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The Role of AAPI Voters In Midterms

Written by: Esha Banerjee

This Tuesday, November 8, voters will line around the block to commence the long-awaited midterms. With all 435 House seats, 35 senate seats, and 36 gubernatorial positions on the ballot, these midterms will undoubtedly change state and local politics. The impact is even more substantial considering the current division in Congress. It is teetering between a Democratic or Republican majority- the Senate has a 50 to 48 Republican to Democrat ratio, while the House holds a 224 to 213 Democrat to Republican ratio, with 3 vacant seats. Clearly, the upcoming midterms have great significance for U.S. citizens, but what do they mean for Asian Americans specifically? How will the issues at stake affect them, and how might this sway their votes?

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October News: The Election is Now!

 

Election Day for U.S. overseas voters is now! You should have received your ballot by now and we hope it is already on its way back to your local election office. Deadlines to register to vote and request your ballot are starting to pass. If you still need to register or request your ballot, go to VoteFromAbroad.org today! 

  • If you have questions related to voting, please check out our website for state-specific information. We highly recommend that you also track your ballot to make sure that it arrives, especially if you have to return your ballot by postal mail.
  • Additional assistance is available by emailing [email protected]. We have volunteers that can help answer your questions or point you in the right direction to make sure your vote is successfully cast.

This past month, we held two great events, which you can watch on our YouTube channel. On September 22nd, we hosted “Shifting Tides - Reaching Asian American and Latino Voters,” an event with the Global Hispanic Caucus and the California State Team. We spoke with Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director of Common Cause, and Rudy Espinoza, Co-chair of the California Latinx Dems about the move by Asian Americans and Latinos away from the Democratic Party. On October 12th, we spoke with Kyle Van Fleet, Strategic Communications Associate for APIAVote, about mis- and disinformation as it pertains to AAPI communities. Both of these events were very insightful and left all attendees with a lot to think about. 

With just days to go until the elections, we can still use your support. You can get involved by emailing us at [email protected] or check out these 10 things you can do now to help get out the vote. You can also make a donation to Democrats Abroad on behalf of the AAPI Caucus. Your financial support to our all-volunteer organization will help pay for phonebanking and digital ads.

Democratically yours,

Emily Lines
Chair, AAPI Caucus

News of Note


Thanking Our Collaborating Organizations

As we head into what may be the most important midterm election in U.S. history, the DA AAPI Global Caucus applauds the hard work of our Democrats Abroad members and the local Democrat communities state-side for their tremendous work in getting out the vote. 

We also applaud the organizations who have collaborated with us this year in addressing and clarifying the key issues facing AAPI communities, and for their advocacy and tireless dedication in encouraging participation in the voting process. In the final stretch to the election next month, check out some of our events that you may have missed which feature experts from these important organizations, and links to these organizations with useful information related to voting. 

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Democrats Abroad AAPI Caucus

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Thanking Our Collaborating Organizations

As we head into what may be the most important midterm election in U.S. history, the DA AAPI Global Caucus applauds the hard work of our Democrats Abroad members and the local Democrat communities state-side for their tremendous work in getting out the vote. 

We also applaud the organizations who have collaborated with us this year in addressing and clarifying the key issues facing AAPI communities, and for their advocacy and tireless dedication in encouraging participation in the voting process. In the final stretch to the election next month, below are links to some of our events that you may have missed which feature experts from these important organizations, and links to these organizations with useful information related to voting. 

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote)

APIAVote is the nation’s leading nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to engaging, educating, and empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to strengthen their voices and create impact. Their action-driven organization has led national initiatives to ensure AAPIs are represented and heard.

http://apiavote.org/policy-and-research/voting-rights/

AAPI CAUCUS Event - You Tube: Understanding the AAPI Vote: Exploring Voter Data with Christine Chen, Executive Director, APIAVote

AAPI CAUCUS Event - You Tube: Building Trust to Empower our Communities - Understanding and Combatting Voter Mis/Disinformation in our Communities with Kyle Van Fleet, Strategic Communications Associate, APIAVote.  


National Asian Pacific Women's Forum (NAPAWF)

For over 25 years, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum has been the only organization focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. Using a reproductive justice framework, NAPAWF elevates AAPI women and girls to impact policy and drive systemic change in the United States.

http://www.napawf.org/vote

AAPI CAUCUS Event - You Tube: Reproductive Justice For Women - Conversion with Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director of NAPAWF


PFLAG

Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. Their affinity group PFLAG Connects: Asian American & Pacific Islander Community provides monthly virtual meetings open to parents, family members, and members of the LGBTQ+ community who are AAPI.

http://pflag.org/pflag-academy-demand/pflag-votes-2022-midterms-matter-recording-training-toolkit

AAPI CAUCUS Event - You Tube: Unity, Inclusion, and a Shared Commitment to Human Dignity - Discussion with Diego Sanchez, PFLAG


Common Cause

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. They work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

http://www.commoncause.org/our-work/voting-and-elections/

AAPI CAUCUS Event  - Shifting Tides - Reaching Asian American and Latino Voters with Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director of Common Cause and Rudy Espinoza Murray, President of the San Mateo County Latinx Dems.

 


September News: Improving Outreach to AAPI and Hispanic Voters

With just 50 days left until the November elections, time is of the essence. As overseas voters, we cannot wait until the last minute to make sure we can vote in the midterm elections on Nov 8, 2022. If you have not requested your ballot yet, visit VoteFromAbroad.org now! Deadlines to request your ballot are approaching, and there is no excuse to not vote this year. There is a lot at stake, and we cannot let Republicans gain control of Congress.

This Saturday, September 24, states will begin sending out ballots. If you asked to receive your ballot by email, you should get your ballot that day (check your inbox and spam folder). Should you not receive anything on the 24th or shortly thereafter, get in touch with your local election office immediately. If you asked to receive your ballot via postal mail, it should arrive soon after Sep 24, 2022. You can still change how you receive your absentee ballot (we recommend email to avoid postal mail delays!) by completing and submitting a new ballot request form at www.votefromabroad.org. Your local election official will note your most recent request and discard previous submissions.

On Thursday, September 22, 2022, join us for “Shifting Tides - Reaching Asian American and Latino Voters.”. We will be speaking with Kathay Feng, National Redistricting Director of Common Cause, and Rudy Espinoza, Co-chair of the California Latinx Dems. Together with the Global Hispanic Caucus and the California State Team, we'll discuss what can be done about the move by Asian Americans and Latinos away from the Democratic Party: What can we do about this, and what do we need to know?

With just weeks to go until the elections, we can use everyone’s support. You can get involved by emailing us at [email protected] or check out these 10 things you can do now to help get out the vote. You can also make a donation to Democrats Abroad on behalf of the AAPI Caucus. Your financial support to our all-volunteer organization will help pay for phonebanking and digital ads.

Democratically yours,

Emily Lines
Chair, AAPI Caucus

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Racial and Ethnic Bias in Asian American Healthcare

As with other forms of structural racism in the U.S., healthcare for Asian Americans has suffered from poor quality data collection and management, along with racialized stereotypes that affect diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing healthcare management.  

Recent studies have noted that clinical decision-making is negatively influenced by providers’ racial biases, disease stereotyping by race, and increasingly by the use of racially biased clinical algorithms for diagnosis and treatment. While some conditions may be more closely linked to patients with certain genetic ancestries, genetic ancestry is often poorly correlated to disproven notions of race, and contributes to ongoing racial disparities in healthcare. 

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July News: Recharging for the Work Ahead


June News: Continuing to Fight and Celebrating Pride Month

The news from the U.S. Supreme Court is shocking, but also not unexpected. Like many of you, I am enraged and very concerned about what the future for women looks like. Many of you may be feeling defeated and helpless, but we must vote in November. We cannot let more Republicans take control of our legislatures and continue to chip away at our rights. Make sure that you have requested your ballot today by visiting our newly-redesigned VoteFromAbroad.org website, so we can keep and grow our majority in the U.S. Senate and House.

We hope that everyone has had time to celebrate Pride this month. The tragic shooting in Oslo, Norway and the ongoing attempts by U.S. state legislatures to take away the rights of trans youth make it clear that we must do what we can to protect them and the entire LGTBQ+ community. We cannot say it enough: Request your ballot today and tell everyone you know to do the same. And check out the Democrats Abroad LGBTQ+ Caucus event page to see what events they have planned for Pride.

Before we head into a summer break, join us on July 14th to hear from APIAVote's Kyle Van Fleet. Kyle will be speaking about mis- and disinformation and its impact on voters, particularly AAPI voters.

As always, if you are looking for ways to get involved, please send us an email at [email protected]. One way to help get out the vote is to phonebank. Learn more about how you can help us call our members by visiting our website with training materials. You can also make a donation to Democrats Abroad on behalf of the AAPI Caucus here. Your financial support to our all-volunteer organization will help pay for voter outreach, improvements to our website, and more.

Best wishes,

Emily Lines
Chair, AAPI Caucus

Recap of AAPI Heritage Month

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AAPI Mental Health Crisis

As part of our monthly newsletters, the AAPI Caucus will be sharing information on key issues affecting the coming elections that will impact AAPI communities at both the state and federal levels. In this newsletter we consider the rising tide of violence and racism against AAPI people, its effect on their mental health, and disparities and access to adequate health care along with some actions taken at the Federal level.

May was AAPI Heritage Month and it was also Mental Health Awareness Month. The continued increase in anti-Asian hate crimes has had a profound effect on AAPI mental health, compounded by the existing inequities in healthcare systems and disparities in health outcomes caused by structural racism.

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May News: Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with Us!

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion signaling the likely overturn of Roe v. Wade was a shocking development. While the removal of abortion rights is not unexpected based on the Court’s current composition, it was still a major surprise. Many of you may be frustrated, mad, and even feeling hopeless, but we cannot stop now. As Vice President Kamala Harris stated following the failed vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, “We [...] clearly know we need to elect pro-choice leaders from the local, to the federal level who will defend and uphold a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.”

If this decision goes forward in the form that was leaked, many other rights may also be affected, including interracial marriage and the decriminalization of homosexuality. We need everyone to vote in November and to make sure their friends and family are also voting. If you haven’t requested your ballot, go to votefromabroad.org today!

Immediately after the leak, we were grateful to speak with Sung Yeon Choimorrow, Executive Director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. She talked about the “Auntie” network that they are building for outreach to ensure that our community is informed of their rights, and also emphasized how impactful a ban on abortion could be to the AAPI community. If you missed this eye-opening event, you can watch the recording.

We kicked off AAPI Heritage Month with Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY). She spoke about the importance of AAPI voters, her experience growing up as Asian American, and the challenges still facing the AAPI community, especially in light of the rise in anti-AAPI hate.

There are still more events ahead this month:

We hope you can join us at one of our upcoming events. If you are looking for ways to get involved, especially as the midterms approach, you can find various opportunities on our website. You can also make a donation to Democrats Abroad on behalf of the AAPI Caucus here. Your financial support to our all-volunteer organization will help pay for voter outreach, improvements to our website, and more.

Best wishes,

Emily Lines
Chair, AAPI Caucus


Voting Issues: Election Disinformation and Its Impact on AAPI Voters

The AAPI Caucus will be sharing information on key issues affecting the coming elections that will impact AAPI communities at both the state and federal levels. This month, we explore Election Disinformation and Its Impact on AAPI Voters.

Background

In recent reports (Brennan Center for Justice, Pew Trust, Common Cause, among others), it was noted that 1 in 3 U.S. citizens, and nearly 80% of Republicans still believe that the presidential election was illegitimately stolen from Donald Trump. Mistrust in the voting process has led to the widespread use of targeted disinformation by Republicans and restrictive voting legislation has passed in several states, as well as harassment of election officials. Election disinformation has targeted communities of color, including social media and messaging platforms used by these communities. Researchers have noted that people believe disinformation claims, because they trust the source of the claims.

There are differences in how false narratives are used. Common Cause, in their work on combating voter disinformation, defines these false narratives as Information Disorder and their intersection from falseness to intent to harm:

Disinformation is content that is false (even if it contains some truth) and deliberately created to harm a person, social group, organization or country.

Misinformation is false information but it is differentiated from disinformation by lacking an intent to harm any person, group or organization.

Malinformation is content that is accurate but is intentionally manipulated to cause harm, including voter suppression or voter confusion.

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