New Jersey Asian Americans Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and Friends for Hillary recently kicked off on Tuesday, May 24, at LITM Restaurant in Jersey City, NJ.
Michelle Kwan, two-time Olympic medalist, public diplomacy envoy for the United States, and Hillary for America Surrogate Outreach Coordinator, attended to speak about support for Hillary Clinton in the New Jersey Primary June 7th. Rolando Lavarro, Jersey City Council President, Arvin Amatorio, Bergenfield Council Member, Ravi Bhalla, Hoboken Council Member and Jannie Chung, Closter Council Member also spoke.
Michelle Kwan shared her family history immigrating to the land of opportunity, the importance of protecting that opportunity for future generations and the significance in this election between Clinton who has fought for it to grow as opposed to build walls to destroy it. Rolando cited the significance of Fil Am voters coming out to vote in the Primary. He pointed out that New Jersey may very well close the deal for Hillary who is only 78 delegates away from the Democrat Nomination. She currently has 2,305 delegates and the required number for the Nomination is 2,383. About 100 supporters attended the kick off. Asian American and Filipino American community leaders from 6 counties - Monmouth, Middlesex, Union, Passaic, Bergen, and Hudson were present. In addition, partner organizations were represented including Filipino Americans for Hillary New York, South Asians for Hillary New Jersey, and NJ Latinos and friends for Hillary.
“We're so grateful to our community who came out from across the state and NYC. But the primary isn't over and we need NJ to come out on June 7 and bring this home,” said Ginny Barahona, Lead Organizer for NJ AAPI & Friends for Hillary. “There are phone banks and canvassing events that is most critical in counties across the state listed at www.hillaryclinton.com/events/. Al Uribe from NJ Latinos for Hillary said “Hillary must win for Asians, for Latinos, for women, for Black Americans, for any and all minorities, disenfranchised and forgotten. Why? Because she has spent her life fighting for those with no voice. This is why NJ Latinos and Friends for Hillary was founded, because we firmly believe Hillary will lead our nation in the best foot forward.” For more info, visit us at NJ AAPIs and Friends for Hillary Facebook Page and Instagram."