|APIAVote Hits the Road on the
Recently, the entire APIAVote staff flew down to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2019 Advancing Justice Conference hosted by Asian Americans
Advancing Justice (AAAJ). It was a great opportunity to meet our partners and other community organizers as we prepare for the 2020
Census and the 2020 presidential primaries and general elections.
Keeping with the theme of "RoadMap To 2020 & Beyond," the staff played an integral role in the programming and training. APIAVote's
Executive Director, Christine Chen, kicked off last Tuesday as a panelist in a Breakfast Plenary on Census past, future, and present.
Alongside six other panelists, Chen emphasized the importance of a full count and explained how the community's low undercount in
Census 2010 has brought positive change and attention to the community. She also noted some new challenges for 2020.
Photo credit: Eric Salcedo
"Our community has become more diverse. We need to start planning
for Census 2020 earlier and as a result, APIAVote is committed to
organizing 18 regional trainings this year through the Norman Y. Mineta
Leadership Institute. The trainings will focus on preparing community
organizations with the knowledge and specific outreach and
engagement plans around census and the presidential primaries.”
Later that day, Programs Manager Joy de Guzman and Programs
Associate Julie Wu co-faciliated a workshop with the Fair Elections
Center on youth civic engagement to a packed room.
"A lot of college students vote for the first time, and it can be
intimidating," said Programs Associate Joy De Guzman.
De Guzman and Wu focused their workshop, titled "Today's Youth,
Democracy's future: Engaging Students and Breaking Down Barriers"
on informing attendees on the importance and power of civic
engagement in young people and aimed to build skills for engaging
students and campuses in their communities.
Photo Credit: Joy De Guzman
|Photo credit Vivian Chang
Alongside Director of Communications Michelle Boykins and
Assistant Director of Field Engagement Bessie
Chan-Smitham from Asian Americans Advancing
Justice-AAJC, Chen and our National Field Director Eric
Salcedo discussed "Census Implentation A-Z" where they
covered everything from the importance of filling out the
Census, key messaging strategies around Census 2020,
and ways to make sure your community is counted.
Both sessions were packed. The session, which consisted of
a talk and an activity, aimed to educate and demistify
information about the Census as well as to teach attendees strategies and practical
skills to make sure we Get Out The Count! The interactive activity, which had
participants interacting in pairs, gave attendees a chance to practice canvassing skills
and affirm the information that was given during the session.
Finally, we couldn't resist having a bit of fun. After a long day of programming, we were
excited to host a happy hour with our community partners! With everyone in one place,
it was a great opportunity to see new faces and old and recognize how hard everyone
is working to better their communities. Our newest staffer, Jennifer Baik, had a great
time meeting everyone as well!
While leaving Atlanta was bittersweet, our staff left excited to work towards 2020,
prepare for our NYMLI Trainings, and continue protecting our right to vote. Thank you to
everyone we met, and thank you to AAAJ for hosting.
|Photo credit Jennifer Baik
Photo credit Eric Salcedo
Photo credit Eric Salcedo