The core of APANO’s work is building a powerful base of members who co-create and co-lead campaigns that address real issues in their community. Our community organizing results in concrete change through policy, public investments, political influence, and greater solidarity with other communities of color and allies.
By elevating members’ stories and connecting them to issues, APANO aims to advance a long-term cultural strategy to impact beliefs, actions and policies through centering the voices of those most impacted and silenced, resisting and shifting harmful narratives and ideas, and moving beyond defensive strategies to envisioning alternatives.
APANO offers year-round opportunities to cultivate the skills and confidence of our members to analyze community needs and solutions, act strategically and take on increased leadership roles at APANO and in the community.
APANO’s political advocacy and civic engagement work elevates issues through community engagement and research, connects with and mobilizes voters, and coordinates grassroots advocacy actions through member-led campaigns, in order to build power, win concrete changes and ensure all APIs have a voice in the policies and decisions that affect their lives.
APANO’s Small Business Support and Advising Program offers support and access to resources for businesses in Portland’s and Washington County’s API Business Community and all businesses in Jade District and Old Town.