Join 18MR to Resist for 100 Days

An email today from 18MR:

It’s only been six days since Trump took the White House and we’ve already seen Executive Order after Executive Order fulfilling his divisive and unjust campaign promises. Our Congressional leaders have been capitulating on legislation and shocking cabinet appointments. The White House press corps has been lied to and disrespected.

It feels like even some of our dependable allies in power are shortsighted, craven, or, worse, willing to collaborate. We cannot depend on them to represent our interests and values. Instead we must work together to resist.

We’ve always known that social movements aren’t about one election or candidate. They’re about us. A movement is the deep connection and commitment we make while fighting for a better future — one that finally acknowledges that Black Lives Matter, that Indigenous folks deserve the right to water and sacred sites more than companies deserve the “right” to drill for oil, that profiles people based on their faith, and ends the deportations that rip immigrant families apart.

We are committed to our values for the next four years and beyond. We must think of our work not just as a single event or action, but as a practice of freedom, something for sustained personal and movement growth.

Trump has already started to censor and rewrite history for his own benefit: through lies about the “massive voter fraud” at the election, the felony charges against journalists who covered the #DisruptJ20 protests, and the plans to privatize or defund NPR and PBS, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As a result, it’s increasingly urgent to hold on to the histories we know and live through. Our communities are made up of diverse cultures and histories that have always demonstrated our resistance. Our ancestors teach us a history of resilience.

Because of them, we must center and nurture our own resiliency.

During this administration’s violent first 100 Days, join us in building our own 100 Days of Resistance. Together, let’s use the next 100 days as a frame to develop personal practices that ground, center, and honor who we are — and who we want to be.

How will you develop this daily practice of resistance in the next 100 days? Send us your ideas and reflections, and make a practice pledge. Choose how you want to share them: written, video, or with a selfie.

We’re already collecting practice pledges here, if you need inspiration. Practices can be small or large, public or private. The point is to maintain your practice for Trump’s First 100 days — and ideally beyond.

Together In Struggle,

Oanh-Nhi, Cayden, and Taz
The 18MR Team

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Hillary Clinton: ‘Thank You’

From Hillary:

Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.

This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.

But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together—this vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.

I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love—and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.

We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America—and I always will. And if you do, too, then we must accept this result—and then look to the future.

Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.

Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things—the rule of law, the principle that we’re all equal in rights and dignity, and the freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these things too—and we must defend them.

And let me add: Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear: making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top; protecting our country and protecting our planet; and breaking down all the barriers that hold anyone back from achieving their dreams.

We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American Dream is big enough for everyone—for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities.

Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.

I am so grateful to stand with all of you.

I want to thank Tim Kaine and Anne Holton for being our partners on this journey. It gives me great hope and comfort to know that Tim will remain on the front-lines of our democracy, representing Virginia in the Senate.

To Barack and Michelle Obama: Our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude for your graceful, determined leadership, and so do I.

To Bill, Chelsea, Marc, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers, and our entire family, my love for you means more than I can ever express.

You crisscrossed this country on my behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most—even 4-month-old Aidan traveling with his mom.

I will always be grateful to the creative, talented, dedicated men and women at our headquarters in Brooklyn and across our country who poured their hearts into this campaign. For you veterans, this was a campaign after a campaign — for some of you, this was your first campaign ever. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anyone has had.

To all the volunteers, community leaders, activists, and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook—even in secret or in private: Thank you.

To everyone who sent in contributions as small as $5 and kept us going, thank you.

And to all the young people in particular, I want you to hear this. I’ve spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks—sometimes really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your careers. You will have successes and setbacks, too.

This loss hurts. But please, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It’s always worth it. And we need you keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.

To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

I know that we still have not shattered that highest glass ceiling. But some day someone will—hopefully sooner than we might think right now.

And to all the little girls watching right now, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.
Finally, I am grateful to our country for all it has given me.

I count my blessings every day that I am an American. And I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together, with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation—our best days are still ahead of us.

You know I believe we are stronger together and will go forward together. And you should never be sorry that you fought for that.

Scripture tells us: “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”
My friends, let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.

I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election. May God bless you and God bless the United States of America.

Hillary Clinton: ‘As President, I will stand with AAPIs’

This is from an opinion piece originally published on NBC Asian America.

When I heard it, I couldn’t believe  it.

This past week, at a debate in Illinois between the two candidates for the U.S. Senate, Representative Tammy Duckworth — whose mother is Thai and late father was American — mentioned that her family had served in the American military since the Revolutionary War. Tammy carried on that tradition; she became a pilot for the U.S. Army, was deployed to Iraq, and lost both her legs when insurgents shot down her  helicopter.

The correct answer to Congresswoman Duckworth’s comment about her family’s military service is, “Wow. That’s amazing. Thank you, and thanks to your family.”

Instead, her opponent, Senator Mark Kirk, said, “I had forgotten that your parents came all the way from Thailand to serve George Washington.”

In other words: you can’t have Thai heritage and trace your American roots back to the start of our nation.

That’s just plain wrong. And sadly, it wasn’t the only racial insult we’ve seen in this election — far from it. Fox News ran a segment that trafficked in the worst racial stereotypes of Asian Americans.

Donald Trump has mocked the accents of Chinese and Indian people in his speeches. More broadly, he promises to round up and deport immigrant families, ban Muslims from entering the United States, and ban immigration from countries like the Philippines. He even said he might have supported interning Japanese Americans during World War II. Does he not understand how shameful that policy was for our country?

It’s 2016. We need to do better. And if I’m elected president, we will.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing racial group in America. I want to make sure they — and all Americans — have every opportunity to get an education, get a good job,    support their families, and contribute to their communities. And I want to bring us together to erase   the prejudice, ignorance, and racism that still touches too many people’s   lives.

Here are three ways my administration will do that.

First, we’ll build an economy that works for everybody, not just those at the top. That means closing the wage gap. Right now, AAPI women earn only 86 cents for every dollar earned by a white   man.

That’s wrong, and we should make it right. We’re also going to help AAPI-owned businesses, which employ nearly 3 million Americans. My plan will cut red tape to make it easier for people to start businesses and access capital. And whenever small businesses experience predatory behavior and discrimination at the hands of people like Donald Trump, we’ll give them the tools they need to fight back.

Second, we need to be strong in the world — not just militarily but also through diplomacy. That means maintaining strong ties with our allies and friends, especially those in the Asia-Pacific region, which is increasingly vital to the world’s economic and security. As Secretary of State, President Obama and I embarked on a “pivot to Asia,” because we knew our relationships there would help us address many important issues, like managing our relationship with China, working with our allies to address the threat from North Korea, and sharing intelligence with Muslim nations in Asia, which   helps keep us safe. As I saw repeatedly at the State Department, the cultural diversity we enjoy here at home is a huge asset to that  work.

Third, we need to build a community of respect here at home. Our country was built on the backs of generations of hard-working immigrants. We need to ensure immigrant families can stay together   today. In the Senate, I worked hard to address the family visa backlog, 40 percent of which is made   up of applicants from the Asia-Pacific region. Right now, it takes a U.S. citizen at least 12 years to get  a visa for a brother or sister in India. Some Filipino Americans have been waiting for family visas for more than two decades.

That’s far too long. I’ll introduce legislation for comprehensive immigration reform that will shorten these timelines. It will also provide undocumented individuals with deep ties to our communities a pathway to citizenship and chance to stay in America. I know this is an issue on the minds of many AAPI families, and I intend to get it  done.

Families with roots in Asia have been part of this nation’s history since our founding. We ought to embrace the cultural heritage and economic vitality that they bring to our nation. During my husband’s administration, we launched the first-ever White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, because we recognized that we could do a better job of serving the AAPI community. As president, I’ll reauthorize that initiative. And I’ll continue to stand with the AAPI community, because I believe that we’re stronger together.

When I launched AAPI for Hillary in January, I talked about a remarkable young woman named  Cheska Perez. Her father brought her to America from the Philippines. He came here on a work visa. Once he lost that job in the recession, their entire family become undocumented.

Cheska didn’t let her status stand in her way. She worked with the ROTC program at her school. She got herself and her siblings enrolled in DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has let young people like Cheska indefinitely stay in the United States. Now she’s working as a deputy data director for our  campaign.

Cheska just wants what so many AAPI immigrant families have discovered in America over the centuries: a chance to build a better life for themselves, and to apply their God-given talents to making America even greater. And she knows that her fate — and that of so many undocumented individuals like her — rests on the outcome of this  election.

On November 8th, we all have a chance to help her realize that dream.

In New Ad, Khizr Khan Asks Donald Trump: ‘Would My Son Have a Place in Your America?’

Hillary for America is airing a powerful testimonial ad from Khizr Khan, a Virginia Gold Star father, who recounts the story of his son Captain Humayun Khan, who tragically lost his life in Iraq while saving every member of his unit.

Captain Khan ordered his unit to back away from an oncoming suicide bomber while he moved towards it to protect and defend them.

On the debate stage Wednesday night, Clinton responded to questions about Trump’s recent attacks on women by outlining his long pattern of attacking a variety of Americans, including disabled Americans, veterans, Latinos, African Americans and Muslim Americans like the Khan family.

The ad ends with Khizr saying, “I want to ask Mr. Trump, would my son have a place in your America?”

Not only has Trump repeatedly attacked Muslim Americans in this campaign, he has also insulted our men and women in uniform by arguing he knows more than the generals and repeatedly denigrating our veterans and military families.

Khizr Khan, joined by his wife Ghazala, delivered one of the most powerful speeches at the Democratic National Convention this summer and were subsequently attacked repeatedly by Donald Trump.

The ad will air as part of an already existing ad buy in the battleground states of Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Jumpstart Small Business Startups, Growth and Job Creation

The majority of Asian-owned businesses are small businesses and they form one of the strongest segments of America’s economy: between 2007 and 2012, Asian-owned businesses grew by 24 percent (from 1.5 million to 1.9 million), ten times more than the national growth rate. In the same period, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander-owned businesses grew by 45% (from 37,687 to 54,749), twenty times the national growth rate of 2%.

While small businesses have helped AAPI families get ahead, many segments of the AAPI community continue to face barriers in securing the resources and capital they need to grow. Hillary will fight to level the playing field for AAPI small business owners by cutting red tape, expanding access to capital, providing tax relief, expanding access to new markets and fighting discrimination in the lending market.

Hillary Clinton is proposing a comprehensive, job-creating package of reforms and innovations to jumpstart small business startups, and strengthen small business growth. The new proposals reflect what Clinton has heard since one of her first events of the campaign at an Iowa bike shop and across nearly 100 visits to small businesses since. Over a year ago, Hillary Clinton pledged that she would be the “small business president” if elected. Small businesses create around two-thirds of all new American jobs.

Clinton’s plans are aimed at making it easier to start, grow and sustain a small business in America. Her proposals will streamline the process of starting a small business; improve access to financing for small businesses; provide tax relief and simplification for small businesses; incentivize more health care benefits for small businesses and their employees; ensure the federal government is more responsive to small businesses; and, make it easier to fight back when small businesses get cheated.

Clinton and Senator Tim Kaine both grew up in small business-owning families. Clinton’s father ran a small drapery business in suburban Chicago where she grew up, and Kaine’s father ran a small ironworking business in Kansas City where he grew up. Kaine will discuss the new plan during a roundtable with small business owners this morning in Lakewood, Colorado, and Clinton will discuss it on a nationwide conference call with small business owners from all across the country this afternoon.

“Watching my father run a small business in Chicago, and working side by side with small business leaders throughout my career, I’ve seen firsthand how small business owners lift up their communities — but I’ve also seen the daily struggles they face. This is why I am putting forward a plan that will make it easier for people to create a business and for existing business owners to grow and hire,” said Hillary Clinton. “Whether it’s our efforts to streamline regulation and cut red tape so existing small businesses can hire more or our plans for new tax incentives that help new small businesses get off the ground, this plan is a comprehensive look at what small businesses need to succeed. It’s clear that small businesses are the engine of our economy and strengthening them is key to making an economy that works for every American, not just those at the top.”

Clinton’s new plan would:

Streamline the process of starting a small business. It takes longer to start a business in the U.S. than it does in other countries like Canada or Denmark — often because of unnecessary red tape and licensing requirements at the state and local level. Hillary Clinton will offer state and local governments a deal – new federal incentives if they streamline unnecessary licensing and make it less costly to start a small business.

Improve access to financing for small businesses. Small business loans comprised just 29 percent of total bank loans in 2012, as compared with 51 percent in 1995. Clinton will work to boost small business lending by streamlining regulation and cutting red tape for community banks and credit unions, which are the backbone of small business lending in America — while also defending the new rules on Wall Street. Clinton’s plan also would allow entrepreneurs to defer student loan payments with no interest while they get their ventures off the ground.

Provide new tax relief and simplification for small businesses. Hillary will create a new standard deduction for small businesses—like the one available to individual filers—so they get tax relief without filing as many forms documenting their overhead costs, potentially including transportation, computer and phone use, maintaining an office and more. She will simplify the rules so small businesses can track and file their taxes as easily as filling out a checkbook or printing a bank statement. And the new plan would quadruple the start-up tax deduction to significantly lower the cost of starting a business.

Incentivize health care benefits for small businesses and their employees. Clinton would simplify and expand the healthcare tax credit for small employers in the Affordable Care Act, so that even more employers can provide quality, affordable healthcare to their workers. She will make sure that small businesses with up to 50 employees can be eligible for the credit, and she will simplify complex phase-out and eligibility rules so that it’s easier for many more small businesses to get the credit and cover their workers.

Ensure the federal government is more responsive to small businesses. Clinton will push the federal agencies to make government more user friendly and treat small businesses like the customer, including by guaranteeing a 24-hour response time to small business with questions about federal regulations and access to capital programs.

Make it easier to fight back when small businesses get cheated. Clinton will stop large companies from using expensive litigation hurdles to deny small businesses their right to a remedy when they’re denied payment for services—and give small businesses recourse to take on predatory behavior.

The full comprehensive proposal is available on HillaryClinton.com.

Campaign to Launch Official AAPI Page

Hillary for America is going to launch an official AAPI page on its website and it’s full of helpful information and links!  (This site, AAPIforHillary.com, is grassroots and unofficial.)

The page is going to officially launch in a few days, but you can preview it now at https://www.hillaryclinton.com/page/aapi but you can also just type in “hillaryclinton.com/aapi” and you’ll be redirected.

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Some of the resources you’ll find on the page include:

  • AAPI Fact Sheet
  • Call Thermometer
  • Sign Up Sheets
  • Event Flyers
  • Small Business Flyers
  • Facebook Cover Photo
  • Twitter Photo
  • Stronger Together GIF

Visit the page now and check it out!

 

Official Statements Against Trump’s Attacks on Filipinos

In another recent bigoted attack by Presidential Republican nominee, Donald Trump, he has called for restricting immigration from countries such as the Philippines. This has caused uproar from the Filipino American community and our representatives from all levels of government.

Hillary for America’s National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Outreach Director Jason Tengco released the following statement on Donald Trump’s comments on his call for a ban on Muslims and restricting immigration from countries like the Philippines, which is a treaty ally:

Donald Trump’s latest proposal to renew his call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., as well as ban immigration from countries like the Philippines, shows once again that he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president. As a proud Filipino American, I am deeply concerned that families like mine who immigrated from the Philippines would have been the target of Trump’s reckless and baseless policy proposals. They, and many other immigrants, have made valuable contributions to society, and make our nation stronger.

Hillary Clinton has a plan to fight for comprehensive immigration reform and to reunite families, knowing that Filipinos have some of the longest visa wait times: up to 23 years in many cases. Hillary knows that America is a country of immigrants, and understands that we are a stronger country when we come together.

One of our allies in the U.S. Senate, Senator Brian Schatz from Hawai’i was one of the first to release a statement:

Donald Trump’s latest rant suggesting we ban immigration from countries like the Philippines that are helping us fight terrorism is another example of his reckless rhetoric that’s based on fear and division and further proves he is unfit to lead our country,” said Senator Schatz. “For generations, Filipinos have made the United States their home. It is their vibrant culture, hard work, and strong values that have enriched our communities and made this country great, not the ignorant, racist bigotry of Donald Trump.

Several Members of Congress issued statements as well:

Congressman Mike Honda (D-California):

Build a wall. Ban Muslims. Now: ban Filipinos. It’s another ignorant idea from the racist bully who claims he’ll make America great again. America is already gr…eat without your ideas.

During World War Two, Filipino soldiers answered President Roosevelt’s call to action, and fought bravely, and without hesitation, beside our U.S. servicemen, and under the U.S. flag. Clearly, this kind of bravery is inconceivable to this ignoramus. I’ve been fighting for decades for these Filipino veterans to get their due respect, to be reunited with their U.S. family members, and to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. Their sacrifice and service, like everyone of our servicemen, must be revered, not renounced.

Our nation thrives on diversity, community and respect, not division, fear and intolerance. This hateful rhetoric is what led my family and I to be interned. It takes political courage to stand up to fear, and this latest idea exemplifies the ultimate political cowardice.

Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA):

Donald Trump has now expanded his bigoted attacks to include Asian Pacific Americans. Trump announced at a rally in Maine that he is increasing his ban on Muslims to include legal immigrants from “terrorist nations.” Some of the examples he cites include legal immigrants from the Philippines and Pakistan.

As an immigrant from the Asia Pacific region, I find Trump’s newly expanded proposal even more offensive. But it is more than just offensive, it is dangerous. Trump’s racist thinking—“there’s no way of vetting” legal immigrants—is exactly the thinking that caused one of the darkest periods in American history: the internment of over 100,000 Americans because they happened to be of Japanese descent. (And for the record, Trump has stated he might have supported the internment).

Trump’s expanded xenophobic proposal also weakens US national security. America is strong because of our diversity not in spite of it. Having served on active duty, I know that our military is the greatest in the world because we don’t care what color you are, who you love, or what religion you practice. We just care if you can do your duty to our nation with excellence.

Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims dishonored America. By now doubling down and expanding that proposal to include Asian Pacific Americans, Trump again shows that he is unfit to hold the highest office in our land. Trump should have apologized to Muslim Americans long ago. Now he needs to also apologize to Asian Pacific Americans.

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam)

Today, I issued the following statement strongly condemning remarks by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump in which he renewed his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country and suggested imposing immigration restrictions on several countries, including the Philippines.

I strongly condemn the most recent reckless comments from Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. In a speech the other day in Maine, he renewed his call for a ban on Muslims and immigration restrictions from a number of countries across the globe, including the Philippines. His comment about banning immigration from the Philippines is reckless and yet another example of why he is not qualified to be our next President. He simply does not understand international relations, or basic facts, nor does he have the temperament to be President.

The Filipino community has made and continues to make contributions to our island and the United States, and serve honorably in the military. Moreover, the Philippines has been a strong partner in counterterrorism operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. In fact, many experts have pointed to the joint US-Philippine counterterrorism efforts as a model for how to conduct other counterterrorism efforts worldwide. These comments could certainly undermine and jeopardize ongoing US-Philippines counterterrorism efforts. Apparently Presidential candidate Donald Trump wasn’t briefed, or didn’t care to learn, basic facts or any of these salient details. While I have criticized his comments in the past as not being consistent with our culture, these comments go too far. Filipinos are an integral part of our community, and I denounce these recent ridiculous comments. We cannot and we will not ban immigration from the Philippines, a long-time ally and important partner in combating global terrorism. It won’t make us safer and his proposal is simply un-American.

Sadly, Republican leaders on Guam remain silent on this issue. They have refused to denounce their Presidential candidate especially in light of his comments about the Philippines and the broader Filipino community. They should take the lead of other Republicans across the country like Rep. Richard Hanna of New York and Rep. Mike Coffman of Colorado in denouncing Donald Trump or going so far as to support Hillary Clinton. I join Senator Nerissa Underwood and urge Guam Republicans to unendorsed Donald Trump and stand with our broader Guam community against these reckless comments.

Statements and reactions from Filipino Americans for Hillary National Leadership Council Leaders:

Rolando Lavarro, Council President, City of Jersey City

First, Donald Trump lied that there were thousands of Muslims dancing on rooftops in Jersey City on 9/11. He promises to build a wall to keep out Mexicans whom he referred to as criminals, drug dealers, and rapists. He wants to stop refugees yearning to breathe free from coming to our teeming shores. He tramples on the grave of Army Capt. Humayun Khan and insults the hero’s family when he calls for a ban on all Muslims. Now, he suggests we should ban immigration from the Philippines. There is simply no end to Trump’s inanities.

As the son of Filipino immigrants, and on behalf of my elders, my manongs and manangs, I am appalled by the outrageous comments of this racist bully. He disregards the countless contributions that Filipino Americans have made to the United States of America, particularly Filipino World War II veterans who fought and died bravely to preserve our freedom and American way of life. He ignores the families and loved ones of those veterans who are applying for citizenship via the current parole program. Once again, Trump puts an exclamation point on his ignorance as he disregards over a century of relations between the U.S. and the Philippines, a country that has been and continues to be one of our nation’s closest allies in that region.

Trump’s temperament and bigotry is not befitting of a President. These latest comments are an insult to the 17,000 Filipino Americans residing in Jersey City, 110,000 living in New Jersey, and over 2.6 million across the country. All good people should be outraged by Trump’s hateful and divisive rhetoric.

We should channel our outrage positively and reject Trump’s prejudiced and erratic way of governing when we vote for the next leader of the greatest nation in the world. On Tuesday, November 8, elect Hillary Clinton, a leader with a world view that appreciates diversity and knows we are stronger when we’re together.

Aries Dela Cruz, Filipino Americans for Hillary National Leadership Council – New York:

Donald Trump’s call for the United States to ban immigrants from the Philippines should disturb Filipino Americans and Asian Americans who are thinking of voting for him. His reckless statements do not embody our values as New Yorkers and as Americans, and shows our community that we must stand together to make sure that he does not become president. Filipinos, who make up the second largest Asian American population in this country, have always been in America, long before this nation was established. We contribute significantly to this country’s healthcare, military and education systems, among many other notable and historic accomplishments. While Donald Trump and the GOP attack Filipinos with divisive and harmful rhetoric, the Democratic Party has enshrined and honored us in their party’s platform with the inclusion of Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong among the warriors for social and economic justice. Our choice in November could not be more clear: We need to elect Hillary Clinton to be our president and commander-in-chief.”

Margie Llorente Gonzales, Filipino Americans for Hillary National Leadership Council – Nevada

Trump blamed an intern for feeding him wrong info about the Philippines. It only proved even further that he does not know anything about the Philippines and Filipinos. He does not care about us at all. Attention, Fil-Am voters!

Kevin M. Acebo, Filipino Americans for Hillary National Leadership Council – California:

The Trump agenda reminds me what the great Pilipino American author, Carlos Bulosan, wrote about during the struggles of our Manongs in the agriculture fields my Golden State in the 1930’s: “I came to know that in many ways it was a crime to be Filipino in California…I feel like a criminal running away from a crime I did not commit. And this crime is that I am a Filipino in America.” What Trump is blind to see as Bulosan also writes: “America is also the nameless foreigner, the homeless refugee, the hungry boy begging for a job and the black body dangling on a tree. America is the illiterate immigrant who is ashamed that the world of books and intellectual opportunities are closed to him. We are all that nameless foreigner, that homeless refugee, that hungry boy, that illiterate immigrant and that lynched back body. All of us, from the first Adams to the last Filipino, native born or alien, educated or illiterate -We are America!

America, all of us, united for the common good are stronger together, like our Pilipino American families from the day we are born to the day we die, we, together, are able to face whatever comes out way, rising to the occasion. You see that’s the America I know…the America my great grandfather, grandfather and uncles who served our country to protect our freedom in WWI, WWII, the Korean conflict and Vietnam, the America that my parents who worked hard, played by the rules, built their house and sent five children to college never allowing us to forget where we came from serving as a foundation for the future, the America where my kids now see on TV people who look like them, sing like them, paint like them, dance like them, the America where our people are leaders in both labor and business, guardians of young minds of in elementary high school classrooms and healers in our hospital, the America where brilliant, beautiful Pilipino sisters and brothers are only an algorithm away from breathtaking new discoveries in science and technology, and the America a new generation Pilipino American’s committed to pubic service in Washington, D.C., fighting for decency, and the halls of state capitols, county and city governments.

We are stronger together towards a common good…like pamilya — and that my kababayans come November is how we defeat Trump.

CALL TO ACTION

One of our highest ranking Filipino Americans in elected office in California, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, has put a call to action to #BanTrump and share videos/pictures of our fellow kababayans with a sign that states: “#BawalSiTrump” on social media.

“Trump wants to ban Muslims, ban babies, and now ban Filipinos! Friends, how do YOU say “Ban Trump”? ‪#BanTrump ‪#BawalSiTrump” – Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland)

E-mail us (FilAmsforHillary@gmail.com) your video or tag us on Facebook or Twitter and we will re-post your video on our social media.

We must unite in defeating Donald Trump in November and tell all our friends and family that he is unsuitable, inappropriate, unequipped and unqualified to be the President of the United States. Hillary Clinton believes that we are stronger together and that’s why she is fighting for an America where all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) can succeed, regardless of their background or where they came from.

For our Filipino Americans for Hillary talking points, please click on the link here.

Filipino Americans for Hillary is a national group comprised of Filipino Americans who support Secretary Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for President. The text of this post was originally distributed in an email from Filipino Americans for Hillary.

President Bill Clinton to Appear at AAPI Presidential Forum

Hillary Clinton will be represented by former President Bill Clinton at the 2016 Presidential Election Forum presented by the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

This tri-partisan AAPI Presidential Election Forum is historic. For the first time, the Republican, Democratic and Libertarian presidential campaigns will directly speak at the same event to the AAPI community at large.

The forum is the tent pole event around the largest gathering of AAPI national organizations across sectors ever.

Upwards of 4,000 leaders from business, real estate, journalism, health care, law, faith, and more, are expected to be inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for the Presidential Election Forum.

More than 40 organizations are holding conferences, seminars, and symposiums to discuss issues relevant to their industries, professions, and communities.

In addition, over 50 AAPI community Watch Parties will be held across the country, joining this historic event digitally in real-time.

At the Forum, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) led by Rep. Judy Chu, Rep Mike Honda and other members of Congress will have a special message on how AAPI voters actually can swing this year’s election outcome as they have in the past two cycles.

Doors open at 1:00 PM PST. Press credentials will NOT provide access to candidates, candidate arrivals, or allow for any filming or photography at the event or on Caesars property.

Attendee Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 12 p.m. PST.

Register online here: http://www.apiavote.org/