A message from A3PCON’s Board of Directors
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I warmly invite you to become a member of the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON). Since 1976 A3PCON has been the most influential and strongest collaborative voice for API communities in Los Angeles County. Becoming a member will give you an opportunity to be part of the process that defines and prioritizes the direction of A3PCON to best serve our diverse ethnic enclaves.
Who we are?
Established in 1976, A3PCON is a coalition of 40 agencies as well as individual supporters who advocate for the rights and services of the API community in the greater Los Angeles region. A3PCON’s work is carried out through committees and task forces whose purpose is to initiate action of major policy and planning issues in many areas such as health, human service, education, and culture. It serves as a voice, convener and clearinghouse for the API communities with an emphasis on the needs and rights of immigrants, low-income families and other disadvantaged populations. A3PCON is a space for both older and emerging API community organizations to influence governmental policies and facilitate collaborative work among the agencies.
What we have done?
- Coordinated outreach efforts to Southern California APIs to serve on the new California State Redistricting Commission. Almost 4% of respondents statewide, and 5 of the 14 commissioners were APIs
- Coordinated outreach efforts for API communities to participate in the 2010 Census
- Conducted an assessment of the impact of immigrant integration among emerging API communities in LA
- Hosted several signature events to build capacity among API orgs to access philanthropic funds
- Co-hosted countywide foreclosure fairs which served multiple API languages
- Supports the working relationships of university faculty and students with community agencies through its Research Roundtable
- Sets up meetings for its membership to meet with City, County, State and federal elected officials, and County Department staff to advocate for the needs in the API communities.
- Testified at key hearings such as the redistricting for the 2012 County Board of Supervisors, LA City Council, and LAUSD.
- Initiate or partner with other groups to hold hearings such as The State of AANHPI Mental Health, Legislative Hearing on the Housing and Foreclosure Crisis, and the Place-Based Funding Hearing
- Instrumental in the formation of the Asian Unit formed at DPSS and the Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers at County Mental Health.
- Advocated successfully for Asian language interpreters for County Health Care facilities.
- Advocated for DCFS to include countywide programs for APIs in its 2012 RFP for "Safe Children and Strong Families".
- Started an A3PCON Environmental Justice Committee working on a San Gabriel Mountains National Recreation Area, and education on how rising ocean levels threaten the Pacific Islands.
- Assists organizations to form networks and coalitions such as the Mental Health Committee's guidance to API agencies to apply for Innovations funding under the MHSA to serve the Cambodian, Samoan and Korean communities.
How does this benefit you?
You can expect your membership to bring:
- Technical/logistical support for collaborative advocacy efforts
- Networking, collaboration and partnership opportunities
- Access to elected officials' offices and government agencies or departments through your Board
- Invitations to many community events such as receptions to meet key policy makers
- Free or discounted access to A3PCON signature events including: meetings with corporate sponsors and foundation program officers, capacity building trainings in social media, mixers with API legislative aides
- Free access to A3PCON's website, information database, listserv, and tech media so you can share information on your events, activities and job offerings
- Free newsletters
- Letters of support for agencies and/or issues when appropriate
- Leadership roles in A3PCON committees
I hope you will choose to become a member either at the organizational or individual level today. Download application here! (136 MB) Please fill it out and mail it with your membership fee to: A3PCON, 905 E 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mark Masaoka, Policy Coordinator at (213) 239-0300 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest.
Debra Fong, President of A3PCON
Mariko Kahn, Vice President of Administration of A3PCON