Honoring the Voting Rights Act
Signed into law 52 years ago on August 6, the
Voting Rights Act expanded an important civil
right for people of color and immigrant
communities. An amendment that passed 10
years later required certain districts to provide
in-language voter materials so Asian Americans
and Pacific Islanders could fully participate in the
Thanks to gains in voting rights, our
communities have the power to elect people who
represent our values. Asian Americans turned
out to vote more than ever in the 2016 election,
with 1.1 million new voters, the 2016
post-election NAAS reported.
APIAVote applauds all efforts to remove barriers
to voting, which includes a full restoration of the Voting Rights Act. Rhode Island is the ninth state to passlegislation that
would give eligible voters the peace of mind that their registration is painless and up-to-date with every move or change.
We will continue to push for more protections such that all eligible AAPI voters can cast their ballots in 2017 and beyond.
Sec. Norman Mineta inspires young
President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act on Aug. 6,
APIAVote is proud to close out its summer program
series with Secretary Norman Mineta. We thank all
attendees for joining us at our Fireside Chat on
Monday, July 31. About 100 students and community
members gathered at the Sidley Austin law firm to
hear Sec. Mineta’s stories about life as a public
servant and his Japanese-American family’s forced
relocation during WW2.
"I cherish the word citizen, because our own
government would not use it to describe us," Sec.
Mineta said. His vision to better the lives of Asian
Americans inspired him to run and win the 1971 race
for city mayor of San Jose. The former Department of
Transportation Secretary also shared about his
critical role with FAA in grounding all airplanes after
the 9/11 crisis.
University of Maryland Professor Janelle Wong presented on the results of the 2016 post-election National Asian American
Survey. Asian Americans overall increased their support for affirmative action policies and viewed college affordability and
costs of medical care as their top two concerns, the NAAS reported.
Programs Associate Kathryn Quintin, who oversees the Student Ambassador program, encouraged young people to make
voting a part of their routine and social activities.
APIAVote interns designed a Snapchat geofilter together for attendees to
share their favorite moments, featuring Sec. Mineta’s bitmoji in an
armchair by the fireplace.
Executive Director Christine Chen captured the night on Facebook Live,
which has been archived for your viewing. Check out our Facebook photo
album and find the photo of Sec. Mineta taking a swing with a bat, which
also doubles as his cane.