Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Hillary held a rally in Jersey City, N.J. on May 24. Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr. is holding a placard in the back row. Bergenfield, N.J. Councilman Arvin Amatorio was also present and co-sponsored the event.  (Filipino Reporter photo by Marilyn Abalos)

The president of the Filipino American Democratic Club of New York (FADCNY), Aries Dela Cruz, responded to poll results that show a record 30-point gain of Filipino-Americans who identify as Democrats since the last presidential election in 2012:

“Now more than ever, Filipino-Americans are identifying with the Democratic Party’s vision of equality and opportunity for all Americans, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or who they love,” he said.

“This vision involves making it easier for Filipino-American working families, and indeed all Americans, to build a secure and prosperous life such as a higher minimum wage, comprehensive immigration reform, and increased access to affordable healthcare and education.”

After the release by AAPI Data, Asian Pacific Islander American Vote and Asian Americans Advancing Justice of the Spring 2016 Asian American Voter Survey, the FADCNY independently highlighted the survey’s valuable findings and implications for the Filipino-American community.

“By every measure, from surveys like this, to our everyday experiences working with the Filipino-American community, we encounter the rising potential of the Filipino-American political community in the United States,” said FADCNY Vice President Steven Raga.

“This being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we are reminded of the hard-fought battles for recognition and progress that our community has faced, and the need for the more of the kind of political organizing still needed to be done by groups like FADCNY to secure the Filipino community’s place as a core part of the story of America.”

Other welcome news in the survey include Filipino-Americans leading Asian-Americans as being the top group to use social media to share political information.

“Filipino-Americans have always been technological innovators and incredibly active on social media. The Philippines is known as the social networking capital of the world,” said FADCNY Communications Director Marian Guerra.

“Here in the United States, we have been able to leverage social media platforms to start conversations about important issues and current events, and many of us have become digitally-savvy political organizers.”

Yet, FADCNY was reminded that more work needs to be done to turn this online political engagement into real concrete and material actions, as the data also showed that Filipino-American respondents were the least likely among Asian-Americans to have attended a political demonstration or rally.


World champion skater and Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan (4th from left) was the key speaker in Tuesday’s Hillary Clinton meeting in Jersey City, N.J. To her right is Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Jr. and other attendees from the Jersey City Filipino-American community.  (Filipino Reporter photo by Marilyn Abalos)

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