Indiana’s Asian Americans Celebrate AAPIHM by Building Political Power

Written from news release

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier Asian American Power (HAAP), a nonpartisan civic organization dedicated to community-centered policymaking and voter engagement, will host an Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) celebration to highlight key issues and build political power for equity and justice. The event is set for Wednesday, May 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Tube Factory, 1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis.

The celebration will feature a panel discussion with community leaders focusing on voting rights and civic engagement, racial equity, and gender and reproductive justice from Asian American perspectives.

“With Asian Americans being the fastest-growing voting demographic, we look forward to celebrating our culture and ensuring that the issues important to us are front and center,” said HAAP co-chair Melissa Borja. “HAAP aims to build the grassroots political power of Asian American voters because we believe robust civic engagement is the best way to make Indiana a safe and inclusive place where Asian American Hoosiers can thrive.”

From 2012 to 2022, AAPI voter eligibility in Indiana grew by 57.6%. With 227,612 AAPIs residing in the state, HAAP continues to expand its voter mobilization efforts, targeting Asian Americans in the 2020 and 2022 elections, and aims to register and engage eligible voters in this critical election year.

“The Asian American community in Indiana has existed for a long time, and as we continue to grow, we want to ensure our community knows we are here as a resource,” said HAAP co-chair Michelle Dahl. “As a Korean adoptee and a mother of five who has lived in Indiana my whole life, this work provides much-needed representation and hope.”

HAAP’s mission is to ignite grassroots power among Indiana’s Asian Americans and advocate for just policies to achieve racial equity, a healthy democracy, and reproductive justice.

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