09/25/2017

Asian American Action Fund Outraged over Trump Cancellation of DACA

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Program Granting Work Permits to Immigrant Youth to End in Six Months

The board of the Asian American Action Fund is united in its outrage over President Trump’s proposal to end the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which permits undocumented minors and young adults up to the age of 26 to come out of the shadows, apply for college and graduate studies, and hold work permits.
DACA recipients are our friends, neighbors, relatives, and coworkers. According to the Center for American Progress, there are 18,000 AAPIs who applied for DACA status. DACA recipients are serving in the military, as frontline healthcare workers, and as educators. They were brought to America by their parents and this is the only home they have ever known. Because of President Obama’s vision and leadership, many of these children are on their way to fulfilling their potential and becoming productive members of society.
President Trump’s decision to end DACA puts an end to the dreams of the hundreds of thousands of children who received DACA status. More disturbingly, it puts these young Americans, who were brave enough to come out of the shadows, in legal jeopardy, as the government knows their immigration status and where they live.
AAA Fund vehemently disagrees with President Trump’s cruel decision to end DACA and looks to Congress for answers and relief. We promise to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions and treatment of the most vulnerable Americans.

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The Asian American Action Fund (www.aaafund.org) is a Democratic Asian American and Pacific Islander PAC founded in 1999. AAAFund’s goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in every level of local, state and federal government in the United States.



AAAFund Stands United Against Hate

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Condemns white supremicist movement and President Trump’s equivocation

The board of the Asian American Action Fund (AAAFund) stands united against the hate and extremism displayed in Charlottesville and mourns the murder of Heather Heyer and the victims of hate crimes in places like Olathe, KS and Portland, OR. Sadly, the Southern Poverty Law Center has logged an exponential increase in hate crimes – over 1000 this year thus far as perpetrators have been emboldened by Trump’s election. We also condemn the moral equivalence of President Trump, who seeks to soft-pedal the bigotry and violence of those who hate ethnic Americans. His words give comfort to neo-Nazis and white supremacists to continue on their destructive, anti-American course.

There are many elected leaders, Democratic and Republican, American and abroad who have spoken out against the burgeoning white supremacist movement. We call on our elected officials to not only speak, but to lead through actions and to support anti-hate crimes statutes and taking down Confederate monuments and symbols that celebrate slavery. Making America great doesn’t mean returning us to Civil War, it means celebrating our nation’s diversity and pluralism, and ensuring that hate has no place at home.

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The Asian American Action Fund (www.aaafund.org) is a Democratic Asian American and Pacific Islander PAC founded in 1999. AAAFund’s goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in every level of local, state and federal government in the United States.


AAAFund Condemns “RAISE” Act

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GOP legislation attempts to separate families, change the racial makeup of America

The Asian American Action Fund (AAAFund) Board strongly opposes President Trump’s support of Senator Cotton’s bill to sharply reduce legal immigration. It is a restrictionist effort to partisan politics, populism, and xenophobia by cleaving ethnic a.k.a. non-white families and negate the landmark 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act of the civil rights era which allowed for immigrant families to be reunited.

Ninety-two percent of Asian Americans are immigrants or the children of immigrants, including respected military leaders, CEOs, frontline healthcare workers, and educators. AAPIs have made innumerable contributions to America throughout its history from the Chinese American laborers who built our nation’s railways and Filipino American farmworkers who gathered the fruits of the earth to Indian American CEOs like Google’s Sundar Pichai and Korean American doctors like Dr. Jim Kim of the World Bank. AAPIs add to the rich diversity and greatness of the United States in every area of its economy and society.

The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community stands united in political opposition to cutting family reunification and any version of the RAISE Act. We see clearly that this bill is a slippery slope backwards, a throwback to the xenophobia and nationalism that spurred the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Acts which wound up excluding nearly all Asian immigration. We will take political action against the populist, interference, and disinfo forces which brought about such America-harming legislation.

As an Asian American political action committee, we will be closely watching how all our elected officials vote on the issue and we will make our opposition known in the media and at the polls. Our name has “Action” in it for good cause.

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The Asian American Action Fund (www.aaafund.org) is a Democratic Asian American and Pacific Islander PAC founded in 1999. AAAFund’s goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in every level of local, state and federal government in the United States.

Job Announcement: 2017 Joe Montano Fellow for Virginia State Campaigns

Joe Montano (1968-2016) was a prominent activist for Asian American causes, grassroots campaign organizer, close aide to Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and was Senator Kaine’s Northern Virginia representative. The Asian American Action Fund (AAAFund) and Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV) join together to sponsor the Joe Montano Campaign Fellowship Program in his memory.

We are looking for a passionate, hardworking individual who is committed to helping elect Virginia Democrats this year in some of the most hotly contested races in the country.

Role Overview

The Joe Montano Fellow will be responsible for various tasks focused on community engagement and capacity building as an organizer. Candidates with experience building coalitions among diverse groups of people and holding volunteers accountable are preferred. The organizer reports directly to a Regional Organizing Director for the Virginia State Campaigns in Northern Virginia.

Tasks and Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers and expand the volunteer network
  • Plan, manage, and participate in phone banks and canvasses door to door
  • Amplify message and create online communities
  • Asian American outreach

Required Skills and Background

  • Exceptionally well organized with the ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Disciplined and solution-oriented approach to all tasks
  • Must have access to a vehicle and a cellphone
  • Previous campaign experience preferred
  • Candidates with proficiency in Korean, Vietnamese, or Mandarin are encouraged

Submit your resume and 3 references during Aug 1-8, 2017 to JoeMontanoFellows@gmail.com


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