CAPA21 endorses former Vice President Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States, and we call on our friends, partners, and donors to increase their contributions to the Biden campaign and to CAPA21 to support voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout initiatives. We must stop the current descent into tyranny, restore decency and sanity to the White House, and regain our standing in the world.
Biden has won the endorsement of a broad spectrum of Democrats–including his erstwhile rivals in the campaign such as Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Pete Buttigieg, as well as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—because he has expanded his platform to embrace many of their progressive positions. This is especially important given the economic devastation wreaked by Covid-19 . The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force is a promising step toward healing divisions among the left and to ensuring a progressive and inclusive path for the next Administration.
Biden has a solid track record of turning bold, progressive ideas into tangible results for the AAPI community as Vice President and as Senator. As Vice President, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with President Barack Obama to pass the landmark Affordable Care Act, providing health insurance to an additional 20 million people, including two million AAPIs by the time President Obama and Vice President Biden left office.
The Obama-Biden Administration also re-established the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) to improve the lives of AAPIs in the United States through federal programs, inter-agency coordination, and outreach to AAPI stakeholders. In addition, Biden helped secure the votes to finally deliver long-awaited compensation payments for our Filipino-American veterans from World War II.
We are truly in a battle for the soul of America. This election will be the most consequential in our lifetime and for generations to come. Some may think we are like Chicken Little crying that “The sky is falling!” But every day, huge icebergs are melting, deaths from Covid-19 are mounting, the economy is deteriorating, hate crimes against Asian Pacific Americans are spreading, and vicious attacks on our democracy continue unabated. We must bring this to an end!
Please join us to support Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States!
Glen S. Fukushima, CAPA21 Chair
Dale Minami, CAPA21 President