Advocacy & Civic Engagement
Washington Immigrant Relief Fund (WAIRF)
This first round of fund's application process was closed earlier on Dec. 6, 2020. The final report was provided by WAISN. New round of applications will be updated on its Immigrant Relief Fund's website after April 21, 2021. Please see the summarized updates below:
94,000 applications submitted before December 2020
At the end of January 2021, $20 million was approved and additional funding was requested. WA legislators have approved additional fund in 2021, so the new funds will be sent to people who previously applied and did not receive funding. See more information on HB 1368 here.
In 2021, we joined a coalition of Redistricting Justice for Washington, where we work collectively to ensure that tribal boundaries and communities of color are represented in our new district lines. New district lines have been drawn. Some legislative districts may have changed and your representatives/senators may have changed along with them To check who represents you in 2022, find your district here.
RJWA April Update: The Coalition has decided to end their VRA lawsuit, read more about why this decision was made here
For additional information, check out Redistricting Justice for Washington (RJW).
API Legislative Week
APIC SPS leaders and friends participated in the virtual API Legislative week activities from February 2-3 and advocated for many legislative priorities of APIC WA. Thank you for answering our call for participation!
Stay Updated on Legislation in 2022
Notable 2021 Legislative Activities Relating to AAPI's Include:
Important Legislation Tracking List from Strengthening Sanctuaries
Relating to procuring and supporting appropriate computers and devices for public school students and instructional staff
Establishing requirements for tactics and equipment used by peace officers.
Concerning state oversight and accountability of peace officers and corrections officers.
SB 5055 Senator Nguyen Collective Bargaining
Concerning law enforcement personnel collective bargaining.
Concerning a peace officer's duty to intervene.
Concerning potential impeachment disclosures.
Concerning compliance audits of requirements relating to peace officers and law enforcement agencies.
Watch our videos (available in English and Chinese) detailing the importance of the census. The data we learn will help us get the benefits, funds, and representation we deserve.