Advancing Justice-LA pursues the full participation of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities in California democracy by conducting electoral campaigns, advocacy on voting rights and election policy, and community education, organizing, and capacity-building.
Advancing Justice-LA does this work to help Asian American and NHPI communities, in solidarity with other underserved communities, to build power and use it to counter the political marginalization that they face. This marginalization occurs, for example, when elected representatives fail to address the policy needs of underserved communities or when they face ballot measures that undermine opportunity and equity or attack rights and liberties.
Advancing Justice-LA’s “Your Vote Matters” campaign is a continuing, nonpartisan project to empower and mobilize community members to make their voice heard at the ballot box. Through multilingual phone calling, mailers, and media outreach, Your Vote Matters reaches voters in 12 different languages and from nine ethnicities in Southern California: Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, South Asian, Thai, and Vietnamese. In the November 2012 election, the campaign championed support of Proposition 30 and partnered with other organizations to create the first-ever AAPI Statewide Voter Guide. Before the June 2016 primaries, Advancing Justice-LA and 20 AANHPI community organizations are making 20,000 non-partisan calls to AANHPI voters in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. By November 2016, we plan to double that number.
Many AANHPI voters are limited English proficient or face other barriers to voting. We are proud to fight for the rights of voters through our Voting Rights Project.
Community Engagement Work
In addition to the initiatives highlighted above, Advancing Justice-LA’s Democracy Project carries an ongoing portfolio of work to promote democratic participation by politically marginalized communities:
Community engagement and capacity-building: Advancing Justice-LA conducts an annual organizing academy to train aspiring leaders how to educate and mobilize their communities to build political power and win progressive policy change.
Grassroots organizing: Advancing Justice-LA supports community-led, ground-up efforts to build multi-racial coalitions and hold elected representatives accountable to the needs of underserved communities in the San Gabriel Valley and other Southern California areas.