Though the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) population is projected to double by 2040, our gains in the political system are being stifled because of low turnout rates. Continuing a long tradition of fostering civic participation, OCA’s efforts are aimed towards enhancing the role of marginalized AAPIs in our political system. During 2015 all OCA Civic Engagement initiatives were fully supported by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.
“This is the second year that OCA – Greater Cleveland participated in the GOTV phone banking program and supporting the broader voter engagement initiatives. It has been rewarding for our team of volunteers to reach out to the Asian and Pacific Islanders in our community on such an important topic.”
– Lisa Wong (OCA – Greater Cleveland)
OCA operates through a multi-tiered system, in order to engage all our Chapters in Civic Engagement efforts depending on the capacity and networks of the chapters. Each chapter receives a sub-grant based on local plans and through consultation with APIAVote. Activities range from hosting a public event to promote civic engagement, to hosting phone banks to encourage AAPIs to get to the polls. OCA National helps coordinate chapter efforts by providing education and training around Civic Engagement. By doing so, our Chapters are able to fully mobilize their members and community to get to the polls and voice their vote.
OCA– St. Louis phonebanks in advance of the 2015 mid-term elections in Missouri
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