AAPIs need to start planning for the 2016 presidential and key state elections. Let’s avoid another election cycle in which we’re scrambling for resources to properly engage communities.
We have the necessary talent, ideas, and resources in our communities to ensure that elected officials, campaigns, and political parties engage AAPIs at a deeper level – whether it’s getting more AAPIs registered to vote, voter education, or getting AAPIs to the polls.
In order to advance AAPI political empowerment, we need to:
- Develop more resources to invest in AAPI field operations, an area where parties and campaigns always seem to be under-resourced;
- More strategically finance progressive candidates, with special attention to national candidates who have a proven track record advancing AAPI interests, and candidates from South Asian, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, and other under-represented communities;
- Share candidate information with ethnic media to help educate the fast-growing new immigrant voter populations; and
- Develop more effective uses of social media to reach AAPIs and explore emerging technologies for donor outreach.
Today we’re announcing the launch of a new progressive AAPI political action committee to address these challenges. To build this new political organization, we asked a stellar group of community leaders to join us as Co-Chairs of our PAC’s Leadership Council: