Johanna Puno Hester

The national executive board of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO announced it intends to resist all policies, appointments and collaborations made within the President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. APALA national president Johanna Puno Hester said Trump “is not what we envision our president to be.” (LinkedIn photo)

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO announced Dec. 12 it will resist all policies, appointments and collaborations made by President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

APALA’s national executive board said, additionally, that it intends to hold all elected officials, especially Trump, accountable for serving the Asian American and Pacific Islander community and broader communities of color and marginalized populations.

“APALA's leadership has spoken,” said alliance national president and special assistant to the executive director at United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930 Johanna Puno Hester. “We do not see the president-elect as a president who will represent and serve our communities.

“The campaign he ran – a campaign of racism, sexism, Islamophobia and xenophobia – is not what we envision our president to be, and his appointments thus far have confirmed the type of policy we expect to see,” Hester added. “We will resist all forms of oppression against ours and allied communities and continue to fight for racial, economic and broader social justice.”

Alliance executive director Gregory A. Cendana added in the statement that the community shouldn’t allow the normalization of Trump’s administration in the White House.

“Now is the time to take a stand on the right side of history because we cannot let this president-elect threaten the diverse fabric of our society,” he said.

Added APALA’s first vice president and senior liaison at the National Education Association Monica Thammarath, “The Trump effect is already being felt in our schools. It’s up to us to organize and mobilize our constituencies on the federal, state and local levels to fight against the attacks that we are already seeing in our communities.”

Thammarath added that APALA will undoubtedly call out legislators who take part in harmful policies.

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