07/25/2017

AAAF Mourns the loss of Congressman Mark Takai

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The Asian American Action Fund (AAAF) mourns the loss of Congressman Mark Takai, who served our country nobly as a military officer and as a public servant.

Melissa Unemori Hampe, AAAF Deputy Director Emeritus, stated, “Mark will always be remembered for how much he gave—both to the people of Hawaii and to the greater AAPI community throughout this country. The Asian American Action Fund’s appreciation for his work is boundless and we keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Starting at the age of 27, Rep. Takai served as a member of the Hawaii State House of Representatives for over two decades. His public service also includes over 17 years as Lt. Colonel in the Hawaii National Guard and active duty deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Later, in his two years as a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, he introduced a multitude of bills on the federal level including the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act and the Filipino Veterans of World War II, Congressional Gold Medal Act.

Rep. Takai’s work also focused on education as he helped create more targeted educational improvements for AAPI students and introduced the Native Hawaiian Education Reauthorization Act. It is for this unrelenting dedication and commitment to the AAPI community that the Asian American Action Fund awarded Mark the Outstanding Achievement Award last month. The AAAF Board is forever grateful for his service to our country. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark’s wife, Sami, and their two children, Matthew and Kaila.


DC Mar 25: An evening with Rep. Mark Takai

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Asian American Action Fund
cordially invites you to
an evening with Rep. Mark Takai
with delicious food and delightful wine pairings

AAA-Fund kicks off 2015 with an intimate dinner with Rep. Mark Takai on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30p in downtown DC.
Rep. Mark Takai is a 2014 AAA-Fund Endorsee & Honorary Board member & represents Hawaii’s 1st Congressional district. Mark previously represented Hawaii’s 33rd House District in the State legislature 1994-2014 & currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard.

2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 6:30p-8:30p

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Donations will go to the AAA-Fund to support its continuing efforts to elect Asian American Democrats and politically activate the Asian American community. The AAA-Fund is a progressive political organization dedicated to empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the United States.

The AAA-Fund accepts contributions only from individuals using their own personal funds of up to $5000 per calendar year and contributions will be used for federal elections. Under federal law, the AAA-Fund cannot accept contributions from Federal government contractors (note that employeees of federal contractors are free to contribute personal funds), foreign nationals who are not permanent residents; or those making donations using the general treasury funds of corporations, labor organizations, or national banks. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the full name, mailing address, occuption and employer of any individual whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year. Paid for by the Asian American Action Fund (www.aaa-fund.org) and authorized by Representative Mark Takai.

AAA-Fund Announces Endorsements: Ige, Trivedi, Cho, Jayapal

Editor’s Note: Time is low until the election so use Twitter for David Ige as Governor of Hawai’i, Roy Cho in New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District, Dr. Manan Trivedi in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District. Pramila Jayapal. Go vote Tuesday.

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For Immediate Release
Oct. 24, 2014
Contact: Gautam Dutta (415-236-2048)

Washington, DC: As the 2014 general election draws near, Asian American Action Fund is proud to endorse a number of rising stars: David Ige (Hawai’i Governor), Dr. Manan Trivedi (Congress), Roy Cho (Congress), Pramila Jayapal (Washington State Senator).

“We urge you to support these outstanding leaders however you can – by voting, donating, and volunteering,” said AAA-Fund Executive Director Gautam Dutta. “Your involvement can make all the difference in this year of close elections,” Dutta added.

David Ige seeks to become the next Governor of Hawai’i. An experienced lawmaker and an electrical engineer by training, David currently serves as a State Senator. Service to his country runs in the family. After the outbreak of World War II, his father Tokio Ige joined the famed 442nd Regiment, and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Last August, David scored an historic upset over the incumbent in the Democratic primary. David, who holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Hawai’i, has focused his efforts on diversifying Hawai’i’s economy.

Roy Cho seeks to represent New Jersey’s 5th Congressional District. Roy is the son of Korean immigrants and a product of New Jersey public schools. His dedication to public service includes work in the New Jersey Governor’s office, for a U.S. Senator on Capitol Hill, and for an executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is also a founding board member of the education nonprofit New Jersey Needs You, which focuses on helping first generation college students from low-income areas land internships, graduate from college, and gain employment afterwards.

Dr. Manan Trivedi seeks to become the first Asian American to be elected from Pennsylvania (6th Congressional District). He is the son of Indian immigrants and became a naval officer to serve as a Battalion Surgeon from 2001 to 2003. Manan was among the first United States ground forces to enter Iraq. For his service, he earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. While in the Navy he served as Health Policy Advisor to the Navy Surgeon General. He currently works as a health policy consultant and a part-time primary care physician.

Pramila Jayapal seeks to become the first South Asian to serve in the Washington State Senate. She is a first time candidate running to represent Washington’s 37th Legislative District. Pramila was born in India and immigrated to the United States, by herself, when she was 16 years old. In the wake of September 11, 2001, she founded One America, which fights hate crimes and civil liberties against minority communities including South Asian populations. Pramila was also an early board member of Chaya, a nonprofit organization to help South Asian survivors of violence. She also serves on the Mayor of Seattle’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee to help raise the minimum wage in the city.

The AAA-Fund is a national Democratic political organization whose goal is to increase the voice of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in local, state and federal government, by encouraging AAPIs to volunteer on campaigns, raise money for candidates, and run for political office.

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Mark Takai for Congress

Mark Takai for Hawaii in the US Congress

Editor’s Note: Rep. Mark Takai (HI House District 33 (Aiea)) is a current and former AAA-Fund endorsed candidate now running for election to represent HI-1 (Honolulu, Kaimuki, Aiea, Mililani, Pearl City, Waipahu, Waimalu). He is already the Democratic Nominee for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional district. We encourage HI-1 voters to look seriously at his past & candidacy at Facebook.

HI CD1 endorsee Mark Takai is only 4% down against former Rep. Djou with 12% undecided (Civil Beat). We the AAA-Fund are supporting his campaign through online donations to enable him to successfully represent HI-1.

Mark Takai for Congress

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