Asian Americans for Change Fund Launches a Progressive Campaign to Mobilize Asian American Voters in Texas
Campaign will Reach Asian American Voters in Effort to Elect Beto O’Rouke
Houston, TX – Today the Asian Americans for Change Fund formally announced the launch of Asians For Beto, a collective of Asian American organizations who recognize the incredible impact that organizers, community members, and allies have in Texas.
The launch took place in Houston, Texas where Asians for Beto volunteers had already begun canvassing local neighborhoods. Asians for Beto is working towards not only electing progressive leaders like Beto O’Rourke, but building collective power by meeting communities where they are.The group aims to meet communities at their door, cultural events, places of worship and organize them across ethnic media and social platforms.
“Beto O’Rourke embodies what we need for change in Texas,” said Sarah Syed, community organizer. “He represents BIPOC — particularly people of Asian descent — in a progressive and meaningful way.”
Texas is home to over 1.8 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). They are the fastest-growing demographic in the state and AAPIs had a crucial role in shaping state and national election outcomes in 2020. Yet, communities continue to be excluded from shaping conversations about health care access, gun safety, environmental justice, and immigration.
“The poorly handled disasters, the gun violence, the hatred against us, and the attacks on bodily autonomy — our state government has failed us, starting at the top,” said Melanie Pang, a local community organizer. “Our community deserves better, and I do believe Beto will get us closer to accessing the resources we deserve.”
Volunteers and organizers plan to knock 150,000 doors, make 120,000 calls, and reach over 230,000 voters in 4 Asian languages. The Asians for Beto group is also determined to increase their reach and build relationships with new and infrequent voters across Texas, especially in counties with growing Asian American populations.
The November 8 governor election is going to be one of the closest Texas has ever seen. This campaign will bring together a committed group of Asian American organizations and community members and will harness the strengths, knowledge, and relationships from years of on-the-ground organizing to build the collective power of the Asian American community through education, engagement, and empowerment.
To learn more about Asians for Beto, visit www.asiansforbeto.com.
Asians For Beto is a collective of Asian American organizations in Texas who organize for a Texas with safe communities and schools, accessible healthcare, sustainable sources of energy, and pathways to citizenship for our families.
To learn more about AACF, visit www.aafcfund.org.
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