Monday, June 4, 2012

API Community Meets with Rep. Barbara Lee

Burmese community with Representative Barbara Lee at the OACC
Representative Barbara Lee met with the Asian Pacific Islander Community on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.  Rep. Lee has been an advocate for the API community, serving on the Health Care Taskforce Chair for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Rep Lee and her staff welcomed members of the community and spoke briefly about her advocacy work and the upcoming election day on Tuesday, June 5th.

The Burmese community, along with CHAA advocate Nwe Oo, and the Tibetan community came out to meet the congresswoman and had the opportunity to speak to her personally.

Connecting with our local, state and national representatives is a crucial part of empowering API communities, especially the ones who are marginalized on the periphery of political discourse. Community events and meetings such as these are a positive step forward for these groups as they look to further engage with policy issues. 

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