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APIAVote to host voter mobilization and education training for Asian Americans in North Carolina

APIAVote, a national non-partisan organization that works to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities in electoral and civic participation, is hosting a training session called the Norman Y. Mineta Leadership Institute in Raleigh, N.C., at the North Carolina Justice Center, the parent organization of NC Policy Watch.

Partnering with local organizations such as the National Association of Asian American Professionals-RTP (NAAAP-RTP), Asian Pacific Americans for Progress-NC (APAP-NC), Blueprint NC, and the NC Justice Center, APIAVote seeks to encourage Asian Americans to become more active and engaged in the electoral process and democratic way of life, regardless of political affiliation.

The workshop seeks to provide a framework for civic engagement and effect tools for community organizers to build civic engagement programs in Asian American communities.

The training will be followed by a livestream of the APIAVote Presidential Town Hall broadcasted from George Mason University, where Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates are invited to speak to the AAPI community.

Visit here for more information about APIAVote events.

Registration for the training is here.

3 Comments

  1. Frank Burns

    July 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Good grief! Do Asian Americans need help in voting? There are Advocacy groups for everything! All it does is fracture America rather than unify it. I don’t see anything good in them.

  2. Ricky Leung

    July 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    The AAPI community do need help organizing in civic engagement.

    The U.S. Census show that AAPIs are the largest growing racial group in the country. http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/03/23/149244806/u-s-census-show-asians-are-fastest-growing-racial-group

    According to the report, “A Community of Contrast,” from the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, data from the 2008 election showed that only 55% of citizens identifying as Asian American and are of voting age were registered to vote. Compared to 74% of Whites, 70% of African Americans, and 59% of Hispanics. http://www.advancingjustice.org/pdf/Community_of_Contrast.pdf

    In North Carolina particularly, where the AAPI community is of more recent migrant/immigrant descent than California, New York, Seattle, etc., generally, the outreach for civic engagement is even more important.

    Rather than fracturing America, encouraging AAPI communities to become more civicly engaged is to enrich America and letting them know that because they too are Americans, they have a voice in government that needs to be heard.

    Unifying America doesn’t mean to ignore certain communities within the whole. A recent poll showed that the Asian American voting bloc is largely untapped by both political parties. http://newamericamedia.org/2012/05/parties-ignore-asian-american-voters-at-their-peril.php

  3. david esmay

    July 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Of course you don’t see the value of them Frank, you’re a part of the GOP’s aging,shrinking, dying demographic. All the voter suppression in the world can’t stop the march of time. These are desperate times for the GOP and their last attempts to seize power.