Historic Quad-Partisan Presidential Election Forum Highlights Rising Influence of AAPI Vote

Bill Clinton, Sean Reyes, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein Aim to Win Votes From Fastest Growing Racial Group

LAS VEGAS – On Friday, Hillary Clinton surrogate and former President Bill Clinton, Donald Trump surrogate and Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, and Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein addressed more than 2,500 journalists and community leaders in the largest gathering of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the history of presidential campaign cycles.  

Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), with 40 partner organizations, hosted this historic Presidential Election Forum in the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, an election battleground state where nearly one in ten residents is AAPI.

“From Southeast Asia to the Indian subcontinent to Native Hawaiians, the AAPI community represents a heritage and history that spans the globe,” said APIAVote founding board member Daphne Kwok. “A recognition that this community is the lifeblood of our nation was cemented this week, as top campaign officials not only defined what AAPI meant to them personally, but also advanced discussions around how policies proposals from immigration and education to national security and trade are being focused on to empower the collective prospects of AAPIs across the country.”

During the forum, Rock the Vote announced its “Power Up” campaign, in partnership with APIAVote and youth organizations, focused on getting young AAPIs to vote. Congressman Mike Honda stated that 7,000 17-year-olds turn 18 every day. He also emphasized the power of AAPI voters to determine winners, particularly in six swing states and 85 congressional districts that are 10 percent AAPI.

AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the country, expected to grow from 20 million to more than 50 million by 2060. The rising influence of the AAPI community is evident in the past two election cycles, where the AAPI vote has been an important factor in election outcomes in key battleground states. In many of these states, the AAPI voter population either equaled or exceeded the margin of victory in previous presidential elections.

Congresswoman Judy Chu, who chairs the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), pointed out that in 2010, Nevada Senator Harry Reid won re-election in a tight race with the support of nearly four in five AAPI voters who made up four percent of the electorate.

Data from APIAVote’s 2016 State Factsheets show that nearly half of all registered Asian American voters identify education (48%), healthcare (47%), national security (47%), and jobs (45%) as extremely important to how they cast their ballot — issues that the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and Green Party representatives addressed in the forum. This same block of eligible AAPI voters also represents vital margins in swing states across the country, holding the key to determining the winner of the Presidential election.

  • Arizona: 146,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 3% of the electorate
  • Florida: 372,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 2.5% of the electorate
  • Michigan: 145,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 1.8% of the electorate
  • Minnesota: 136,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 3.1% of the electorate
  • Nevada: 177,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 9% of the electorate
  • North Carolina: 136,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 1.8% of the electorate
  • Ohio: 127,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 1.3% of the electorate
  • Pennsylvania: 223,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 2.1% of the electorate
  • Virginia: 310,000 eligible AAPI voters comprise 5% of the electorate

The historic forum plays a vital role in educating this segment of the electorate, ultimately empowering them to vote on Election Day and elevating their representative profile among national campaigns, voter mobilization programs, and global media outlets.

To access high-resolution photos from the event, visit here.

To access APIAVote’s 2016 State Factsheets, visit here.

A Word document press release can downloaded here.

As Democratic Convention gavels in, Asian American caucus and Hillary campaign preview action plan

The Honorable Norm Mineta to Take Podium at Convention in Philadelphia, as AAPI activists, organizers, and elected officials chart new ground in shaping future of AAPI jobs, healthcare coverage and voter turnout.

The Democratic National Convention Committee kicked off the week by convening a record number of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) delegates at the Party’s official caucus meeting—while discussing the choice and opportunity Asian American communities have this election to stand together, collectively raise incomes, expand healthcare, and fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

On the heels of the Hillary for America campaign announcing a commitment to appointing unprecedented number of AAPI officials to the ranks of their Administration, the campaign’s AAPI team also issued a new fact sheet detailing comprehensive steps to build an economy that works for all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, regardless of class, ethnicity, sexuality, or creed.

The force of AAPI’s has shifted from a group with the potential to influence the ballot box, to a group that is actively rising and shaping the direction of the country from the halls of congress to the boardrooms of America. Voices including Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), and critically acclaimed actress Constance Wu, however, called for building bridges across classes and communities to leverage that momentum at the ballot box and steer outcomes for businesses and families in our communities.

The caucus further outlined the need to stand with Hillary because the choice this election is clear:

Asian-owned businesses grew by 24 percent from 2007 and 2012, and the Caucus and Campaign committed to fight to level the playing field for AAPI small business owners to continue to thrive by cutting red tape, expanding access to capital, providing tax relief, and fighting discrimination in the lending markets.

On average, AAPI women earn 86 cents for every dollar earned by a white male, and the gap is even larger for specific segments of the AAPI community. Caucus goers and the Campaign committed to fight to break down barriers that AAPI women face in achieving pay equity

About half of Asian Americans graduate from college with debt, with the average indebted 4-year college graduate owing more than $20,000 in student loan debt. Caucus goers and the Campaign committed to take steps to enable all borrowers to refinance and easily enroll in income-based repayment so they never have to pay more than they can afford.

Asian immigrants make up 11% of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country, the vast majority of whom have lived in the U.S. for over a decade. Caucus goers and the campaign committed to taking steps towards a full and equal citizenship and address the nearly 40% of AAPI’s making up the family visa backlog.

“Thanks to the leadership and commitment from a wide tapestry of voices ranging from Sikh Americans to Pacific Islanders – the 2016 campaign is underscoring how Asian Americans are working together to not only seek common ground, but higher ground,” said DNC AAPI Official Bel Leong-Hong. “Over the past few decades, we’ve worked together to increase the number of voters, candidates, and organizers shaping the direction of our country – but not until now have we seen an inclusive and ambitious platform that will shape not just the identity of the AAPI footprint in national politics, but one that will ensure that we stand up for the rights and opportunities of all of those around. That only happens if we stand up together and stand stronger together.

Caucus participants also took time to honor the late Rep. Mark Takai of Hawaii with a moment of silence and video tribute.

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION AAPI EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

**NOTE: Media representatives interested in covering these events must be pre-credentialed. Multimedia materials from AAPI events at the convention will be made available at www.demconvention.com.**

TUESDAY, JULY 26

12 p.m.- Democratic Convention AAPI surrogates to hold media availability.
DNCC AAPI Media Center, Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 133AB

** NOTE: DNCC AAPI Media Center availability closes at 2 p.m. **

1 p.m. – Philadelphia AAPI leaders to highlight the rising power of AAPI voters over dim sum lunch (#DemSum)
Ocean City Restaurant, 234 North 9th St., Chinatown

WEDNESDAY, JULY 27

10 a.m. – AAPI Democratic leaders kick off the largest mobilization of AAPI voters in history at an official party caucus.
Charlotte Convention Center, Room 203AB, 501 South College Street, Charlotte

THURSDAY, JULY 27

12 noon – Democratic Convention AAPI surrogates to hold media availability.
DNCC AAPI Media Center, Philadelphia Convention Center, Room 113AB

** NOTE: DNCC AAPI Media Center availability closes at 2 p.m. *

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**NOTE: Additional media availabilities will be announced daily.**

202-930-1362 | DNCC.AAPIMediaCenter@gmail.com

Toby Chaudhuri, Director of AAPI Media Center

Vikrum Aiyer, Deputy Director for AAPI Media Center and Strategy

Rebecca Lee, Chief Digital Strategist

Caroline Fan, Surrogate Outreach Coordinator

Dottie Li, Cross Cultural Strategist

Launch of Korean Americans for Hillary

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Update: Coverage of the launch in the Korea Times

Korean Americans for Hillary (KA-HILL) launched their grassroots effort on January 13 during a national conference call.

Lisa Changavejda, AAPI Outreach Director, and Amanda Renteria, National Political Director, from the Hillary For America (HFA) campaign joined the call, as did a number of Korean American elected officials, including: Maryland House of Delegates Member Mark Chang; Philadelphia Council Member Helen Gym; former Irvine Mayor and Calif. State Senate candidate Sukhee Kang; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; and former Boston City Councilor Sam Yoon.

KA for Hillary has an impressive roster of leaders at the national and state levels. Learn more about them at http://kaforhillary.com.

Hillary for America Announces AAPI Leadership Council

Hillary for America announced the launch of its Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Hillary Leadership Council – a group of over 150 elected officials, community, and grassroots leaders who will help build a grassroots-driven volunteer team that will help Hillary Clinton engage, energize and organize support in the AAPI community ahead of the caucuses and primaries.

These officials are taking on leadership roles on the heels of the launch of AAPI for Hillary in San Gabriel, California, where Clinton was surrounded by leaders from the community and discussed what’s at stake for the AAPI community in this election.

Leadership Council members share Clinton’s commitment to raising wages for the middle class, strengthening our nation’s infrastructure to create good-paying jobs, defending and enhancing the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that cost is not a barrier for students going to college, reforming our broken immigration system and much more. You can learn more about Clinton’s agenda at https:/www.hillaryclinton.com/issues.

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial demographic in the country, yet have too often been denied a seat at the table,” said Congresswoman and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Judy Chu.

“With the launch of her National AAPI Leadership Council, Hillary Clinton is recognizing the importance of engaging with our community in a way that no other candidate has. Given her policy priorities and outreach, I am confident that AAPIs will have an unprecedented voice and ear in the Hillary Clinton White House.”

“I am thrilled to join Hillary Clinton’s National AAPI Leadership Council,” said Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY). “Hillary has a great track record of fighting for Asian American and Pacific Islanders, and as President, she will do even more to protect and promote the AAPI community. I look forward to working with her to accomplish this.”

“Hillary Clinton is a smart, conscientious, and an inspiring leader,” said former Ambassador Gary Locke.  “She values diversity and has always been supportive of and sensitive to the needs of the AAPI community.  She is everything we want in a President and she is the leader we need in these complex and troubling times.”

“Hillary Clinton is the candidate we need. She has a proven track record of the compassion and strength needed to unite leaders across the country to solve the problems that affect all our communities,” said Shekar Narasimhan. “I am more than grateful to serve on the National AAPI Leadership Council of the most qualified candidate for the presidency.”

Over the course of the campaign, the AAPI Leadership Council will continue to expand. Joining the AAPI for Hillary Leadership Council today:

Editor’s Note: The most updated list of Leadership Council members is here:
http://aapiforhillary.com/leadershipcouncil/

U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Hawaii
U.S. Representative Ami Bera, California
U.S. Representative Madeleine Bordallo, Guam
U.S. Representative Judy Chu, California
U.S. Representative Tammy Duckworth, Illinois
U.S. Representative Mike Honda, California
U.S. Representative Ted Lieu, California
U.S. Representative Doris Matsui, California
U.S. Representative Grace Meng, New York
U.S. Representative Gregorio Sablan, Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Representative Bobby Scott, Virginia
U.S. Representative Mark Takai, Hawaii
U.S. Representative Mark Takano, California
The Honorable Rob Bonta, California
The Honorable Ray Buenaventura, California
The Honorable Christopher Cabaldon, California
The Honorable Wilma Chan, California
The Honorable  Ed Chau, California
The Honorable  John Chiang, California
The Honorable  David Chiu, California
The Honorable Mike Eng, California
The Honorable Mike Fong, California
The Honorable Colleen Hanabusa, Hawaii
The Honorable Mark Keam, Virginia
The Honorable Kevin Kim, New York
The Honorable Ron Kim, New York
The Honorable Ron Kouchi, Hawaii
The Honorable Edwin Lee, California
The Honorable Susan C. Lee, Maryland
The Honorable Henry Lo, California
The Honorable Gary Locke, Washington
The Honorable David Louie, Hawaii
The Honorable Polly Low, California
The Honorable Chris Lu, Washington, D.C.
The Honorable Sylvia J. Luke, Hawaii
The Honorable Victor Manalo, California
The Honorable Norman Mineta, California
The Honorable Al Muratsuchi, California
The Honorable Richard Pan, California
The Honorable Mona Pasquil, California
The Honorable Jason Pu, California
The Honorable Mark Pulido, California
The Honorable Gordan Quan, Texas
The Honorable Bede Ramcharan, Texas
The Honorable Steven Rao, North Carolina
The Honorable David E. Ryu, California
The Honorable Scott Saiki, Hawaii
The Honorable Gerri Schroder, Nevada
The Honorable Osman Siddique, Virginia
The Honorable Jill Tokuda, Hawaii
The Honorable Shan Tsutsui, Hawaii
The Honorable Michelle Wu, Massachusetts
The Honorable Gene Wu, Texas
Community Leader Sefa Aina, California
Community Leader Anand Anandalingam, American Abroad
Community Leader Ginny Barahona, New Jersey
Community Leader Gene Benavides, California
Community Leader Vida Benavides, California
Community Leader Ajay Bhutoria, California
Community Leader Regine Biscoe Lee, Guam
Community Leader Irene Bueno, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Gloria Caoile, Nevada
Community Leader Susan Castner, Arizona
Community Leader Rashid Chaudary, Illinois
Community Leader Gregory Cendana, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Victoria Chan, California
Community Leader Yee Chang, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Leng Leng Chancey, Georgia
Community Leader Martha Choe, Washington
Community Leader Yen Chou, New York
Community Leader Anna Chu, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Alex De Ocampo, California
Community Leader Ankit Desai, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Neha Dewan, New York
Community Leader Shefali Razdan Duggal, California
Community Leader Vincent Eng, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Mieke Eoyang, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Glen S. Fukushima, California
Community Leader Robert Gee, Virginia
Community Leader Margie Gonzales, Nevada
Community Leader Raj Goyle, New York
Community Leader Junelle Cavero Harnal, Arizona
Community Leader Tai Heng-Cheng, New York
Community Leader Irene Hirano Inouye, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Tim Hur, Georgia
Community Leader Frank Islam, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Krystal Ka’ai, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Keith Kamisugi, California
Community Leader Channapha Khamvongsa, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Amed Khan, New York
Community Leader Kamran Khan, Illinois
Community Leader Mo Khan, Illinois
Community Leader Zareen Khan, Illinois
Community Leader Mark Kim, New York
Community Leader Gene Kim, California
Community Leader Jongsun Kim, Virginia
Community Leader Harold Koh, Connecticut
Community Leader Howard Koh, Massachusetts
Community Leader Dave Kumar, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Carolyn Wu Kurtzig, American Abroad
Community Leader Jannie Lau, Pennsylvania
Community Leader MaiLien Le-Casseso, Maryland
Community Leader Otto Lee, California
Community Leader Mary Lee Chin, Colorado
Community Leader Rozita Lee, Nevada
Community Leader Sunita Leeds, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Nicholas Lepham, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Tana Lepule, California
Community Leader Ginger Lew, Florida
Community Leader Loida Lewis, New York
Community Leader Timothy Lim, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Betsy Lin, Hawaii
Community Leader Pat Loui, Hawaii
Community Leader Evan Louie, Nevada
Community Leader Steven Ma, California
Community Leader Fiona Ma, California
Community Leader John Maa, California
Community Leader Dr. Asif Mahmood, California
Community Leader Charmaine Manansala, California
Community Leader Ying McGuire, Texas
Community Leader Shaalu Mehra, California
Community Leader Parag Mehta, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Madalene Mielke, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Gwen Migita, Washington
Community Leader Mona G. Mohib, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Hanadi Nadeem, Nevada
Community Leader Loren Nadres, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Debra Nakatomi, California
Community Leader Shekar Narasimhan, Virginia
Community Leader Irene Natividad, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Dr. Thun Thang Nguyen, California
Community Leader Amanda Nguyen, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Jadine Nielsen, Hawaii
Community Leader Elena Ong, California
Community Leader Erin Oshiro, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Chul Pak, New York
Community Leader Won Palisoul, New York
Community Leader Deven Parekh, New York
Community Leader Sanjita Pradhan, Iowa
Community Leader Mindy Prugnaud, American Abroad
Community Leader Carrie Pugh, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Courtni Pugh, California
Community Leader Gautam Raghavan, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Melissa Ramoso, California
Community Leader Lorna May Ho Randlett, California
Community Leader Rini Sampath, California
Community Leader Reshma Saujani, New York
Community Leader Shivanthi Sathanandan, Minnesota
Community Leader Smita Shah, Illinois
Community Leader Ruby Shang, New York
Community Leader Linda Shim, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Laura Shin, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Vicki Shu, California
Community Leader Arshi Siddiqui, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Shamina Singh, New York
Community Leader Dewita Soeharjono, Virginia
Community Leader Crystal Strait, California
Community Leader Dilawar A. Syed, California
Community Leader Trung Ta, California
Community Leader Naomi Tacuyan Underwood, Washington, D.C.
Major General Tony Taguba (Retired), Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Rupa Tak, Virginia
Community Leader Mahinder Tak, Maryland
Community Leader Donna Tanoue, Hawaii
Community Leader Mustafa Tameez, Texas
Community Leader Paul Tiao, Maryland
Community Leader Mei-Mei Tuan, New Jersey
Community Leader Alis Wang, Virginia
Community Leader Leverett Wing, Massachusetts
Community Leader Bill Wong, California
Community Leader Dr. Mumu Xu, Maryland
Community Leader Alvina Yeh, Washington, D.C.
Community Leader Dr. Sophia Yen, California
Community Leader Imaad Zuberi, California

This list was as of 1/14/16. Updated list here.

Daphne Kwok Joins AARP as VP Asian Multicultural Markets & Engagement

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aarpAARP on July 2, 2013, announced that it appointed Daphne Kwok as the new Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement effective July 8. Daphne will lead AARP’s outreach to Asian Americans 50+.

“Daphne brings with her an extensive history of community activism and leadership in the Asian American and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities,” said Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, AARP’s Executive Vice President, Multicultural Markets & Engagement. “We are very excited to have her return to Washington, DC and become part of our team.”

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“I am honored to be joining AARP, an iconic national voice for 50+ individuals. Our APIA community needs to become a part of the AARP network so that we can benefit from the extensive resources and services. As our population grows, our 50+ segment grows, I look forward to focusing my work on empowering a revered part of our APIA family,” stated Daphne Kwok.

Her most recent appointment was by President Barack Obama in July 2010 to serve as Chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Ms. Kwok has also served as the Executive Director of Asians & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California (APIDC) for the last five years. A non-profit based in Oakland, APIDC seeks to give a voice and a face to AAPIs with disabilities. Ms. Kwok has fought to break down the stigma in the AAPI community about disabilities and to provide technical assistance to organizations that want to effectively work with AAPIs with disabilities.

Prior to her tenure at APIDC, Ms. Kwok served as the Executive Director of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) in San Francisco from 2005-2007. At AIISF, she worked to preserve and restore the Angel Island Immigration Station and to promote the role that it played in shaping America’s past and present.

Ms. Kwok is also a former Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS), where she focused on increasing political participation of the APIA community and working with API elected officials from school board members to Members of Congress. Prior to her services at APAICS, Ms. Kwok served for 11 years as Executive Director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), a non-profit, civil rights organization with more than 10,000 members.

A graduate of Wesleyan University in East Asian Studies and Music, Ms. Kwok is the first Asian American to serve on its Board of Trustees.

APIAVote Presidential Town Hall on July 21

Join the conversation on Twitter with #apiatownhall. If you are unable to attend a viewing party, a livestream will be available. Watch the hashtag for details.

Thousands of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders and voters will participate in a presidential town hall forum sponsored by APIAVote at George Mason University in Northern Virginia on Saturday, July 21, at 3 p.m. ET.

Both President Obama and Governor Romney’s presidential campaigns have confirmed their participation. MSNBC anchor Richard Lui will moderate the forum while DNC Vice Chair Rep. Mike Honda represents Obama for America and former Rep. Tom Davis represents Mitt Romney for President.

Asian American and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the nation, according to recent Census figures, and close elections in important states like Virginia, Nevada, North Carolina and Florida could go to candidates who best engage the group. Presidential town hall viewing events are scheduled in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia.

APIAVote executive director Christine Chen urged political leaders across the country to pay attention the demographic with increasing political clout.

“Asian American and Pacific Islander voters are still largely untapped by presidential candidates and their parties even though they are expected to vote in record numbers this fall,” said Chen. “Candidates and parties ignore Asian American voters at their own peril.”

President Obama addressed hundreds of minority leaders at the APAICS gala dinner in the nation’s capital and the NALEO conference in Florida this year. Governor Romney addressed minority leaders at the NAACP and NALEO conferences. Vice President Biden addressed minority voters at the NCLR conference in Nevada and also addressed the NAACP’s gathering.

Read more details here.

We Cannot Afford to Lose on Goodwin Liu, Ed Chen Judicial Appointments

If you ever want to see an Asian American appointed to the Supreme Court, join us now to support Goodwin Liu and Judge Ed Chen.

President Obama’s appointments of Judge Ed Chen to the federal district court and of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has been held hostage by Senate Republicans for reasons that can only be described as petty politics. While these appointments certainly should not be rubber-stamped by the Senate, the appointments should at least be presented for a vote by the full Senate.

“A determined Republican stall campaign in the Senate has sidetracked so many of the men and women nominated by President Barack Obama for judgeships that he has put fewer people on the bench than any president since Richard Nixon at a similar point in his first term 40 years ago,” reported the Washington Post.

If we cannot support the President’s appointments of extremely qualified Asian Americans to the lower courts against political obstruction, how can we ever expect him to appoint an Asian American to the highest court in the land?

Several activities and events are in high gear this week to stress the importance of ending the Senate gridlock and obstructionism of these nominations.

Tuesday, September 21: “STICK” Up for Goodwin! Movement Meeting

Join David Biderman, Joan Haratani, Dale Minami, Edwin Prather, Priya Sanger, Malcolm Yeung and others on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at 12:00 noon, for a statewide coordinated event at the Law Offices of Edwin Prather, 461 Bush Street, Suite 350, San Francisco, to support the confirmation of Professor Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

In an effort to engage the grassroots, educate the mainstream about diversity on the bench, and change the media frame on Goodwin Liu’s nomination to the 9th Circuit, the Asian American Justice Center, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and local Asian Pacific American (APA) bar organizations have launched a “Stick” Up for Goodwin! initiative and companion website (http://www.confirmnow.org).

The website provides the story behind the initiative, the lack of APAs in the federal judiciary, why Prof. Liu is important to the APA community, and other action items such as the nomination of Magistrate Judge Edward Chen for the District Court in the Northern District of California. The website also offers social media tools and traditional action alerts to help engage community members, such as uploading photos on how the stickers are used to increase visibility for the “Stick” Up for Goodwin! initiative and to build momentum toward confirming Goodwin Liu, as well as Ed Chen.

A similar gathering takes place on the same day in Los Angeles: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, at noon, at Jenner & Block LLP, 633 West 5th Street, Suite 3500, Los Angeles (lunch and refreshments provided). RSVP to the LA event by emailing contactapaba@gmail.com.

Friday, September 24: Press Conference with Asian American Electeds on Judge Ed Chen’s Appointment

Chinese for Affirmative Action plans on holding a press conference at 10:30 a.m. to discuss Judge Ed Chen’s appointment to the federal district court and what steps members of the community can take to end the roadblock on the Senate vote on his appointment. More details will be published here when available.

Wednesday, September 29: Alliance for Justice Brown Bag Lunch Briefing on Judicial Nominations During the Obama Administration

This brown bag lunch briefing by Alliance for Justice will include information on what you can do to help ensure the swift confirmation of Goodwin Liu and Judge Edward Chen to the federal bench.  The gathering is on Sept. 29, 1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m., at Howard Rice, Three Embarcadero Center, Seventh Floor, San Francisco.

Nan Aron, Alliance for Justice president, will be the guest speaker. Light refreshments will be provided.

Senate Republicans recently prevented twenty-two out of twenty-six of President Obama’s judicial nominees from receiving an up-or-down vote on the Senate floor — despite the fact that the majority of those nominees have been waiting for several months and in two cases, a full year.  Two of those nominees, Goodwin Liu and Edward Chen, must now be renominated and reapproved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

During this brown bag lunch you will learn more about the status of judicial nominations during the Obama Administration, the lack of diversity on the federal bench (especially for Asian American judges), and what you can do to help ensure Goodwin Liu and Edward Chen receive a vote on the floor of the Senate.

RSVP here

Finally, if you haven’t already done so, please sign a letter supporting Judge Chen on FairJudges.net and join other supporters of Goodwin Liu at ConfirmNow.org.