May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This annual month of awareness-raising and action arrives as Coronavirus-fueled attacks and hate crimes against the AAPI community are on the rise. While the fastest-growing population in America, the AAPI community remains dramatically underrepresented in government and is the least likely to be counted in the 2020 Census.
AAPI women are particularly underrepresented at all levels of government. In our country’s history, there has been only 3 AAPI women elected to the US Senate, 11 voting members of the US House of Representatives, and only 1 state Governor.
This Take Action Tuesday, take action on behalf of AAPI women in your community and beyond.
- Support AAPI Women Candidates. Help to address the underrepresentation of AAPI women in government by supporting a candidate within or beyond your state or local community. Visit the APAICS Candidate Pipeline to find women running at all levels, and donate or contact their campaign to offer your support.
- Support The Census. Visit APIAVote to find information on why census participation is crucial, answers to commonly asked questions, and instructions on how to participate in 30 different languages. Share information widely with your community!
- Register to Vote. Register here for our virtual Voting Squad Captain Training, May 22nd at 1:00pm EDT, and find out how you can register your community ahead of the November elections. And, check out APIAVote’s in-language voter information site for more on how to register and ensure your ability to vote.
How are you taking action during AAPI Heritage Month? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.