On Election Day, Asian American and Pacific Islander voters will build the power we need to create change in our communities, tell our stories, and advocate for ourselves and our families. How we vote on Election Day will change the way our country addresses these critical issues to our AAPI communities.
And we have the power to create this change. Just within the last three election cycles, there has been a growth of over 620,000 new AAPI voters nationwide. Yet, only 56% of AAPIs are registered to vote compared with 72% of whites. In order to continue building that power, we have to make sure that as many AAPIs as possible are registered and able to raise their voices and vote.
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Why We Vote
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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