Presidential Campaign Update

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With about a month to go until the election, Asian Pacific Americans are engaged in a frenetic race to the finish line as part of the McCain-Palin team.

California APAs have turned to “virtual” phone bank centers targeting APA voters in swing states, in addition to local and state campaigns.

The Vietnamese continued their campaign, particularly in swing state Virginia, to maximize its community’s votes for McCain, who not only fought for them during the Vietnam War but also fought to protect communist Vietnam’s political prisoners and refugees from persecution. In Arlington, Va., three dozen volunteers (many costumed) descended upon the National Headquarters to film a television news feature and volunteer.  And in neighboring Tyson’s Corner, Va., volunteers registered dozens of voters at Eden Center, a major Vietnamese business hub.

Another ethnic community, whose members have ignited for McCain-Palin, are the Filipinos. Emma Herron, board member of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, represented the campaign at the National Federation of Filipino Americans Association’s 8th Annual Empowerment Conference. Other Filipino volunteers have been actively organizing and campaigning in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Nevada and Virginia.

Finally, young Koreans closed out a busy weekend by conducting an outreach booth at the Korus Festival in Northern Virginia.

— Stephen Fong

AAPI for Obama Weekly Update. Join the Oregon Obama campaign’s AAPI Action Team to 1) Register as many new voters as possible by the Oct. 14th deadline; 2) Reach out to undecided AAPI voters; and 3) Make sure everyone votes once ballots are available on Oct. 17th.  Sign up today at:  my.barackobama.com/page/event/
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Muslim Americans for Obama needs help registering voters! Volunteers need not be Muslim, though appropriate attire is advised (no sleeveless tops. Long pants and ankle-length skirts recommended).
Volunteer opportunities are available in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Ohio. Visit asianamericansforobama.com/tag/muslim for more details.

Please welcome our new bloggers on asianamericansforobama.com:  Cristina Moon (deputy director of Vote Today Ohio), Nina Moon (blogger and freelance writer in Los Angeles), Jayeesha Dutta (Desi facilitator/trainer, coach, consultant and organizer in the Bay Area), Timothy Yu (blogger for APA for Progress) and Amy H. (resident Facebook Fan blogger).

Finally, we are very excited to announce that our very own Ramey Ko will face off against Asian Americans for McCain founder Shandon Phan on Sunday, October 5, in a first-of-its-kind Asian American debate at the University of Texas at Austin! The debate will be held at UTC 2.102A from 6-7 p.m. If you are in the Austin area, please come out and support Ramey!

— Eugenia Beh

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