Join Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA) for Ohio Asian American/Pacific Islander Legislative Day, Ohio’s largest Asian American Advocacy event on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, from 10:00 am – 4:30 pm at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, OH. Nearly 200+ AAPIs from across Ohio will gather at the Ohio Statehouse to showcase the growth, diversity, and influence of our community in Ohio and to discuss issues of concern with our legislators. This year’s Legislative Day includes breakout sessions on combating hate crimes and racial profiling, opioid addiction and mental health, increasing access to state services, and gun control.
ASIA is organizing free round-trip transportation from Cleveland and Akron to Columbus the morning of the 27th. Busses leave from both locations at 7:30 am and return the same day at 7:00 pm. Don’t miss your chance to make your voice heard!
We hope you’ll join us as well as 200+ other AAPIs from across Ohio will gather at the Ohio Statehouse to showcase the growth, diversity, and influence of our community in Ohio and to discuss issues of concern with our legislators!
Legislative Day is sponsored by the Ohio Asian American Health Coalition (OAAHC), formed in 2000 with the goal of supporting AAPI health initiatives and the Ohio Asian American Pacific Islander Advisory Council.
Dr. Gita Gidwani – Mayfield Heights, OH
Gita attended her first Legislative Day back in 2012. She came to the Statehouse with friends and colleagues to help represent the Indian community at the event. “We feel very strongly that it is important to bring women and women’s voices into AAPI groups and to the Statehouse,” she said. As a physician, Gita wanted to convey to her legislators the paramount importance of health care, especially ensuring that all people have health coverage.
Andrew Jang – Dayton, OH
Andrew is from northern Dayton and who came to Legislative Day with friends from the Dayton Korean Association. He participated in Legislative Day to better understand current events in the state legislature.
Bolet Villanueva – East London, OH
Bolet, the president of the Philippine Nurses Association of Ohio, attends Legislative Day every year. Like last year, she attended to be more in touch with events in Ohio’s government and to hear updates in person from her legislators. “I would like my elected leaders to focus on health care coverage, especially as it affects the young and older generations,” she said.
Yan Ke – Columbus, OH
Yan is Cambodian American who wants to help support the Cambodian community, who tend to be overlooked in AAPI groups. Yan is vocal about the issues facing Cambodian refugees and seeks to include more Cambodians in future AAPI events through dialogue and outreach. Yan is also a Compliance Specialist with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). He hopes that AAPI attendees will take advantage of a variety of ODJFS services, including the Apprenticeship Council program, which teaches high-level job skills to people looking to build a career.
Mahendra Adhikari – Cleveland, OH
Mahendra came for the first time to Legislative Day with family and friends back in 2012. At that time, Mahendra entered 11th grade at Lincoln West High School and was seeking information about employment opportunities for Limited English Proficient speakers.