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InterIm’s Corner: Thinking about tenants rights

Hoping we can all come out of the pandemic with a home… After the pandemic went beyond the first few months or so, community leaders and government actors became concerned about the amount of debt...

InterIm’s Corner: The Washington Privacy Act: Insufficient for the immigrant, refugee communities we serve

InterIm CDA strongly stands against unfair technology policy that does not adequately address the needs of the communities we serve. We have seen how surveillance technology can target our communities, and now we must...

InterIm’s Corner: Potential progress around affordable housing with a new administration

This content was sponsored by InterIm CDA. America can expect new leadership after January 20, 2021. With the election of the new administration comes a potential change of idea’s regarding federal housing policy. Two Georgia...

It is important for the API community to answer questions about housing honestly:...

A few years ago, I lived in the university district while I was going to college. Like many of us, I made decisions on where I lived in order to find the cheapest rent...

InterIm’s Corner: The power of community organizing

To help our community stand up to the daunting threats of gentrification and displacement, I, Derek Lum, was brought on as InterIm’s Equitable Development Policy Analyst. My work centers around advancing policies in a...

InterIm’s Corner: InterIm CDA condemns new immigration rule, calls on lawmakers to oppose...

Dear friends, family, and community, Today, InterIm is expressing it’s opposition to the Department of Homeland Security’s changes to immigration law. The change in “public charge” law will go into effect on October 15, 2019....

APACE and recent legislative victories: You can make a difference by participating

This past legislative session was historic for our community. APACEvotes (Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment Votes) helped push multiple bills through the legislature that expanded access to democracy for all communities. Our main...

Opinion: Make our democracy better and support automatic voter registration with a call to...

Our democracy is at its best when every voice is heard and every vote is counted. In 2016, only 49% of API voters mailed in their ballots. And that doesn’t even count the people in our community who are eligible to vote, but have yet to register. You become another person that our outdated system has prevented from being able to vote