07/21/2017

I Know For Whom to Vote

Editor’s Note: A related post is Pajouablai Monica Lee’s “When I Knew Who I’d Vote For“.

I decided for whom to vote for POTUS. Do I want a President who …

  • my son can emulate
  • is worthy of my son’s example
  • espouses hate, xenophobia, division, fear, anger, darkness, and foreigners as threats
  • loves the poorly educated because those
  • seeks votes from party loyalists whose blind party vote makes them discard their normal beliefs
  • reminds us of history’s worst strongmen and dictators whose pathological lack of remorse and insistence on self are unlimited
  • has a life history of whom we can all be proud
  • espouses the better in us and not the worst in us
  • isn’t about looking to the past instead of living in the future
  • aim to be a better person instead of a meaner bully
  • lies about not knowing the KKK when he clearly did, hoping silence will pass the embarrassment
  • has actually led a government anything to be worthy of the job of chief admin of the federal government
  • doesn’t have to loan his/her own campaign money
  • whose ghost writer doesn’t out him as a giant fraud
  • doesn’t have a HuffPo byline for 1000s of articles that says

    Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

  • has an IQ level above the National Enquirer
  • isn’t a birther, lest we forget how hateful they were and even worse now
  • doesn’t have his own so-called friends outing and working against him
  • who is a children’s role model
  • and who isn’t the subject of global ridicule and concern

Guess what? I will vote for Hillary Clinton this November.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

DNC Day 2 AAPI events

2016 Democratic National Convention
Good morning! DNC Day 2, as the home of AAPI progressive media here’s what to do today in addition to our big activist training today:

  • 10a-12p
    DNC Women’s Caucus Meeting
    Philadelphia Convention Center (Terrace I-V)
    Rooms 120 A/B/C (Open to the Public)
  • 12:30:2:30p
    Philadelphia AAPI Community Lunch by Philadelphia AAPI Community
    Ocean City Restaurant
    234 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • 11:30a-12:30p
    Filipino Americans for Hillary Lunch Meeting by Filipino Americans for Hillary
    Bubblefish
    909 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • 2-4p
    HFA AAPI Leadership Council meeting
    PCC, see program for room #
  • 6-9p
    South Asians for Hillary Reception by South Asians for Hillary
    Fox and Hound
    1501 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Go enjoy any or all!

AAPI Activism Training – Welcome

AAAFund Activist Training

Welcome to this morning’s AAPI Activist Training 8a-12p in room 121A! Read the official description for security and access info, namely use the Broad and Arch Street Entrances and register for a caucus meeting to access the PCC thus our meeting.

Agenda

  • Political Landscape: How AAPIs can make the difference in races up and down the ballot
  • Targeting (online tools/demographic & geographic)
  • Polling & Research
  • Communications (traditional/social media/ethnic press)
  • Fundraising Rules, Tools, and Tips
  • Volunteers & Battleground States

Speakers

We feature 4 speakers to compliment the 3 about whom our partners @AmOppFund, @CAPA21action and @AAPIVictoryFund posted.

  • KJ BagchiKJ Bagchi represents the @AAAFund and is also the @AAPI_Dems director. KJ​’s career had him working​ AAPI advocacy as Legislative Counsel to ​​​D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham; at Seattle University School of Law’s South Asian Law Student Association Board Member; intern at for Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada ACLU, and WA State Senate Committee Services; our @AAAFund Board Member; and as an active @CAPAC contributor.

    You can also find KJ at tomorrow’s AAPI small business panel tomorrow Wednesday 7/27 12-2p in room 122B.

  • Bel Leong-HongBel Leong-Hong also represents @AAAFund and is also Founder, President, and CEO of @KAIGlobal, an enterprise IT provider, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence. Bel’s 30 years of public service includes multiple DoD posts around Enterprise Architecture for accounting and finance. Bel’s most impassioned work however is fierce tireless advocacy for the #AAPI community. Bel established the popular @AAGEN which promotes AAPIs in the public service. Bel became DNC at-large member in 2001 and DNC AAPI Caucus Chair in 2005 & is our long-time board member.

    Bel’s fairness, energy, wisdom, and reliability are well known. Bel has tangibly benefited the AAPI community & inspired many leaders present and future. Join Bel in the cause at @DemConvention.

    You can also find Bel at tomorrow’s DNC AAPI Caucus panel Wednesday 7/27 10a-12p in room 120ABC.

  • Alvin Yeh
    Alvina Yeh represents America’s Opportunity Fund‘s AAPI Pipeline Project, an effort started to provide mentorship and guidance to those interested in public service. Alvina Yeh works at a nonpartisan civic engagement nonprofit where she works with state based coalitions to build their capacity in program management, campaign development, and strategic planning. Previously, she worked at a consulting firm where she helped clients create and execute field and outreach plans for issue campaigns. Her experience also includes extensive work on several statewide and national electoral campaigns. Outside of work, Alvina is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance – DC. In her free time, you can find her risking friendships over a competitive board game, enjoying live entertainment, traveling, or trying new restaurants.
  • Chris ChanChris Chan has over nine years of experience at the intersection of politics, public policy and business. Chris has worked the last three Democratic National Conventions and served in a variety of campaign roles in the last several presidential elections. Chris has also served as President of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM), a non-profit at the intersection of public policy, diversity and investment management. Chris also served in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Chris holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from American University.

Have a great time!

DNC AAPI Caucus Meeting

AAAFund Activist Training

Our staff and supporters attended today’s DNC AAPI caucus meeting and here’re inspiring quotes from it:

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar

    We’re going to show unity in our country tonight.

    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, famously the best liked Senator

  • Mayor Ed Lee

    A few years ago, the Chinese-American community wanted me to bless the scholarships which family associations give out. I asked, “Would you for the first time open up scholarships beyond Chinese? Why would you want to do that others asked? Because we strive to represent everyone.” They opened them up. We are no longer limited by race, but we have a chance to represent everyone. Let’s keep door wide open for everyone else.

    Ed Lee, Mayor of the City of San Francisco

  • Bel Leong-Hong

    Our [DNC AAPI] theme is “Our time is now. We are stronger together.” The number of Asian American voters will double in the next decade. AAPIVote made the difference in NC, VA.

    Bel Leong-Hong, DNC AAPI Caucus Chair and AAAFund Board Member

  • Dilawar Syed

    This period is consequential.

    We have to be smart and strategic. We need to be smart on focusing where it really matters.

    Dilawar Syed, former White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders staff

  • Professor Taeku Lee

    Why is now the moment to sieze? No other population is growing as dynamically as in battleground states especially given the growth of the AAPI community there.

    Taeku Lee, Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of California, Berkeley

  • Irene Bueno

    We are organized. Now is our time.

    Irene Bueno, AAAFund Deputy Director

  • Jenny Yang

    We all have a role to connect people. We can make this a community effort.

    Jenny Yang is Chairwoman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • Shekar Narasimhan

    Seize the moment.

    Shekar Narasimhan, Chairman and Founder of the AAPI Victory Fund, the first and only AAPI SuperPAC

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