NAKASEC’s Power Vote 2010 campaign works with partner organizations to outreach, educate and mobilize low propensity AAPI voters in their respective communities. The communities of voters that will be reached are largely immigrant & refugee, limited English proficient and new voters in Korean American, Cambodian American and Vietnamese American communities in 5 states. Specifically, outreach will be done to over 30,000 voters through mailers, over 16,000 voters through phone banking, over 10,000 voters through robo calls and over 4,000 voters through canvassing.
Here are our partner organizations:
Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia: Founded in 1979, CAGP’s mission is to improve the quality of life for Cambodians and Cambodian Americans within Greater Philadelphia. Philadelphia is home to the 4th largest population of Cambodian Americans in the U.S., with an estimated 18,000 community members. CAGP specializes in providing innovative and unique bilingual programs and services to meet the combined social, economic, health and academic needs of community members. With 305, 265 AAPIs residing in the state, Pennsylvania has the 23rd highest AAPi population in the nation. CAGP is the only Cambodian American organization in Philadelphia that assists community members with naturalization, voter registration, voter education, GOTV, voter language assistance and voting rights advocacy initiatives.
Korean American Resource & Cultural Center: Founded in 1995 by low-income, recent immigrant Korean American youth, KRCC’s mission is to empower the Korean American community of great Chicago, now estimated at 80,000 through education, social service, community organizing and advocacy and culture. Serving a community that is 75% recent immigrant and 47% limited English proficient, KRCC’s Project Participate has registered, educated, mobilized and exit polled thousands of voters since 1996. KRCC also provides comprehensive citizenship services to an average of 100 community members and instructs Civic Participation English Classes for 80 students annually. Illinois has 557,898 AAPIs, the 11th highest AAPI population.
Korean Resource Center: KRC was established in 1983 to empower immigrants and people of color communities, particularly Korean Americans, through education, advocacy and grassroots organizing. It is also a space for dialogue on questions of identity, representation and appropriate political systems and structures, as well as activist training, education and community base building. With 200,000 Korean Americans living in greater Los Angeles, it is home to the largest population of Koreans living outside of Asia. 75% are recent immigrants and about half are limited English proficient. California has the 2nd largest AAPI community with 4,696,857 AAPIs residing in the state.
Texas Organizing Project Education Fund: TOPEF’s Voter Engagement Organizing Table is working in target communities in the Houston area and Harris County to engage underrepresented communities in the democratic process, develop new leadership from within these constituencies, take collective action on important policy issues and establish a long-term model and infrastructure for increasing voter participation in the County. Texas boasts one of the fastest growing AAPI communities in the nation, with 843,132 currently residing in the state (15th highest AAPI population).
Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans: VAYLA-NO was formed in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina as a means to rally the youth to take the lead in organizing efforts to stop the toxic dumping of Hurricane Katrina-related construction debris. Young community leaders founded VAYLA-NO to reach out to the larger community to create a voice and organize to address the critical needs in the local community. This was the first time the youth and elders were able to work together to change the conditions of the community. VAYLA-NO became known as a youth-led, youth organizing and development, community based organization in New Orleans that is dedicated to empower Vietnamese American and underrepresented youth through services, cultural enrichment and positive social change. Vietnamese Americans compose a little less than half of Louisiana’s total AAPI population, with an estimated 25,000 inhabiting the great New Orleans area. The majority are recent immigrants, of which 25% are limited English proficient.