10/2: Presidential Debate Watch Party — Series I — Vice Presidential Debate October 2nd, 2008

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCH PARTY
Series 1 — Vice Presidential Debater on October 2

[Miami, Florida – October 1, 2008] The NANAY, Inc. and OCA – South Florida Chapter will conduct the first-ever voter education — Presidential Debate Watch Party in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

This election is about connecting with friends and neighbors.

So bring a friend or neighbor to a Presidential or Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party! It’s okay if they haven’t decided who they’re supporting. That’s the purpose of watching the Debate with them, and getting energized by the excitement in the room!

There are hundreds of Debate Watch Parties throughout America. Some are organized by individuals, some are organized by groups/clubs, some are non-partisan, and some are organized by the campaign. This one is by Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.

What:

Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party

When:

8 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, 2008

Where:

NANAY Community Center
659 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161

Why:

Historically, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have not participated actively in our democratic process. Voter turnout in our community lags behind that of whites, African-Americans and Latinos. The percentage of the Asian American population registered to vote remains among the lowest of all ethnic groups. As the fastest growing minority group in the United States, and as a group with an increasing number of community-specific social and political challenges, it is increasingly important that APAs play an active role in American politics and government.

AAPIs are 2.2% of the total population of Florida (18 millions). AApIs have increased to nearly 400,000 in Florida – five folds since Census 2000 — but too few AAPIs vote.
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This non-partisan Presidential Debate Watch Party is sponsored by NANAY (National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth) and OCA-South Florida Chapter.

The purpose of the Presidential Debate Water Party is to watch and listen the debate between two Vice President candidates, Joe Biden and Sara Palin, so watchers will have first opportunity to share their feedback and standings after hearing Candidate’s positions and make informed decisions before voting.

As part of AAPI Get-Out-The-Vote initiative, we welcome everyone to come to the Debate Watch Party so those has not yet registered to be registered before the Voter Registration deadline October 6 for eligible to vote this November.

“As advocates for AAPI, we want to provide more opportunities for Asian American and Pacific Islander community to learn more about this November Presidential election,” said Winnie Tang, President of OCA-South Florida Chapter. “This Presidential Debate Watch Party is one of significant avenues to help members of our community cast their votes come November.”

“We need to know how the candidates stand on various issues that will affect our Asian American and Pacific Islander community so that we can make informed decisions when we vote,“ said Dr. Joy Bruce, President of NANAY, Inc. “I am glad Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are finally speaking up and getting heard.”

For more information, contact Winnie Tang at 305-753-8791.

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N A N A Y, Inc., founded in 1994, is a charitable organization dedicated to promote the health, welfare and well being of the elders, youth, and community
NANAY, Inc.
659 NE 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161
305-981-3232 | F 305-981-3231 | www.NANAY.com |

OCA, founded in 1973 as Organization of Chinese Americans, a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. South Florida Chapter founded in 1987 in Miami.
OCA-South Florida Chapter
P O Box 562124, Miami, FL 33256
305-753-8791 | F 305-278-8775 | OCA-SFL@juno.com | http://khuang.com/OCA-SFL |

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