Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center


Hartford Courant: Arts & Ideas Panel Tackles Millennials, The Election, The American Dream

Jun 16 2016

Political engagement is essential in any election year. The 21st century, however, presents new challenges. Millennials — hard-hit by the economic downturn — are increasingly pessimistic. How can this enormous demographic be roused to political engagement? And in an age where people get most of their information on the internet and initiate their social interactions online, how has the nature of political engagement changed?

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CA Fwd: How insufficient election funding can hold back voter turnout

Jun 20 2016

A recent post-election panel held by The Future of California Elections (FoCE) to assess the state’s recent primary election revealed a number of issues.

FoCE is a collaborative statewide group funded by the James Irvine Foundation and dedicated to modernizing elections and increasing voter participation.

As one might expect, the voter experience varied widely across the state but a number of problems related to potential disenfranchisement were called out including some confusion among poll workers and voters.

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Asian American and Pacific Islanders Urged to Vote in California June 7 Primary

LOS ANGELES - As Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) draws to a close today, a new video released today by Asian Americans Advancing Justice and APIAVote urges Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) to go vote in this important election year. The video features George Takei, John Cho, Constance Wu, Vincent Rodriguez III, Sonal Shah, and Joey “Q” Quenga. 

KPCC: In this political year, will Asian-American voters step up to the polls?

May 25 2016

In a small downtown Los Angeles office one May evening, Helen Xiang and her teenage son Sam sat side by side, calling a list of Chinese-American registered voters. 

Sam spoke in English and his mother in Mandarin, but their message was the same: get to the polls June 7 and vote in the state primary.

“We have to encourage our people to speak out," said Xiang, a 52-year-old Alhambra resident. "Your ballot is really important.”

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Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations Turn Out Voters for June 7 Primary Election

LOS ANGELES – Through Tuesday, June 7, the non-partisan "Your Vote Matters" campaign plans to call 20,000 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) registered voters across Los Angeles and Orange Counties. More than 150 bilingual staff and volunteers from 20 AANHPI organizations will contact voters in 10 Asian and Pacific Islander languages and dialects, targeting the state’s fastest growing racial group and an electorate that jumped 60 percent from 2002 to 2012.  



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