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Rep. Roybal-Allard Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Washington, May 25, 2018 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), an associate member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), released the following video in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2nTWdOZPXc

Below is a copy of Rep. Roybal-Allard’s statement:

“Hello, I’m Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.  May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and I am pleased to take this time to salute our Asian American and Pacific Islander community for all they have done to strengthen our nation, our economy, and our culture.  Through the generations, their tireless work, their resolve, and their sacrifice have enriched us all.  They have distinguished themselves as businesspeople, soldiers, homemakers, government leaders, doctors, lawyers, and more.  In every walk of life, their contributions have been priceless and irreplaceable.

“I am honored to represent part of Los Angeles County, which is home to a vibrant AAPI community, full of organizations working to advance AAPI rights and opportunities.  One of those groups is Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.  This year, it is celebrating its 35th anniversary.  In addition to policy advocacy and leadership development, President and CEO Stewart Kwoh and his staff provide immigration assistance, legal aid with domestic violence cases, and other invaluable services to more than 15,000 individuals and organizations, with a focus on helping the most vulnerable members of the community.

“We are indebted to Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, and the many other organizations and advocates throughout LA County, that are committed to promoting a better life and a brighter future for AAPIs.  I share that commitment.

“As a member of Congress, I am fighting for a better deal for AAPIs, and for all Americans, that creates better jobs with bigger paychecks, and trains American workers to do those jobs.  A better deal that strengthens the Affordable Care Act and reduces the cost of prescription drugs, so people can pay for health care while still making ends meet.  I’m fighting against discrimination in all its forms, so that everybody has the opportunity to succeed, no matter who you are or where you come from.  And in keeping with our values, I’m fighting to pass comprehensive immigration reform, protect our Dreamers, and keep our promise to the millions of workers who earn pensions, Social Security, and Medicare, so that seniors can retire with dignity.

“To the AAPI community in my district and across America, I wish you a very happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  I look forward to continuing our work together to make our nation a place where everybody has a fair chance to achieve the American Dream, and add their voice to our diverse American story.”


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