WHO WE ARE

ABOUT

Founded in June 2018, One APIA Nevada is a grassroots nonprofit advocating for policies empowering everyday Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Nevadans.

 

The AANHPI community is growing rapidly, accounting for 1 in 10 voters, and has the power and numbers to be the voice of change in Nevada.

 

We coordinate the in-state electoral efforts of local and national organizations, engage in direct voter contact, and uplift the voices of the APIA community through issue advocacy and holding elected officials accountable.

MISSION

To advance the interests of all Asian Pacific Islander Americans in Nevada through advocacy on issues such as access to healthcare, education, and pathways to citizenship.

VISION

We seek to support and empower our community, providing them the tools to exercise their voice. We envision a future where our community is educated on the issues that affect their everyday lives and actively participates in the policymaking process.

ISSUES & VALUES

WHAT WE VALUE​

  • Coalition Building

  • Equity & Justice

  • Intersectionality

  • Shared Beliefs & Experiences

  • Community-Centric Narratives

  • In-language Resources

  • Cultural Competency

  • Political Power via Civic Education

  • Uplifting & Supporting Nevada

immigrant
support

IN-LANGUAGE RESOURCES • COURT INTERPRETERS • immigration reform

Over 65% of voting-age AANHPIs are immigrants. These potential voters have unique and specific experiences that differ from other voter groups. The lack of access to in-language resources and strict immigration procedures make it difficult to navigate living in a new country. ​ We are committed to assisting and expanding resources for our immigrant community throughout the immigration process.

Gender & racial equity

ANTI-RACISM • EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT • REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACCESS

Nevada is the third most diverse state in the country. Our diversity is our strength, and we focus on ensuring that racial justice and gender equity are at the forefront of all policy discussions. We work in solidarity with our communities of color—progress cannot be made when any of us are left behind. We are committed to protecting and codifying reproductive justice, and gender equality in Nevada and are a part of the fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

ACCESS TO EQUITABLE  EDUCATION

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER SERVICES • COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY • AANHPI CURRICULUM

The opportunity for academic success and quality education should be accessible and affordable for all—at all levels. All students deserve access to affordable higher education and investment in public schools. Nevada has one of the highest numbers of student debt defaulters. We also support affirmative action, which works to correct the barriers that continue to block the paths of many individual Americans and ensures equal access to opportunities that will bring our nation closer to equity and equality.  

Housing & economic justice

PAID FAMILY LEAVE • AFFORDABLE HOUSING • LIVING MINIMUM WAGE

Nevada was one of the hardest-hit states during the pandemic, with many workers being furloughed indefinitely. These workers and other Nevadans also face steep housing cost increases, with both Reno and Las Vegas ranking among the hottest housing markets, with rents jumping more than 36% and 24%, respectively between 2021 and 2022. We believe more needs to be done to address stagnant wages and higher costs of living and believe and have advocated for a higher minimum wage, paid family, and sick leave.

DEFENDING DEMOCRACY

VOTE BY MAIL• AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATIOn • Data disaggregation

The AANHPI community is diverse, and aggregated data and a belief that voter turnout is low often leave them out of the discussion when it comes to civic engagement. Misrepresentations of our community cause our community to be overlooked during elections. ​We aim to increase the representation and participation of our community civically and politically—demonstrating the true power of the fastest-growing group in the nation and Nevada.

ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE

CULTURAL COMPETENCY • REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE • GENDER-AFFIRMING CARE

9% of Nevadan AANHPIs lack health insurance. Despite qualifying for health insurance, these individuals are often unable to access it due to language barriers, cultural incompetency, and immigration-based barriers. We believe that access to adequate and affordable healthcare, including reproductive care and gender-affirming care is a fundamental human right.

CLIMATE JUSTICE
 

SUSTAINABILITY • CLEAN AIR AND WATER • INVESTMENT IN CLEAN ENERGY

Over 75% of Asian Americans said they support setting stricter emission limits on power plants to address climate change—significantly higher than the U.S. average. Nevadans deserve access to clean drinking water and air. We know that poor air quality and climate episodes (such as wildfires and heat waves) disproportionately impact communities of color. We are focused on ensuring a comprehensive climate package focused on clean infrastructure and job investment.

YOUTH ORGANIZING

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT • CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Youth civic engagement is crucial to empowering our democracy for future generations of AANHPIs. We organize events that break down intergenerational barriers between parents and children. At our Pokemon Go-themed Park Clean-Up events, high school and college students learn how to have discussions on climate justice with their family members while cleaning up the environment. Every event, from Baby Goats for our Votes to K-Pop Dance Party to the Polls, connect voters to issue and action-based advocacy to form a full circle of civic strength.

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