Pelosi, Reid, Democratic Leaders Announce 2007 Asian American and Pacific Islander Town Hall

April 24, 2007
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Chair Debbie Stabenow, and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Mike Honda announced today the second annual meeting of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community with Democratic leaders next month.

The 2007 Democratic Leadership's Asian American and Pacific Islander Town Hall: A New Directionwill be held on Wednesday, May 16. The town hall will focus on issues of concern to the AAPI community such as immigration, health care, housing and economic development, education, veterans' affairs, and civil rights.

'The goal of the town hall is to hear from the AAPI community,' Pelosi said. 'We as congressional leaders need to make sure that we have input from all the facets of our diverse nation.'

Reid said, 'The annual Democratic Asian American and Pacific Islander Town Hall is an opportunity to have a dialogue about key issues impacting the AAPI community, and to reflect upon priorities that advance the well being of the AAPI community and all Americans.'

'Our new Democratic majority is committed to continuing the strong relationship we have always enjoyed with the AAPI community,' Stabenow said. 'This town hall is a wonderful opportunity to talk about our shared priorities for America.'

'Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) comprise one of the fastest-growing segments of the U.S. population. The diverse interests of our community range from family reunification and due process in our immigration system, full benefits for Filipino veterans, and addressing disparities in health care,' Honda said. 'This town hall provides a great opportunity for Members of CAPAC and Democratic Leadership to listen to the voices of the AAPI community.'

In addition to listening to the concerns of the AAPI community, legislators and key staffers will update participants on congressional activities that affect AAPIs. Democrats are committed to maintaining a dialogue with the AAPI community.

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Click here to register for the 2007 Democratic Leadership's Asian American and Pacific Islander Town Hall: A New Direction today.