WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 8, 2013) — The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum will host its Power Up! Summit on March 17 and 18 at the National Education Association, 1201 — 16th Street, NW Washington, D.C.
NAPAWF is a national advocacy convening for progressive Asian American and Pacific Islander women, and hundreds are expected to attend the two-day event, which allows attendees to connect with activists and allies working to achieve social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls nationwide.
The conference begins Sunday with a rally at 9:30 a.m. at 200 New Jersey Ave., NW Washington, D.C., followed a day-long conference featuring a host of dynamic speakers from the progressive, feminist AAPI movement. Speakers include Ai-Jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance; writer and immigrant rights activist Pramila Jayapal, and Asian American Justice Center President and Executive Director Mee Moua. Panels and workshops include discussions on immigration policy, reproductive justice, and being queer in the AAPI community.
On day two of the summit, NAPAWF is co-leading the Rally for Immigrant Women, Youth, and Families, supported by a diverse group of national women’s rights, immigrant rights, youth, faith-based, and LGBTQ organizations. More than 300 people are anticipated to attend the rally, which will be held in front of the Senate building, and hear from women legislators and movement leaders, as well as women directly impacted by the nation’s flawed immigration policy. After the rally, summit attendees will meet with members of Congress to discuss the immigrant rights needs of AAPI women.
“The Power Up! Summit is a unique opportunity for progressive AAPI women and our allies to seek inspiration from each other and collectively demand social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls,” said Miriam Yeung, Executive Director of NAPAWF. “Women — our mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends — know the importance of coming together to support our families and the people around us. The contributions of women have always strengthened the AAPI community. At this pivotal moment, our community must stand in solidarity with us to support immigration policy reform that doesn’t leave women out.
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) is the only national Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women’s multi-issue advocacy organization in the U.S. Our mission is to build a movement to advance social justice and human rights for AAPI women and girls. We work to achieve our mission by engaging in policy advocacy in the areas of immigrant rights, economic justice, and reproductive justice, and by building broader bases of support for this work amongst AAPI women, women of color, cross-movement and other strategic allies nationally.