Founded in 1999, the AAAFund brings together progressive AAPI leaders from each of the major ethnic groups and from all over America. Our officers, board of directors, advisory board and honorary board represent every major ethnic group and every major region of the country. Together, we are building a national network of AAAFund chapters, affiliates, and leaders that are increasing the AAPI community’s voice in all parts of the country and at all levels of government. We are engaging AAPIs: young and old: in the political process, and mobilizing the community behind candidates who care.
Together, we identify promising AAPI and other political candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to advancing the APA community, and help them with fundraisers, exposure online and in the media, and grassroots campaign work. Over 16 years, we have supported candidates at every level of government: city council, county freeholder, state representative, state senate, governor, U.S. representative, U.S. Senate, and President. Thanks to the generosity of donors nationwide, we have raised over one million dollars for our endorsed candidates. Thanks to our energetic and idealistic volunteers, we have campaigned for them on the ground and on the phone. Our candidates have won elections in every region of the country, including California, Oregon, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, Texas, and Iowa, to name a few.
Why We Exist
Across this country, AAPIs of every ethnicity are disproportionately under-represented at every level and in every branch of government. AAPIs number over 18 million (more than 5% of the country’s population), and are the fastest growing minority group in the country. AAPI leaders rank among the country’s elite in business, medicine, technology, science, and academia. Yet, in Congress, state houses, state legislatures, city halls, and courthouses across the country, APAs are noticeably absent. For example, just over one percent of the members of Congress and significantly less than one percent of federal and state judges are AAPIs. The AAPI community’s concerns regarding issues such as immigration, healthcare, business opportunity, education, the glass ceiling, racial profiling, and hate crimes often go unheard.
AAPIs can fix this problem, but only by working together. AAPIs must build bridges within the community and across the country. Alone, the individual APA ethnic groups : Chinese, Korean, Indian, Pakistani, Vietnamese, Hmong, Filipino, Japanese, Pacific Islanders and so on: have limited political voice. By pooling resources and working together, they create a larger voice that speaks for the entire community as well as the individual groups. By working together across different regions: the East and West coasts, the Midwest, and the South: the community will maximize its impact while speaking with one nationwide voice.
What You Can Do
As we continue into the future with more successes, join us now in our ongoing campaign to bring the AAPI community to a new level in government and politics.
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