NAPAWF in Seattle, WA

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Chapter Workgroup Roster

Chairs: Mary Nguyen and Chio Saeteurn
Facebook Manager: Lea Aromin
Webpage Manager: Sushma Rao
Amy Huang
Lea Aromin
Cindy Domingo
Emma Catague
Jasmine Marwaha
Monique Saeteurn
Norma Timbang
Vicky Chung

Current Campaigns

  • Paid Sick Days: We have joined forces with the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce to fight for Paid Sick Days in Seattle. Currently, 190,000 workers in Seattle don’t have paid sick days. Passing this Ordinance is good for workers, our families, and our community.
  • Reproductive Justice: We will be organizing a workshop for young API women and their mothers or aunties to talk about sex. Yes, we said that taboo word “sex.” Young API women have a high rate of unplanned pregnancies and STD’s and we continue to shy away from talking about it. Please join us for this inter-generational dialogue on 10/8/11. Stay tuned for more details.

Our Work


  • February: Presented at University of Washington, Bothell Campus on API, Labor, & Immigration
  • March:
    • Speaker Panelist on Sex Work, Violence, & Policy: Toward a Human Rights Approach
    • Endorsed Paid Sick Days Ordinance
  • May:
    • NAPAWF Sister Norma Timbang receives Tony Lee Social Justice Award
    • NAPAWF Sister Mary Nguyen receives Tatsuo Nakata Youth Leadership Award
  • June: Endorsed Ending the Death Penalty Campaign
  • July:
    • Steering Committee for API Freedom School
    • Attended Sistersong Conference in Miami
    • Trained at Western States Community Strategic Training Initiative
    • Testified at City Council Public Hearing in support of Paid Sick Days
    • Chapter Retreat
  • August:
    • Sick Leave Rally at Seattle City Hall
    • NAPAWF Sister Emma Catague participated as a speaker panelist for the Labor, Immigration, & Discrimination Dialogues


  • January:
    • NAPAWF Chapter Leader training in San Francisco
    • Met with Adam Smith’s (9th Legislative District) staff on Healthcare Bill
    • Met with Jay Inslee’s (1st Legislative District) staff on Healthcare Bill
    • Endorsed the WA Anti-Shackling bill for incarcerated pregnant women
    • Endorsed the Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) Bill
  • March: Solidarity Dinner with Sangnaksoo
  • April
    • Immigration Rally
    • Chapter Retreat
    • Attended CPC workshop at Planned Parenthood
  • May:
    • Hosted Asian Pacific American Progressive House Party
    • NAPAWF Sister Sharon Maeda presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Examiner
  • June: NAPAWF Sister Mary Nguyen arrested in an act of Civil Disobedience on behalf of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • July:
    • Attended immigration discussion with Legacy of Equality, Leadership, and Organizing (LELO)
    • Signed Grocery Workers Bill of Rights in support of UFCW 21 negotiations
    • Spoke on Sex Work Solidarity Panel organized by Allyship
  • August: CPC HERstory presentation
  • September:
    • NAPAWF Sister Ann Novakowski published article in International Exampiner about CPC HERstory
    • Testified at Board of Pharmacy in favor of keeping current rule and not allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill a prescription
  • October: Participant in Leaderlink, a training program that works on Transit Justice and transit-oriented development
  • November:
    • Presented to University of WA law students on Reproductive Justice
    • Presented at University of WA, Bothell Campus on Human Trafficking and Intersectionality
  • December:
    • Signed onto ACLU letter to the Department of Justice regarding police accountability
    • NAPAWF Sister Liezl Tomas Rebugio published article in International Examiner entitled, “Low-Income Health Hazards for API Women: Poverty, unintended pregnancies, and poor working conditions place low-income API women in unique health dangers”


  • January: Co-sponsored APA Legislative Day
  • February: “I heart Obama” party
  • March:
    • Co-sponsored and participated in at the Asian & Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center Candlelight Vigil: Raising awareness and remembering those impacted by domestic violence
    • Panel Discussion HERstory: Women organizing across cultures for a common agenda in celebration of International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month
  • May:
    • Book Signing with Lora Jo Foo
    • Participated in May Day March for Immigrant Rights
    • Participated in Healthcare March
  • August:
    • Steering Committee member & attendee for National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) Conference
    • Endorsed No on I-1033
    • Endorsed No on Ref-71
    • Received $4,000 grant from Western States for RJ Groundwork
  • September:
    • Queer HERstory featuring local A/PI LGBTQ activists sharing their stories of organizing in LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ communities
    • Participated in Western States RJ Groundwork training in Portland
    • Chapter Retreat
  • October:
    • Phonebanked membership on No on I-1033 & No on Ref-71
    • Chapter joins WA State Health Care for America Now (HCAN) Steering Committee
    • NAPAWF Sister Liezl Tomas Rebugio facilitates discussion around human trafficking, immigration, and labor issues at UFCW 21 movie viewing of “Made in LA”
  • November: Met with Seattle Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn regarding NAPAWF priorities
  • December:
    • Panel Speaker Liezl Rebugio presented at the Immigrants Access to Healthcare Forum; co-sponsored this event
    • Co-sponsored & participated in HCAN rally
    • Attended Social Forum in Detroit


  • March: Anti-Trafficking briefing featuring NAPAWF’s report entitled “Rights to Survival & Mobility: An Anti-Trafficking Activist’s Agenda”
  • May: Panel Discussion HERstory: API Organizing in Seattle and the role of API Women featuring Sharon Maeda and “Uncle” Bob Santos
  • August: Reading circle HERstory: API bloggers in Media
  • September: Reading circle HERstory: API women in Politics
  • November:
    Co-sponsored the JACL internalized Racism Workshop
    Co-sponsored of Allyship’s discussion series, “OUT of Queer Space: The History of gentrification and the exploration of decreasing queer space on Capitol Hill”
  • December: Writing circle HERstory with Pinay Sa Seattle and Sahngoksoo: Reproductive Justice


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