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Uniting the Voices of San Francisco’s API Community

For years, policy advocates and individual organizations have looked to local government for support, but their voices weren’t enough to leverage funding. API Council is a 40-member citywide coalition that advocates for equitable policies and resources on behalf of API communities. Our 40-members serve over 250,000 API residents in San Francisco. The API Council has advocated for funding to sustain and expand core services in housing, and health and human services.

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It is with shock and sadness that the Asian & Pacific Islander Council offers our condolences to the family of Mayor Edwin M. Lee.

For the API community, Mayor Lee has been a constant champion and trailblazer for our community from the beginning of his devoted career to the end. He leaves a legacy of support and love to the most vulnerable -- not only in our community but for many communities across the city.

We must re-double our commitment to continue the same in honor of Mayor Lee’s legacy.
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Thank you, Jason Elliott for taking time to come out with your department heads to learn & address the API needs and inequities in our City. It was great seeing all of City Hall in Chinatown! ... See MoreSee Less

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Packed house last night at the Health Commission. Asian Pacific Islander Council and youth from the Asian Youth Prevention Services consortium turned out to speak against the defunding of culturally specific needs of the API sub-populations. The restricted funding will cut resources to the populations we serve by at least 26% and dismantle a collaboration which had been in place for over 30 years. #APICouncil ... See MoreSee Less

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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