Pledge to Vote

ELECTION 2018

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I am an Asian American and I pledge to vote this November 6th. In this moment in history, our democracy is under attack, and my vote is critical. Our collective vote as an Asian American movement signals that we won’t take these injustices anymore.

I pledge to vote for the thousands of separated children at the border, for the refugees fleeing the bombings in Syria and Yemen, for the travelers detained at the airports from the nations on the Muslim Ban list. I pledge to vote for all the women too afraid to speak out on sexual assault and gaslit as con-artists when they do.

I pledge to vote for the people who are sick, unable to access the fair healthcare that they deserve, because healthcare is a human right. I pledge to vote for those with dirty tap water laced with lead because clean water access is a human right. I pledge to vote for the homeless, kicked out of homes due lack of affordable housing and gentrification because access safe shelter is a human right.

I pledge to vote for the Pacific Islanders fleeing their homes from the rising sea levels driven by climate change and nuclear fallout. I pledge to vote for Cambodian Americans unjustly targeted for deportation. I pledge to vote for the Muslims, Sikhs, and South Asians who are scared they may be stabbed in public spaces because Islamophobia has made them targets.

I pledge to vote for the Asian American ancestors who came here as indentured servants, fieldhands, laborers, and merchants who didn’t have the right to vote. I pledge to vote because our legal right to vote as Asians living as American citizens is only 66 years old, a liberty gained after the McCarren Act (1952).

I pledge to vote for my parents who fought racism and xenophobia to survive in the U.S. and kept chasing their American dream. I pledge to vote for my siblings, friends, and family members because we exist, our existence is valid, and we will not be ignored any longer.

I pledge help my siblings, friends, and family members through the process of voting, from registration to casting a ballot, so they will have the tools they need to be an educated voter.

I pledge to remind my siblings, friends, and family members to get out the vote. I pledge to remind them to vote on election day. I pledge to celebrate our vote after election day.

I pledge all this because #OurAAPIVote is a vote that will speak for all of us together.

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