Monday, March 11, 2013

MN Twins Opening Day Ceremonies Opportunity

The MN Twins has a great opportunity to have AAPI kids around 10 years old participate in the MN Twins opening day ceremonies on 4/1/13. The kids will be on the field to high-five the players as they take the field. We have about 3-4 spots open at this point.
If you have interested parties, please submit the child's name, parent's name, and contact info by Friday (3/29) to our executive director Sunny Chanthanouvong. Please let them know that the child will have to be at Asian Media Access by 1PM on 4/1 or at Target Field by 1:30PM. The games is at 3PM but they need to prep the kids.
The Lao Assistance Center will have adults/parents to supervise and chaperone the kids. Kids can be picked up at Asian Media Access or Target Field after the game.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Upper Mississippi River Development Project Meeting at Lao Assistance Center

The Lao Assistance Center is holding a Lao community meeting on the Upper Mississippi River Development Project this Saturday, March 9, from 10 to 1 PM. Please join us if you can. Refreshments and lunch will be served.

Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives Voices from Laos Speakers Tour, April 2013

Legacies of War is very excited to announce “Voices from Laos: Clearing Bombs, Protecting Lives,” a groundbreaking, national speakers tour across the United States. The tour will create a space for dialogue on how individuals and communities are affected by Vietnam War-era unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos, how the problem is being addressed in the country, and ways in which people in the U.S. can help to clear Laos of bombs, support survivors of accidents, and help to create a safer future for the people of Laos.

The speakers tour aims to educate audiences about the dangers of UXO in Laos, mobilize positive action, and show how war and conflict can haunt innocent civilians decades later. The tour will also present an opportunity for healing and hope. By mobilizing communities, Legacies of War will build a movement to stop the senseless deaths and injuries caused by UXO and build a bright future for the children of Laos.

Sia Her appointed new Executive Director of Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

Congratulations to Sia Her, who has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. We look forward to the coming years ahead working with her.

The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM), a state agency that focuses on policy development and advocacy on issues that affect the Asian Pacific community announced that Sia Her has been appointed as its new Executive Director. Ms. Her will manage all operations and projects of the Council and develop and implement strategic and well-informed plans for CAPM. “On behalf of the board, I want to express how pleased we are to have Sia Her leading the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) into the next phase of our work,” said Hue Danny Lee, chair of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans board of directors. “She has a strong track record of public service, policy knowledge, and connection to the Asian Pacific Islander Community. Sia has demonstrated great leadership in her previous roles and given her strong passion for education and the experience she is ideally suited to take the helm of the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans in today’s fast-paced, dynamic environment."

According to Adeel Lari, member of the search committee, Ms. Her was selected after CAPM conducted an extensive and public search for the new Executive Director. The search resulted in over 80 candidates with some very competent and diverse applicants. The search committee took input from the community and the staff before making its final decision.

Ms. Her comes to the Council with more than a decade of experience in non-profit management, policy advocacy, and engaging new Americans in both the political and policy processes. She served as Education and Training Department Manager at Hmong American Partnership for more than four years. Most recently, she served as Campaign Manager for the successful Saint Paul Public Schools’ “Strong Schools, Strong Communities” levy referendum campaign which secured over $300 million dollars for the Saint Paul Public Schools. Ms. Her holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College.

Ms. Her will begin her duties on March 6th.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Condolences to the Kongmalavong, Insixiengmai, and Phannhotha families

The Lao Assistance Center extends its sincere condolences to the families of Souli Kongmalavong, Bounthieng Insixiengmai, and Bounma Phannhotha, who died during their recent trip to Laos.

Lao New Year Committee Needs Volunteers

The 2556 Lao New Year Planning Committee is looking for volunteers for the Lao New Year on Saturday, April 13th, at the Crystal Community Center. If you or someone you know would like to help, please contact the committee through the Lao Assistance Center staff who will connect you to the organizers.

Kaphet Koracan funeral to be held Saturday, March, 9th.

Kaphet Koracan, long-time board member of the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota passed away on March 2nd. Over the years she served in many ways to the organization, including as the president of the Lao Assistance Center board of directors.

The funeral for Kaphet Koracan will be held on Saturday, March 9th at the Crystal Lake Chapel and Cemetary at 3816 Penn Ave N, in Minneapolis. The service will be from 12:30 pm to 3pm. Her family thanks everyone for your support and appreciates your condolences.