Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance (API PA)
Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance (API PA) exists to build long-term power for APIs in Pennsylvania, by coordinating political, electoral, and legislative work to hold our elected officials accountable, engaging in culturally competent and linguistically accessible direct voter contact with our communities, and building solidarity with other aligned communities of color across the state.
- Immigrant Justice
- Intergenerational Bridging
According to the Asian Pacific Islander Political Alliance (API PA) website, PA’s first and only 501c4 political organization dedicated to the needs and interests of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, post-election data revealed that API PA’s grassroots work to educate and persuade AAPI voters in the state was crucial to delivering the win for Biden.
API PA’s vote data revealed that in the 2020 election cycle:
- 50% of AAPI voters in the state requested mail-in ballots, the highest percentage for any racial category
- More than 56,000 AAPIs cast their ballots early in PA, a 4,719% increase from 2016
API PA recruited more than 1,400 Asian American volunteers and made 1.3 million calls to voters in PA, with support for ten AAPI languages, in support of Joe Biden and Auditor General candidate Nina Ahmad, who would be the first Asian American in statewide office.
Roughly half of the calls, hundreds of thousands of texts, and relational organizing within community networks were to sign AAPIs up to vote by mail. Additionally, API PA made 55,000 in-language persuasion and GOTV calls to low-English proficiency Asian voters.