Newsletter for October 6, 2016

October is Filipino American History Month!

Governor Inslee has proclaimed October 2016 as Filipino American History Month in the state of Washington and encourages all people in our state to join in this special observance.

This month commemorates the many ways that Filipino Americans have contributed significantly to American history and as one of the largest immigrant groups in the country, it is important that their history and stories be recognized and told.

Reach out to your local Filipino American organization and see what celebrations are happening near you!

Meeting Rescheduled

The Community Update on the Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing that was originally scheduled for Thursday, October 6, has been rescheduled until further notice.

Next Public Board Meeting

November 19, 2016

City of Seattle,
Japanese Cultural and Community Center

View more details.

COFA Community Meeting

On October 1, CAPAA held a community meeting in Auburn to discuss ways to improve healthcare access for Pacific Islanders from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Community members had the opportunity to speak with leaders in Oregon, who were successful in advocating for legislation to create a Premium Assistance Program for COFA Islanders. The Commission will continue to raise awareness of this urgent need and support efforts to improve health equity for COFA communities in Washington.

Learn more about the issue here.

September Board Meeting

The Commission convened a public board meeting in Vancouver on September 17 and heard about efforts to ensure health equity for COFA Islanders, goals for the Multicultural Student Services Directors’ Council, and immigration consequences at the Department of Corrections.

Commissioner Highlights:

  • Commissioner Gurung represented the Commission at the Chinese Institute of Engineers Annual Convention.
  • Commissioner Pen and Nguyen represented CAPAA at the statewide Asian American and Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Summit in Tacoma.
  • Commissioner Wada attended a meeting in September to discuss ways to educate API business owners about contracting and economic development opportunities.

View materials from the board meeting.

OEO Family Engagement Survey

The Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) is conducting a survey to hear from communities and family members about the importance of school outreach and collaboration. They will use the information they receive to make recommendations to the state about a model for outreach to families and communities.

If you need interpretation, translation, or other support services to participate in the survey, call OEO at 1-866-297-2597.

Click here to take the survey.

Translated Voting Materials

Do you or someone you know speak Chinese/中文, Korean/한국어, or Vietnamese/Tiếng Việt? King County Elections is providing voting materials in these languages. Complete this online form to receive translated voting materials by mail in your preferred language.

If you are eligible to vote, you can register online or complete a mail-in voter registration form in your preferred language – Chinese, Korean, or Vietnamese.

For more information, contact elections@kingcounty.gov or (206) 296-8683.

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