Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he spoke at a National News Conference and urged Asian and Pacific Islanders to participate in the electoral process by voting in federal and local elections. The event was hosted by Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and APIAVote said Faleomavaega was invited to speak “in light of his sustained service to the nation and to the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.”
APIAVote is national coalition of non-partisan nonprofit organizations at the national, state and grassroots level that encourages voter participation and promotes a better understanding of public policy among the Asian and Pacific Islander American community.
APIAVote’s objectives are to 1) engage the APIA community in the political process by coordinating outreach and educational activities; 2) amplify the efforts of local coalitions by reducing the amount of redundant work through centralization;
3) facilitate the dissemination of uniform multilingual materials; 4) empower the community through training; 5) heighten public awareness of national and grassroots efforts of the APIA community to the media; 6) compile comprehensive national APIA voter files and; 7) create and sustain a national voter mobilization infrastructure in between election cycles.
“I am pleased to be associated with APIAVote and I applaud this organization for its efforts to increase political participation within one of the fastest growing populations in the United States. As I have always said, elections are not about change. Elections are about choice – your choice. This is why I urge the people of American Samoa and all Asian Pacific Americans to use your right to choose and protect your future for generations to come,” the Congressman concluded.
Photo 1: Congressman Faleomavaega, Bo Thao, Executive Director of Hmong National Development, Congressman Mike Honda, and Preetmohan Singh, National Director of Sikh Mediawatch and Resource Task Force.
Photo 2: Congressmen David Wu, Danny Davis, Faleomavaega, and Mike Honda having a discussion with media representatiaves of the Asian and Pacific Islander community.