Volunteers Needed On Election Day, Nov. 4, 2014

Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014

DEFEND ASIAN AMERICAN VOTING RIGHTS

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote.  When the news media reported on election results, Asian Americans were overlooked.  In response, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund along with several partners will monitor the elections for bilingual ballots under the federal Voting Rights Act and to document instances of anti-Asian voter disenfranchisement.

We need your help. In the 2012 elections, 850 volunteers polled 9,096 Asian American voters in 14 states and Washington, DC.  For the 2014 midterm elections, volunteers will monitor polling places in 11 states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Virginia, Maryland, and DC.

Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts. There will be a 90-minute training session for all volunteers. (Attorneys can receive 1.5 CLE credits including 0.5 ethics credit.)  Sign up here

AALDEF 2014 POLL MONITORING TRAININGS
Advance registration here. Lunch or dinner will be provided.

TUES, OCT. 14     BOSTON
8:30 a.m.               Mintz Levin, 1 Financial Center, Boston, MA 02110
12 noon                 Ropes & Gray, 800 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
6 p.m.                    Edwards Wildman, 111 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02199

WED, OCT. 15      NEW YORK CITY
12 noon                 Shearman & Sterling, 599 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022

THURS, OCT. 16   NEW YORK CITY
12 noon                  Weil Gotshal, 767 5th Ave, New York, NY 10153
6 p.m.                     Wilson Elser, 150 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

FRI, OCT. 17         LAS VEGAS
12 noon                 Ballard Spahr,  100 North City Parkway, Suite 1750, Las Vegas, NV 
6 p.m.                    Ballard Spahr, 100 North City Parkway, Suite 1750, Las Vegas, NV 

MON, OCT. 20      WASHINGTON DC
12 noon                 Finnegan Henderson, 901 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001
6 p.m.                    Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

TUES, OCT 21      ATLANTA
6 p.m.                    Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS), 3510 Shallowford                                     Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341

WED, OCT. 22       HOUSTON
12 noon                  Fulbright & Jaworski, 1301 McKinney St #5100, Houston, TX 77010
6 p.m.                     Yantze Restaurant, 6601 W Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77072

THURS, OCT. 23    NEW ORLEANS
 
2 p.m.                      Cotton, Schmidt & Abbot, 650 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
6 p.m.                      VAYLA, 13235 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

THURS., OCT. 23   ANN ARBOR/DETROIT
12 noon                   U. of Mich., Ford School of Public Policy, Scowcroft Room, 500 S. State St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
6 p.m.                      Block at Cass Park, Conf. Rm. II, 2727 Second Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

MON, OCT. 27        NEWARK, NJ
12 noon                   McCarter & English, 100 Mulberry St, Newark, NJ 07102

TUES, OCT. 28      NEW YORK CITY
12 noon                  Baker Hostetler, 45 Rockefeller Plaza #10, New York, NY 10111
6 p.m.                     Debevoise & Plimpton, 919 Third Ave, New York, NY 10022

WED, OCT. 29       PHILADELPHIA
12 noon                  Ballard Spahr, 1735 Market St #5100, Philadelphia, PA 19103
6 p.m.                     BPSOS,  600 Washington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147   
           

WED, OCT. 29       NEW YORK CITY
12:45 p.m.              Brooklyn Law School, 250 Joralemon St, Room 500, New York, NY 


AALDEF 2014 POLL MONITORING CO-SPONSORS
(as of October 9, 2014)

NATIONAL CO-SPONSORS
Alliance of South Asian American Labor
APIAVote
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
North American South Asian Bar Association
OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates
South Asian Americans Leading Together

LOCAL CO-SPONSORS
APIA Vote - Michigan
Asian American Society of Central Virginia - VA
Boat People SOS Delaware Valley - PA
Center for Pan Asian Community Services - GA
Chhaya CDC - NY
Chinese Community Federation of Atlanta - GA
Chinese Progressive Association - MA
Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans of Virginia - VA
Hunter College/CUNY, Asian American Studies Program - NY
Korean American Civic Empowerment of NY/NJ - NY/NJ
MinKwon Center for Community Action - NY
OCA Georgia Chapter - GA
OCA Greater Houston Chapter - TX
Princeton Asian American Students Association - NJ
University of Maryland, College Park, Asian American Studies Program - MD
University of Massachusetts Boston, Asian American Studies Program - MA
South Asian Youth Action (SAYA!) - NY
Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans - LA

LEGAL CO-SPONSORS
Asian American Bar Association of Houston
Asian American Bar Association of New York
Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
Asian American Legal Advocacy Center of Georgia
Asian Bar Association of Las Vegas - NV
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, DC
Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania
Asian Pacific American Lawyers Assoc. of New Jersey
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center - DC
Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Greater Boston Legal Services: Asian Outreach Unit - MA
Korean Amer. Bar Assoc. of the Washington DC Area
Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater NY
Louisiana Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Muslim Bar Association of New York - NY
Pace Law School, Public Interest Law Center - NY
South Asian Bar Association of New York - NY
Suffolk U. Law School, Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service - MA
and Asian Pacific American Law Student Association chapters across the country.

For more information, contact:
Jerry Vattamala, Staff Attorney or Judy Lei, Voting Rights Organizer
800-966-5946
votingrights@aaldef.org

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