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Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Oakland, CA

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Asian Pacific Environmental Network

Introduction

Asian Pacific Environmental Network is a nonprofit focused on advocacy related to environmental issues. With $2.8m in revenue and 92 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 1997, Asian Pacific Environmental Network is headquartered in Oakland, CA. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $3.1m.

Verified 501(c)3

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Asian Pacific Environmental Network

$3.1m

Annual Budget
2017
Program Spend
81%
Fundraising Spend
8%
Management Spend
10%
Founded
1997
EIN
94-3261846
Headquarters
Oakland, CA
# Employees
92
# Volunteers
75
IRS Filings
Other Ratings
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Mission and Work

Mission

All people have a right to a clean and healthy environment in which their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. Towards this vision, APEN brings together a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. Through building an organized movement, we strive to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people. Our work focuses on Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

Program 1

$481k annual program spend • Oakland ProgramAPEN's Oakland staff and local members led the grassroots campaign to protect Oakland Chinatown renters from unchecked development and decreased affordable housing. Our members connected with local allies and together led the campaign for tenant protections in Oakland. We maintained our role as a member of the Community Choice Aggregation for the East Bay and advocated for equity in energy. We put on the annual APEN Academy and nearly 50 events for local community members. Our leadership development efforts educated local members about public speaking, civic engagement, strategic campaign analyses, and multi-racial alliance building.

Program 2

$467k annual program spend • State Organizing ProjectAPEN worked with our allies statewide to educate decision makers and the general public about the need for local pollution reduction, expansion of the renewable energy industry that benefits low-income communities as consumers and workers, access to affordable housing and tenants' rights, and increased resources in disadvantaged communities for climate solution projects. We continued our leadership of the APEN-founded statewide alliance - Asian Pacific American Climate Coalition in addition to other strategic coalitions. California continues to be a leader in equitable climate solutions thanks to the work of APEN and our allies.

Program 3

$444k annual program spend • Richmond ProgramAPEN's Richmond team continued to lead the fight against fossil fuel emissions and economic inequity in the City of Richmond. We put on the 4th annual "Our Power Festival" and engaged local youth in planning and running Festival activities. We grew our youth leadership program and put on APEN Academy for Youth in the summer. Our student leaders participated in nonpartisan voter outreach and advocated for their family's needs. With our allies we formed Cooperation Richmond - a cooperative incubator for local entrepreneurs and loan fund. APEN and our local members and allies continued to educate local regulators about the need to decrease harmful emissions from the local refinery.

From Asian Pacific Environmental Network's website

In their words

Mission

All people have a right to a clean and healthy environment in which their communities can live, work, learn, play and thrive. Towards this vision, APEN brings together a collective voice to develop an alternative agenda for environmental, social and economic justice. 

Through building an organized movement, we strive to bring fundamental changes to economic and social institutions that will prioritize public good over profits and promote the right of every person to a decent, safe, affordable quality of life, and the right to participate in decisions affecting our lives. APEN holds this vision of environmental justice for all people. Our work focuses on Asian immigrant and refugee communities.

Vision

Our communities are stronger than the crises that threaten us.  Together, we’re building a world where all people have the resources they need to live full, dignified lives.  

APEN is leading a transition away from an extractive economy based on profit and pollution and toward local, healthy, and life-sustaining economies that benefit everyone.  

We’re building community-owned renewable energy resources to power our neighborhoods, protecting affordable housing so that our historic cultural communities can stay together, creating a local economy of cooperatives owned and governed by community members, and taking back control of our democracy.

Our Approach

Our work is grounded in the leadership of immigrant and refugee community members, who know that to win what our communities deserve, we have to build power at many levels and in many ways.

Diagram caption:1. Start with the experience & knowledge of the participants 2. Identify Patterns 3. Add new information and theory linked to the patterns in what people know 4. Practice skills, strategize, & plan for action 5. Apply what’s been learned in the world.

The heart of our work is bringing together Asian immigrants and refugees in Oakland and Richmond to advance solutions to the issues that matter most to them. We believe that everyone can develop their leadership, and people come to this work as both teachers and learners. Working with multiple generations of Asian Americans in multiple dialects and languages, APEN plays a critical role in developing the leadership of our communities.

At the state level, we’re engaging with immigrant and refugee voters in their languages to advance our shared vision. We are organizing in the communities that politicians and political parties too often ignore, and we are winning groundbreaking policies that put working-class communities of color first.

Along the way, we’ve formed deep relationships with organizations around the country that are taking on similar challenges and putting power back where it belongs—in the hands of our communities.

Together, we’re building a movement powerful enough to make justice inevitable.

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