SAAPRI was delighted to sponsor and participate in a panel about AAPI political empowerment hosted by the Woods Fund Chicago and co-sponsored by other community organizations: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago (AAJC), Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC), and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).
Tuyet Le and Andy Kang of AAJC kicked off the event with an overview of the policies that have shaped Asian American power, such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which covered the right of citizens to have in-language materials, have bilingual election judges, and register in their own language.
C.W. Chan of CBCAC then detailed Chinatown’s role in the election of Theresa Mah, the Democratic nominee for Illinois 2nd District State Representative. He also spoke about how policies like the Voting Rights Act and redistricting affected Chinatown’s inhabitants over the years, particularly in terms of keeping a majority of Chinatown’s residents in one district to protect the community’s political power.