Our NYMLI training is open to everyone regardless
of experience level, and we highly encourage
anyone interested in helping out in 2020 to attend.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to make sure our
community is counted in the 2020 Census, the
2020 primaries, and the Presidential election. Make
sure to guarantee our representation for the next
decade and beyond.
To review a full list of our trainings, see apiavote.
org/events. To RSVP for a training or to get to the
most up-to-date information, see apia.
vote/NYMLI2019. For general information or
questions on our trainings, email census@apiavote.
org. We hope to see you there!
|Preparing for the 2020 Census in Utah and Tennessee
|Rutherford County Complete Committee provides insight on local efforts.
Photo credit: Chris Conklin,
Recently, we visited Tennessee and
conducted our Utah training with the
Japanese American Citizens League's
convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. This was a
great opportunity to support and focus on
smaller but growing communities in states
that traditionally face more challenges in
In Tennessee, the training was hosted at Wat
Lao Buddharam, a local Buddhist temple,
with large portions of the middle Tennessean
Southeast Asian community in attendance. A
state with a diverse and growing Asian
American and Pacific Islander community, the
Tennesean Southeast Asian community, in
particular, began to grow over four decades
ago when an influx in auto manufacturing
jobs attracted Southeast Asian refugees
seeking to rebuild life after war.
Sophia Luangrath from the MTSU Asian Student Association in Tennessee said that the "Asian and Pacific Islander community in Middle
Tennesee has seen many changes in our community," and emphasized that the U.S. Census "helps us by showing our government we
are here. If we are statistically invisible then we are physically invisible. We contribute to the new identity that Middle Tennessee is
Community leaders of all ages gather in Tennessee to prepare for the upcoming
In Utah, APIAVote held a regional NYMLI training at
the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
national convention, discussing ways to utilize local
faith and community groups to mobilize the Pacific
Islander communities and also emphasized the
need for the creation of an AAPI complete count
committee. Attendees later were treated to a special
appearance by Secretary Norman Y. Mineta himself!
Executive Director of the Nation Tongan American
Society (NTAS) in Utah, O. Fahina Tavake-Pasi, said
that the training "served as a reminder, a mind-
opener, as to the many things that is yet to be done...
in order to include our AAPI communities in the
census count" and emphasized that with the help of
"community advocates, our ethnic, and hard to reach
communities may achieve a complete count in the
Thank you to our local partners the National Tongan American Society, the Japanese American Citizens League, Middle Tennesse State
University (MTSU) Asian Students Association, and the local host committees! If you are in Utah or Tennessee and want to get involved,
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Members of the local complete count committee and area specialists explain their
purpose and their immediate goals
As we continue to travel across the country, we will
continue NYMLI trainings to help communities be
better prepared for the 2020 Census and the
Presidential Elections. APIAVote will conduct
trainings in 30 cities by the time we are done. Ten
down, 20 more to go! So make sure to register today.
Now more than ever, it is important to make sure our
communities participate and are fully counted in
Our NYMLI training features personalized tactics to
help you Get-Out-The-Count for the 2020 Census,
and will also cover regionally tailored strategies to
help Get-Out-The-Vote for the upcoming 2020
Our upcoming trainings for August are as follows:
• 8/10 Minneapolis, MN
• 8/11 Las Vegas, NV (APALA Convention)
• 8/24 Columbus, OH
• 8/24 Pheonix, AZ
NYMLI Attendees meet Secretary Norman Y. Mineta at our Utah training