Over One Hundred Attendees at Taste of Democracy Benefit
From APIAVote

December 12, 2019--

Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Taste of Democracy Benefit
this past Wednesday. This year, we had over 120 attendees attend and enjoy
an evening of food and wine as we honored Asian Americans Advancing
Justice-AAJC (AAAJ-AAJC) as our Beacon of Democracy awardee. Chair of
the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congresswoman Judy
Chu (CA-27) noted the importance of the Asian American vote saying that "we
are the swing vote in swing states" and highlighted the need for the
community to participate in Census 2020 in her remarks saying that the
Census "is so critical to our futures...the Census provides us with the largest
collection of data on the Asian American Pacific Islander population. It is
critical to understanding our unique needs."


Over the years, AAAJ-AAJC has been a huge player and partner in working
towards protecting the voting rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
(AAPI) with initiatives such as our joint voter hotline in seven Asian
languages, our Asian American Voter Survey, and more recently their work
towards a full count in the 2020 Census with the launch of their website
CountUsin2020.org that has translated factsheets and state-specific
resources. This work has been critical for elected officials, public
Photo: Christine Chen (APIAVote) and Congresswoman
Judy Chu (D, CA-27) present the Beacon of Democracy
Award to John Yang (AAAJ-AAJC) representing Asian
Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC.
policymakers, and community organizers in ensuring Get-Out-The-Vote and Get-Out-The-Count efforts in the past, present, and future.

The 'Beacon of Democracy' award is presented annually to an individual or an entity that has demonstrated leadership and served as a
source of guidance and inspiration for increasing civic engagement. President and Executive Director of AAAJ-AAJC John Yang accepted
the award on behalf of the organization saying "What is required is for all of us to pitch in, all of our different communities and all of us as
individuals need to pitch in. So when we talk about voting rights or when we're talking about the Census, it is making sure that all of us are
working together so that we are not invisible, so that we have the opportunity to vote, so we have access to the ballot box, and we are able
to exercise the right to vote. And it requires our entire community to do that."

Congratulations again to Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC for all their work in bettering our communities and striving to effectively
lobby and advocate for the AAPI community.