September 15, 2014

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

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.”

AAA Fund Congratulates Erika Moritsugu on her Confirmation as Assistant Secretary for HUD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 7, 2014

AAA-Fund Congratulates Erika Moritsugu on her Confirmation as Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Washington, D.C. — The Asian American Action Fund congratulates Erika Moritsugu on her confirmation as Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the Department of Housing an Urban Development.

Ms. Moritsugu has previously served as Executive Director and on the Advisory Board of the AAA-Fund, a Democratic political action committee. Directly prior to her appointment, she was Deputy Assistant Director for Legislative Affairs at the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Earlier, Ms. Moritsugu was the Deputy Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, and Acting Staff Director for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.

“On behalf of our Board, we heartily congratulate Erika,” said AAA-Fund Executive Director Gautam Dutta. “We salute her leadership and commitment to public service,” he added.

Ms. Moritsugu received a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Government and Fine Arts and a J.D. with honors from the George Washington University Law School. She was raised in Hawai’i.

AAA-Fund Deputy Executive Director Melissa Hampe stated, “I look forward to Erika continuing to serve with distinction. From her time at the city prosecutor’s office in Honolulu, to her Senate and other high-level federal service, to now, she has been a talented leader in policy development. We are thrilled to see someone with her depth of experience and expertise leading one of our nation’s most vital agencies and working to improve access to housing for all Americans.”

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–Caroline

AAA-Fund Endorses Stephanie Gray Chang for Michigan State Representative

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JULY 29, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gautam Dutta (415) 236-2048

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Asian American Action (AAA) Fund is pleased to announce the endorsement of Stephanie Gray Chang for Michigan State Representative (MI-6).

AAA-Fund Executive Director Gautam Dutta said, “We are excited to support Stephanie. Her proven ability to bring people together will make her an effective leader in the statehouse.”

Stephanie has deep experience as a community organizer, coalition builder, and advocate who attended the University of Michigan. She strengthened Asian and Pacific Islander American civic participation by co-founding APIAVote-Michigan, advanced nonpartisan voter registration and protection, and initiated a documentation project with Youth Leadership Corps.

Stephanie also defended affirmative action, mentored Hmong and Bangladeshi American youth in Osborn and Hamtramck with Detroit Asian Youth Project, and organized a coalition for a fair public defense system with Campaign for Justice.

Stephanie previously served as the Community Engagement Coordinator for the James and Grace Boggs School. She has the endorsement of outgoing State Rep. Rashida Tlaib and a host of other local organizations.

AAA-Fund Board Member Caroline Fan stated, “I’ve known Stephanie for a decade. As the daughter of immigrants, she has tirelessly worked to uplift the voices of the disenfranchised.”

After receiving the AAA-Fund’s endorsement, Stephanie tweeted, “Thank you @AAAFund for the endorsement! I am excited about this opportunity to further serve my communities. #Chang2014″

DC, July 21: AAAF’s Political Speednetworking Event

Editor’s Note: Join the Facebook Event at our Facebook Page.

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Asian American Action Fund * Asian American Action Group * America’s Opportunity Fund * PowerPAC+
Present
Political Speednetworking Event: Midterm Elections: Where and How Do I Help the Democratic Cause?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work on a political campaign, or how to become a fundraiser, campaign manager or press secretary? Do you want to know how working on a campaign can further enhance your job prospects once Election Day is over?

AND most importantly, ARE YOU READY to help Democrats win back the House and keep the Senate?

Bring your resumes, be part of the 2014 election cycle resume bank AND JOIN the Asian American Action Fund and other leading progressive groups for a very special professional speednetworking event! We know for Democrats to succeed, we need to have both candidates and campaign staff that reflect the diversity of America. Learn how you can get involved in this critical 2014 political cycle and come hear first-hand candid advice from distinguished political veterans who have been on the campaign trail and in Washington!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Raghu Devaguptapu, Principal with Adelstein Liston, first Asian American to be named Political Director of a national party committee, first at the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee and then at the Democratic Governor’s Association

Panelists confirmed include:

Jessica Byrd, Manager of State Strategies, EMILY’s List, former Obama for America 2008 staff

Lisa Changadveja, LGBT Americans Director/Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders Director at Ready for Hillary

Joon Kim, Vice President of New Partners Consulting, New Mexico Statewide Field Director, Kerry for President 2004

Alissa Ko, Deputy Director at Ready for Hillary, Former Organizing for America Operation Vote Director – VA

Parag Mehta, Former Director of External Communications and Director of Training for the Democratic National Committee

Madalene Mielke, Principal, Arum Group, Former Director of Training and Curriculum for the Ron Brown-Paul Tully Institute for Political Action

Oscar Ramirez, Principal, Podesta Group, DNC Member and First Vice Chair, Maryland Democratic Party

Mario Salazar, Coordinated Campaign Director at Democratic Party of Virginia, Former Operation Vote Director for Obama for America – Nevada

Nina SmithPress Secretary for Governor Martin O’Malley, former publicist for TheRoot.com

Brandon Thompson, National Training Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

DATE/TIME: Monday, July 21
Pre-event networking: 5:30 PM, Program promptly starts at 6:15 PM

LOCATION: Hunton & Williams, LLP, 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW (Foggy Bottom Metro, directions)

RSVP REQUIRED: Seating is limited, RSVP for free online

Republican Opponent Jim Cunneen Endorses Rep. Mike Honda

Editor’s Note: The below is a reposting of “Former Republican Opponent Jim Cunneen Endorses Congressman Mike Honda” from our friends at Mike Honda for Congress. We endorsed his 2014 campaign. Mike is an AAA-Fund Honorary Board member.

Mike Honda for Congress

Silicon Valley, CA – Today, prominent Republican Jim Cunneen endorsed Congressman Mike Honda in California’s 17th district following Vanila Singh’s 3rd place finish in the June primary. Former Assemblymember Cunneen was Congressman Honda’s Republican opponent during the 2000 Congressional election. Cunneen is also a former President and CEO of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and has held executive positions at Applied Materials and Cisco Systems (both headquartered in CA-17).

“I am proud to support Congressman Honda this November,” said Cunneen. “I’ve admired Mike for as long as I’ve known him. In the Assembly, we worked together on technology and education issues. Most of all, Mike’s integrity and good character have served our region well. His hard work and seniority has consistently delivered for Silicon Valley, including his bipartisan work to secure funding for the BART extension that is delivering thousands of jobs. As a previous supporter of Republican Vanila Singh, who is no longer in the race, I ask that other Republicans join me and switch their support to Mike Honda, who will continue working hard to represent all of us in Silicon Valley.”

Mr. Cunneen joins local Republican elected officials that have endorsed Congressman Mike Honda, such as: Sheriff Laurie Smith, County of Santa Clara; Vice Mayor Jim Davis, City of Sunnyvale; Vice Mayor Jerry Marsalli, City of Santa Clara; Councilmember Patrick Kolstad, City of Santa Clara; Councilmember Tara Martin-Milius, City of Sunnyvale; Trustee Khoa Nguyen, Berryessa Unified School District; Commissioner Cyndy Mozzetti, Fremont Planning Commission; Director Bernard Stewart, Washington Township Healthcare Hospital System; and Former Mayor Denny Weisgerber, City of Milpitas.

The latest public poll available in this race, commissioned by CBS and cited in Ro Khanna campaign memos, has Honda currently leading among registered Republican voters (19% to 18%). The poll also shows a huge lead for Congressman Honda in key demographic groups for the district, such as Moderates (44% to 26%) and Democrats (57% to 21%). Full poll results are available here.

Voters in California’s 17th Congressional District made it clear on June 3rd that they overwhelmingly support Congressman Mike Honda to any of his opponents by 20%, despite being outspent by Ro Khanna’s campaign by a more than 2 to 1 margin. The Honda campaign now has more resources than Khanna, and is in a good position to continue building upon this lead.

Come This Wednesday

Editor’s Note: We have a Facebook Event at our Facebook Page for the below. You can buy tickets online.

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This Wednesday is our Annual Gala. If you haven’t bought a ticket already, I encourage you to get it now even if you can’t attend. Here’s why.

Our 14th annual celebration honoring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders “When We Vote, We Win” is about more than just AAA Fund. The event celebrates our political accomplishments and also helps fund our political training events and our campaign fellowships that are geared towards training young AAPI students and professionals who want to pursue political careers.

The event also celebrates 14 years of elevating and strengthening the voice of AAPI community and fostering the next generation of leaders to represent us in the political arena.

However, what inspires me most about our Gala is that it brings together members of the AAPI political and policy community across ages, professions, and interests to take an evening to recognize the hard work by those who came before us. And we encourage all of us to now support the existing and next generation of leaders.

Please join me this Wednesday, June 18th at the DNC as we celebrate AAA Funds achievements over the last 14 years, but also focus our efforts to strengthen the AAPI community and foster leadership for tomorrow.