November 8, 2016
It’s closer than you think. Get ready to get to the polls: we’re going to make it easy!
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE OUR VOTES COUNT?
Never before have AAPI votes mattered as much as they do now. In 2012, AAPIs played key roles in critical states like Nevada and South Carolina – so much so that politicians have spent months courting our vote in advance of midterm and general elections. More important than making AAPIs politically attractive to electeds, our votes are about building the power we need to create change in our communities, elevate our stories, and advocate for ourselves on issues that impact us.
In order to continue building power, we have to make sure that as many AAPIs as possible are registered and able to raise their voices and vote. We’re making access our top priority in 2016: from registration, to making vote by mail easier than ever, to piloting VoterVOX, we’re taking our work to the next level this year.
We’re putting the power of the vote in the hands of AAPI communities across the country. The stakes have never been higher, and we’re looking forward to an exciting year.
Why We Vote
More than eight years ago, I didn't think I would become as involved in civic engagement as I am now. Though my dad voted consistently for Presidential and gubernatorial elections, I was rarely encouraged to vote when I was growing up, and my family stayed fairly mum about politics (any civil debating between my brother and me, and we would be told to stop arguing). Read More
In three months, the Bangladeshi-American communities in Queens within a 30-minute drive suffered three vicious attacks. On June 1, an elderly man was severely beaten by a group outside a Jamaica mosque. On August 13, a Muslim leader and his assistant were shot and killed in broad daylight in Ozone Park. On September 1, a mother was stabbed to death steps from her home in Jamaica. Read More
My parents came to America to escape war and seek opportunity. They didn’t come to America to witness a presidential candidate incite intolerance against refugees and immigrants. Read More
Missed We've Never Been Silent: #MyAAPIVote Twitter Townhall? We got you. Check out the amazing conversation with AAPI advocates on a debrief on the first presidential debate, civic engagement and the barriers to voting in AAPI communities. Read More
You have the right not to be dragged out of your home at two in the morning. You have the right to understand what is happening to you. Read More
There’s no denying that me and others like me are engulfed in this oppressive system. Everyday we resist the erasure of our intersecting identities and at the end of the day it’s easy to feel cynical about the electoral process. But I can’t turn a blind eye to the progress we’ve made, progress that has been landmarked by the wins of various civil liberties that has changed the lives of so many. These wins don’t fix the system. However, it does makes it easier to existing and even opens the possibility of thriving. Read More
When a community doesn’t feel important, doesn’t have adequate resources, and doesn’t feel empowered to speak up, is it really surprising that its political power is not fully expressed? Read More
My name is Eunice How and I am a union organizer at UNITE HERE Local 8 in Seattle. We are the hospitality workers union of Washington State and Oregon. We represent workers at hotels, food service, and airport concessions. Our members are majority women, immigrants, and people of color. Read More
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