Thank you on behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of WA State

On behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington State, thank you to everyone who participated and came to the 2012 Asian Pacific American Summit on September 21 in the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. Thank you to our sponsors National Coalition for Asian American Community Development (CAPACD), United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, ResCare HomeCare, Union Bank and Washington Education Association. Thanks to over 100 endorsers statewide!

Over 1000 people attended from over 25 language groups. Mee Moua, the first Hmong woman to be elected to the Minnesota State Senate and current President of the Asian American Justice Center, gave an inspirational call to action. U.S. Senator Patty Murray shared greetings and an important message on civic engagement. We’re grateful to former U.S. Representative for Washington Jay Inslee and to Attorney General of Washington Rob McKenna, for their participation in the gubernatorial candidate forum.

Many attendees at the event that had not already registered to vote were motivated to register at the event. Many that were already registered to vote signed Pledge to Vote cards.

We encourage everyone who is registered to vote, to vote for the candidate of their choice and to get their ballots in! Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 6, 2012. The Asian Pacific Islander community is the swing vote in many states. Washington State Asian Pacific Islanders could be the swing vote in Washington State. Your vote could determine who our next governor will be. Your vote will also help determine who will be elected as president of the United States, and the outcome of many location elections. Please vote! The future of our community, state, and country depend on it!

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