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Editor's Corner/Over a Cup of Tea
                       Birds: When no COVID seems to matter
Heidi M. Pascual
Publisher & Editor
2006 Journalist of the Year
for the State of Wisconsin
wake up and prepare breakfast!”

So I found myself getting some bird seeds and corn grits when the Community Quarantine regulation became a bit relaxed in my barrio. The daily
bird watching has become more serious in that I am now feeding birds in my garden. It is fun to watch Mayas lined up on the electrical cable from
the street to my house, waiting for me to strew their food in the garden. I have learned to scatter the bird seeds and corn grits on a specific place
away from my dog’s house, because my dog barks at them whenever she sees them. It seems the feeling of jealousy isn’t exclusively for
humans. I got the sense that I have to balance my attention to both, for they both deliver joy to me though differently. It is actually another learning
experience to note how animals react to one another when they have a common friend between them. It’s flattering to feel needed while at the
same time learning how to avoid favoritism in order to maintain wholesome relationships.
States Must Boost Voter Registration During the COVID-19 Pandemic
During this pandemic when none of us senior citizens can really do much else but stay at home, watch our health,
follow the latest news about COVID-19, and dream of a better tomorrow for the world, I found myself enjoying bird
watching early every morning as I sit lazily sipping coffee on my porch. I am glad that here in the barrio, there are
still so many of God’s creatures untouched by modernization and anything that scares humanity, that just by
looking at them and hearing their beautiful tweets, I feel that hope for a happy life is not far behind. Birds have
become “family” ever since COVID kept me at home in the province and so far away from my children and their
families. I wake up when I hear certain bird songs before 6 a.m., as if my kids are telling me, “Mom, it’s time to
Remarks of
The Honorable Tammy
United States Senator from
Democratic National
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Hello everyone. I’m Senator Tammy Duckworth.

When I hear LaKeisha’s story—when I hear her talk of the fear that comes with
loving someone serving in a war zone, I can’t help but think of my husband,

At the last convention, I told the story of the day I almost died in 2004, when an
RPG tore through the Black Hawk I was flying over Iraq—the story of how my
buddies risked their lives to save mine.

But there’s another story of that day—Bryan’s. When I was wounded, he rushed
to Walter Reed. When I woke up, he held my hand and helped me through the
excruciating pain. He was my anchor as I relearned to walk, helping me
through every step, every stumble.

You see, military service doesn’t just take courage and sacrifice from those in
uniform—they’re required from their families, too.

Joe Biden understands those sacrifices, because he has made them himself.
When his son Beau enlisted in the Army and deployed to Iraq, that burden was
shouldered by his family as well. Joe understands the pain I felt when it was
Bryan’s turn to be deployed.

He knows the fear military families live with because he’s felt that dread of
never knowing if your loved one is safe.

He understands their bravery because he had to muster that same strength
every hour of every day Beau was overseas.--
Wisconsin Primary Shows Why States Must
Prepare Their Elections for the Coronavirus
2020 Outstanding Asian American High School
Graduates of Dane County
From The Capital City Hues' Row of Excellence 2020

*Jazmyn Babler has had her designs on a higher education career during
her Middleton High days. Jazmyn has been active with Future Business
Leaders of America and took third at regionals as well as at state in
graphic design. She has also been the vice-president of the fashion club
and co-captain of the varsity ski team. Jazmyn was active with the
Middle East & Asian Student Union. In her free time, Jazmyn has been a
volunteer ski instructor for Black Hawk Ski School and painted a mural
for Paradigm Software Company in Middleton. This fall, Jazmyn will be
attending the Rhode Island School of Design.
Jesse Castellanos-Martinez has been in full control of the academic
ball during his career at Middleton High. Jesse competed on the soccer
team and received a varsity letter. He also became engaged in the
community through Key Club. The Optimists named him Student of the
Month. In his free time, Jesse has been involved at St. Thomas Aquinas
Church and held down a part-time job at the Hubbard Avenue Diner. He
has been an assistant basketball coach for the YMCA and enjoys
babysitting for family and friends.
*An AP Scholar with Distinction,
Ahyun Chung has proven that she
will achieve no matter where she is. Ahyun began her high school career in
the Seattle area where she performed with the Bishop Blanchet and
Garfield High orchestras and also competed on the Bishop Blanchet,
Garfield and now Middleton swim teams and received the captain’s award
from the Middleton team. Ahyun has also been active with the Middleton
Envirothon Club through which she took 1st place in the state Soil &
Land Use competition in 2018 and 2019. She was also active with the
school’s Ecology Club and the Gardening Club. --
By Michael Sozan
a robust system that makes registering to vote as safe and convenient as possible for all people, including
through online and same-day registration. Without reliable online and same-day registration options, many
states will be unable to ensure that their citizens—particularly people of color and young people, who are often
the most disenfranchised—can vote during this public health crisis.

The current state of voter registration
The COVID-19 pandemic presents historic challenges to our voting system during this presidential election
year. Many state and local officials are taking or considering a range of steps to protect the integrity of the
electoral process, keep voters safe, and guard against voter suppression. These steps include giving people
the option to vote by mail—a common-sense way to help protect voters and poll workers from contracting or
transmitting the virus. State officials must also provide citizens with accessible, in-person voting options,
including early voting for at least two weeks before Election Day. --
Probably to take my bird-watching hobby to the
next level, I decided to get myself two baby
African lovebirds to take care of and watch
them grow. As of this writing, they have been
under my care for six days, and I feed them
with regular infant food, with additional
mashed fruits like banana, mango, and guava.

Their wings are now developed; they have
learned how to eat from the little spoon I use to
feed them; have shown signs of both stress
and calm; and have been “kissing” each other
as lovebirds are supposed to do. I am just
patiently waiting for anyone of them to learn to fly. I don’t plan to
release them in the next month or so, thinking it is better to train
them first on knowing their master and their “home,” so they would
know where to go back to in case they fly outside the boundaries of
my home and backyard. --
(Clockwise) My
African lovebirds;
birds on electric wire;
feeding Mayas in my
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth with U.S.
Representative Mike Honda at the 2012
Democratic National Convention.
By Danielle Root

On April 7, Wisconsin proceeded with its primary election despite
warnings that doing so in the midst of a public health emergency would
endanger voters and election workers. The Republican-controlled
Legislature’s refusal to postpone the primary ensured that state and
local leaders did not have enough time to prepare by implementing
necessary measures for conducting the election safely and efficiently.
As a result, Americans were forced to make a terrible choice between
shielding themselves against COVID-19 and exercising their
fundamental right to vote. --
PaNhia Vang

Meet PaNhia Vang. PaNhia is a
rising sophomore at Lawrence
University with a major in political
science. She is Hmong
American and is the oldest
daughter of seven siblings.
Additionally, she also has a
strong sense of advocacy work
which led her to intern at APIAVote this summer. Ultimately, she plans
to pursue a career in politics after completing her undergraduate

Q: What made you want to work with APIAVote?
I previously interned last summer at a non-profit organization called
the Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP). There, I mostly did a lot
of work geared towards voter registration and the census. After three
intense months, I became intrigued and wanted to continue
something similar to this in my next summer. As a result, I applied to
APIAVote since their mission statement and values were similar to
AAOP. --
The November 3, 2020, presidential election will occur
three short months from now. But with the COVID-19
pandemic raging across most of the United States, voter
registration numbers have sharply fallen in many places,
meaning fewer people may be able to exercise their
constitutional right to vote. It is imperative that states and
localities immediately make necessary updates to voting
procedures to ensure the election is conducted in a safe,
secure, and inclusive manner. And congressional
Republican leaders must stop blocking federal resources
to fully fund these state efforts. Central to any fair election is