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About APACE

APIA communities must fight to reach the full potential of their political power despite being the fastest growing community of color with Washington State being the home to one of the largest APIA communities nationally.

Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE), a 501c4 nonprofit organization, envisions a just America that assures social, economic, and political equity for the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It works to transform our democracy by politically engaging and empowering the diverse AAPI community, and holding our leaders accountable to progressive values of social, economic, and political justice.

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Rick Polintan has had over 35 years of community and union organizing experience since his migration to the United States in 1980 from the Philippines. He was a member of the Union of Democratic Filipinos, doing community organizing against the Marcos dictatorship and helping Filipinos in their struggle for immigrant rights in the U.S. He helped organize healthcare workers in California and Washington State for the Service Employees International Union from 1986 until his retirement in 2011.

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Rick Polintan has had over 35 years of community and union organizing experience since his migration to the United States in 1980 from the Philippines. He was a member of the Union of Democratic Filipinos, doing community organizing against the Marcos dictatorship and helping Filipinos in their struggle for immigrant rights in the U.S. He helped organize healthcare workers in California and Washington State for the Service Employees International Union from 1986 until his retirement in 2011.