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  • Sunday, May 02, 2021 8:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APABA Celebrates Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

    Contact:  Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA - This month, we celebrate the rich history and achievements of Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs). The AANHPI community embodies the vibrant diversity that is the strength of America. Its myriad contributions and successes are integral to the development of our nation and are deeply rooted in American history. This year, we celebrate historic firsts: the election of California’s Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States, the first person of South Asian descent to hold the office; and the historic appointment of Rob Bonta as California Attorney General, the first person of Filipino descent to hold the office.

    Yet, as we celebrate these successes and achievements, the AANHPI community continues to face significant challenges rooted in anti-Asian sentiment, from the Chinese Exclusion Act, to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, to the murder of Detroit autoworker Vincent Chin over 35 years ago, to the increase in violence against Sikh Americans following 9/11, to the current appalling rise in hate crimes and incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in California and across the nation.

    APABA commends President Joe Biden's signing of the Memorandum condemning and combating racism against AAPIs in the United States and his commitment in establishing a taskforce to tackle COVID-related xenophobia in his Address to a Joint Session of Congress as major first steps in addressing this issue. We urge President Biden and our leaders to continue to work swiftly to fight discrimination against the AAPI community and further promote inclusion and equity in our communities.

    As we commemorate the AANHPI Heritage Month, APABA will continue to advance justice and equity for all.


  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APABA Applauds the United States Senate for Passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act 

    CONTACT: Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA - The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County ("APABA") joins President Biden in applauding the United States Senate and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus for passing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act. As President Biden said, "Acts of hate against Asian Americans are wrong, un-American, and must stop."  

    APABA urges the United States House of Representatives to swiftly pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act for President Biden's signature.


  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APABA Congratulates Assemblymember Rob Bonta on His Confirmation as California Attorney General

    CONTACT: Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA- The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County ("APABA") celebrates the California Legislature's historic confirmation of Assemblymember Rob Bonta as Attorney General, the first Filipino American to serve in this position. APABA is honored to have supported Mr. Bonta in the appointment process.

    APABA applauds Governor Gavin Newsom for his appointment of Mr. Bonta, an advocate of sensible criminal justice reform, whose experience and perspective will be invaluable in leading the Department of Justice. APABA looks forward to Attorney General Bonta’s continued leadership in protecting the most vulnerable and underserved communities, serving as a voice for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and standing up for all Californians.


  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APABA Statement on the Verdict of Derek Chauvin's Trial in Minneapolis

    CONTACT: Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA - The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA) released the following statement on the verdict of Derek Chauvin's trial in Minneapolis:

    Today, a Minneapolis state jury held Derek Chauvin accountable for the death of George Floyd on all counts. Accountability is a quintessential component of equal justice under law that has not always been delivered. While the verdict today cannot bring Mr. Floyd back, as President Biden said, "This can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America." APABA stands with the Black community and the family of Mr. Floyd as we move toward healing and commonsense reforms to ensure justice for all.


  • Saturday, April 17, 2021 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APABA Statement on the Mass Shooting in Indianapolis

    CONTACT: Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA - The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County ("APABA") is deeply saddened by the senseless acts of violence in recent weeks, including the most recent shooting that has taken the lives of eight victims, four of which are from the Sikh community, in Indianapolis. 

    From the myriad cases targeting Sikh Americans since 9/11, to the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin in 2012, this latest attack reminds us of the painful history the Sikh community faced as targets of xenophobic violence.

    Although the details are still forthcoming, APABA calls on authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the incident.  APABA expresses its heartfelt condolences to the friends, families, and the communities of the victims in this latest attack.  


  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021 9:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APABA Congratulates Assemblymember Rob Bonta on His Appointment as California Attorney General

    CONTACT: Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA - The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County ("APABA") congratulates Assemblymember Rob Bonta on his historic appointment as California’s Attorney General. Mr. Bonta will be the first-ever Filipino American to serve as Attorney General, following the state Legislature's confirmation. APABA is honored to have supported Mr. Bonta in the appointment process.

    APABA applauds California Governor Gavin Newsom for the momentous appointment. APABA looks forward to Attorney General Appointee Bonta’s continued leadership in protecting the most vulnerable and underserved communities, serving as a voice for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, and standing up for all Californians.


  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APABA Statement on the Violent Tragedy in Atlanta and Stop AAPI Hate

    CONTACT: Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA - The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County ("APABA") expresses its deepest condolences to the friends, families, and the communities of the victims in the senseless and abhorrent attack in Atlanta, Georgia. 

    APABA strongly condemns the act of violence in Atlanta and the appalling and continuing rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across our nation. Recent events continue to serve as a grim reminder that anti-Asian sentiments always lead to tragic consequences in our history, from the Chinese Exclusion Act, to the Japanese American internment in World War II, to the murder of Detroit autoworker Vincent Chin more than 35 years ago, to the deadly attack on 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco last month, to the latest tragedy in Atlanta, and more. 

    APABA stands in solidarity against xenophobia, hate, and violence perpetrated on AAPIs. We continue to urge our leaders at all levels to work swiftly in combating discrimination, fostering inclusion, and promoting equity and justice in our communities.

    We urge anyone who have been a victim of or witness to discrimination and harassment to report the incident to local authorities and to StopAAPIHate.


  • Friday, February 12, 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APABA Condemns the Rise in Attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    CONTACT: Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA - The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA) strongly condemns the appalling rise in violence and hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in California and across the nation.

    The series of recent assaults on the Asian American elderly in Oakland and the deadly attack on 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco scratch only the surface of the widespread anti-AAPI sentiment and xenophobia fueled by misinformation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. These sickening and disheartening attacks have no place anywhere in America.

    As a nation of immigrants, diversity is the strength of America. APABA commends President Joe Biden's recent signing of the Memorandum condemning and combating racism against AAPIs in the United States, a major first step in addressing this issue. We urge our leaders at all levels to work swiftly to fight discrimination against the AAPI community and further promote inclusion and equity in our communities.


  • Friday, February 12, 2021 1:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    APABA Commends the Nomination of Julie Su as U.S. Deputy Labor Secretary

    CONTACT: Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    Los Angeles, CA - The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County ("APABA") commends President Joe Biden for nominating California's own Labor Secretary Julie Su to serve as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Appointed as California's Labor Secretary in 2019, Secretary Su has been on the forefront of protecting workers' rights and served as California Governor Gavin Newsom's advisor on labor policy, including worker safety and protection from the COVID-19 pandemic. Before serving in her current post, Secretary Su worked as a civil rights attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (formerly Asian Pacific American Legal Center), the nation’s largest non-profit civil rights organization focused on issues affecting the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. For nearly two decades, Secretary Su has fought against workplace discrimination and unfair labor practices. Notably, Secretary Su represented 74 Thai garment workers who were forced to spend 18-hour days sewing clothes behind barbed wire at a sweatshop in El Monte in Bureerong v. Uvawas. Secretary Su received APABA’s Public Service Award in 2011 and APABA’s Trailblazer Award in 2020, both for her tremendous work in paving new laws protecting human trafficking survivors and workers' rights.

    Secretary Su's appointment as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Labor will help move our nation's labor policies in the right direction.


  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 8:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CONTACT: Arnold Lee, arnoldlee.apaba@gmail.com

    “APABA applauds President Joe Biden's January 26, 2021 Memorandum condemning and combating racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). The President's swift action is a critical step in addressing the racist attacks targeting the AAPI community amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “Discrimination, prejudice, and hate have no place in America. APABA welcomes community-based opportunities in working with the Attorney General in curbing bigotry. We look forward to the Biden-Harris Administration's prompt and continuing efforts in promoting equity, celebrating diversity, and healing the nation.”


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