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Gregory Cendana
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Gregory is currently the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO and Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement. He also serves as Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Secretary for the Labor Coalition for Community Action and the Youngest General Board member of the AFL-CIO. Named one of the 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30 & the "Future of DC Politics", Gregory is a recognized organizer, speaker and trainer. Previously, he served as President of the United States Student Association (USSA), where he played an integral role in the passage of the Student Aid & Fiscal Responsibility Act and Healthcare & Education Reconciliation Act. You can find him dancing with SOULcial Justice, a dance team he formed of DC's movers & shakers, or on twitter at @gregorycendana.

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Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Hands Up United Partner for Asian American and Pacific Islander Artist Delegation to Ferguson

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 11:28 PM

This is a joint piece by Tef Poe and Gregory Cendana:

All of the national media and cameras may not be on Ferguson, MO anymore but people are still building, organizing and protesting for change. Later this week Hands Up United will host the first-ever Asian American and...

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Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Working to End Mass Incarceration

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 12:49 PM

The month of May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), a time for the Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to celebrate our heritage and the communities we have formed in the United States. Yet, far too many of our brothers and sisters remain behind bars.

The prison population...

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Historic Workers' Protection Bill Passes in Senate, Will Protect Many in Asian American & Pacific Islander Community

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 3:43 PM

The historic Senate passage on Thursday of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a critical measure that would safeguard lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, is tremendous progress in the fight for legal equality for all.

This bill...

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Celebrating National Coming Out Day by Coming #out4equality

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 1:52 PM

Today, I celebrate National Coming Out Day as the first openly gay Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA). As a nation, we have come a long way in advancing rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and creating safe spaces for...

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What Needs to Be Done to Pass Immigration Reform?

(10) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 10:08 AM

With Congressional leaders refusing to see eye-to-eye, our communities are paying the price. I'm not simply referring to the effects of the government shutdown. I'm talking about our elected leaders' inability to pass immigration reform.

A June poll by Partnership for a New American Economy, the Alliance for Citizenship and...

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Community Keynote for UCLA's 21st Annual Pilipino Graduation: New Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 1:54 PM

Yesterday, on Father's Day, I had the honor of serving as the community keynote for UCLA's 21st Annual Pilipino Graduation. This role is meant to address the importance of building communities and using one's education to move the community forward. I was humbled to be invited and wanted to share...

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Celebrating Progress of Marriage Equality and Not Settling For Anything Less Than Full Equality

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 4:06 PM

I have been following all of the news about the number of elected officials, especially US Senators, who are "coming out" in support of marriage equality. It is clear progress is being made and there is much celebration amongst members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. I...

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Immigration Reform Must Uncover Recruitment Schemes of Temporary Workers

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 2:44 PM

The national debate around immigration policy reform has largely ignored a disturbing trend in businesses: the modern-day indentured servitude of temporary workers.

New York recently took steps to eradicate this type of labor. The New York State Department of Labor announced a new partnership with businesses to train...

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Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Ready To Celebrate National Voter Registration Day

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 3:12 PM

The stakes are high this year for the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. According to a recent Pew Center study, AAPIs are the fastest growing racial minority in the country. From 2000 to 2010, the AAPI community grew 46% with an estimated number of...

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Getting Off the Sidelines in D.C. Politics

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2012 | 3:36 PM

In February, I announced my campaign to be one of the 14 district delegates from D.C. to the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) in North Carolina. And yesterday, unlike most people hustling between lunch meetings and appointments, I stood outside D.C. Democratic Party headquarters talking to residents about early voting...

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Bringing Our Communities Together: What Can Be Learned from the GLAAD and Roland Martin Situation

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2012 | 8:17 PM

There was a lot for me to think about after this year's Super Bowl: the ads that aired, the comments that were made, and particularly the responses to the comments that rocked the nation.

After many days of reflection, and seeing many events unfold, including the recent suspension of CNN...

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APALA Responds to Sen. Orrin Hatch's Immigration Proposal: Time to Address Failed Immigration System

(13) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 7:01 PM

By Gregory Cendana & Katrina Dizon

Once a strong champion for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) now looks to push for a strict immigration policy focusing primarily on enforcement and deportation. He addressed members of the Heritage Foundation last Friday, laying down the framework for a...

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In Reflection: Senate Vote on DREAM Act

(81) Comments | Posted December 18, 2010 | 1:25 PM

Today, the United States Senate had the opportunity to join the House of Representatives in passing an important piece of immigration reform and a common sense solution that would allow many young people to contribute to the economy and give back to the country they call home.

Support for...

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations Express Concern Regarding Xenophobic Campaign Rhetoric

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 3:49 PM

Many people have voted, will vote and are going to vote as the 2010 Midterm Elections are coming to a close. As we begin to debrief and reflect on the election results, I wanted to share with you a statement that many Asian American and Pacific Islander organizations, including the...

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NYAC's Statement on LGBTQ Youth Awareness Week

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 11:36 AM

As a proud queer youth of color and board member of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, I wanted to share this thoughtful statement that reflects my sentiments regarding the recent LGBTQ youth suicides, the state of our community & our continued struggle moving forward:

Recently, there has been...

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Anti-Youth Agenda? Try Again.

(10) Comments | Posted July 15, 2010 | 2:27 AM

By Sarah Audelo and Gregory Cendana

We were surprised to learn from Gary Bauer ("Obama's Anti-Youth Agenda," Politico, July 9) that Obama's agenda has thus far failed young people in America. We were more surprised that Mr. Bauer, at age 63, considers himself a viable spokesperson for...

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Is college only for the wealthy?

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 6:13 PM

Chief among America's most revered ideals is that an education can propel anyone from the depths of destitution to the skies of achievement. This, along with socioeconomic reason, is why President Obama boldly announced in his first State of the Union address that the United States would once again lead...

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America's Youth Are Too Big to Fail

(11) Comments | Posted June 24, 2010 | 12:12 PM

Overlooked in the debate over which institutions are 'too big to fail' for the sake of stabilizing America's economy is the future strength of our country: America's youth.

Young Americans nationwide will suffer lasting damage from the financial crisis. My generation, so-called "Millennials," or people born after 1981, is on...

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America's College Graduate Deficit

(13) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 3:35 PM

As the mid-term elections draw closer, the bandwagon of anti-deficit spending is getting crowded. Self-righteous cries for shortsighted budget cuts masquerading as calls for fiscal responsibility are as common as denunciations of BP. Federal spending in discretionary programs such as higher education, the argument goes, adds to the deficit and...

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