APAICS Hosted Welcome Reception for New AAPI Members of Congress

The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) hosted a reception to welcome new AAPI Members of Congress on Monday, January 26, 2015. The event was made possible by the National Association of Broadcasters. Members of Congress in attendance were Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), CAPAC Chair Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA-07), CAPAC Chair Emeritus Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA-17), Congressman Mark Takano (D-CA-41) and Congressman Mark Takai (D-HI-01).

From L to R: APAICS President/CEO Floyd Mori, Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Judy Chu, and Rep. Mark Takai

From L to R: APAICS President/CEO Floyd Mori, Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Judy Chu, and Rep. Mark Takai

 

Here is a snap shot of the political landscape of 2015 for AAPIs in elected offices across the country:

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APAICS Regional Leadership Academy, February 6-7, 2015 – HOUSTON, TX

Regional Leadership Academy Training & Policy Summit

February 6, 2015 – February 7, 2015

BP Headquarters

Westlake 1-Terrace Room

501 Westlake Park Boulevard

Houston, TX

 The APAICS Regional Leadership Academy is a two-day leadership and political training program for current elected officials, individuals seeking to run for public office and community stakeholders. There will be networking opportunities and policy round-tables to bring together public officials, corporate executives and community members to discuss current issues affecting the AAPI community in the local region.

Day 1- Leadership & Political Training

Friday, February 6, 2015 | 8:00am – 5:00pm

The program consists of interactive political training with topics ranging from, planning your campaign, fundraising strategies and tips, to media training.

  •  Are You Ready to Run?
  •  Planning Your Campaign
  •  Fundraising 101
  •  Media Training
  •  Ethics Training
  •  What Do You Do Post-Elections?
  •  Special Guest Speakers

Day 2- Policy Summit

Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 9:00am – 2:30pm

Join federal, local and community stakeholders in policy round table discussions on issues concerning local Houston and greater state of Texas.

  • Education: Early Education & Public Education (K-12)
  • Economic Development/International Business
  • Energy: Environment & Economics

*Continental breakfast & lunch will be provided both days

For questions about the APAICS Regional Training Academy, please email leadershipacademy@apaics.org.

 

Complimentary registration, but RSVP is required:

 Click here to sign up for the Houston, Texas- APAICS Regional Leadership Academy!

National Leadership Academy participants from 2012
Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!







 

Southwest Airlines is the Official Airline of the APAICS Regional Leadership Academy

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Asian American & Pacific Islanders Running for Elected Office at Record High Numbers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Floyd Mori, CEO/President, APAICS

(202) 296-9200

October 15, 2014

Asian American & Pacific Islanders Running for Elected Office at Record High Numbers

Washington, D.C.- Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates continue to make notable strides in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections with 22 congressional candidates on the ballot in 12 different states and U.S. territories. Six years ago, only 13 candidates ran for Congress in the 2008 general elections. APAICS commends the advancement of AAPIs in the Congressional elections, especially as 39 candidates ran in the 2014 primaries, quadrupling AAPI involvement since 2008.

See our snapshot of the AAPI Congressional candidates.

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State and local elections reflect the same trend of increased AAPI political participation. This year, 159 AAPI’s are running for state legislature seats across the country. The continued growth of AAPI’s seeking elected offices reflects the changing demographics, increased political awareness, and maturity of the community. Today, the AAPI community constitutes the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States.

Despite these optimistic numbers, the community still faces many obstacles to equal participation and representation. According to new research from Asian Americans Advancing Justice, APIAVote, and AAPI Data, 66% of AAPI’s have not been reached out to by Democrats and 74% have had no contact from Republicans. The scarce interactions between AAPI’s and political parties demonstrates the challenges AAPI communities face to full participation in the political process.

It is vital that levels of AAPI political participation and representation match the growth of the community. Despite breakthroughs for AAPI’s in federal elected offices, only 14 members out of the 485 members of the U.S. House of Representatives are AAPI. APAICS President/CEO Floyd Mori says, “The record breaking AAPI candidacies in the 2014 election is a strong indication that the AAPI community is ready to step up to the plate instead of staying on the sidelines. This trend empowers AAPI’s to express their voice at all levels of civil engagement and to make a difference where it matters most to our community. The vital step for all of us is to register as a voter and to vote on November 4.”

APAICS is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Asian American & Pacific Islander participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.

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Mark Villegas
Ph. D. Candidate
University of California, Irvine
2004 Intern - U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
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The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) is a national non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process, from community service to elected office.