November 7, 2017
LET’S GET READY TO HIT THE POLLS: WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT EASY!
ARE YOU READY TO MAKE OUR VOTES COUNT?
This is a critical year year for your AAPI vote. Our state and local governments make a world of difference on all kinds of issues, from immigration enforcement to affordable housing. Elected officials and their appointees in states like Hawaii and Washington are at the forefront of challenging policies that harm our communities like the Muslim Ban and DACA. New Jersey and Virginia will be electing their highest offices this year. New York City, Seattle, Charlotte, Atlanta – all of these municipalities with significant AAPI communities will also be choosing their mayors.
Our votes aren’t just about courting the favor of elected officials, but 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 that power, we have to make sure that as many AAPIs as possible are registered and able to raise their voices and vote. Access is our priority in 2017: from registration to making vote-by-mail easier than ever, we’re continuing the vision we started with five years ago.
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
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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