With Grateful Hearts, We Thank You

Dear Friends of CAPA21:

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you personally for your support of CAPA21—moral, intellectual, and financial—and for your faith in our ability to make a difference. Thanks to your warm support, we were able to contribute to the fabulous success of winning back control of the White House and Senate and keeping our majority in the House of Representatives.

When Dale and I established CAPA21 in 2013, Barack Obama had just been re-elected president, and we were feeling optimistic about the overall direction of our country. We felt, however, that we needed to make special efforts to identify, nurture, and support progressive AAPI candidates running for political office, hence, CAPA21. But the election of 2016 was a shocking regression that gave us the worst president in our lifetime and a Republican majority in the Senate and House that enabled Donald Trump to encourage and energize the worst elements of our country: bigots, racists, fascists, homophobes, and xenophobes.

With your support, we were able to help end “our long national nightmare” on January 20, 2021. Although Joe Biden won the electoral college by a comfortable margin (306 vs. 232) and won the popular vote by over 7 million (81,283,485, or 51.4%, vs. 74,223,744, or 46.9%), we face the uncomfortable truth that over 74 million Americans voted to give Trump a second term. What this means is that we must remain eternally vigilant and continue our efforts to support progressive candidates who can ensure that we protect, preserve, and expand our freedom, our liberty, and our democracy. I look forward to working with all of you on our quest to ensure that AAPIs fully participate to make our beloved America a “more perfect union.”

In solidarity,

Glen S. Fukushima
Co-Founder and Chairman

Dear Supporters of CAPA21, Friends and Colleagues:

I just wanted to say “Thank You” to all the folks who supported our efforts to save our country, through your donations, encouraging folks to donate, organizing, voter engagement and protection, sharing our posts, writing letters, and making phone calls, and just voting. From those who gave $100,000 to those who contributed $5 or more, from Hawai’i to Maine, we appreciated the donations, but just as important, we valued your emotional support and inspiration for all of us at CAPA21 to keep on and do more. This was a slog, a trek, a marathon, and undamped fight for the soul of a country we love. You kept us going.

And what inspired me was the fierce determination to combat voter suppressions, lies, manipulation, degradations of the Rule of Law, intimidating voters, violence against People of Color who came out and mailed votes during the time of CV19. Seeing the lines to vote in the heat, rain, and inclement conditions reminded me of the unshakeable resolve and courage of the African Americans who endured immeasurable hardship so they could exercise a fundamental right denied them for decades, just like their sit-ins at lunch counters just to get a bite to eat. We stand in their worn and tired shoes and we are the heirs to their legacy.

I have been active in electoral politics since 1987 when we formed CAPA (Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans), which evolved into CAPA21. I have never been so moved by our friends (and strangers) who donated, nor prouder of our American voters who walked this perilous path with us to help restore the United States I respect.

So, thank you all. My appreciation is bottomless.

Dale Minami
Co-Founder and President

Congratulations President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris!

CAPA21 Chair Glen S. Fukushima, President Dale Minami, and all of us at CAPA21 congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on a hard-fought victory! 

We especially celebrate Kamala Harris making history as the first woman, first African American, and first Asian American to be elected Vice President of the United States.

Some of the Senate candidates we supported were unsuccessful, but we’re hopeful that strong showings in those races may moderate some of the sitting Senators regarding Senate confirmations and other issues. CAPA21 may consider an effort to challenge the re-election of those Senators who support McConnell.

We still have a long-shot chance at control of the Senate with the two Senate run-offs in Georgia. Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff prevented outright wins by Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R) and Sen. David Perdue (R), respectively. The run-off election for both races is January 5.

CAPA21 is proud to have invested in Georgia with $15,000 to Georgia Advancing Progress PAC and $10,000 to Fair Fight, the PAC founded by Stacey Abrams. We can credit the work of these two groups at setting the stage in Georgia and creating the opportunity we now have for control of the Senate.

We especially want to credit Stacey Abrams and her Fair Fight team for the grassroots work they have done since 2018 that mobilized Black voters and other voters of color in Georgia and around the country. As of now, Biden is leading in Georgia by more than 7,000 votes. Without the work by Abrams and Fair Fight, the state would not be on the verge of turning Blue this election.

CAPA21 will be in the fight for the Senate by supporting Rev. Warnock and Ossoff. We already had funds set aside for the anticipated run-off elections. We are also evaluating additional investments in Georgia independent expenditure efforts.

Donate today and join us in this last chance to take back the Senate!

CAPA21 invested more than $500,000 up and down the ballot in this election cycle. We share below the status (as of this writing) of various races of candidates CAPA21 supported. In some races, the victor is certain. Other races remain unresolved.

All of us at CAPA21 want to express our deep appreciation to our generous donors for supporting our two-year effort to help take back the White House and the Senate and keep the House. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we hope we can count on your continued support as we enter the final chapter of the 2020 elections.

The fight goes on and we’re so grateful for your support.

Status of races with CAPA21-supported candidates

As of Nov. 7 at Noon Pacific Time

PROJECTED WIN: Mark Kelly (D) in Arizona

PROJECTED WIN: Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) in Colorado

PROJECTED WIN: Sen. Tina Smith (D) in Minnesota

PROJECTED WIN: Sen. Gary Peters (D) in Michigan

[Updated 11/10/2020] PROJECTED WIN: Marilyn Strickland (D) in WA10 – She will be among the first Korean American women in Congress* and the first Black member of Congress from the Pacific Northwest. (*Michelle Steel defeated Rep. Harley Rouda; the contest between Congressman Cisneros and Young Kim in CA39 is still undecided.)

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Andy Kim (D) in NJ03

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Katie Porter (D) in CA45

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D) in FL07

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Josh Harder (D) in CA10

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Mike Levin (D) in CA49

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D) in WA07

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Grace Meng (D) in NY06

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D) in AZ01

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Judy Chu (D) in CA27

PROJECTED WIN: Rep. Susan Wild (D) in PA07

RUN-OFF: Raphael Warnock (D) against Sen. Kelly Loeffler in Georgia

RUN-OFF: Jon Ossoff (D) against Sen. David Perdue (R) in Georgia

UNDECIDED: Cal Cunningham (D) in North Carolina – Cunningham trailing Sen. Thom Tillis (R) by 1.8% with 94% of the estimated vote reported.

UNDECIDED: Rep. Gil Cisneros (D) in CA39 – Cisneros trailing Young Kim (R) by 1% with 98% of the estimated vote reported. 

UNDECIDED: Rep. TJ Cox (D) in CA21 – Cox trailing David Valadao (R) by 4.2% with 81% of the estimated vote reported. 

UNDECIDED: Ammar Campa-Najjar (D) in CA50 – Campa-Najjar trailing Darrell Issa (R) by 6.6% with 90% of the estimated vote reported. 

UNDECIDED: Christy Smith (D) in CA25 – Smith trailing Mike Garcia (R) by 432 votes with 91% of the estimated vote reported. 

PROJECTED LOSS: Sara Gideon (D) for Senate in Maine

PROJECTED LOSS: Jaime Harrison (D) for Senate in South Carolina

PROJECTED LOSS: Theresa Greenfield (D) for Senate in Iowa 

PROJECTED LOSS: Steve Bullock (D) for Senate in Montana

PROJECTED LOSS: Barbara Bollier (D) for Senate in Kansas

PROJECTED LOSS: Amy McGrath (D) for Senate in Kentucky

PROJECTED LOSS: MJ Hegar (D) for Senate in Texas

PROJECTED LOSS: Gina Ortiz-Jones (D) in TX23

PROJECTED LOSS: Rep. Donna Shalala (D) in FL27

PROJECTED LOSS: Audrey Denny (D) in CA01 

PROJECTED LOSS: Eugene Depasquale (D) in PA10

PROJECTED LOSS: Hiral Tipirneni (D) in AZ06

PROJECTED LOSS: Rep. Harley Rouda (D) in CA48

Highlights of Presidential and Key Senate, House Candidates Supported by CAPA21

Because of the incredible support of our donors, CAPA21 is expected to  invest more than $500,000 in candidates and organizations working to #TakeItBack2020.

We have already contributed most of our funds raised and  we’re now focusing on  sharing updates on how your donations are helping our endorsed candidates win their races and  aiding organizations turn out AAPI and Democratic voters. Below are highlights of key races with CAPA21-supported candidates, most of whom received the maximum allowable donation from us.

Thank you for your support!

~ Dale

Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris – CAPA21 donated a total of $47,500 to the Biden campaign and to the Biden Victory Fund. Vice President Biden’s strong performance from last night’s final Presidential Debate and Senator Harris’s terrific debate against Mike Pence mark the last acts of the 2020 election cycle. With only 11 days left until Election Day, time is running out to make sure that we are turning out AAPI voters in key battleground states. Click here to learn more about how you can help reach AAPI voters in key battleground states!

>Sara Gideon (D) against Sen. Susan Collins (R) in Maine – A new poll released last week gives Sara Gideon, the South Asian Speaker of the Maine State House, a 7% lead over Republican incumbent Sen. Susan Collins. President Obama released an ad supporting Gideon. The candidates had their fourth debate this week.

Jaime Harrison (D) against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) in South Carolina – A  new poll reported on Oct. 22 shows Harrison with a slight lead. An Oct. 16 poll had Harrison up by two points, but another poll showed Graham up by six. Harrison raised $57 million to Graham’s $28 million in Q3. Harrison performed well in his debates against Graham and continues to outraise the incumbent.

Theresa Greenfield (D) against Sen. Joni Ernst (R) in Iowa – Greenfield has led Ernst in every poll for the past month. Greenfield made national news last week for nailing her debate against Ernst when the Senator didn’t know the price of soybeans. President Obama endorsed Greenfield in August.

Jon Ossoff (D) against Sen. David Perdue (R) in Georgia – At a rally, Perdue mocked Kamala Harris’s name in a blatant racist othering, forgetting that George Allen of Virginia lost his Senate seat after similar racist behavior. Two million dollars in donations flowed into Ossoff’s campaign after the incident. Polls are not showing a clear trend in this race.

Mark Kelly (D) against Sen. Martha McSally (R) in Arizona – Kelly leads McSally by 6-10 points in the latest polls, after their only debate earlier this month. McSally’s performance was widely panned and did little to improve her standing in the polls. It’s being reported this week that McSally mistakenly used a photo of Kelly’s twin brother in new campaign ads.

Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) against Sen. Cory Gardner (R) in Colorado – Hickenlooper has been leading Gardner in all recent polls. Gardner distanced himself from Trump in a debate last week. In a sign of growing confidence, major Democratic groups are pulling their spending in the state.

Cal Cunningham (D) against Sen. Thom Tillis (R) in North Carolina – Despite a texting scandal, Cunningham still leads Tillis in polling. Tillis serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has pledged to vote for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, joining most other Senate Republicans in prioritizing a rushed confirmation over sorely needed pandemic relief legislation.

Gina Ortiz-Jones (D) against Tony Gonzales in Texas House 23 – Polls show a slight lead by Filipina American Ortiz-Jones in this race to replace outgoing Rep. Will Hurd. The candidates had their first debate last week. Republican ads attacked  Ortiz-Jones for supporting the transgender community – another in a line of homophobic attacks against Ortiz-Jones, who if elected, will be the first out LGBTQ person to represent Texas in Congress.

Marilyn Strickland (D) against Beth Doglio (D) in Washington House 10 – Korean/African American Strickland won the top-two primary election and is leading in endorsements from former Gov. Gary Locke, Rep. Judy Chu, the AAPI and Black congressional caucus PACs, and others. The candidates faced off in a recent forum. Strickland would be the first Korean American Democratic woman elected to Congress.

Other candidates supported by CAPA21 include:

  • Sen. Gary Peters in Michigan (D)
  • Sen. Tina Smith in Minnesota (D)
  • Steve Bullock (D) for Senate in Montana
  • Barbara Bollier (D) for Senate in Kansas\
  • Amy McGrath (D) for Senate in Kentucky
  • Raphael Warnock (D) for Senate in Georgia
  • MJ Hegar (D) for Senate in Texas
  • Senator Mazie Hirono (D) of Hawai’i – no election in 2020
  • Rep. Andy Kim (NJ 03)
  • Rep. Katie Porter (CA 45)
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL 07)
  • Rep. Gil Cisneros (CA 39)
  • Rep. Harley Rouda (CA 48)
  • Rep. Josh Harder (CA 10)
  • Rep. Mike Levin (CA 49)
  • Rep. TJ Cox (CA 21)
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA 07)
  • Rep. Donna Shalala (FL 27)
  • Rep. Grace Meng (NY 06)
  • Rep. Susan Wild (PA 07)
  • Rep. Tom O’ Halleran (AZ 01)
  • Rep. Judy Chu – CA 27
  • Ammar Campa-Najjar (CA 50)
  • Audrey Denny (CA 01)
  • Christie Smith (CA 25)
  • Eugene Depasquale (PA 10)
  • Hiral Tipirneni (AZ 06)

To CAPA21’s Donors – Thank You for Being Part of this Battle for the Soul of Our Nation!

Our thanks to the constant stream of new donors as well as the generosity of past donors. A number of donors asked not to be listed so this is a partial list. To all of you, much gratitude in standing with us to resist this despicable President!

See the latest list of CAPA21’s donors.

CAPA21 Condemns the Murder of George Floyd

CAPA21, an Asian Pacific American political action committee, expresses our profound sadness and dismay at the murder of George Floyd. We extend our deepest condolences to the Floyd family and loved ones, who not only suffered the tragic loss of Mr. Floyd, but also endure the national maelstrom created by the heinous acts of four police officers. We condemn the murder of Mr. Floyd and the systemic oppression of African Americans that contributed to his killing.

We unconditionally believe that Black Lives Matter and stand in full solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters. There is much to be said and done about this tragedy that goes far beyond Mr. Floyd’s murder. We urge you to (a) read and share the statements below by our fellow progressive AAPI organizations and (b) take the concrete actions proposed below that will allow us to move beyond words to produce the constructive results that we so desperately need.

Read and share the powerful sentiments expressed by our allies in the progressive AAPI movement:

Coalition of Asian American Leaders (Minnesota): “We also cannot ignore the role of Officer Tou Thao who stood watch as George Floyd was dying. To see someone who looks like us behave as a bystander to Black death is devastating and painful. This is yet another reason that we must recognize our silence in the face of anti-Black racism, and commit to the ongoing work to dismantle anti-Blackness.” https://bit.ly/2XoKmDg

APIAVote: “We, and the broader Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community, must stand in proactive solidarity with black men, women, and children who continue to be oppressed and die by the forces and policies of systemic racism and discrimination. … We can no longer make any more excuses to stay silent against the injustices witnessed by the world in the last week.”

API Legal Outreach: “APILO calls for the broader API community, and truly all people of conscience, to stand in solidarity in confronting anti-black racism and demanding an end to police violence against African Americans along with immediate initiatives to bring George Floyd’s killers to justice. We urge our API community and our partners to demand that there be immediate action to ensure justice for George Floyd.” https://bit.ly/301TYWf

JACL: “We must also be enraged by the systems that have led to the deaths of so many Black men and women. We have a broken economic system that underpays people for honest work. Hiring decisions continue to be clouded by prejudice. Housing discrimination persists because of unequal access to capital and the legacy of redlining.  If we do not feel the same outrage for the daily discrimination that continues to exist, outrage over George Floyd’s murder is hollow and meaningless.” https://jacl.salsalabs.org/jaclstatementongeorgefloyd-a

APALA: “We are equally enraged and ashamed to learn that an Asian American police officer, Tou Thao, just stood watch as his co-worker treated George Floyd inhumanely. This hits home for us as we close out Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time when so many of us reflect on our Asian American identity and how it had emerged from the Black liberation movement.” https://www.apalanet.org/press-releases/apala-enraged-by-asian-american-officer-who-stood-as-a-bystander-during-george-floyds-violent-murder

National CAPACD: “We must commit to acknowledging, confronting, and dismantling complicity and racism within our own AAPI communities. Again and again, we must repeat: #BlackLivesMatter. That is the heritage we should leave behind for our children to celebrate.” https://www.nationalcapacd.org/tag/public-statements/

Do Something:  Concrete actions curated from posts by Gregory A. Cendana, Michelle Kim, APILO, and others

  • Text “FLOYD” to 55156 in support of Color of Change’s demand that the officers who killed #GeorgeFloyd be charged with murder
  • Sign Change.Org’s “Justice for George Floyd” petition
  • Call Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and demand that he reform the Minneapolis Police Department to stop racial violence against the Black and African American community: (651) 201- 3400
  • Call County Attorney Mike Freeman and demand that he charge the four involved officers: (612) 348 – 5550
  • Donate to one or more of the bail funds (Here’s a list)
  • Join an upcoming townhall or workshop with The People’s Collective for Justice and Liberation (https://peoplescollective4jl.org/)
  • Participate in the week of action with the Movement for Black Lives from June 1-5, 2020 (Text ActionNOW to 90975 to receive updates)
  • Read the “Unmasking Yellow Peril” zine by 18 Million Rising and the University of Connecticut (Link)
  • Facilitate a training for your community or organization utilizing the Asian American Justice Tool Kit (https://www.asianamtoolkit.org/)
  • Use the 20+ Allyship Actions for Asians to Show Up for the Black Community Right Now https://bit.ly/2Mj3wnL
  • Use the 6 Ways Asian Americans Can Tackle Anti-Black Racism in Their Families – Everyday Feminism https://bit.ly/2MiIdm6

This is a time of great turmoil and unprecedented danger to American lives and to the very fabric of our democracy. “We need more than polite talk,” wrote Prof. Bill Ong Hing. “We need a sense of outrage and indignation. We need massive mobilization over the issue. We need a declaration of war. The declaration of war on the evils of hate and racism must be loud and constant.”

Glen S. Fukushima, Chair
Dale Minami, President