Voting is a right and a privilege.
People gave their lives for the chance at Democracy.
Don't ignore your duty as an American citizen, go vote, and be a participant.
In 2016, we knocked on over 1,500 doors, made over 3,900 phone calls, recruited over 20 different volunteers and canvassers, and registered over 600 new voter registrations during a six-month period. We went three times a week to conduct voter registrations at various locations such as Columbus Park, Manhattan Chinatown YMCA, Sara Roosevelt Park, Flushing Chinatown, Food Courts in Flushing, the Queens Public Library of Flushing, and Flushing Town Hall.
Every summer, OCA-NY participates in a voting campaign that includes door knocking, phone banking, and in-person voter registration. We are committed to informing the Asian Pacific American community of their right and privilege, and making sure that our voices are heard in the American political system.
Before the November 4th elections in 2014, OCA-NY sent the following letter to its members
November 4, 2014
Dear OCA-NY Member:
If you are a registered voter, you will be fulfilling one of the most important duties as an American citizen-exercising your right to vote today, November 4th. The outcome of this election will impact critical issues affecting you, your family, friends, and community. By voting, you have the power to voice your opinion on these issues.
Founded in 1978, OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates-New York Chapter is a non-profit, non-partisan volunteer organization promoting the political, economic, and social rights of Asian Pacific Americans. As part of the 2014 Immigrants Vote! and the Asian American Pacific Islander Collaborative, OCA-NY is encouraging you to vote on Election Day.
Your choice for candidates at the state and federal level and proposition 1 can determine:
-future immigration to the U.S.
reunification of immigrant families and the number of Asian immigrants to the U.S.
whether undocumented immigrants who have worked and contributed positively to society can legalize their status with a pathway to citizenship
whether undocumented students, educated in New York high schools, can apply for in-state tuition assistance. This would increase enrollment in our state colleges and universities, create jobs, and help the economy.
-whether there is an increase in the state minimum hourly wage. An increase would help low and middle income workers offset the increased cost of living in New York City.
-accountability of the state legislature in drawing district lines in a fair and neutral manner. District lines determine which district you vote in and who are in your district. The process is controlled by incumbents, however, OCA-NY does NOT believe that the redistricting commission described in Proposition 1 will make the process more fair since the state legislators will still have the ultimate say. It will make the current situation even worse if the proposition becomes part of the New York State Constitution. We are urging voters to VOTE NO on Proposition 1.
Please make an informed decision when you vote. Go to nyc.pollsitelocator.com to find out which candidates are running in your district and http://noprop1ny.com for more information on Proposition 1.
Elizabeth R. OuYang Chi Loek Cortney Chen
President Exec. Co-Vice President Voting Rights