ST. PAUL — The State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans will hold its 2015 Asian Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Best Western Kelly Inn, 161 St Anthony Ave., St. Paul, MN 55103. Parking is free. Refreshments will be provided.
The 2015 API Day, with the theme of “Strong Women, Strong Families, Strong Community,” will start at 9 a.m., with two advocacy trainings:
• How to Pass a Bill – this training is provided with a focus on the two “violence against Asian women and children” bills the Council plans to introduce in the 2015 legislative session.
• How to Build Strong Relationships with Legislators. The day’s program continues with a public rally at 11:15 am, followed by meetings with legislators at12:30pm where attendees can share their stories, concerns, and experiences with legislators.
Confirmed speakers for the event include Senator Alice Johnson (the bills’ chief author in the Senate), Representative Karen Clark (the bills’ chief author in the House), Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, and Senior Judge Gail Chang Bohr.
Asian Pacific Islander Day at the Capitol is an annual Council event designed to provide the community with opportunities to increase their knowledge of the policy-making process, learn how to effectively advocate for issues they care about, and build relationships with state policy makers.
All are strongly encouraged to participate in the 2015 API Day. No previous political or legislative knowledge required. Please register for the 2015 API Day at the Capitol by January 15th, 2015 at: http://goo.gl/forms/RT6Mi87owZ.
Questions can be directed to [email protected] or at 651-757-1743.
The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, created in 1985, is a state agency that advises the Minnesota state legislature and Governor’s office on issues pertaining to the Asian Pacific community.