WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 20, 2013) — This past December, APIAVote presented Comcast NBCUniversal with the Beacon of Democracy Award.
This award is presented to an individual or entity who has demonstrated leadership and served as a source of guidance and inspiration to increasing civic engagement. This award who is singled out as a Beacon of Democracy” shines brighter than others, inspires or guides others toward a goal, and similar to a lighthouse beacon, stands taller and is more visible than others.
Toby Chaudhuri, Co-Chair of APIAVote said, “It was quite evident when reviewing APIAVote’s accomplishments in 2012, Comcast NBCUniversal was always there as our partner. They were instrumental providing support to our Norman Y. Mineta community civic engagement training programs in 14 states. They offered unprecedented media resources and coverage as well as the partnership with the Center for Asian American Media for the production of our public service announcement campaign “What Do You Want?”
Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, participated in the ceremonies by presenting the Beacon of Democracy Award and said “I congratulate Comcast for its well-deserved APIAVote Beacon of Democracy Award! Time and time again, Comcast has gone beyond the call of duty to ensure that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are not left out of our democratic process. Last election cycle, it gave a record number of resources to APIAVote to ensure one of the highest AAPI voter turnouts ever in the voting booths. It also funded the first national multilingual AAPI poll, which launched the discussion and inclusion of the AAPI electorate in campaigns and media coverage. With Comcast’s support, AAPIs have gone from being marginalized to the margin of victory.”
When accepting the award, David Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation noted “We know that the mission of APIA Vote – to promote access and engagement – aligns with our mission to be a company that is committed to diversity, inclusion and community access.
“We thank APIAVote for recognizing our efforts, especially those of MSNBC, to produce extensive coverage of the Asian American vote in the 2012 Election cycle. From panels and live interviews conducted by Melissa Harris-Perry and Chris Jansing and Co., to Richard Lui moderating the APIAVote Presidential Town Hall in Fairfax Virginia (which was distributed online through MSNBC.com), our comprehensive MSNBC coverage was intentionally inclusive.
“Active public citizenship, at the local and national levels is critical to every issue our country faces, from education to the economy and healthcare, security, and jobs. Tonight’s Beacon of Democracy Award is a reminder for us not only of the critical importance of philanthropy and partnerships, but also of access to information and community engagement.”
The evening also highlighted the accomplishments of APIAVote and their vision for building the capacity to increase civic engagement within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Representative Mike Honda (CA-17) expressed, “As Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I have fought for greater representation of AAPI leaders in government, and I am proud of the five freshman members who joined us in Congress this year, as well as the appointment of several individuals to posts within the Obama Administration. When our whole community is engaged and actively participating in the political process, our voices and concerns will be heard. The need for continued involvement is clear, and I applaud APIAVotes’ commitment to increasing the civic engagement of all Asians and Pacific Islanders.”
“As our economy, diplomacy, and national security are all becoming more Asia focused in the 21st century, Asian-Americans have a larger role to play in making America successful. We are leaders in business, in academia and in government and it is in the best interest of our country for Asian Americans to have a seat at the table”, said Representative Tammy Duckworth (IL-08).
“We have made great progress in recent years with many more AAPI’s represented in our government than ever before. Continued active engagement in the political process is the only way we can make sure that that progress continues. In close races like my 2012 campaign, every vote counts. APIAVote’s work to increase civic engagement and making sure our community participates in the political process is vital to getting more AAPIs elected at all levels,” said Representative Ami Bera (CA-07).