Newsletter – 2012 February – Pre-Convention Edition

2012 February Newsletter – Pre-Convention Edition: CA Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus

Dear Fellow Democrats:
As we gear up for the high-stake 2012 election year, we look forward to working with you to activate, motivate, and mobilize the Asian Pacific Islander vote to help increase the Democratic majority in our state Legislature, take back the House, re-elect Senator Dianne Feinstein, and, most importantly, re-elect President Barack Obama.
In kicking off this election year, we hope that you will join us at the 2012 California Democrats State Convention this weekend, Friday, February 10, through Sunday, February 12, at the San Diego Convention Center.
We look forward to working with you to mobilize the API vote across the state!
Victory 2012,

Clark Lee, Chair, CDP API Caucus


California Democrats State Convention:
February 10-12, 2012
Join the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (CDP API Caucus) at the 2012 California Democrats State Convention in San Diego as California Democrats kick off the 2012 election cycle that will see us take back the House, protect our U.S. Senate seat and return President Obama to the White House.
2012 California Democrats State Convention
Friday – Sunday, February 10 – 12, 2012
San Diego Convention Center

Party endorsements for statewide, State Assembly, State Senate and Congressional candidates will take place along with the adoption of the Party platform.

CDP API Caucus Meeting at the Convention: Friday, February 10, 2012 – 4:00 PM

The CDP API Caucus Meeting at the Convention will be held on Friday, February 10, 2012, from 4:00 PM to 5:45 PM at the San Diego Convention Center.


2012 California Democrats State Convention
Asian Pacific Islander Caucus Meeting Agenda

Friday, February 10, 2012 – 4:00 PM – 5:45 PM

San Diego Bayfront Hilton – Room Indigo 202A


I.     Call to Order


II.     Approval of Agenda / Welcome


III.    Approval of Minutes


IV.   Officer/Executive Board Reports

A.    Chair’s Report

B.    Treasurer’s Report

C.    Secretary’s Report

D.    Northern California Reports

E.    Southern California Reports

F.    CYD API Caucus Report


V.     New Business

A.    Caucus Recent Activities

1.      2011-2013 Action Items: Caucus Officers

2.      Media Outreach

3.      Election Mobilizations in 2011

4.      Voter Registrations

B.    Caucus Website Updates –

C.    Caucus Monthly E-Newsletter:

Submissions and Feedback:


D.    Caucus Membership & Caucus Committees

1.      Membership Renewal

2.      Caucus Committee Requests and Appointments

E.    2012 Elections

1.      Campaign Update: Obama for America-California

2.      Candidates – Legislative and Local

3.      County Central Committees

F.    Special Presentation – DNC Delegate Selection Process:

DNC Member Laurence Zakson, Esq.


VI.    Elected Official/Candidate/Party Leader/Special Guest Remarks

(Note: Please sign up at the Caucus meeting or contact – one minute per speaker)


VII.   Announcements / Open Discussion


VIII.  Adjournment


Note: Speakers – The second portion of the Caucus meeting is reserved for remarks from elected officials, candidates, Party leaders, and guests who wish to address the Caucus.  One minute is allotted for each speaker.  Please sign up by emailing or by signing up at the Caucus meeting on-site.

CDP API Caucus Reception at the Convention: Friday, February 10, 2012 – 7:30 PM

Please join the CDP API Caucus and our co-hosts for a Convention Reception on Friday, February 10, 2012, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Hotel Solamar, Luna Loft (435 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101).



Join us as we continue to build partnerships

to strengthen and mobilize the API vote in 2012 and beyond!
California Democratic Party API Caucus Officers
Clark Lee, Chair – Panney Wei, Secretary – Maritessa Bravo Ares, Treasurer

Arif Azez, Norcal Chair – Mike Fong, So Cal Chair
Lindsey Nitta, Nor Cal Vice Chair – Ricky Choi, So Cal Vice Chair
Papia Gambelin, Nor Cal Secretary – Semee Park, So Cal Secretary
Deepa Sharma, Nor Cal Outreach Chair – Melissa Ramoso, So Cal Outreach Chair
Christine Hironaka, CA Young Democrats API Caucus Chair
And Co-Hosts*
Filipino American Democratic Caucus

Hon. John Chiang, State Controller
Hon. Jay Chen, Candidate for Congress

Hon. Sukhee Kang, Candidate for Congress
Hon. Mark Takano, Candidate for Congress
Hon. Rob Bonta, Candidate for Assembly
Hon. Edwin Chau, Candidate for Assembly
Hon. Al Muratsuchi, Candidate for Assembly
Dr. Jennifer Ong, Candidate for Assembly
Dr. Anthony Rendon, Candidate for Assembly
Hon. Bob Wieckowski, Assembly Member and Candidate for Re-Election
Filipinos for Obama
Korean American Democratic Committee
California Young Democrats Asian Pacific Islander Caucus

California Democratic Party
Asian Pacific Islander Caucus

2012 California Democrats

State Convention Reception

Friday, February 10, 2012
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Hotel Solamar – Luna Loft
435 6th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(Cross streets: J Street and 6th Street)

For more information, contact Melissa Ramoso at or (562) 353-7075.

For more information about the CDP API Caucus, please visit:

*Candidates as reception co-hosts do not imply or denote endorsement by CDP or by CDP API Caucus; titles are for identification purposes only.

Caucus Membership Renewal!
It’s time to renew! Get involved with caucus and stay more active with the California Democratic Party. Join or renew your membership to the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus!

The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus membership is open to all Democrats who are committed to furthering the purpose and the goals of the Caucus.


Click here to join the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus or to renew your Caucus membership.


If you are a senior/student and would like to request student/senior membership fee rate, or if you would like to request fee waiver for economic hardship, please contact us at


Caucus Committees

Additionally, CDP API Caucus members may request to be appointed to various Caucus committees to help in furthering the goals and activities of the Caucus.


Click here to view a list of Caucus committees and to sign up for the committee(s) you are interested in serving on.

Surrogate Speaker Program / Speakers Bureau

As we gear up for the 2012 election cycle, the CDP API Caucus is activating its Speakers Bureau / Surrogate Speaker Program to maximize our community and media outreach efforts to the API communities by linguistic, geographic, demographic, and policy issue diversities.
If you are interested in becoming a surrogate speaker, please email us at
Your support is greatly appreciated as we work together towards building a stronger community and elevating our voices within the Democratic Party! We are stronger working together!

News: API Equality-LA Celebrates Federal Court Ruling Against Proposition 8
February 7, 2012 – Los Angeles – API-Equality-LA applauds today’s Ninth Circuit court decision that Proposition 8 violates the basic constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples.

As Marshall Wong, co-chair of API Equality-LA’s steering committee, states, “Proposition 8 harms loving gay and lesbian couples and their families, while helping no one. Today’s decision affirms the mainstream Asian American community’s support for marriage equality. In fact, many Asian American elected officials are strong supporters of marriage equality, including Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblymember Mike Eng, State Senator Ted Lieu, State Senator Carol Liu, School Board Member Jay Chen, and many others.”

Aquilina Soriano-Versoza, a Filipina American mother, says, “As a mother and someone who has been married for nine years, I am excited that gay and lesbian couples will finally enjoy the dignity of marrying someone that they love. Gay and lesbian people are part of our community; we need to embrace and support them.”

Members of the Asian and Pacific Islander faith community also support the decision, as Reverend Dr. Jonipher Kwong, an Asian American minister, explains, “Marriage is about love and commitment. Where love abides, God abides as well. You fall in love with the person and not the gender. We need to treat everyone the same in the eyes of God. I strongly believe that gays and lesbians deserve the same dignity of marrying the one they love.”

API Equality-LA Executive Director, Eileen Ma, also notes, “Although we are encouraged by the court’s decision, we remain committed to the mission of achieving full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. We encourage everyone to visit our website at and urge that all fair-minded people join us in our efforts to make sure all people can have the dignity of marrying the person that they love.”

Community leaders, such as Karin Wang, member of API Equality-LA’s steering committee and Vice President of Programs and Communications at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, reminds us that, “as a community that has historically faced abrogation of our civil rights, like anti-miscegenation laws and wartime internment, we believe it is important that all people are treated fairly and have the same protections for their families.”

Today’s decision will affect many members of the API community. According to the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, there are 66,000 Asian and Pacific Islander people who identify as gay or lesbian in California. The court’s decision upholds the principle of equal protection in the Constitution and affirms that the LGBT community must be protected from discrimination like other protected communities.

Re: Sign Petition to Tell RNC to Renounce Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl Ad – Have You Signed Yet?


Dear Fellow Democrats and Colleagues:


On Monday, we sent you the response of the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus to Michigan Republican Senatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra’s xenophobic and racist ad in Michigan during the 2012 Super Bowl. Click here to see the CDP API Caucus response.


The CDP API Caucus joins many Asian Pacific Islander leaders and organizations across the nation who have issued statements renouncing the ad, including Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu,CAPAC Chair Emeritus and DNC Vice Chair Rep. Mike Honda, and DNC AAPI Caucus Chair Bel Leong-Hong.
This attempt to frighten Michigan voters with racially insensitive images and scare tactics is unwarranted and despicable. The use of discriminatory depictions and language has no place in this campaign and no place in America. No candidate should ever use racist tactics to score political points.

We need you to join us and sign the petition: Tell the Republican National Committee to renounce Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl ad now!

The truth is: this is not the first time that a Republican candidate running for federal legislative office has invoked such despicable and offensive scare tactic. Just last year, GOP Congressional candidate Mark Amodei of Nevada released an ad featuring a fictional Chinese newscast depicting the Chinese army marching through Washington with a Chinese flag flying over the U.S. Capitol.

We urge the Republican National Committee to investigate these discriminatory behaviors by its own candidates and to make sure that this type of campaign tactic does not repeat again – not now, not ever.

The California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus demands that Pete Hoekstra immediately remove this ad from his website and from circulation.

We urge the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee to join us and renounce this ad. Click here to sign the petition: Tell the Republican National Committee to renounce Pete Hoekstra’s Super Bowl ad now!

Most importantly, we demand Mr. Hoekstra issue an apology to the people of Michigan and the Asian American community.


Clark Lee, Chair, CDP API Caucus

Comments & Contributions to our Newsletter
Panney Wei- State Sec

Everyone is encouraged to contribute to our newsletter. Articles on relevant political topics, updates on electoral races, and insights into local, state and national issues are invited.
Please keep articles brief and be sure to provide contact information. We do our best to print as many articles as possible, but reserve our right to edit as needed. Please submit all articles, questions, or event updates to the Newsletter Editor: API Caucus State Secretary Panney Wei, at
Thank you,


Panney Wei, State Secretary & API Caucus Newsletter Editor


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