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The Summer Scholars of the Washington Leadership Program have put together a Voter Guide for South Asian Americans

The Summer Scholars of the Washington Leadership Program have put together a Voter Guide for South Asian Americans

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  • 1. Washington Leadership Program 2012 Scholars, July 2012 The Washington Leadership Program Scholars, Summer 2012 The South Asian American Vote 2012Photo source: http://www.thewlp.comPhoto source: http://www.saapri.org
  • 2. 2 Governor Mitt Romney campaigns during the South Carolina primaries “the South Asian community has grown by 78% in the last decade [in America.]1” we are a community of over 3.4 million people and growing. growing numbers means growing power for our demographic in this country. there is no time more crucial to take responsibility and express what is important to us than this 2012 presidential election cycle.Photo source: University of North Carolina, Associated Press Database1. “A Demographic Snapshot of South Asians in the United States, 2012” http://www.saalt.org/pages/Reports%7B47%7DPublications.htm-l#census2010?utm_source=Census+Factsheet&utm_campaign=Census+2010&utm_medium=email
  • 3. the big barrier although the number of South Asian Americans who can vote increased over two- fold in the past decade2, only 30% of the com- munity voted in the last presidential elec- tions.3 this is the year to be a changemaker. Bobby Jindal, the first Indian-American to be elected as Governor, with his familyPhoto source: http://www.mpidirect.com2. http://www.saalt.org/attachments/1/SAALT%20AAF%20National%20Fact3. Indian American Center for Political Awareness, “Indian American Political Participation”sheet.pdf
  • 4. why should I vote? today the average undergraduate student finishes school with over $16,000 in debt. in addition, the unemployment rate for 16-24 olds is at its absolute highest level in the past 6 years. student votes can make a difference in relevant future policy President Obama reaches out to the South Asian American youth communityPhoto source: Asian American Pacific Islanders for Obama Database
  • 5. south asian americans make up a large subset of American small business owners, yet do not express their political voice to affect commerce policy current immigration laws pull apart families, and children who are U.S. citizens suffer immigration raids in their homes. ‘these children often experience what no U.S. citizen should. they live in constant fear of abandonment because they have seen and heard of neighbors and family members being picked up and deported.4’”Photo source: http://www.thedebtofnations.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/article-21.jpgPhoto source: http://www.fairimmigration.org/tag/south-asian-americans-leading-together/4. http://www.fairimmigration.org/tag/south-asian-americans-leading-together/
  • 6. now what? college campuses are full of students with passion, skills, and a desire to make change in the world. advocacy is all about harnessing that energy towards the cause most important to YOU, and really getting everyone to contribute their talents to a bigger effort. here are some tips to help POINT your campus campaign in the right direction and get South Asian-Americans registered and ready to vote!Photo source: http://www.dreamstime.com
  • 7. publicize using every resource available to you in your region organize other advocates with a passion for the cause. initiate events and communication with the big players on your campus. travel as much as possible. go toevents, gatherings, conferences, andmake the trip to your state legislature or Washington, D.C. let people know that you arepushing for the South Asian vote andask them how they can support you
  • 8. as you follow these five steps, here are a few points to keep in mind! absentee ballots. many college students are outside their home states and need to submitabsentee ballots in order to vote. each state has a different timeline for their electoral process, which can be tricky to navigate. politicallyaffiliated websites are available online to help in-terested voters, such as www.gottavote.org and www.longdistancevoter.org, non-partisan sites that explains the absentee ballot registration process in general. listservs. one of the best and most often overlooked ways to reach a wide audience isthrough email listservs. if you serve on the board of a South Asian or AAPI organization, send a short message out to that listserv explaining why it’s important for our community to vote.
  • 9. check out these links! APAICS (Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies): www.apaics.org a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting AAPI participation in politics. APIAvote: www.apiavote.org a plethora of resources provided by a national nonpartisan organization whose goal is to mobilize and empower Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to participate in the civic and electoral processes. CAPAC (Congressional Asian Pacific-American Caucus): http://capac-chu.house.gov/ this Congressional caucus is chaired by Dr. Judy Chu, the first Chinese-American woman to serve in Congress, and comprised of members of Congress who wish to address the issues and concerns of the AAPI community. Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL): www.capal.org a charitable and educational organization dedicated to building leadership and public policy knowledge within the Asian Pacific American community. its mission is to promote APA interests and success in public service careers and to provide infor- mation and education about APA issues to the community as a whole. WHIAAPI (White House Initiative on Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders): www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/aapi the WHIAAPI was reestablished by President Obama in 2009, and works to improve access to opportunities and quality of life for AAPIs.Photo source: http://www.shirari.com
  • 10. s VOTE 2012 an initiative of the washington leadership program summer 2012Photo source: http://www.theoriginalwinger.com