ST. PAUL (April 1, 2014) — The State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans will hold its 2014 Asian Pacific Islander Day on April 9, 2014, starting at 9 a.m., at the Capitol Rotunda.
The 2014 thesem is “Opportunities for all,” and the day’s events start with two advocacy trainings at 9 a.m. The first is for the general community members and the other for nonprofit management and leadership.
A public rally will follow in the Capitol rotunda at 11:30 am. Attendees will then visit legislators to share their stories, concerns, and experiences related to opportunity barriers Asian Pacific Islanders face.
Confirmed speakers for the event include Commissioner of Department of Employment and Economic Development, Katie Clark Sieben, Professor of Economics and Associate Vice President of University Relations and International Programs, Dr. Bruce Corrie, State Senator Foung Hawj, and Commissioner of Department of Human Rights, Kevin Lindsey.
The annual Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for community members to learn how to directly engage in the policy-making process. Attendees will receive advocacy trainings from Organizing Apprenticeship Project and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits; hear from the Council, community, and public leaders; and speak with legislators they’ve identified for the Council as legislators they would like to meet with.
The Council hopes to use Day at the Capitol as a tool to empower community members to exert their expertise, their stories, into the policy-making process. One of the Council’s key objectives is to have community members demystify the model minority myth that most mainstream Minnesotans, including most legislators, have of the Asian Pacific Islander community. It is up to our community to educate our legislators so that they make decisions that will allow us to share in the opportunities that are so uniquely Minnesotan and American.
The Council encourages people to participate in our 2014 Asian Pacific Day at the Capitol. Registration for the advocacy trainings can be completed at www.eventbrite.com/e/asian-pacific-islander-day-at-the-capitol-2014-tickets-11156436201?aff=eac2.
Questions can be directed to [email protected] or 651-757-1742. Visit online at www.capm.state.mn.us.
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.