Lunar New Year 2024

In a dazzling display of cultural pride and solidarity, our SEIU 721 Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus hosted an unforgettable Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, February 17th, commemorating the advent of the auspicious Year of the Dragon. It was a momentous occasion as a record-breaking attendance of over 300 members, allies, and guests congregated at the Ramada in South El Monte, underscoring the profound significance of community and solidarity within our union.

The event was a showcase of cultural vibrancy and inclusivity, highlighted by captivating performances from the esteemed America Hubei General Union and the mesmerizing Yixin Dance troupe. Their spirited presentations ignited the atmosphere with energy and pride, weaving together the diverse threads of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage into a vibrant tapestry of celebration.

From the beautiful decorations and brightly colored traditional outfits to the diverse array of delectable cultural dishes, our API Caucus’s Lunar New Year Celebration was a feast for the senses. Guests of all ages reveled in the festivities, with a lively photo booth capturing cherished moments of camaraderie, Lunar New Year arts and crafts sparking creativity in children, and a captivating fashion show that showcased the kaleidoscope of cultural attire within our caucus.

Amidst the jubilant festivities, the program featured esteemed speakers who emphasized the pivotal role of API leadership in our union, communities, and elected offices. From the compelling speeches of our union President and Executive Director David Green to the impassioned addresses by Los Angeles County Asian American Employees Association President, Edward Yen, and SEIU API leaders Philamer Tambio-Yeh, Steve Valenciano (SEIU CCWU), Christina Calugcugan (SEIU 1000), and Mary Grace Barrios (SEIU 2015), the event resonated with a shared commitment to progress and unity.

The event also served as a platform to honor individuals whose exemplary dedication and advocacy have made a lasting impact on the labor movement and the API community. US Representative Judy Chu was bestowed with the esteemed Labor Warrior Award, while LA City Council member John Lee received the prestigious Labor Ally Award, recognizing their unwavering commitment to championing workers’ rights and advancing the interests of API individuals. We were also privileged to welcome Nicole Mi, the first Asian woman elected to the LACERA Board, whose presence further underscored the significance of representation and empowerment within our community.

As the Lunar New Year Celebration drew to a close, our hearts were filled with gratitude for the opportunity to come together in celebration of our shared heritage and values. The event was not merely a gathering; it was a reaffirmation of our collective strength, resilience, and unity as a community within the broader labor movement.

Looking ahead, let us carry the spirit of solidarity and achievement that permeated the celebration into our ongoing endeavors, as we continue to advocate for justice, equity, and opportunity for all. Together, we can build a brighter future founded on the principles of inclusivity, compassion, and mutual support.

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