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Looking back to 2016

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Every year, we put together our Annual Review of the work we did together. It feels that 2016 seems like a long time ago, but it's not. We're only 100 + 1 day into the number 45 administration.

This is huge! Last year we earned media exposure from the WSJ. 

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Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia Remembers Rep. Mark Takai

July 20, 2016 – Today, the Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia (DAAV) mourns the passing of United States Congressman, Mark Takai (HI-01).  Rep. Takai passed away at the age of 49 due to pancreatic cancer.

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Washington Post on AAPI Activism

The Post just published a brief video report about AAPIs organizing to promote participation in the upcoming elections...

1 in 9 Virginians are Immigrants

Just the facts.

  • 1 in 9 Virginians are immigrants. 
  • Nearly 1 in 7 Virginians are Latino or Asian and they vote.
  • Immigrant, Latinos, and Asian entrepreneurs and consumers add billion dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to Virginia economy.

There's more at American Immigration Council. 

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2016 Honorees for Community Engagement Awards

Please join us for the 2nd Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration and honor community leaders who have made significant contribution to our community on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. 

The 2016 honorees for Community Engagement Awards are -- Delegate Mark Keam and Bel Leong-Hong

More below the fold. 

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How to Be a Delegate to Democratic Conventions

If you want to be a Delegate to the Democratic Conventions (Congressional District, State, National), you will have to run for that. Run at the local level in (a caucus), then move up to the Congressional District (convention), attend the State Convention in Richmond on June 18, then if elected, you will then go to the DNC Convention in Philly on July 25-28.

About Virginia Caucuses and Conventions, via DPVA

On either April 16 or 18, 2016, cities and counties across the Commonwealth will hold caucuses that will elect 2,000 State Delegates and 500 Alternates. These Delegates and Alternates will attend the Congressional District Conventions and a State Convention. The State Delegates will be allocated among the Democratic Candidates in proportion to the percentage of their vote in the primary. The State Delegates will then elect the National Delegates.

Any registered voter may participate. The voter, however, must sign a certification that he or she is a registered voter in the jurisdiction, is a Democrat, believes in the principles of the Democratic Party, and does not intend to support a candidate opposed to the Democratic nominee in the next election

It sounds complicated, but it is not. Thanks to our friends at Fairfax Democrats, here is an infographic that shows the process. 

Virginia Dem Caucus Convention

 

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Why Super Tuesday Gets All the Attention

It's about delegates count. The primary, caucus elections are all about that. Super Tuesday gets all the attention because of the states where candidates compete have the largest number of delegates that Presidential candidates can win, in order to get the party nomination.

Next Tuesday, March 1, it's  an important milestone for the candidates because they're competing in a dozen of states and a territory. Winning these states would not only give them the largest number of delegates but also a measure of electability for the general election in November. 

 

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders need to win 2,383 delegates to get the Party nomination. There is a total 4,189 delegates available. A total 1,034 delegates up for grabs from the Super Tuesday states

 

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Recognition for Our Work

Senator Lucas, who is the outreach chair for the Democratic Party of Virginia, gave a shout out in recognition of our work. This year, we're entering the fifth year as a constituency group of the DPVA. We've grown from 24 to over 120 paid members (who has the voting power) and 200+ non-voting members.

We couldn't have done this without our members pitching in. This is a team effort, really.  

Thank you, Senator for the shout out!

AAPIs Reelected to Chair Local Democratic Party Committees

Congratulations to Suchada ("Sue") Langley of Fairfax County and Clarence Tong of Alexandria on their re-election to chair their respective local Democratic Party organizations for 2016!

Sue previously served as the Fairfax County Democratic Committee's Vice Chair for Precinct Operations from 2006 to 2011.  An economist by training, Sue built strong systems for training Fairfax County's Democratic precinct captains and for voter protection.   Her own precinct organizing efforts frequently produced among the state's highest voter turnout percentages.

Clarence Tong previously served Alexandria's Democratic Committee as Deputy Vice Chair for Communications.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and the London School of Economics, Clarence has worked in the executive branch and as a senior staff member of Congressional offices and campaigns. He currently manages legislative affairs at the Environmental Defense Fund.

DAAV Spotlight: Grace Han Wolf, Councilmember for the Town of Herndon

Grace Han Wolf is the first Korean American woman elected to office in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Serving her third term on the Herndon Town Council, Wolf represents the town as advisory director on the Committee for Dulles Board of Directors and as a member of the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission. In 2014, Wolf was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia Commission for the Arts as Commissioner and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Arts Council of Fairfax, as well as the Fairfax County Park Authority. Wolf is an active member of the regional AAPI community and one of the founding members of the Jade Philanthropy Society, which aims to encourage and facilitate local philanthropy by Asian Americans in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. DAAV recently caught up with Wolf to learn more about her role as the Herndon Town Councilmember.

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