K’gnausa Yodkerepauprai (“Keen-yah-suh Yawd-keery-paw-pry) joined CAPAA as its new Project Manager in February. He is a first-generation Thai Canadian-American, who immigrated with his mother to Madison, Wisconsin before moving to Olympia, Washington. He holds a B.A in Political Science from Evergreen State College.
Previously, K’gnausa served in a number of legislative offices, including the Office of Senator Joe Nguyen (34th LD), the Office of Senator John McCoy (38th LD), and the Office of Congressman Denny Heck (10th CD). These experiences kindled a passion for public policy and advocacy that he proudly brings to CAPAA.
K’gnausa cares deeply about preserving the environment, as well as access to affordable health care, housing and college. He enjoys the great outdoors, playing soccer and chess, and trying new recipes. Join us in welcoming K’gnausa to the CAPAA team!
He can be reached via e-mail at K’email@example.com; and via phone at 206-370-9554.
Legislative Session Updates
The Washington State Legislature is more than halfway through the 2022 Legislative Session. Tuesday, February 15th marked a major milestone with “House of Origin Cutoff” – meaning all bills introduced in the House or Senate must be passed out of its House of Origin. The last day of the session, called, “Sine Die,” is March 6th, 2022.
The Senate and the House of Representatives continue to hold committee meetings and floor votes virtually. Members of the public may participate through virtual lobby days and providing virtual testimony. All committee and floor action will be streamed to TVW. If you would like to contact legislators, you may do so via phone or email.
Want to learn more about the Washington State Legislature? We have a resource breaking down the legislative process and the Washington State Legislature!
ANHPI Legislative Days
Thanks to the organizing efforts of APIC-Washington, ANHPI Legislative Days this year occurred virtually from February 2 – 3, More than 300 people from across the state participated in virtual performances, as well as dozens of meetings with state legislators and a live meeting with Governor Jay Inslee. Advocates spoke about the importance of unemployment for undocumented workers, health equity for immigrants, investments into affordable housing, police accountability, and many other issues.Take a look at APIC-WA’s full list of legislative priorities here.
CAPAA Legislative Priorities
CAPAA tracks a number of bills flagged as impacting the agency itself or ANHPI Washingtonians. At the January Public Board Meeting, Commissioners voted to support three pieces of legislation:
SB 5264 | Establishing January as Americans of Chinese Descent History Month.
HB 1659 | Making higher education more accessible through expanding the Washington College Grantby modifying the income eligibility thresholds and award levels.
HB 1881 |Establishing a voluntary birth doula certification program through the Department of Health.
Day of Remembrance
An annual event commemorating the signing of Executive Order 9066 leading to the incarceration of 125,000 people of Japanese ancestry during WWII will be held Friday, February 18, 2022 at 12:30-2:00 PM. The ceremony will be televised and live streamed at the time of the event. To watch the event on television, you can identify the channel number of TVW in your area using the attached document or this link. To watch it live streamed online, you can click the “LIVE” button on the top of the TVW website at the time of the event.
WEDA 2022 Winter Conference & Legislative Reception
You can register for the event here.
Grants & Scholarship Opportunities
Funding Opportunity for COVID Hesitancy | February 25th, 2022
King County Strategic Communications Campaign Grant | March 7th, 2022
Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship | $5,000 | March 1st, 2022
CAPAA has sponsorship opportunities available for community organizations holding events!
Our mission is to improve the lives of Asian Pacific Americans in Washington State by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business, education, and other areas. To that end, the Commission has the capabilities to provide fiscal sponsorship as co-sponsor for a celebration, event, or organizing effort. Before applying for sponsorship, please read all criteria, guideline, and stipulations for sponsorship at https://capaa.wa.gov/apply-for-sponsorship/
Requests must be submitted at least thirty (30) days prior to the event.
If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or at 253-229-9826.
Security guide on mitigating attacks on houses of worship
Attacks on Houses of worship are a real and potentially growing problem in the United States. FEMA created a report which details the data, you can find the report here.
Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee 2022 Annual Report
Please find the Committee’s full report on their website.
Governor’s Council for Independent Living Accepting Applications | Office of the Governor | April 30th, 2022.
Port Chief of Police Position | Port of Seattle | March 18th 2022
Forest Practices Program Training Manager | Washington State Department of Natural Resources | February 27th 2022
Health Promotion Coordinator | Department of Health | February 27th, 2022
Healthy Community Planning Coordinator| Department of Health | March 6th, 2022
Nurse-Family Partnership Nurse Home Visitor | Department of Health | February 27th, 2022
Tuberculosis Nurse Case Manager | Department of Health | February 27th, 2022
Cultural Resource Specialist (Environmental Specialist 4) (In-Training) | Department of Ecology| Until filled
Field Support Technician – Moses Lake | Employment Security Department| Until filled
Senior Public Engagement Specialist | Puget Sound Regional Council | Until Filled
Vaccine Locator & Resources
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to all Washington residents ages 5 and up. If you or a loved one have not yet been vaccinated, there’s an easy way to find vaccinations near you! The Washington State Department of Health has a Vaccine Locator page available, or you can call 1-800-525-0127. Language assistance is available.
If you or someone you know is homebound and not able to leave the house to get the COVID-19 vaccine, homebound vaccination services are available through this survey: https://redcap.link/WA_HomeBasedVax.
Find instructions in 16 ANHPI languages for the Flowflex Self Test.