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Monday, 22 September 2014 21:31

Exclusive: New York- The Asian American community in New York City has grown more than 37% in the past decade. With this unprecedented growth, we can and should play a meaningful role in our great democracy. National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday September 23, and it is an important moment to build the civic participation of all New Yorkers in this year’s elections. On this day, Asian American community organizations from across New York City will be reaching out to register new voters in the neighborhoods they serve: at social services locations, health clinics, housing developments, community centers, and at transit hubs.

This is an opportunity for the Asian American community to build its political voice by registering to vote in time for the 2014 General Election on November 4. This year New Yorkers will be able to vote for members of the United States Congress, New York State Assembly and State Senate, as well as the New York State Governor and other state-wide offices.

The full list of organizations participating in this unprecedented mobilization includes:


• Adhikaar
• Asian American Federation
• Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund
• Asian Americans for Equality
• Coalition for Asian American Children & Families
• Charles B Wang Community Health Center
• Chhaya CDC
• Chinese American Planning Council
• Chinese Progressive Association
• CMP
• Indo-Caribbean Alliance
• Korean Community Services of Metropolitan NY
• MinKwon Center for Community Action
• Museum of Chinese in Americas
• New York Asian Women Center
• OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates - New York Chapter
• South Asian Council for Social Services
• United Chinese Association of Brooklyn
• YWCA Queens


We want to remind eligible voters that October 10 is the deadline to register to vote for Election Day November 4, 2014. This is also the deadline to register with or change your political party for next year’s election in 2015. On September 23, New Yorkers can go to the following locations for assistance registering to vote:

Queens:

Asian Americans for Equality, 35-34 Union Street, 2nd Floor in Flushing, 917-284-2732, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, 136-26 37th Avenue in Flushing, 718-886-1200, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Chinese American Planning Council,136-18 39th Ave, 8th Floor in Flushing, 718-358-8899, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
MinKwon Center, 136-19 41st Avenue, 3rd Floor in Flushing 718-460-5600,10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
South Asian Council of Social Services, 143-06 45th Avenue in Flushing, 718 321-7929, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
YWCA of Queens, 42-07 Parsons Boulevard Flushing, 718 353-4553, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, 3:30 to 6:30 PM (Outdoor Location)
Corner of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing, 3:00 to 7:00 PM (Outdoor Location)
Queens College in Flushing, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM (Outdoor Location)
St. Johns University in Hillcrest,12:00 to 2:00 PM (Outdoor Location)

Manhattan:

Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, 268 Canal Street in Chinatown, (212) 379-6998, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, 125 Walker Street in Chinatown, (212) 226-3888, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM  
Corner of Mott and Canal Street in Chinatown, 4:30 to 6:30 PM (Outdoor Location)

Brooklyn:

United Chinese Association of Brooklyn, 78 Quentin Road in Bensonhurst, (718)232-0055, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
U.S. District Brooklyn Federal Courthouse at 225 Cadman Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn

AALDEF Executive Director Margaret Fung said, "The way to ensure that Asian Americans have a voice in governmental decisions and fair political representation is to register to vote, and to cast our ballots on Election Day."

“Adhikaar has been building power of the newest New Yorkers by mobilizing Nepali-speaking and Tibetan immigrants,” said Luna Ranjit, Executive Director of Adhikaar.  “We are breaking down language and information barriers to empower our communities to vote and become more involved in activism through civic engagement and education. We are excited to work with other Asian American communities to have a stronger impact.

“National Voter Registration Day is an important opportunity for us to join groups from across the City, touching all New Yorkers to build broader civic participation in our communities,” stated Christopher Kui Executive Director of Asian Americans for Equality. “We stand ready to assist voters to register on that day and leading up to the deadline to register for Election Day on November 4.”

“The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center will be offering on-site voter education and voter registration assistance activities to our patients and community members at three convenient health clinic sites in Manhattan’s Chinatown (268 Canal Street & 125 Walker Street) and Flushing, Queens (136-26 37th Avenue) during the National Voter Registration Day on September 23, 2014.  Being educated and getting involved in the electoral process is an integral part of a healthy community.  As a federally qualified health center, we strongly encourage our patients and community members to learn about and participate in this momentous day,” according to Jane T. Eng, Esq., Chief Executive Officer of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.

"Chhaya CDC is excited to be a part of the Nation Voter Registration Day. It is really important for our community's concerns to be on the agenda and the first step towards that is ensuring that elections are accessible to immigrant communities. We look forward to seeing a stronger Asian American presence in this election year," shared Seema Agnani, Executive Director of Chhaya CDC.

“Our community is grossly under-represented. If we want our issues heard, we need to get out and vote. We need to convince Asian Americans that their vote counts. Let our voices be heard!” said Michelle Liu, Queens Branch Director of Chinese American Planning Council.

“At Korean Community Services, we are excited to partner with our fellow community organizations to spread the word about National Voter Registration Day on September 23rd,” stated Executive Director Linda Lee. As immigrants, it is crucial for us to voice our opinions on matters that affect our community. One of the best ways we can do this is by voting and ensuring that whoever is elected is someone that understands our needs as AAPI and immigrants. We will do our best to encourage our community members to register so that they can vote in November and have their voices heard. We must, as a community, emphasize the importance of being civically engaged.”

"Voter registration is a tool for political empowerment that our communities don't yet have in our back pockets," said Grace Shim, Executive Director at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. "We have low rates of registration, on top of low rates of citizenship.  Even among those registered to vote, many have stayed indecisive in choosing a political party, unaware of how critical primary elections can be in New York State.  On National Voter Registration Day, we are proud to again be working with partners in the AAPI community in encouraging full, informed, and active participation in our democratic process!"

"All Americans, including Asian Americans, have a duty to vote.  We must NEVER forget there once was a time Asians could not become citizens and people lost their lives fighting for our right to vote," stated Elizabeth R. OuYang, President of OCA-Asian American Advocates, New York Chapter.  

"We welcome the coalition of Asian American organizations for effective voter engagement and education. SACSS is fully committed to energizing our youth and ensuring our community’s participation in exercising their civic rights," shared Sudha Acharya, Executive Director for the South Asian Council for Social Services.

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