AAPI FORCE-EF’s most recent press releases, statements, and announcements
Statement: We demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza
October 20, 2023
AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund grieves the loss of civilian lives in the horrifying attacks in Israel and Palestine. We join the call to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, end to US funding of Israel’s military, and end to the Israeli government’s genocide of Palestinian people.
Press Release: AAPI FORCE-EF Statement on SCOTUS Affirmative Action Decision
June 6, 2023
The court’s decision negatively impacts all students, especially students from working-class communities of color, and overturns decades-long multiracial organizing efforts for racial equity.
Press Release: Right-Wing Disinformation Campaign is Anti-Asian Hate
November 5, 2022
America First Legal Foundation and Citizens for Sanity's disinformation campaign is another attempt by conservative forces to derail elections across the country by using fearmongering, xenophobia, and by inciting racial conflict.
Press Release: AAPI FORCE-EF Statement Regarding LA City Council
October 25, 2022
Los Angeles City Councilmembers Gil Cedillo, Kevin De León, and Nury Martinez and LA County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera abused their powers and undermined the trust of their constituents.
California's Racist History of Voter Registration
Why can’t eligible Californian voters be automatically registered to vote? Have you ever wondered why Californians must register to vote and what makes people eligible to participate in our state’s democracy? Our state’s history of racism continues to put the burden of registering and eligibility to vote on the individual.
Homewreckers: Who‘s Behind California’s Housing Crisis
Authored by Phil Hawkins and Jim Costa and signed into law by Pete Wilson, the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act (1995) killed local rent control measures. Corrupt politicians have made it easier for greedy real estate corporations to drive up housing costs and unfairly evict tenants.
2023 Summer Interns
This paid internship was designed for activists, social justice advocates, and current movement leaders to deepen and sharpen their practice in civic engagement organizing. Our hybrid internship required a commitment of 20–25 hours per week for 8 weeks, with room for extension based on performance and project needs.
Why does California need Secure Automatic Voter Registration?
California is home to 4.7 million unregistered but eligible voters. This group is disproportionately made up of Asian American, Black, and Latinx citizens. Secure Automatic Voter Registration (SAVR) will increase the state’s voter registration, creating a California electorate that reflects our state’s diverse population and providing a path to a true, inclusive democracy for all.
Remembering the I-Hotel
This AAPI History Month, we reflect on the hard fought battles that working-class Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in California have taken on against corporate villains who put profit over people. Many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders moved to California after US military occupation and expansion in our homelands. And yet, our homes here are constantly being threatened by the greed of corporate landlords and developers.
Why California needs to upgrade its voter registration system (with Star Wars Memes)
Currently, 4 million eligible Californians are not registered to vote. That’s about 10% of CA residents. California’s front-end Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) system was supposed to make voter registration at the DMV easier.
2022 End of Year Zine
To celebrate the work that AAPI FORCE-EF and our partners did this year, we prepared a 2022 End of Year Zine which you can download and print at home. The zine features photos from events throughout the year; roundups of our Primary and Midterm election campaigns; celebrations of our Communications and Grassroots work; and interactive pages for coloring, crossword puzzles, and a mini-zine.
Making Waves: An AAPI FORCE-EF Volunteer Podcast
Join AAPI FORCE-EF volunteers as we explore how AAPI organizations, activists, and community members are Making Waves across California. In this 5-episode podcast series, we highlight long histories of pro-people organizing and resistance against injustice.
2022 Ripples of Change Summer Fellowship
Over the course of eight weeks, Ripples of Change fellows learned fundamental skills in digital and electoral organizing through social media outreach, voter engagement, and get-out-the-vote tactics. We are hopeful our fellows will make waves in our movements for social justice and build lasting power for progressive change.
How Progressive is California?
CA’s history reveals that time and again certain politicians and special interest groups continue to use cynicism and fear to divide and distract us. But just as they have launched attacks on our communities, we have successfully come together to push back against racism, homophobia, and to push forward their anti-immigrant agenda.
2021 Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow Summer Internship
Pacific Islander Leaders of Tomorrow is an eight-week internship program hosted by Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Pacific Islander Initiative at UC Berkeley, and AAPIs for Civic Empowerment Education Fund. We have been deeply inspired by the cohort of young leaders, who individually and collectively took a deep political education dive into intersectional topics that centered their Pacific Islander identities.
Fair Districting in California
This year, Californians will draw new district maps for state and local representatives using updated information from the 2020 census. This is our chance to make sure that our system of representation is fair, to keep our communities whole, and to expand community power in the political process.
AAPIs for Environmental Justice Panel
Our people have been holding refineries accountable for endangering working-class communities, fighting for NHPI self-determination and indigenous management of environments, and advancing policies to ensure that future generations will live in healthy environments.
RE: Memorandum Condemning and Combating Racism, Xenophobia, and Intolerance Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States
As a statewide organization serving working-class Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the state of California, we call for further action to aid in our communities’ recovery from COVID-19.
2020 Civic Engagement Fellows
Our 8-week fellowship was in collaboration with Empowering Pacific Islander Communities. Seven fellows planned and facilitated 2 phone banks, attended by 27 volunteers, making 864 phone calls and 6688 text messages, outreaching specifically to Pacific Islander households.
A Night of Cultural Resistance
To inspire and mobilize the AAPI community to rise up, resist, and vote, AAPI FORCE-EF is collaborating with dynamic AAPI artists to host a Night of Cultural Resistance. We have an incredible line up of community members ready to share creative conversations about AAPI civic engagement.
Reclaiming the California Dream
A limited podcast series featuring stories from deeply rooted California community members and what their community means to them. By working together to pass the Schools and Communities First Act, we can sustain our culture, provide stability for our families and build a future where all Californians have access to quality health care and education we deserve.
Two Months of Growing and Learning: My Summer Internship with AAPI FORCE-EF
Social change requires collaborative action on all levels, from the people in the streets to Capitol Hill. I wanted to explore organizing in a sphere that was more connected to institutional change, and interning with AAPI FORCE-EF was the perfect opportunity for me to grow my skills in civic engagement and electoral organizing.
100 Champions for Schools and Communities First
Schools and Communities First is an initiative on the November 2020 ballot that will revolutionize funding for our communities. We will end shady tax loophole schemes so that corporations pay their fair share of property taxes to fund our local schools and community programs.
Schools & Communities First: Essential for Rebuilding AAPI Communities Across California
We are continuing this legacy of building AAPI power by uniting to support the Schools & Communities First campaign to close corporate tax loopholes and reclaim $12 billion for public schools and critical local services.
Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From AAPIs
As we’re facing a once-in-a-generation crisis with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important now than ever to center human connections and be a part of a movement for community care. This means that while we are experiencing physical distance from our communities, the compassion and love we have for each other remains strong.
AAPI Count Census Art Contest
AAPI populations have the highest number of community members who don’t fill out the census, which means a loss of resources and political power. We need your help to change that. With COVID-19, community organizations are unable to knock on doors or host in-person events to have conversations with community members about the Census.
Your favorite presidential candidate won’t bring all the change you want to see in your community…
To find out which candidate best suits your values, you can go to their websites, contact local community groups that you trust to see if they’ve endorsed anyone, or in some cases, even request to speak with the candidate yourself!