CAPA21 Action Offering Subsidies for AOF Campaign Trainings in SF, LA

CAPA21 Action Fund is supporting two campaign management trainings by America’s Opportunity Fund (AOF) taking place July 8-9 in Los Angeles and July 22-23 in the Bay Area.

Download information on the Bay Area training (PDF)

Download information on the Los Angeles training (PDF)

CAPA21 Action will subsidize ten attendees to these two trainings, fully covering the $150 fee. Two subsidies will be reserved for Pacific Islanders. The remaining eight will prioritize attendees from Filipino, Korean, and Southeast Asian communities, but will be open to any Asian American or Pacific Islander.

Attendees receiving subsidies must be accepted by AOF into one of the trainings. Each subsidized attendee must also agree to (a) be profiled in a future CAPA21 Action communication; and (b) reimburse CAPA21 Action if they do not attend the training.

The ten subsidies will cover both trainings and will be awarded based upon demand. If we get more interest in the LA training, for example, we may allocate six subsidies for LA and four for the Bay Area.

We recommend you apply for the training via AOF and apply for our subsidy at the same time. CAPA21 Action will evaluate subsidy requests independently of AOF’s screening process, so submitting your request to us will accelerate an award for those individuals accepted into an AOF training.

Send your questions to Keith Kamisugi at or 415-855-0888.

America’s Opportunity Fund ( is a 527 Political Action Committee. Founded in 2007 by then Governor Gary Locke and Secretary Norman Mineta, AOF’s mission is to support federal and statewide candidates and elected officials who represent the interests of communities of color, and who inspire participation in government for the benefit of all Americans.



CAPA21 Highlights Role of Asian Americans in Hillary Clinton’s Nevada Win


CAPA21, a national AAPI political action committee led by Glen S. Fukushima and Dale Minami, congratulated Hillary Clinton on her victory in today’s Nevada Democratic presidential caucus.

The PAC also highlighted support for Clinton by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as an important factor in the caucus outcome.

CAPA21 launched a $50,000 outreach campaign that included a series of direct mailers, ethnic media ads, and a new website ( targeting AAPI voters in Nevada. The direct mail pieces encouraged voters to participate and support Hillary Clinton.

Courtni Sunjoo Pugh, an unpaid advisor to CAPA21, crafted the entire mail and ad campaign drawing on her vast experience as a political strategist. Pugh is a Partner with Hilltop Public Solutions, a national public affairs firm.

CAPA21’s ads shown above in the top row, second from the left and on the right.

CAPA21 was the first major AAPI political action committee to endorse Clinton and is the first PAC to launch a targeted AAPI outreach program supporting Clinton.

Another PAC, America’s Opportunity Fund, formally endorsed Clinton, placed ads in ethnic media, and also paid for targeted phone banking.

Hundreds of AAPI volunteers in Nevada, such as grassroots coordinator Evan Louie, and from places such as Los Angeles and San Diego, spread out across Nevada communities to reach Filipino American, Chinese American, and other Asian American voters in support of Clinton.

The grassroots groups Filipino Americans for Hillary and Korean Americans for Hillary deployed significant volunteer forces in the effort.

Filipino Americans for Hillary did a targeted business walk reaching more than 50 Filipino American businesses. Many of those businesses put signs up, allowed campaign literature to be placed, and let Filipino Americans for Hillary volunteers speak with patrons. This kind of extensive contact with Asian American businesses has never been done with any AAPI business in Nevada, according to the group. Filipino American for Hillary turned out more than 50 volunteers, from Nevada and out of state, to the Get Out The Caucus effort.

Glen S. Fukushima, Dale Minami, and others founded CAPA21 to invest in progressive candidates, AAPI field operations, and AAPI voter engagement projects. CAPA21 is a successor to the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), founded in 1988 as the country’s first national Asian American PAC. CAPA served the community for 20 years. CAPA21 is at and on Twitter @capa21pac.

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The First Asian American Justice on the Supreme Court

“I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor,” said President Barack Obama in remarks on Feb. 13 on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The President, Vice President, Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders issued statements of condolence. Republican leaders quickly demanded that President Obama leave the seat vacant. Clinton said such demands would “dishonor our Constitution.”

“The Senate has a constitutional responsibility here that it cannot abdicate for partisan political reasons,” she said in a statement.

Despite these calls from Senate Republicans (and GOP presidential wannabes), President Obama is moving ahead crafting a list of potential nominees to be the next Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

It would be fantastic if the President’s list included names of Asian Americans. No Asian American has ever served on the highest court in the land. This could be President Obama’s opportunity to further diversify the judiciary and again make history.

Here are some potential Asian American nominees:

Sri Srinivasan, U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia — Dubbed a “Supreme Court justice in the making?” by a USA Today article, Srinivasan was confirmed 97–0 in the Senate, putting Republican Senators in a difficult position of explaining why they supported Srinivasan for the second-highest court if they oppose him for the Supreme Court.

Goodwin Liu, California Supreme Court Associate Justice — President Obama originally appointed Liu to the 9th Circuit, but encountered fierce stonewalling from Republicans. California Governor Jerry Brown later appointed Liu to the California high court.

Jacqueline Nguyen, U.S. Court of Appeals in the 9th Circuit — Nguyen was a former federal prosecutor and Superior Court judge appointed by President Obama in 2009 to the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, and then to the 9th Circuit in 2011. She was confirmed in the Senate by 91–3.

Kamala Harris, California Attorney General — It’s hard to say if Harris would drop her bid for the U.S. Senate to undergo the brutal confirmation process. She would not be the first nominee by any stretch who wasn’t a sitting jurist. Justice Elena Kagan never sat on the bench.

Harold Hongju Koh is a professor and former dean of Yale Law. President Obama appointed him as Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, a position that requires Senate confirmation. Koh has worked in the SCOTUS building before, clerking for Justice Harry A. Blackmun. In 2011, Frank Chi wrote “Why Harold Koh Should Be the Next Supreme Court Justice” on HuffPost.

Denny Chin is currently serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The Senate confirmed him 98–0. As a District Court judge, one of Chin’s most prominent cases was that of Bernie Madoff, whom he sentenced to 150 years in prison. At the time Chin took a seat on the Court of Appeals, he was the sole Asian American to fill an active judgeship at that level.

In an opinion piece by Hayato Watanabe on one year ago: “We need an Asian-Pacific American on the Supreme Court,” Watanabe mentioned Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu:

“Justice Yu in particular, represents the direction that progressives should be pushing the Court. The first openly-gay woman on the Washington High Court, Justice Yu is bi-racial (born to a Mexican mother and a Chinese father) and is distinguished for her work on racial justice issues.”

There are other qualified Asian American judges and scholars worthy of being nominated for the Supreme Court; this was not meant to be a comprehensive list.

But if President Obama wants to consider an Asian American for Associate Justice, it will not be hard to identify such a nominee.

Who did we miss? Share your thoughts!

This piece was written by Keith Kamisugi and does not necessarily represent an endorsement by the CAPA21 political action committee of any of individuals listed. CAPA21’s vision is of a country where AAPIs have a powerful presence and role in all branches and levels of government and politics, achieved through AAPI voters who are engaged, informed, and empowered.