WHO WE ARE
AAPN is an alliance of state-based Asian American 501(c)(4) organizations building power to win concrete changes for our local communities and build solidarity across communities of color. We share resources, incubate new organizations through coaching and capacity building, hone best practices and tactics for voter engagement; and implement political strategy to move Asian Americans broadly on progressive policy and racial justice. AAPN is a fiscally sponsored project of the Center for Empowered Politics.
OUR MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
Are led by and serve Asian American people
Deploy base building or integrated voter engagement strategies
Are connected to a grassroots base either through its own membership or a sibling 501c3 organization
Are based in states and have a state-based power-building strategy
Do year-round organizing instead of a drop-in drop-out model of campaigning
Build long-term leadership of community members
Practice internal democracy with membership making decisions on program, policy, and endorsements
And, actually, you know, organize people
"NCAAT in Action is essential in organizing and activating our AAPI community in NC to civically participate. Their work and efforts have educated, motivated, and supported AAPI voters across the state. They are a trusted community resource and advocate, and our state and community is better for their work. I've worked with NCAAT in Action on the front lines to educate AAPI voters, and I know firsthand the impact our work has on AAPI folks' sense of belonging and civic pride."
Chapel Hill Town Councilmember
"API PA helped drive Asian American voters to the polls during the critical 2020 election and in the following 2021 election in which Pennsylvania’s democracy was at stake. More important, API-PA’s on-the-ground organizers powered outreach that not only helped turn out voters, but also increased civic engagement across the board for everything from rallies against anti-Asian hate to the census. An investment in our vote was also an investment in our voice, and that’s what we’ve seen first hand in Philadelphia and beyond."
Philadelphia City Councilmember
"AAMP allows me to work collectively towards building a progressive Asian base that deeply believes in dismantling white supremacy. We get to create opportunities for folks that look like me to learn and engage in the political arena so that we can have more of a voice."
AAMP Board Member