Pan Asian Action Network

There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.” — Woodrow Wilson

AALAC believes in the power of community organizing, and in the positive changes that result when groups and individuals mobilize around issues that impact us all. AALAC is a part of several local and regional coalitions. AALAC strives to build not only consensus within our diverse Asian American communities but also with other interest groups.

In 2009, AALAC’s staff formed a pioneering coalition of mostly Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots community organizations, business associations, student and faith-based groups that were interested in local advocacy work. The group, now called the Pan Asian Action Network, is committed to promoting and protecting the health, civil and human rights of Asian Pacific Islander American citizens and residents of Georgia

PAAN members mobilized in 2009 and 2010 to successfully defeat an English-only driver license bill that violated federal law and would have deprived tens of thousands of limited English proficient immigrant citizens and legal residents from obtaining their permanent driver licenses. The driver license campaign catalyzed a disparate and diverse group of mostly cultural and professional Asian organizations to speak out in concert for Asian Americans and other immigrants in Georgia. PAAN’s efforts were instrumental in defeating this bill, and helped educate many Asian Americans on civil rights law and the power of organizing work.

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Below is a representative list of PAAN members.  If you are a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization that is interested in joining PAAN, please email Communications and Outreach Associate James Woo.

  1. Angkor Resource Center, Inc.
  2. Asian American Heritage Foundation
  3. Association of Chinese Professionals (ACP)
  4. Asian Cultural Experience / nonprofit team (ACE)
  5. Asian Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC)
  6. Boat People SOS (BPSOS) Atlanta
  7. Bhutanese Community of Georgia
  8. Chinese-American Lions Club of Atlanta
  9. Chinese Business Association of Atlanta (CBAA)
  10. Chinese Community Federation of Atlanta (CCFA)
  11. Culture Connect Inc.
  12. Emory Korean Undergraduate Student Association (KUSA)
  13. Filipino-American Association of Atlanta (Fil-Am)
  14. Georgia Rural Urban Summit (GRUS)
  15. Good Shepherd Services
  16. Indonesian Chamber of Commerce
  17. Indonesian Community Heritage Fdn (ICHF)
  18. International Center Atlanta
  19. Kollaboration Atlanta
  20. Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta (KAAGA)
  21. Korean American Coalition (KAC), Atlanta Chapter
  22. Korean American Foundation
  23. KOWIN Atlanta (Korean Women's International Network)
  24. Laotian American National Alliance (LANA)
  25. Laotian American Society Georgia (LAS)
  26. Malaysian Association of GA (MAG)
  27. Myanmar Buddhist Association (MBA)
  28. Nepalese Ass'n in Southeast American (NASEA)
  29. OCA-GA
  30. Phillipine American Chamber of Commerce GA
  31. Raksha, Inc.
  32. Refugee Family Services
  33. Refugee Women’s Network, Inc. (RWN)
  34. Southeastern Taiwanese American Association
  35. Thai American Chamber of Commerce
  36. Thai Association World Center USA
  37. UGA Asian Law Student Association (UGA ALSA)
  38. Vietnamese American Community of Georgia (VAC-GA)