Link/ 18 Million Rising: Activating Asian America

If you haven’t heard of 18 Million Rising yet, be sure to check them out! They are doing some great work to help strengthen the AAPI voice, especially for this year’s election.

About 18 Million Rising (18MR)

There are approximately 18 million Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, representing nearly 6% of the total population and growing faster than any other racial group (!) Despite that, Asian Americans remain one of the most politically under–organized, under–engaged, and under–represented constituencies: only 55% of Asian American citizens of voting age are registered to vote — the lowest rate of all races.

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Ultimately, 18MR is about you, your friends, your cousins, your aunties, your whole community. It’s about making our voices heard…on Election Day, when a Sikh gurdwara is attacked, when an Asian American soldier or student is viciously bullied, when we’re misrepresented in the media or mainstream culture, when Jeremy Lin is called a “chink” (and when he registers his first triple double!), and when one of our APIA elected officials does us proud. 18MR is about us, all 18 million of us.

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