18 Million Rising And Registering To Vote

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

You know what time it is.


Not time to make yourself a sandwich and sit down in front of the TV or your computer watching the latest YouTube videos of people going Gangnam Style.

Well - there's probably always time for that.

But I'm talking about voting.

I'm talking about making sure that your voice is heard in a process that does indeed make a difference no matter how many cynics might tell you different.

And On Every Post From Now Until The Election

You will see a couple of links pointing you to:

1.Register2.rockthevote.com - If you're not already registered, follow the link and get yourself registered. If you are registered but you know people that aren't - push them to the link or to the site, and help them get registered. If you want to get them registered another way - do that too.

2.18 Million Rising - I could tell you about 18 MR but I might as well just let them tell you about it because who knows you better than yourself.

There are approximately 18 million Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, representing nearly 6% of the total population and growing faster than any other racial group (!) Despite that, Asian Americans remain one of the most politically under–organized, under–engaged, and under–represented constituencies: only 55% of Asian American citizens of voting age are registered to vote -- the lowest rate of all races.

18MillionRising.org was founded by Jee Kim and Ian Inaba (Citizen Engagement Lab) to promote APIA civic engagement by leveraging the power of technology and social media. 18MillionRising.org (18MR) is a campaign composed of a broad coalition of partners, ranging from community based organizations and print magazines to Asian American blogs and YouTube channels. Throughout the 2012 election cycle, 18MR will promote online voter registration tools, run social media-fueled civic engagement campaigns and contests, and provide up–to–date information and analysis on all things political that Asian (and all!) Americans should know about.

Ultimately, 18MR is about you, your friends, your cousins, your aunties, your whole community. It’s about making our voices heard...on Election Day, when a Sikh gurdwara is attacked, when an Asian American soldier or student is viciously bullied, when we’re misrepresented in the media or mainstream culture, when Jeremy Lin is called a “chink” (and when he registers his first triple double!), and when one of our APIA elected officials does us proud. 18MR is about us, all 18 million of us.

Who Made You The Voting Police?

No one dumbass. I'm just trying to help spread the word and if you read this post and that's the best question you have, I probably have even stronger words for you, but I'll just say this:

Even though I support a person's right not to vote (because that is your right as well to exercise), I think this election is even more important than the last and I hope you do vote - especially as APIAs because we're a force to be reckoned with - and I'll keep on reminding you of that right up until the election.


That's it.

Now I'm hungry and feel like watching some YouTube videos...

Register To Vote | 18 Million Rising. Activating Asian America