September 20, 2014

AAAF Seeks Campaign Fellows for Reps. Honda, Bera

APPLY NOW FOR MIKE HONDA CAMPAIGN FELLOWSHIPS! DEADLINE SEPT 22

Looking to work on a campaign and want to get paid for it? The Asian American Action Fund seeks two Mike Honda Campaign Fellows to work on targeted campaigns for AAA-Fund endorsed candidates. Fellows should be willing to relocate. Stipend of $2,000 per month plus supporter housing. Send resume and a cover letter to asianamericanactionfund@gmail.com. Please specify which position you ‘d like to be considered for.

Field Organizers

AAA-Fund is looking for a fellows to help implement voter contact plans for targeted races in several states, build relationships with activists and community groups on the ground, and work to turn out the vote for the campaign.

Qualifications.
– Candidates must be willing to work long and/or odd hours through the campaign.
– Candidates must be able to speak and work with diverse communities and leaders.
– Candidates must have strong interpersonal skills and be a team player.
– Candidates with past experience on an electoral or issue advocacy a plus.
– Bilingual candidates preferred, but not required. (Mandarin, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Cantonese, and/or Spanish)
– Candidates must have reliable transportation and their own laptops.

Responsibilities
– Implementing an aggressive voter contact program
– Recruiting, managing, and training volunteers
– Planning events and house parties throughout the district
– Building relationships with political stakeholders, activists, and neighborhood leaders
– Collecting and managing data from the field efforts
– Report to the field director

Legal Protection Fellow

AAA-Fund is looking for a qualified fellow to manage the voter protection efforts for a highly targeted Democratic Congressional campaign in California. Most important qualities:

1) Being able to recruit/train/deploy/lead a team of election protection volunteers
2) Manage relationships outside of the campaign, particularly at the County Registrars office
3) An entrepreneurial and strategic thinker who can anticipate where voter challenges are likely to crop up.

Fellows will be working full-time on a Congressional campaign; therefore, he or she should also be comfortable long hours, be a skilled multi-tasker, team player, dedicated to the cause, and be flexible and willing to help the campaign wherever help is needed!

A J.D. is strongly preferred, but not required. The candidate should be prepared to work with lawyers/law students as well as County election officials.

–Caroline

Design Our Logo

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As we approach our 15th anniversary and begin to expand our visibility in the community through social media, the AAA-Fund is excited to roll out a new logo.

Not only can your logo be used by us for many years ahead but we’ll give you attribution and credits during each use, providing you with lots of visibility.

Details:

  • deadline: when we receive a great submission
  • for submission, send any image format at least 450 wide or tall whichever is lesser
  • if selected winner, must email us the scalar file (any scalar format, svg & indesign are best) to claim prize
  • should reflect our values (progressive) & mission (increase AAPI involvement in US politics)
  • should fit all usual logo guidelines – designers know the rules else see here
  • bonus: 3 versions: masthead, glyph, vertical – see Dropbox’s 3
  • bonus: give guidelines – similar to Microsoft’s or Tumblr’s
  • prize is $50 Target gift card mailed to the 1st place winner

Health disparities and Electronic Medical Records

I have been thinking in my personal life about electronic medical records (EMR.) A number of friends are doctors who service multiple hospitals, and they sometimes encounter different systems at each hospital (if the hospitals even have electronic medical records.)

As a privacy advocate, it might be weird for me to be advocating electronic medical records because of the potential hazards, but as a patient, it is much, much easier to have continuity of care with EMR. I don’t have to drag a paper printout of my test results with me to each new doctor. When I was insured via Kaiser, it literally took minutes from the time I walked from my doctor down to the pharmacy below for my prescription to be filled. The doctor had ordered the Rx while I was with her, and sent it electronically. It was truly a beautiful streamlined feat that I still wonder at. Like pressing the Staples “Easy” button.

Not being a medical professional, I don’t have to worry if I’m repeating back the precise medical jargon that was fed to me before. For patients who have limited English proficiency (LEP), it is easier than having family members serve as sometimes imperfect translators each and every visit. This doesn’t negate the need for each doctor or specialist to ask questions, but it can be helpful for establishing and cross-checking prior medical history. And it’s important for EMRs to be tailored to specific communities – recommendations for best practices are outlined by HHS and Partnership for Women and Families.

Obviously, having a nationwide EMR system exposes a ridiculous amount of HIPAA data to hackers, and there would have to be the most stringent measures taken to protect patient safety. However, there are already certain nationwide EMR systems such as the one used by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which was one of the early adopters of EMR. Despite some of the ways in which the VA is currently broken, the agency deserves kudos on this count. Doctors actually point to the VA EMR system as a model of efficiency even compared to systems at top university hospitals. (That the VA system and the Department of Defense systems don’t talk to each other is a whole other story.)

The same way that I can get a prescription filled in different cities because my information and insurance is in the system, it would be great if not only veterans, but all Americans, could see healthcare practitioners who understand their medical histories without having to wait for the home institution or doctor’s office to fax over information.

I could even see a system that has translations of diseases, causes, symptoms, and treatments that a patient could look over. This isn’t perfect because not all patients are necessarily literate in their native languages, but it could help to overcome some of the barriers. Obviously we still want more culturally and linguistically competent providers and translators at hospitals, but this is a way of bridging the divide. We can make tech work to increase voter participation and allow people to cast ballots in their native languages, why not to improve health outcomes?

–Caroline

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) is Expecting

Editor’s Note: The AAAF endorsed Tammy Duckworth for her 2012 campaign.

Tammy Duckworth and her husband Bryan Bowlsbey are expecting a baby girl in early December! The Chicago Sun-Times reported the announcement yesterday as has the The Chicago-Tribune.

Congratulations to the growing family!

Asian American Action Fund endorses Mark Takai (HI-1) for US Congress

Mark Takai for US Congress, Hawaii 1st Congressional District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gautam Dutta (415) 236-2048

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Asian American Action (AAA) Fund announced their endorsement of Mark Takai to represent Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Takai has served for almost 20 years in the Hawaii State Legislature where he is currently the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans, Military, and International Affairs, and Culture and the Arts. In the past, he has been the House Vice Speaker and Chairman of the House Committee on Higher Education.

His legislative accomplishments include introducing legislation to establish Hawaii’s Dream Act and being the main architect behind legislation that recognizes the efforts of several Americans of Japanese ancestry, such as Fred Korematsu, who challenged the validity and constitutionality of wartime actions. During his time in the state legislature, he has also served as a member of the Hawaii National Guard for 15 years.

“Given the way he commits himself to the progressive causes he champions and his dedication to working hard for the people he represents, Mark will be a true asset to the Hawaii Congressional Delegation and the Asian Pacific American community‎,” said Deputy Executive Director Melissa Unemori Hampe.

“It is an honor to have the support of the Asian American Action Fund,” Takai said. “Team Takai and I will be working very hard through November’s General Election and, if elected, I’m looking forward to working with the Asian Pacific American community.”

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DC: Sept 10: AAAF Fundraiser for Mark Takai (HI-1)


Mark Takai for Congress

Please join Hawaii’s Senator Brian Schatz, Senator Mazie Hirono, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
to support their choice to be Hawaii’s next Congressman

Our Co-hosts
Air Line Pilots Association, Asian American Action Fund,
United Food and Commercial Workers
(committee in formation)

Mark Takai
Democratic Nominee for U.S. Congress
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
at Johnny’s Half Shell
400 North Capitol Street, N.W
Washington, DC

Suggested Contribution Levels
Individuals, $2600 or $1000 PACs $5000 or $2500

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Robert Olker at Robert@MarkTakai.com
or (808) 781-2283

Donate/buy tickets online

Or mail this form to Mark Takai for Congress, PO Box 2267, Pearl City, HI 96782

Contributions and gifts to Mark Takai for Congress are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.
Paid for and authorized by Mark Takai for Congress

Asian American Action Fund Endorses Leland Cheung for Massachusetts Lt. Governor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 28, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gautam Dutta (415) 236-2048

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, the Asian American Action (AAA) Fund, a progressive political organization that is dedicated to empowering members of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community across the United States, announced their endorsement of Leland Cheung for Lt. Governor for the State of Massachusetts.

Cheung is the first AAPI candidate running for a state-wide office in Massachusetts. He currently serves as Councillor on the Cambridge City Council and as a member of Governor Deval Patrick’s Asian American Commission. He was also appointed by the Governor to serve on the board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the state’s economic development agency.

As a long-standing advocate for issues of importance to Asian Americans in his community, Cheung has fought for increasing funding for Hepatitis B programs and for saving a Chinese immersion school. He has also led efforts to disaggregate reported statistics on the employment of minorities, women, and people with disabilities to assess diversity at all levels of employment. In his role as Councillor, he has also advocated for the removal of the “Exclusion of Chinese” in the United States Immigration Code.

“Our Board is delighted to support Leland in his historic bid. His dedication for championing issues important to his constituents, including the AAPI community, in an innovative manner highlights the type of leadership he will bring to the state level,” said AAA Fund Secretary Monisha Santamaria.

“I’m honored and humbled by the endorsement of the AAA Fund,” Cheung said. “The office of Lt. Governor needs a reboot and my goal is to make it more relevant to residents. I’ll focus on building grassroots support for issues of long-term importance – namely investments in education, infrastructure, and each other. What Asian Americans in Massachusetts need are the same things that families who have been in Massachusetts for generations need – safe streets, a great education for their kids, and career opportunities to provide for themselves and their families. I look forward to working with the AAA Fund to providing the leadership necessary to deliver solutions to those needs.”

Asian American Action Fund Endorses Clay Pell for Governor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 25, 2014
Contact: Devin Driscoll
devin@claypell.com
Mobile: (541) 729-6159

Contact: Gautam Dutta (AAA-Fund)
Office: (202) 236-2048

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, the Asian American Action Fund (AAA-Fund) announced their endorsement of Clay Pell in the Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial primary.

“We were extraordinarily impressed with Clay’s depth of experience in Asia, from his knowledge of Chinese, studying in China as a young man, his extensive travel throughout the region, his time in the United States Coast Guard working with foreign military counterparts, and his work on the Asia Pacific Rebalance as a member of President Obama’s national security team,” said Bel Leong-Hong, chair-elect of the AAA-Fund’s executive board.

The AAA-Fund is a progressive political organization that is dedicated to empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States. Through the AAA-Fund, Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) from different ethnic groups and from all over the country work together to increase the voice of the AAPI community in local, state and federal government. They do so by helping to elect AAPI and other political candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to the community, and by engaging the AAPI community in the political process.

“I’m deeply honored to have been endorsed by the AAA-Fund,” said Pell. “From an early age, and throughout my professional career, I have worked to cultivate strong ties with the Asia Pacific region. I plan to take advantage of that experience when I am Governor to ensure Rhode Island has a global audience for its economic development opportunities.”