CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

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APAPA Albany Chapter provides community members with the opportunity to be proactive, participate, educate, and impress upon the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community that we have a voice in government and public affairs.

Voters Education: Through statewide Voters Education Forum, local Town Hall & Civic meetings, and Voters Registration program, APAPA strives to be the bridge that connects the community to our civic leaders. Our goal is to remind community members that it is our civic duty to represent our community, to engage, and to advance the community by empowering them to make informed decisions about public policy.

Voter Registration: Registering to vote is the first step in civic participation. APAPA works closely with local county registrars and Secretary of State to actively promote the need for more American Pacific Islander (API) Americans eligible voters to register. We offer resources about registering to vote and voter registration drives. Our goal is to help eligible voters begin the process of civic engagement.

Voter Participation: Voter participation is critical for an effective and truly representative government. Once voters are registered and informed, casting that vote on Election Day is the final step in finishing the process. APAPA provides assistance and information to help voters exercise their right to vote including translation.

Civil Rights: We believe that everyone should have a fair chance regardless of race, sex or age. We respond and address social issues such as racism to protect individual rights and liberties. We are collaborating and joining force with other community organizations. Our goal is to help community members learn about social injustice, connect to their Congressional representatives--and take action. We are also dedicated to supporting other organizations that fight for equality. APAPA stands up to social injustice.

Appointments: California has a diverse population. The API community needs balanced representation in State Government--one that more closely reflects our proportion of the California population. APAPA is proud to have established a process for its membership to seek appointments to Boards, Commission, and the Judiciary with the State Government.