Many AAOP members are seasoned community organizers having worked on several social and political campaigns. AAOP Movers & Shakers recruit, train and mobilize thousands of Asian Americans to be more civic minded through its robust non-partisan grassroots campaign.
In 2013, AAOP Movers & Shakers were instrumental in the 50% voter turnout in North Minneapolis by mobilizing the Asian American electorate. During the 2014 mid-term election, AAOP mobilized thousands of young Asian Americans to the polls — many for the first time in years. This year, AAOP has partnered with the League of Women Voters Minnesota, MN Voices, Asian American Advancing Justice – AAJC and APIAVote to increase young AAPI voter participation in the St. Paul municipal election.
Voting is a right given to every American in this country. Unfortunately for many Asian Americans in Minnesota there has been barriers. AAOP is advocating for policy that will make it easier for Limited English Proficiency voters to inquire voter assistance at the polls.
AAOP joined the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Council in 2015 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act honoring pioneers who led the fight for voter protection. At the same time, AAOP partnered with the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC in Washington D.C. calling on congress to restore the Voting Rights Act.
Locally, AAOP has partnered with the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition on the Restore The Vote Project legislation which would allow exonerated community members who served their time to reintegrate back into society by being able to vote.