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Local AAPIs look to start APA for Progress Colorado chapter

Second meeting for local Asian-American political-action group to take place April 10

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DENVER – Looking for more political action for the Asian-American communities, a local group of AAPIs have taken the first steps to starting an Asian Pacific Americans for Progress Colorado chapter.

 

Thirteen people attended the initial meeting on March 18 at the Asian Pacific Development Center York office, looking to lay the groundwork in establishing this chapter. Organizers are planing on holding its next meeting at noon on April 10 at the APDC Elmira Street office in Aurora.

 

"I think most of the people that attended the APAP meeting are interested in getting involved," APAP-Colorado member Eric Sung said. "However, I am not sure we made the point that APAP is a political group."

 

On the national level, the organization is working toward promoting positive action and change on the political stage.

 

"(APAP is) to advance progressive legislation, ultimately," said Curtis Chin, who sits on the APAP national board of directors. "To develop a national network of Asian American, Pacific Islanders and allies and to use that network to mobilize the community to advance progressive legislation to promote progressive candidates."

 

Those who have joined the organization have been more interested in Asian-American activism, he added.

 

"They want a more activist core that actualy works on activities rather than some that's more sociable," Chin said.

 

Here in Colorado, Sung said there is a need to create a politically based Asian-American group, rather than another social- or network-orientated one.

 

"I don't think there's any groups out there other than APAP that serves this function within the APIA communities," he said. "And there is definitely a need for an APIA political organization that is out driving a progressive agenda, getting progressive APIAs elected into office."

 

For more information about APA for Progress, go to www.apaforprogress.org.

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