IMG_0372The heart and soul of APEN’s work is building and expanding a powerful membership base of low income API immigrant and refugee communities. APEN members and leaders guide all aspects of the organization’s campaign and movement building work.


Richmond: Thousands of APAs live, work and go to school in the shadow of the Chevron oil refinery. In 1993, APEN started organizing Laotian refugees who survived war in their home country and harsh conditions in refugee camps, as well as racism and hardship in the United States. We are now building a broad base of APAs in Richmond….more

Oakland: Chinese people in Oakland have endured years of racism, housing and employment discrimination and displacement. APEN has organized Oakland Chinese immigrant families since 2003 to build a healthy neighborhood where low-income immigrants can live, work and thrive…more

Asian Pacific American Climate Coalition (APACC): APEN deepens the engagement, leadership, and power of low-income communities and communities of color.  We believe this is essential to advancing structural changes and outcomes that create opportunities for low-income communities.Unfortunately, APA communities are a critical piece of the state population that are not sufficiently engaged in important issues that are defining the future of development and communities in California…more

Leadership Development: Having lived through many experiences of racism and economic inequity, APEN members are leading the fight for fairness and justice. We support our members to grow and develop the knowledge, skills and political orientation to be organizers for social change….more