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Aloha mai kākou, Please see information below and the attached on the Presidential Twitter Townhall scheduled for next Thursday, February 13th.

Mahalo, Charlenr Kazner

From: Christine Chen <cchen@apiavote.org> Sent: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:00 PM To: Christine Chen <cchen@apiavote.org> Subject: Fwd: NEXT THURSDAY: Presidential Twitter Townhall

Dear Friends,

NEXT THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH, APIAVote will be co-hosting a Twitter town hall with various democratic presidential campaigns. This Twitter Town Hall is non-partisan and comes at a critical time for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, with about 40 percent of the national AAPI population eligible to participate in the Nevada and Super Tuesday contests. Indeed, in some states, AAPIs will exceed 10 percent of all voters. With AAPI communities highly engaged online, we see the event as a pivotal moment for candidates to personally outline their vision to the AAPI community.

The town hall will be at 2 PM EST and will have candidates either promoting their platform through a short video or answering a series of pre-determined questions. With the Nevada caucuses and Super Tuesday coming up, this is a good time to grab the attention of presidential campaigns as well as the public to show that AAPIs are politically engaged! The official partners of the event are APIAVote, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), AAPI Data, Asian American Journalist's Association (AAJA) and NBC Asian America as our media sponsor.

Some key issues that will be touched upon:

· Commitment to AAPI outreach and engagement / AAPI political appointments:

· Data Disaggregation and Visibility for Low Income AAPI communities

· Language access

· Gun Control

· Immigration

· College debt

How do you participate?

Day of:

· Spread the word beforehand to encourage AAPI voters to participate! I've attached a number of social media graphics that we encourage you to share on your networks.

· The campaigns will be answering questions on AAPI issues and it will be good to show how important our community is through increased engagement. Feel free to either like or retweet content to boost engagement.

· We encourage you to thoughtfully engage around the campaign's responses. HOWEVER, we are not expecting any direct responses from the campaigns other than the pre-determined questions. Engagement could include tweet replies, RT-ing with a comment about the work you do, or highlighting a particular issue a candidate has discussed.


· Share graphics on social media leading up to Feb. 13th. If you have any community members active on social media, consider asking them to promote the event and highlight some important issues in your local communities. We encourage posting multiple times this week and next among your normal content.

· Plan ahead. If possible, carve 30-60 min the day of (it starts at 2 PM EST) and have a staffer or volunteer offer to live comment or engage directly with the event in real-time.

As you see the responses from the candidates, make sure to tag us @apiavote and also use the hashtag #AAPI2020. We will be watching for your comments and responses.

Some sample posts are below:

AAPI issues are important and belong in the national conversation. Join APIAVote on twitter for a Twitter Town Hall with some of the Democratic presidential candidates on February 13th at 2 PM EST.

What do the presidential candidates think about racial disparity? Get the answer to these questions and more on Thursday, February 13th at 2 PM EST/11 AM PST for a Twitter Town Hall featuring (XYZ) campaigns.


Jennifer Baik

Communications & Policy Associate

Media/Press: media@apiavote.org

Tel: (202) 223-9170 | apiavote.org

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