On March 20, 2019 American Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG) made history by submitting a first Pakistani Community resolution in New York State Assembly in Albany to Proclaim March 23, 2019 as “Pakistan Day” in the State of New York. The Resolution was submitted by Assemblyman David Weprin, which was passed unanimously. We had full support of the whole assembly.
On December 19, 2019 New York City Council issued a historical proclamation to the American Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG) to commemorate the 143rd anniversary of the birth of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. The Council honored him being one of the greatest statements ever.
New York City is home to over 200,000 Pakistani Americans who work hard, live peacefully and respect and cherish the beauty of America. Our goal as the American Pakistani Advocacy Group is to engage, empower, and elevate the Pakistani-American community so that we can deconstruct the malignant narratives that surround our people!
There is a famous quote by Mohammad Ali Jinnah “With faith, discipline and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve. APAG wants to achieve a seat on the political table for Pakistani American community and have our voices heard into actions. APAG will keep playing its role by consistently engaging with top City and State institutions like City Council and the New York State Assembly.
Thanks to all Council Members who took part in the ceremony actively and affirmed their commitment to work with Pakistani American Community. Council Member Laurie Cumbo Council Member I. Daneek Miller Council Member Adrienne Adams Donovan Richards Carlos Menchaca Debi Rose Carlina Rivera Ydanis Rodriguez Council Member Paul A. Vallone Karen Kozlowitz, Margaret Chin, Bill Perkins, Peter Koo and Alicka Ampry-Samuel. Also, special thanks to Council Member Daneek Miller all members of NYC Council’s Black, Latino & Asian Caucus (BLAC) who made this happen.
American Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG) along with the Queens Borough District Attorney’s office organized an info session regarding resources available to community via Queens District Attorney’s office. Many community related topics were discussed and all stakeholders made a commitment to work with Pakistani American community for any crime related matters especially hate crimes and immigrants outreach.
One of the reasons APAG was founded because we want Pakistani Americans to get involved in the civic engagement and it’s very encouraging to see that APAG advocacy and outreach is working as Queens Borough District Attorney office just hired two Pakistani descent Assistant District Attorneys in Queens. APAG mission is to Engage, Empower and Elevate communities and we will keep working on having our youth learn & seek a career in public service. That’s the best way to give back to the community while learning the ropes of the system.
Over 20,000 Americans gathered outside the United Nations on Friday September 27th, 2019 to show solidarity and highlighted the human rights violations being committed in Kashmir. This was a historic protest which included numerous religious, community and human rights organizations all united raised signs and slogans in support of Free Kashmir.
The Kashmiri people have been completed isolated from the world and living with no health care, education and food. A report by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights raised serious concerns about abuses by security forces in Kashmir. Those included the use of excessive force to respond to protests and the detention of protesters, political dissidents, and other activists on vague grounds for long periods, ignoring regular criminal justice safeguards.
American Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG) hosted a round table discussion with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer with Pakistani American Community. The purpose of the meeting was to have the Comptroller interact with Pakistani American community and listen to their concerns and issues by having an open dialogue.
American Pakistani Advocacy Group (APAG) co-organized South Asian American Convention 2019. Various South Asian Businesses, Political and Community Organization attended the event. Great Job by SAAVA for organizing.
According to United States (U.S.) Census South Asians are second largest Asian American group in the U.S. There are over 400,000 South Asians living in NYC with the largest concentration in the borough Queens. South Asians constitute almost 4% of New York City’s and almost 10% of the Queens population.