AAPI voter engagement data project to be first initiative

When CAPA21 launched in late 2014, we committed to supporting a wide range of progressive candidates who reflected the diversity of our AAPI communities.

We actively sought out candidates from communities still under-represented at the political table, such as South Asian, Filipino, and Korean Americans. We’re proud of our investments in these candidates and know that we still have a long road ahead.

It was also important that we cultivated a diverse group of seasoned leaders to advise us and give us perspectives that span our AAPI communities. We could not have come this far without the help of Leadership Council Co-Chairs Tessie Guillermo, Kiran Jain, Virginia State Del. Mark Keam, Phong La, Ginger Lew, Steve Ngo (honorary), Mona Pasquil, Courtni Pugh, Dilawar Syed, Maeley Tom, and Helen Zia.

Our mission also included aspirations to fund AAPI field operations and projects to improve AAPI participation in the political process. As we narrowed down the potential projects in these areas, we determined that a 501(c)(4) would be a better entity to house these efforts.

Instead of creating a new 501(c)(4), we have identified an existing organization and started the process of assuming leadership of that group. Once we have completed the transition process, we can share more details.

AAPI Voter Engagement Data Project

From that 501(c)(4), our first project will be an AAPI voter engagement data tool to develop a more systematic and precise understanding of AAPI populations, including where and why they participate in politics, and how best to communicate to AAPI registered and prospective voters.

The database will allow users to select the date, state and geographic level (Congressional district, county, etc.) to see voter counts by age and ethnicity using information compiled from researching voter file in targeted states. We will share more details as the project develops.

Building AAPI/Latino Collaborations

Last year, we announced that CAPA21 co-founder and Chair Glen S. Fukushima had joined the Latino Victory Project National Committee.

“We can realize our country’s brightest future when Latinos, AAPIs, and other communities of color work together on common goals,” said Glen in LVP’s announcement. “We must continue to pursue opportunities to achieve our shared interests, but also stand with one another against those who seek to divide us.

The second project from our new 501(c)(4) will involve an AAPI/Latino voter engagement collaboration. Part of this project will include educating voters about successes from history created from our communities working together, improving the frame of immigration justice issues to reflect how AAPIs are impacted, and improving civic relationships between communities of color in general.

We could use your help in these efforts. Donate to CAPA21 today and join us in growing AAPI political empowerment!