APABA Colorado

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

            The United States federal government in 1992 officially designated the month of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month to recognize the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). AAPIs have a long and rich heritage of involvement in the history of the United States and have played a significant role in shaping the country of America. In fact, May was chosen as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were actually Chinese immigrants.

            APABA Colorado and other organizations across the state are hosting several events in celebration of AAPI heritage month. The following is a list of the events APABA is hosting, along with some of the other events hosted by other organizations.

May 7 at 10am – 3pm: Join History Colordo to celebrate joy, reclamation, resilience, and activism through Asian diasporic practices that address the somatic, mental, and spiritual scars in the AAPI community. Register here.

May 12 at 5:30pm: Celebrating APA History Month: A Panel Discussion Featuring APA Lawyers and Their Stories In & Out of Courtroom (organized by Davis, Graham, & Stubbs LLP and the Colorado Diverse Attorney Community Circle). Register here.

May 18 at noon: CAMP is hosting a Racial Capitalism panel: Deborah Yim, Meranda Vieyra and Sara Scott (CLI) will be speaking. Register here.

May 21 at 10am: 2022 Asian American Hero of Colorado Awards Ceremony. Register here. 

May 30 at 11am: Nisei Veterans Heritage Foundation – 76th Annual Memorial Service at the Nisei Veterans Memorial. For more information and to register please email c.hada@comcast.net.

May 31 at 12:00pm: APABA Book Talk with the Authors of Dear White Women – APABA will host fireside chat with Misasha Suzuki Graham and Sara Blanchard, authors of Dear White Women book and podcast. Register in "Upcoming Events" below.


Upcoming events

Standing Strong With The AAPI Community 

APABA Colorado is committed to supporting the AAPI community and honoring those whose lives have been taken in senseless acts of anti-Asian hate. One year later, we remain shocked and saddened by the horrific Atlanta shootings on March 16, 2021. The acts of violence committed against Asians and Asian-Americans in recent years are not just singular events we grieve; they are a tragic mark on the collective experience of the AAPI community. We recognize the need to provide ongoing resources to members of our community to address the impact of these events and we acknowledge with gratitude the support we’ve received from friends, neighbors, and colleagues in the last year.


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STAND AGAINST HATE

Together with the American Bar Association, the NAPABA president and leaders of many U.S. diversity bar organizations created the following video denouncing hate and racism during this challenging time.  We hope that you will take a few minutes out of your day to listen to this important message!  Click here.


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APABA COLORADO'S STATEMENT REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS

As the new coronavirus impacts the Colorado community and well beyond, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado (APABA Colorado) joins our national chapter, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), and numerous civil rights organizations around the country in condemning discriminatory and xenophobic treatment of Asians and Asian Americans in response to the coronavirus. The risk of coronavirus is not at all connected with race, ethnicity, or nationality. Countries worldwide need to address prevention and treatment issues, not just China or other Asian countries. We encourage all individuals to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state public health departments in response to the coronavirus. The use by elected leaders of rhetoric such as the “Chinese Virus” when referring to the coronavirus fuels racism and bigotry—putting Asian American individuals and communities at risk—at a time when support is needed in and for all communities. APABA Colorado strongly condemns such inflammatory and irresponsible language.

Those experiencing hate crimes or incidents are encouraged to contact local law enforcement or the FBI Denver Field office.

The Denver Police Department has a number to call to report bias-motivated crimes. That number is 720-913-6458. If a bias motivated act is happening in real time, call 911. No matter your immigrant status, it is safe to call.

NAPABA provides additional resources for reporting hate crimes and bias incidents as well as pro bono representation options. Please visit https://www.napaba.org/page/HateCrimeResources for more information, as well as organizations such as:

Denver Anti-Discrimination Office

Colorado Division of Civil Rights

FBI Field Office - Denver

Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Asian Pacific Development Center

Anti-Defamation League

American Civil Liberties Union

Matthew Shepard Foundation

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APABA's Mission

The mission of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado ("APABA") is to represent the interests of the Asian Pacific American ("APA") community and attorneys; to speak on behalf of, and advocate, the interests and ideas of APA attorneys in Colorado; to foster the exchange of ideas and information among and between the organization’s members and other members of the legal profession, the judiciary, and the legal community; to encourage and promote the professional growth of the members of the organization; to broaden opportunities for APA lawyers and law students; to present educational programs aimed at the needs of the practice of APA attorneys; to provide an opportunity for fellowship among the organization’s members; to provide coordinated services to the Colorado community; to develop and encourage cooperation with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and with other organizations of minority attorneys; provide a vehicle and forum for the unified expression of opinions and positions by the organization’s members upon current social, political, economic, legal, or other matters or events of concern to the members of the organization; and to serve as a communication network among APA attorneys across the state.

 
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