The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Asian American Commission (AAC) convened its second annual Advocacy Day on Thursday, November 15 at the Massachusetts State House, Great Hall. Thank you to our cosponsors, Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC) and the Office of Rep. Tackey Chan. The event convened Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) serving community-based organizations across the state for one-day legislative training facilitated by the Massachusetts Voter Table.
The morning session featured keynote speaker, Dr. Phitsamay Uy (University of Massachusetts Lowell), to speak on this critical political moment for AAPIs in Massachusetts. A panel discussion featured Dr. Elisa Choi (AAC), Cynthia Mark (Chief, Fair Labor Division, Office of Attorney General Maura Healey), and Bethany Li (Senior Staff Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services Asian Outreach Unit). The panelists provided an overview of the impact of immigration policies, healthcare, and economic disparities, including housing, educational access, and worker exploitation, on AAPI communities.
The afternoon session provided an opportunity for community organizations to gain skills on how to conduct legislative visits and effectively advocate for the needs of the community. Following the training, participants proceeded to legislative visits and share information to legislators on the growing and diversifying needs of the Asian American community.