane Feinstein for challenging the California Trust Act and scapegoating immigrant communities
  • 20 Resolutions were passed by the APALA Delegates.

“I am truly proud of the work we did to put this convention together – it was a collaborative effort.  The team of strong labor leaders from Kent Wong, Luisa Blue to Josie Camacho and staffers led by Gregory Cendana was top notch! For the first time, labor, through APALA, housed a powerful convening in San Diego of workers, students and community members who spoke the same language of love, passion and drive to move our movement forward. Our goal was to not just be an ally to other movements, but rather a co-conspirator for all of us that are being targeted, marginalized and criminalized. APALA stands with other movements trying to achieve workers’ rights and you cannot achieve workers’ rights unless Black Lives Matter and Immigration and Criminal Justice Reform is achieved in this country. Kaya Natin! Si Se Puede!”
– Johanna Puno Hester (AFSCME), APALA National President

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