Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity

Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity

Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity (AZ AANHPI for Equity) is a state-wide organization striving for equity and justice by building power through community directed organizing, increasing civic engagement, and empowering young leaders. We envision an Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community that is

Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity

Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity (AZ AANHPI for Equity) is a state-wide organization striving for equity and justice by building power through community directed organizing, increasing civic engagement, and empowering young leaders. We envision an Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community that is working together to shape its future as a part of the broader racial justice movement and advance our community towards a common purpose of well-being for all.

About the Organization:

Arizona Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander for Equity (AZ AANHPI for Equity) is a state-wide organization striving for equity and justice by building power through community directed organizing, increasing civic engagement, and empowering young leaders. We envision an Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community that is working together to shape its future as a part of the broader racial justice movement and advance our community towards a common purpose of well-being for all.

organizational budget

$1 MILLION - $2 MILLION

existence for

0-5 Years

The Issue:

Never before has AANHPI political power been viewed as a force to contend with in Arizona, because a political institution representing our communities in the field has never existed. AZ AANHPI for Equity is changing that narrative. We are the first AANHPI-led group to establish a political organization. We are the first to lead transformative political power from community power, in order to ensure our voices not only have a seat at the table, but are heard there too.
  • The necessity to amplify stories and experiences in our community that are most affected, in order to create change.
  • Language resources and accessibility to connect and educate our community member’s issues, in order to grow engagement in the voting process.
  • Community demand for more leadership development opportunities to ensure those in power are accurately reflective of those in our community.

The Solution:

Our solution is to empower and engage the Arizona AANHPI community, encouraging civic engagement and educating the community on relevant public policies, to facilitate the creation of an equitable society and inclusive democracy. 
 
We believe in building personal & professional development; sustaining emotional & mental health; storytelling skills, and leadership communication can build self-efficacy and agency. More importantly, these personal skills contribute to advocacy building and community power which will only positively contribute to our community. In the educational sector, first, it would be beneficial to holistically learn how mental health/substance abuse/trauma factors into societal issues.  Second, how do we localize and utilize governmental capabilities (e.g. city, county, or state government)? Local politics and elected officials play integral roles in defining the landscape of real life issues. Further, constituents tend to be unaware of what city/county/state resources are available, and furthermore, unsure where to even find them. It’s imperative that we provide resources in language to help our community members navigate through these entities and the political/voting process.
 
We believe that the youth are the drivers for social change. One key element for our organization is our Youth Fellowship Program where we host workshops that empowers youth by discussing AANHPI contributions to the U.S., the history of voting rights, organizing 101, unpacking biases of racism and colorism, and how legislation is passed with a field trip to the state capitol. We also provide tools and resources for youth to start Students for Equity in their schools. We currently have them in two universities and one high school. By giving them the tools to become community leaders, we can shift the dynamics of who makes the decisions that affect present and future generations.

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