For years, policy advocates and individuals organizations have looked to local government for support, but their voices weren’t enough to leverage funding. The API Council is dedicated to uniting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities to strengthen the voices and make a lasting difference in the lives of those in the API community in San Francisco.
The physical, mental, and economic welfare of my community is my top priority. It is important to work with city leaders and neighborhood groups to campaign for policies that directly address this priority.
- Kari Lee
Executive Director of Chinatown YMCA
Being a member of API Council has opened the door to many benefits and opportunities that help our organization succeed. We are able to coordinate our grassroots efforts with other groups and grow stronger together.
- Kent Woo
Executive Director of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition
San Francisco has some great organizations that are dedicated to advancing and advocating for the API community. As a cohesive council, we can utilize the individual strengths of all of these organizations to effect real change
- Sarah Wan
Membership Community Co-Chair, and Executive Director of Community Youth Center
I love San Francisco and I wouldn’t live anywhere else, but there is a lot that we can do to improve our quality of life, especially for immigrants, tenants, and the poor. It is important that we band together to solve these problems.
- Rex Tabora
Board Member of APACC
Thank you API Council for doing everything you can to advocate for the Asian community in our great city!
- Debbie Irawan
Japanese Community Youth Council
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi met with the members from the API Council on May 31, 2016 at Nihonmachi Terrace to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. This is an annual event with Congresswoman Pelosi. At the Roundtable, API Council brought up several issues like immigration, affordable housing, Head Start/Child Care programs, youth programs and senior programs. Leader Pelosi thanked the Council for its leadership and advocacy efforts, and pledged her support for the API community.
API Council representatives joined San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Jane Kim, Katy Tang, Norman Yee and Assessor Carmen Chu at the API Council’s Budget Advocacy Press Conference on July 12, 2016 at Ping Yuen Public Housing to announce a $4M commitment to the API community for Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017.
We are a group of dedicated San Francisco citizens who passionately advocate for the needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community. Our goals include working closely with the city to budget for API needs, and using established relationships create more awareness within the community.
We believe that every citizen, including those in Asian American and Pacific Islander community, deserves a safe and liveable home environment in San Francisco. Through consistent data collection, we’ll be able to produce a more accurate assessment of API health and wellness needs in the city.
Leverage established relationships within the city for budget needs of the API community
Conduct public policy analysis with an API lens and perspective
Demonstrate unity within the community
Coordinate stronger citywide data collection and research to help make the case for API communities and organizations
Develop a citywide organized grassroots base that can be mobilized for action
Break the perception that API communities do not have needs, due to recent API success in the current political landscape.