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Report Back: Task Force on Deadly Force (1/4-1/5)

The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs invites community members to a community conversation and report back about the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing. The Task Force examined Washington’s laws and practices regarding the use of deadly force by police officers. The Report Back meeting will inform community members about the work of the task force and its final recommendations. Community Feedback Conversations: Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing (community meetings co-hosted by CAPAA, CHA, CAAA, and GOIA) King County January 4, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 PM Nisei Veterans Hall 1212 S King St Seattle, WA 98144  [...]

By |2017-01-06T09:38:44-08:00July 21st, 2016|News|

2016 Healthy Youth Survey to begin collecting disaggregated data on Asian American youth

The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs issued the following press release about its work to collect disaggregated data on the Healthy Youth Survey. OLYMPIA, WA—The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) and the Department of Health worked together to improve the 2016 Healthy Youth Survey to better reflect Washington’s fast-growing Asian American student population. The 2016 survey is the first to collect disaggregated data for seven Asian subgroups. “We are excited that schools, public health agencies, and community members will have a clearer understanding of the unique needs of Asian American youth,” said Michael Itti, executive director of CAPAA. “The data will support community efforts to achieve equitable [...]

By |2016-10-17T11:06:55-07:00October 14th, 2016|News|

CAPAA statement on the passing of Bob Santos

"Uncle Bob Santos fought to protect the history, culture, and places that are cherished by so many immigrants and communities in our state. His efforts to save Seattle's Chinatown International District, where he served in many leadership roles and was beloved for his singing at Bush Garden, earned him the title of 'unofficial mayor.' "His decades of activism with the Gang of Four demonstrated the power of solidarity and working together to fight for social justice and political causes, especially for the most vulnerable. Uncle Bob helped create institutions, including the Commission, and instilled his vision in countless leaders who will continue his legacy."

By |2016-08-28T22:59:30-07:00August 28th, 2016|News|

Ensuring community voices are heard by decision-makers

Washington State has numerous opportunities for the public to shape policy and make recommendations to the governor, legislature, and state agencies. Making government more accessible and ensuring community voices are heard by decision-makers is a key role for CAPAA. CAPAA works with the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions, legislature, and state agencies to ensure members of the public, who reflect the diversity of our state, apply for and are appointed to boards, commissions, and state task forces. Below is a list of boards, commissions, and state task forces where CAPAA recently encouraged, recommended, or appointed Asian Pacific American community members to apply and serve. For upcoming opportunities, visit the Governor’s [...]

By |2016-08-04T15:08:09-07:00August 4th, 2016|News|

Letter in support of Asian American Studies at UW

The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and numerous Asian Pacific American community leaders from across the state sent the letter below to University of Washington President Cauce regarding our concern for the future of the Asian American Studies program at the UW. August 1, 2016 President Ana Mari Cauce University of Washington Office of the President 301 Gerberding Hall Box 351230 Seattle, WA 98195 Dear President Cauce, With three vacant faculty positions in Asian American Studies (AAS) in the Department of American Ethnic Studies, the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs is concerned about the future of the Asian American Studies program. The Commission works [...]

By |2016-08-04T13:19:06-07:00August 4th, 2016|News|

Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing

Updated August 1, 2017 The Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing completed its work and submitted its final report to the governor and Legislature on December 1, 2016. Final Report to the Legislature and Governor Legislative Proposals The 2017 legislative session convened on January 9. Legislators considered the following proposals related to the work of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing. HB 1000 / SB 5000 - Concerning the use of deadly force by law enforcement and corrections officers. HB 1529 / SB 5073 - Concerning recommendations from the joint legislative task force on the use of deadly [...]

By |2017-08-01T14:18:25-07:00July 21st, 2016|News|

CAPAA statement on the passing of Ruth Woo

“Ruth Woo was a trailblazer who shaped our communities and state in more ways than anyone could ever know. Auntie Ruth did not seek recognition or the spotlight, but worked tirelessly behind the scenes mentoring and opening doors for aspiring civic leaders from school board directors to county executives and to governors, particularly among the Asian American community. “Auntie Ruth fought to achieve racial equality and justice in her own unique way, and reliably asked those who sought her advice about their commitment to diversity at the top and passion for serving the public. The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs would not have been a reality without her counsel [...]

By |2016-08-28T14:30:17-07:00July 14th, 2016|News|

July is Mental Health Awareness in Communities of Color Month

CAPAA issued the following press release on July 6, 2016 to promote Mental Health Awareness in Communities of Color Month. July is Mental Health Awareness in Communities of Color Month CAPAA encourages API communities to talk about mental health Olympia - The Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is encouraging efforts to promote mental health awareness in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities. Mental health is essential to overall well-being, yet research shows that APIs are less likely to seek help for mental health issues due to social stigma, linguistic and cultural disconnects, and lack of access to health care. “In many Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, [...]

By |2016-07-19T16:58:40-07:00July 11th, 2016|News|

Report Back: Task Force on Deadly Force (7/20)

The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) invites community members to a report back and discussion about the newly created Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing. As the community is well aware, recent incidents have further elevated the urgency of examining Washington’s laws and practices regarding the use of deadly force by police officers. The meeting will inform community members about the purpose of the task force and provide an opportunity to voice your feedback and concerns to CAPAA and our representative on the task force, Toshiko Hasegawa. Community Report Back & Dialogue: Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in [...]

By |2016-07-21T09:27:23-07:00July 7th, 2016|News|

Bill Tracking List

Below is a selection of bills CAPAA is tracking that may be of interest to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. For further bill information, visit the Legislature's website and enter in the corresponding bill number. Budget Bills Bill Title Brief Description Status Original Sponsor Last Roll Call ESSB 6032 Supp. operating budget Making 2018 supplemental operating appropriations. C 299 L 18 Rolfes 25-24-0-0 SSB 6090 Capital budget 2017-2019 Concerning the capital budget. C 2 L 18 Frockt 95-1-0-2 ESSB 6095 Supplemental capital budget Concerning the supplemental capital budget. C 298 L 18 Frockt 49-0-0-0   Civil Rights & Justice Bill Title Brief Description Status Original Sponsor Last Roll Call 2SHB 1298 Job applicants/arrests, [...]

By |2018-04-18T11:50:05-07:00April 6th, 2018|News|
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