Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)

APEN seeks to empower low-income Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities to achieve environmental and social justice. APEN believes that the environment includes everything around us: where we live, work and play. And we strive to build grassroots organizations that will improve the health, well-being and political strength of our communities.


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.


OrganizingThe 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.

APEN currently works on three levels:

  • Direct Organizing in local communities
  • Building a Network of API organizations
  • Working in multiracial Alliances to affect regional and national social change.
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For Black Lives

  • Understand how stereotypes and beliefs about Black people maintain a culture of anti-blackness.
  • Reflect on how anti-blackness divides us and prevents us from building power together.