11/21/2017

AAAFund Outraged by Racist Mailers in Edison, NJ Calling for Deportation of AAPI Candidates

Supports investigation into creator of hate mail

The board of the Asian American Action Fund (www.aaafund.org) is outraged by recent political mailers that have gone out in Edison, NJ calling for the deportation of Asian American school board candidates Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel. There is no place for this type of xenophobic, exclusionary discourse in politics and civic life. It also implies that the way to “Make Edison Great Again” is through their deportation – the deportation of US born citizens.

Asian Americans have been an active part of the social fabric in Edison, where former mayor Jun Choi, a Korean American, made history in 2006 as the youngest, and the first Asian American mayor of New Jersey’s fifth largest municipality. The Asian American Action Fund was proud to support Jun Choi’s candidacy back then, and we are proud of Mr. Shi and Ms. Patel for seeking to participate in the most American of activities by running for school board. Almost half of Edison’s population is Asian American.

The people and the committee behind this mailer are cowardly for choosing to leave their name off the mailer, and the Asian American Action Fund calls for an investigation into who funded and printed the mailer, which is the lowest type of hate speech.

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Asian American Action Fund Endorses Iraq War veteran Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress

Ortiz would be first Filipina-American Elected to House of Representatives

SOctober 4, 2017 – The Asian American Action Fund proudly endorsed Gina Ortiz Jones to represent Texas’s 23rd Congressional district. Ortiz Jones is running for the seat currently held by Republican Congressman Will Hurd, one of the most highly targeted races for the 2018 cycle. The Texas 23rd stretches across much of the Southwest from western San Antonio to just outside El Paso.

Gautam Dutta of the AAA-Fund said, “We are very excited to support Gina Ortiz Jones in her candidacy for the 23rd District. As the daughter of a Filipina immigrant and single mom, she knows firsthand how important it is to ensure the American Dream can be passed on to new immigrants. She has dedicated her life to serving her country as a veteran of the Iraq War and has built a distinguished career in national security. We are proud to support her historic candidacy as she would be the first Filipina-American elected to the U.S. Congress.”

Jones expressed her gratitude for the endorsement and said, “America’s strength is in our diversity; immigrants like my mother have contributed so much to the lifeblood of this country. I understand that while talent is universal, opportunity is not. I’m running to ensure others in San Antonio, West Texas, and all across America have the same opportunities I had to grow up healthy, receive a quality education, and serve my country. I’m grateful to have the AAA-Fund’s support.”

To learn more about her campaign, go to GinaOrtizJones.com or her Facebook Page.

AAA-Fund is a Democratic progressive political organization that is dedicated to empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States. Through the AAA-Fund, Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) 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. We do this by helping to elect AAPI and other political candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to the community, and by engaging AAPIs in the political process.

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.


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