Keith's Strategy

  • Keith will commit to a fulltime constituency staff-person for the AAPI Caucus. The DNC must support grassroots engagement and training of AAPI Democrats around the country and in the territories.
     
  • Keith will lead the DNC to ensure state party AAPI Caucuses are active and engaging with each other and the DNC, and that they to share best practices and promote local and state surrogates.
     
  • Keith will set aggressive goals on the percentage of external vendor contracts and will make sure that the DNC staff represents the diversity of America.
     
  • Keith will invest in Ethnic Media. The AAPI community is incredibly diverse, composed of over 45 ethnicities that speak over 300 languages and dialects. Language access is essential to empowerment for AAPIs; over a third of the AAPI community is limited English proficient (LEP). AAPIs must have access to in-language resources and be able to communicate in a language they understand. [There should be a DNC staff person responsible to AAPI media].
     
  • Keith will work to ensure that the DNC includes an AAPI perspective in all modeling, analytics, and polling questions.
     
  • Keith will lead the DNC in increasing in-language voting assistance and outreach. We must restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act and ensure that the protections that still exist, including voter assistance and the provision of bilingual voting materials in required jurisdictions, are enforced.
     
  • Keith will prioritize adding young, diverse AAPIs to the Democratic National Committee and create a pipeline for people from across the AAPI spectrum to better engage at all levels of the party.
     
  • Keith will ensure AAPI College Democrats and Young Democrats are fully brought into the fold and regularly involved in regional trainings, forums, and in AAPI focused Party activities.
     
  • Keith will work on growing partnerships from the DNCC 2016 to ensure AAPI owned businesses have access to DNC supply opportunities.
     
  • Keith will lead the DNC to protect and promote the setting of strong AAPI delegate goals by states for the 2020 Convention.
     
  • Keith will visit Guam, the Northern Marianas and American Samoa in 2017 and ensure that the Territories participate fully in the State Partnership Program, and have access to needed resources.
     
  • Keith will work to ensure increased presence and/or participation by the DNC at key AAPI community and leadership gatherings around the country and territories. The huge diversity within the AAPI community also necessitates conducting outreach through culturally specific networks, including religious institutions and language schools.
     
  • Keith will ensure the creation of a database of AAPI Democratic officials and engage them regularly, and will lead the DNC to promote AAPI Democratic candidates in partnership with the DLCC, DCCC, and DSCC campaign arms using social media, press, and AAPI Party events.