Gina Ortiz Jones Wins TX-23 Primary

Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress

Congratulations to our friend Gina Ortiz Jones who won yesterday’s Democratic Primary in the Texas’ Congressional District 23! Having won 41% of the vote, Gina has a runoff in 10 weeks on May 26.

AAA-Fund will continue to endorse and support Gina. As a native to the region, a Filipino-American, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a national security expert Gina Ortiz Jones is uniquely qualified to represent TX-23 which includes part of San Antonio and some 800 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Gina has her runoff election on May 22nd and needs your support. Please contribute to her campaign directly.

AAAFund Joins DNC IWillVote Campaign

We are proud to be an official member of the DNC’s IWillVote campaign. We exist to empower AAPI and voting is a prime expression of expressing and obtaining that power. Our 18 years of heart and work on this cause, to give AAPI the political voice and power we lawfully rightfully have, make us so happy to be a part of this larger campaign. We rise together so register to vote on November 6, register friends and family to vote, and repost/reTweet our work in doing the same ourselves.

The below is the press release:

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DNC Announces New IWillVote Campaign to Reach 50 Million Voters in 2018, Including AAPI Voters

Today, the Democratic National Committee is announcing the launch of IWillVote – an unprecedented new campaign with four initiatives: Commit to Vote; Voter Registration; Voter Education and Protection; and Get-Out-The-Vote. Under the IWillVote program, the DNC, in partnership with state parties and organizations, aims to reach 50 million voters from now until November to engage, educate, and mobilize them to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket. The Asian American and Pacific Islander community will be a crucial target in reaching these voters. The AAPI community is the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country and has been crucial to Democratic victories in numerous key elections over the years, so mobilizing AAPI voters is a top priority for the DNC.

The following are some of our initial partners who will support our IWillVote efforts: Asian American Action Fund, ASPIRE PAC, Blue Future, BOLD PAC, CBC PAC, Collective PAC, College Democrats of America, Flippable, Future Forum, High School Democrats of America, Latino Victory Fund, Mobilize America, National Conference of Democratic Mayors and Democratic mayors from more than 30 cities, National Democratic Redistricting Committee, PODER PAC, Swing Left, Young Democrats of America.

Over the past year, we’ve seen what a difference Democratic voter turnout can make. In Virginia, we elected a Democratic governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, and flipped 15 seats in the House of Delegates from red to blue. In Alabama, we elected the state’s first Democratic senator in decades. And since Donald Trump was elected, Democrats have flipped 39 state legislative seats, including some in districts that Trump won by double digits. When we organize early and everywhere, we win up and down the ballot.

However, we know that turnout during the midterms is historically low – just look at 2014, when voter turnout was the lowest since World War II. In addition, we have seen that the Republican strategy is to disenfranchise voters, particularly minority and youth voters, and to suppress the vote. While Trump and his Republicans roll back the landmark Voting Rights Act or enact voter ID laws, Democrats are fighting for voters and their right to cast a ballot, because Democrats believe every voice deserves to be heard and counted.

“The American people have witnessed the relentless commitment of the Republican Party to discourage voting – from the creation of a sham fraud commission to systemic disenfranchisement of communities of color. The DNC has opposed those efforts at every step, and we are prepared to hit them where it hurts – the voting booth,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “Our first Commit to Vote program translates activism and marches into committing to vote for Democrats up and down the ballot this November and is designed to reach voters and communities across the country with new innovative tools and technologies, key partnerships, and online and on-the-ground organizing strategies. In partnership with our state parties and partners, the DNC will reach 50 million voters this year.”

“ASPIRE PAC is pleased to partner with the DNC’s IWillVote program in engaging AAPI voters and encouraging active participation in the Democratic Party,” said ASPIRE PAC Chair and DNC Vice Chair Grace Meng, “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing populations in the country, and this program will help ensure that AAPI voices are heard at the polls in the midterm elections.”

“In recent years, Asian Americans and Pacific Islander voters have been crucial to Democratic victories in swing states and districts across the country,” said AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong. “The IWillVote program is an innovative way to galvanize the extraordinary passion among AAPIs across the country. I know that this program will funnel this passion into results at the ballot box and I’m excited to be working with great leaders like DNC Chair Tom Perez and DNC Vice Chair Grace Meng to make it successful.”

Take Immediate Action to End Mass Shootings


The Asian American Action Fund calls on politicians at all levels of government to take immediate action to end mass-shootings in the United States.

Mass shooting and active-shooter events have become too common- place and must be addressed. Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting nine out of every 10 days on average. The FBI reports that the number of active shooter incidents has steadily increased. While in 2000 there was only one active shooter incident, in 2015 the nation suffered from 40 deadly shooters.

By not acting, our leaders are endangering every member of society, especially school-aged children. We are risking children’s lives and teaching them to live in fear. Rather than passing reasonable gun control laws, over 40 states have required active shooter drills in schools. Children are taught to hide and remain silent while actors pretend to open classroom doors. As a result the New York Times has labeled school aged-children the “mass shooting generation”.

Other nations have shown that laws can reduce the number of mass shooter events. In Australia the nation enacted sweeping gun-control laws as a result of a 1996 shooter who killed 35 people. In the 18 years before 1996 there were 13 mass shootings in Australia. There has not been a single mass shooter in the 21 years since the implementation of the gun control laws. Canada, the U.K, and Japan have also imposed effective gun-control laws.

Ultimately our mission is to secure the safety of the AAPI community and to create economic and educational opportunities for each member. Gun violence is an especially significant issue for the AAPI community as mass shootings have been linked to hate crimes. Effective gun reform will also address gun violence throughout the AAPI community, including the use of guns in cases of domestic violence and street crime.

We ask every politician to pass laws which will protect all lives and end the phenomenon of mass shootings.

Post Election Thoughts on the 2017 VA Governor’s Race

The below is from our 2017 Joe Montano Fellow Sharon Kwon on the Ralph Northam campaign. It is the last in her series of weekly campaign updates. Congrats to Sharon and the Northam campaign on victory.

I want to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the DPVA, our candidates, and the AAPI community for a victorious election night last Tuesday November 7.

By working together we were able to not only achieve victory but to exceed all expectations. The margins by which Ralph, Justin, and Mark won would not have happened if the AAPI community did not step up and invest in this campaign.

During my time on this campaign I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing people within the AAPI community. The volunteers, donors, and supporters were also amazing people from all walks of life that brought their talent and desire to make a difference in their community. Together we were able to knock on more than 3 million doors, make over a million phone calls, and mobilize a blue wave across the state that energized our party and gave hope to so many in despair over the current White House administration.

Looking back I wish I had more time just to enjoy the small victories we had along the way. Whether it was a visit to local AAPI owned businesses, cultural events, or places of worship, each stop provided opportunities for community members to present their thoughts on issues, hear from the candidates, and build relationships. These experiences proved vital to our campaign and opportunity for growth and understanding between our candidates and the AAPI community. Election day meant so much more because groups like the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV), the Democratic Asian American Club, Korean Americans for Organizing (KAFO), and members of the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT) invested their time and resources into the campaign.

Being part of a campaign meant being part of a team and I think that is one of the biggest lessons I am taking away from this experience. It proved challenging to coordinate events with field operations, different campaign schedules for surrogates and candidates, and even with different campaign departments. Without the hard work and support of other volunteers, organizations, and staff members it would have been impossible to do this job.

I never met Joe Montano in person but I saw the impact he had in many of the people I worked with. The same spirit of service he brought to Virginia politics remains alive and well in so many throughout the AAPI community and I hope will live on through this fellowship.

Thank you!

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