[Miami, Florida - August 11, 2008] OCA-South Florida Chapter, one of 80 chapters and college affiliates of a national Asian Pacific American organization, proudly supports Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida (APABA) to host the first non-partisan Miami-Dade County – “APABA’s Meet the Candidates” event.
The “APABA’s Meet the Candidates” will be held from 7 to 9 pm on Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at the Rusty Pelican – 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne. Admission is free for all attendees.
APABA is a non-partisan organization and does not espouse any political beliefs. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to representing and furthering the interests of South Florida APA attorneys and advocating for the APA community at large.
APABA creates this event to increase the APA community’s interaction with the judicial and political system and to help judicial and political candidates gain a greater understanding for the concerns of South Florida APAs.
“APABA is inviting over 100 local, state and federal political and judicial candidates to meet the APA community,” said William Simonitsch, President of Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida. “This is a great opportunity for Asian Pacific Americans to meet the candidates to have a better understand of the candidates’ platforms and to cast their votes accordingly for upcoming elections.”
“Asian Pacific Americans have increased to nearly 400,000 in Florida — six folds since Census 2000 — but too few APAs vote. OCA actively promotes civic participation of Asian Pacific Americans in the electoral and public policy processes at the national, state and local levels,” said Winnie Tang , OCA – South Florida Chapter President. “OCA puts tremendous efforts in voter education and “Get Out The Vote” programs and encourages South Florida APAs to attend the APABA’s Meet the Candidates to fully participate and gain access to the democratic process.”
Founded in 1973 as the Organization of Chinese Americans, OCA is a national organization dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States .
OCA-South Florida Chapter was founded in 1987.