We are a leader in immigrant civic engagement work. We register voters year-round; develop communications campaigns that catalyze immigrant voters and shift public perception; train new immigrant and refugee leaders and groups; and organize hundreds of volunteers to work with us in the field to build a New American electorate. When underrepresented communities are active in civic life the common good is strengthened for everyone. We build power for good in the South!
History and Accomplishments
- In 2015 we organized our second Southern Regional Nonpartisan Campaign Training and successfully trained 18 participants who reflected the diversity and power of the #NewSouthernMajority! Meng Lim, a participant in our first candidate training won his race for Superior Court Judge making him the first Cambodian refugee ever elected in Georgia and possibly the United States.
- In 2014 we helped to register more than 6,400 new voters in Georgia, knocked on more than 9,000 doors and attempted to call more than 40,000 individual households in Georgia, made possible through our training and coordination of hundreds of volunteers who are members of our Pan Asian Action Network.
- In 2014 our overall civic engagement work helped to increase Asian American voter turn-out in Georgia by 25% compared to the 2010 Midterm election, in stark contrast to the overall decrease in voter participation levels at the national and state level.
- 74% Korean American voters who received our 10,000 Korean Votes direct mailer went to vote in 2014 vs. 17% of total Korean American eligible voters in Georgia. The statewide percentage voter turnout for 2014 was a depressing 38.2%.
- Our 2013 municipal work in the city of Clarkston, Georgia (central refugee resettlement site) helped to increase voter turnout by approximately 40% compared to the previous Clarkston municipal election. Our field work and outreach to Southeast Asian refugees in Clarkston was featured in Maria Hinojosa’s documentary “America By The Numbers: Politics of the New South” which aired on PBS: http://tinyurl.com/politicssouth.
- Our 2013 municipal work in city of Duluth, Georgia (22% AAPI and 58% minority population) more than doubled the number of voters that came out to vote compared to the previous municipal election.
- In 2012 we produced a GOTV viral video “Voting Gangnam Style” featuring voting rights legend Congressman John Lewis which garnered collectively 68,000+ hits and counting, and received more than 200 media hits including HuffPo, Fox Nation, Variety and others.
In 2012 Advancing Justice Atlanta registered hundreds of new voters at USCIS naturalization ceremonies, revealing serious problems with the enrollment of newly naturalized citizens, uncovering new voter suppression tactics and beginning a battle with the Georgia Secretary of State: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/121715/georgia-secretary-state-hammers-minority-voter-registration-efforts