Since the 2020 election, our network partners have continued to defend and protect the right to vote, increase AAPI voter turnout and representation, and organize members of our communities to make sure policies and elected officials reflect our community concerns and conditions. Together, we can continue to speak up, inform others, and exercise our democratic rights to get represented and address issues and policies. Here are some of the campaigns our network partners are currently working on with opportunities for you to get involved and spread the word on:
Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta – From canvassing to voter registration, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is out in the field putting in the work for a more equitable Georgia. If you’re interested in helping build and shift power in Georgia, come volunteer to canvas and register voters with us! Sign up at https://www.advancingjustice-atlanta.org/volunteer. To celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta is fighting to protect immigrant rights and their access to essential services. Join them in the fight for language equity by signing their petition that urges policymakers to do more for our communities by providing translated materials that would create equitable access to the ballot. Sign the petition at http://bit.ly/voicesrisingcta!
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities – CAAAV is calling all Bangla, Korean, and Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin) interpreters to help them develop language justice practices! They are looking for experienced interpreters so they can continue to do the work of building a pan-Asian membership base in NYC. Interpreters are integral to their work and have ensured that their members can: engage in principled debate with one another about strategy, participate in training on racial capitalism, and play a role in coalition building across the city. Please email Alina at email@example.com with your name, fluency, and prior experience to get involved!
North Carolina Asian Americans Together’s internship for Fall 2021 is currently open! NCAAT is excited to meet and work with youth who are interested and passionate about advocating for Asian American communities. Apply to join NCAAT today at ncaat.org/internships! You can also volunteer to phonebank with NCAAT during this summer. They will work with trained volunteers to help call Asian American voters removed from the 2021 NC voter files. North Carolina purged 391,000+ from the NC voter files in 2021 alone, about 4,000 of which self-identified as Asian American. This is a great opportunity to help eligible voters re-register and understand their voter status and build connections with local Asian Americans in your local community. Many NC elections are decided on razor thin margins, so truly every vote counts! Sign up at ncaat.org/phonebank!
VAYLA’s petition for racial inclusion has reached over 100 signatures! “‘Other’ is Not My Identity” is a petition for inclusion, demanding state officials include data for more racial groups in voter statistics and beyond. It comes at a historical influx of xenophobia, racial hate and violence. “Other is not our identity. Data inclusion is a public health issue. Data inclusion is a community impact issue. Data inclusion is a social equity issue–we have the power to make sure we are all seen and represented,” says Jacqueline Thanh, Executive Director of VAYLA New Orleans. Disaggregated data is essential to identifying the complex needs of all communities, as well as providing much needed visibility to the underserved and often overlooked. Help spread the word by signing and sharing the petition at change.org/OtherIsNotMyIdentity. You can also volunteer with VAYLA to be a volunteer translator that supports their movement to amplify the voices of AAPI communities – Sign up easily at https://linktr.ee/vaylano!
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