“I PLEDGE TO EXERCISE MY RIGHT TO VOTE, MY RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS, MY RIGHT TO VOICE MY POLITICAL BELIEFS, AND MY RIGHT TO EXPRESS MY SOCIAL VALUES.”
—18 Million Rising
You’ve seen the multitude of headlines this year about how 2012 is the year of the Asian Pacific American vote. This is the year the nation will finally bear witness to this sleeping giant in our electorate. This is the year the APA vote may just swing an election. And, tomorrow is the moment of truth—our community’s chance to make sure APA voices are heard at the ballot box.
If you haven’t already sent in an absentee ballot, go out on Tuesday and vote at the polls. Make sure the unprecedented level of civic engagement initiatives by various community-based APA groups have not been in vain—efforts like 18 Million Rising, a project leveraging the power of technology and social media to promote APA civic engagement, and the boots-on-the-ground work by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, just to name a few. Here’s a sampling of the work that various groups have done just in recent days to get APAs around the country to vote:
· Annandale, Va. – The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium phone banked to Korean American voters and held a voter education workshop at a local Korean church.
· Boston, Mass. – Viet Aid door knocked and phone banked to Vietnamese American voters last Friday, and reached out to the churches on Sunday.
· Chicago and surrounding suburbs in Illinois – The Korean American Resource and Cultural Center made reminder calls to 5,000 voters and door knocked at senior housing complexes.
· Chicago, Ill. – Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community volunteers door knocked to Chinese American voters in the Chinatown area and will hold a rally with other community groups on Election Day.
· Delaware Valley, Pa. – Boat People SOS organized canvassed to Vietnamese American voters and passed out voter education materials.
· Fresno, Calif. – Stone Soup held a voter education forum for Hmong American voters at California State University at Fresno.
· Honolulu, Hawaii – Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement organized sign waving through key areas in Oahu.
· Los Angeles, Calif. – Korean Resource Center volunteers door knocked and phone banked to Korean American voters in Los Angeles and Orange County and held an election-related rally last Friday.
· Los Angeles, Calif. – Thai CDC conducted voter education workshops last Saturday at a senior housing complex and a local church, as well as phone banked to Thai American voters.
· Oakland, Calif. – Filipino Advocates for Justice held an educational at Paddy’s Café in Union City and canvassed after the event, as well as phone banked to Filipino American voters in Oakland.
· Orange County, Calif – The Orange County Asian Pacific American Community Alliance’s senior and youth volunteers called voters and reminded them to vote.
· Miami, Fla. – The National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth mailed out flyers, took out ads in local ethnic papers and phone banked to voters.
· Sacramento, Calif. – The Southeast Asia Resource and Action Center phone banked and canvassed Hmong American voters.