WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 7, 2012) — The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, the nation’s largest coalition of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) groups, congratulates President Barack Obama on his re-election.
Exist polls show that 74 percent of AA & NHPI voters cast their ballot for President Obama versus 25 percent for Governor Romney — a 22-point increase from 2008 — according to national exit polling by the Associated Press; and 72 percent versus 26 percent according to the Asian American Election Eve Poll, a joint project of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).
AAs & NHPIs – the fastest growing racial group in the United States – represent 6 percent of the total U.S. population. NCAPA, a project of the Tides Center, and its 31 member organizations are hopeful the Obama Administration will work with the U.S. Congress to address the opportunities and challenges presented in the NCAPA 2012 Policy Platform: Framing Issues and Recommendations to Improve the Lives of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities (available at www.ncapaonline.org).
AA & NHPI community members look to President Obama for continued and renewed leadership on several key issue areas: (1) ensuring community members are treated as full and equal members of society through strong protections against discrimination and language access; (2) promoting a lifetime of learning by creating accessible and inclusive educational environments that are informed by disaggregated data on the community; (3) protecting, improving, and fully funding the Affordable Care Act; (4) addressing the needs of low-income community members through community development, asset building, and financial security; and (5) passing Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the DREAM Act.
In addition to addressing the policy issues and recommendations in the NCAPA 2012 Policy Platform, NCAPA strongly believes the Obama Administration needs to work with the AA & NHPI community to continue to strengthen the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Furthermore, NCAPA hopes the Obama Administration will continue to identify, recruit, appoint, and hire qualified AA & NHPI candidates to serve in all levels of government.
Finally, NCAPA would like to welcome all newly elected Members of Congress. Official results have been declared for the following: Congresswoman-elect Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), Senator-elect Mazie Hirono (HI), Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), Congresswoman-elect Grace Meng (NY-6), and Congressman-elect Mark Takano (CA-41). NCAPA is excited about the added diversity that these newly elected members will bring to the House of Representatives and Senate and looks forward to engaging with these new leaders.
At the time of release, the following NCAPA Coalition members have signed onto this statement:
• Asian American Justice Center, Member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice
• Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
• Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership
• Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
• Japanese American Citizens League
• Hmong National Development
• Laotian American National Alliance
• Leadership Education on Asian Pacifics, Inc.
• National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse
• National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum
• National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
• National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
• National Council of Asian Pacific American Physicians
• National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians
• South Asian Americans Leading Together
• Southeast Asia Resource Action Center