St. Paul, MN
Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization founded in 2014. AAOP was established from a community grassroots organizing movement that spanned at least two decades. Beginning the early 1990s with the first Asian American elected to public office, our collective AAPI community in Minnesota was suddenly thrust into the political limelight as a possible, viable voting bloc. That legacy is not lost on this organizations’ mission. We embrace it and it continues to serve as an inspiration and foundation for our work.
In the last two decades, thousands of our community activists and volunteers, across an array of candidates and issue campaigns that have affected the AAPI community in Minnesota, have been an integral part of this collective movement in various ways. Beyond the perpetual election cycles, we have not had an organization that seeks to be intentional about sustaining and building on the legacy of that movement. AAOP seeks to not only fill that void in connecting and engaging our community but also look for opportunities to partner with local as well as national organizations to be more effective and efficient in how we empower our community. In order to continue the legacy of this Asian American civic awakening and movement in Minnesota, a diverse group of community organizers decided to form Asian American Organizing Project, AAOP, as a way to sustain the momentum and push for a sustainable model of community empowerment through the political process.
AAOP has been and is engaged with local and national partners on issues that affect our community, such as immigration reform, voting rights, language access, racial justice, and civic engagement.