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She would be the first woman of color, both of African and Asian American descent, VP when elected.  Also, she qualifies...
08/11/2020
In Historic Pick, Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris To Be His Running Mate

She would be the first woman of color, both of African and Asian American descent, VP when elected. Also, she qualifies as President!!

The selection will make Harris just the third woman — and first African American — to be nominated for vice president by a major political party.

08/01/2020
APAPA HQ - Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs

APAPA HQ - Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs

Join APAPA online for the API Women's Leadership Conference on Saturday, August 22, 2020, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific. Moderated by Maeley Tom and Mona Pasquil Rogers, our all-woman panel of state and local leaders will talk about the challenges and opportunites they faced on their political journeys. Don't miss this honest and open discussion! Visit our event page and join the live stream at apapa.org/women2020. #leadership #apapa #women2020

08/01/2020
Dear Asian Youth

Dear Asian Youth

IN COLLABORATION WITH @diversifyournarrative
—-
The narrative that the model minority myth portrays is simple:

If Asian Americans are able to achieve success, why can't Black people and other racial minorities do the same?

In collaboration with @diversifyournarrative , a campaign to being diverse, anti-racist texts to California public high schools, Dear Asian Youth has created a project to analyze the roots of the model minority myth and how it has negatively impacted Asian Americans ever since the term was coined in 1966.

We explore how the model minority myth preserves anti-Blackness by implementing "positive stereotypes" of Asian Americans into society — applying pressure to the Black community and other minority groups to live up to these unrealistic expectations.

We MUST be an active ally with the Black community, and consistently show that we stand in solidarity against systemic racism.

How will YOU present your allyship?

Start now by signing the #DiversifyOurNarrative petition below to show your support:
http://bit.ly/DONPetition

Illustrator: @melodiechiu from the DAY team!

#antiblackness #modelminoritymyth #diversifyournarrative #systemicracism #asianamerican #BIPOC

I was one of the 17 millions referenced as to have viewed this video of the supposed frontline doctor with expert opinio...
07/29/2020
We Fact-Checked 3 Dangerous Lies from the Viral Breitbart Video

I was one of the 17 millions referenced as to have viewed this video of the supposed frontline doctor with expert opinions an this pandemic but stop after hearing the multiple false claims about that the medicine “Hydroxychloroquine” effectiveness at combatting the coronavirus.

Then googled the publisher of this video, which was Breitbart News, and it made sense and I stopped watching.

I wonder how many of the 17 million viewers are taking a proactive approach of safe guarding themselves and their communities against misinformation. How many of us are actually self-policing ourselves, as we consume gigabytes of social media data daily, to responsibly disseminate these data?

This 40-minute video about the supposed benefits of hydroxychloroquine is literally putting lives at risk.

07/26/2020
www.sos.state.tx.us

Student Election Clerk Information

What are Student Election Workers?

High school students who are 16 years of age or older now have
the opportunity to participate in the electoral process by serving as elections clerks at the polling place during Early Voting or on Election Day. A student who is at least 16 years of age and who is enrolled in a public or private high school or home school and has the consent of the principal (or parent/legal guardian in charge of education in home school) may serve as an election clerk. The elections officials must receive written authorization from the student's parent or guardian for the student to serve in the election for which he or she is appointed.

This program is designed to provide students with a greater awareness of the electoral process and the rights and responsibilities of voters. The students will assist their local election officials by filling positions at polling places during the Early Voting period or on Election Day and working under the direction of the polling place presiding judge.

What are the Benefits of Serving as an Election Clerk?

Some of the benefits of serving as an election clerk are:
* Election workers are paid hourly for their service.
* Students will gain practical experience by serving their community and state.
* Experience as an election clerk is an impressive addition to a resumé or college application.
* Students can take part in a rewarding activity while learning about the democratic process.
* Students can earn community service hours for school.

What are the Responsibilities of an Election Clerk?
* Working under the supervision of the judge, student election clerks may assist with the following duties:
- Organizing the polling place before the polls open.
- Ensuring that qualified voters are permitted to vote.
- Checking in and processing voters.
- Distributing ballots to registered voters.
- Providing instructions and assistance to voters.
- Answering voters’ questions.
- Explaining the use of the voting equipment.
- Maintaining order in the polling place on Election Day.
- Obtaining results after the polls are closed and closing the polling place.

What are the Required Qualifications of an Election Clerk?
To qualify as a student election clerk, the student must:
* Be at least 16 years old on Election Day;
* Be enrolled in a public, private, or qualified home school;
* Be a U.S. citizen;
* Have consent of his/her parent or legal guardian to work the election;
* Have consent of his/her school principal (or parent/legal guardian for home-schooled students); and
* Complete any required election worker training program.

Can a student election worker serve as an interpreter?
Yes. When election workers are communicating with a voter who cannot communicate in English, a student election worker may communicate with the voter in a language the voter and the clerk understands.

Since the Presiding Judge selects their clerks except the alternate judge, how will the judge know which students are interested and available or how to even contact them?

The students can fill out the application, get the required signatures, and send the form to the election administrators who serve the election in which the student wishes to serve. The elections administrator will provide each judge with a list of all eligible student election workers.

Do the school authorities send the election officials student names, addresses, and phone numbers directly? Can the school give out this information without a written approval notice from a parent/legal guardian of the students?

The student will provide all required information directly to the election officials. The "Student Election Worker Application and Permission Slip" for students to complete and send to their local elections officials includes a consent section for both parent/guardian and the appropriate school official. The student IS responsible for obtaining the principal’s consent to serve as an election clerk. The student (NOT the school) provides the information directly to the election officials. The school will not need to contact the election officials. In addition, the student must obtain parental or legal guardian consent on the same application before the student can serve as an election clerk.

How will the election officials inform the school that the student actually worked on Election Day?

Serving as an election clerk is now included in the Texas Education Code’s definition of “excused absence.” Student election clerks are entitled to compensation in the same manner as other election clerks. The election official should give each student worker documentation in the form of a time sheet, pay stub, or other letter or form showing that the student served as an election worker and the hours worked. Ultimately, however, it is up to the student to ensure that the school is given the proper documentation in order to have an excused absence.

Are there any labor laws about how many hours a student can work during a school day?

Under the Texas Labor Code, the employment hours of persons 16 or older are not restricted by state law. Persons 16 or 17 years of age have no restrictions on the number of hours or times of day they may work.

Are there any curfew laws that the student could run afoul of if they were out late due to extended voting hours?

There are no state law curfews in Texas. However, some municipalities and perhaps counties have curfews by local ordinance; therefore, the answers would vary depending on the details of any applicable local ordinance. It is likely that most local curfew ordinances give exceptions for school or work-related activities, under which this would likely qualify. Also, the student will not be in violation of the compulsory attendance law for schools because, again, the legislation provides for an excused absence when serving as an election clerk.

How many student election clerks can serve at each polling place?

Not more than two student election clerks may serve at a polling place, except that not more than four student election clerks may serve at any countywide polling place.

What do we do with multiple student requests from a single precinct? Can they work outside of their home precinct?

Students can work outside of their home precinct because election clerks are not limited to working only in their own precincts. The positions in each precinct should be filled in the order in which the students apply, assuming they meet all the requirements. Any extra student applicants for a given precinct may work in another precinct that does not already have its authorized number of student election clerk positions filled.

What if the parents and student give their general consent, then the student is later assigned to a polling place or time that he or she does not want to work?

The student clerk may simply turn down the assignment (just like any other voluntary election clerk offered an assignment that presents a conflict).

How to Apply
* Fill out the Student Election Clerk Application and Permission Slip (PDF).https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/seciform.pdf
* Have your parent or guardian sign the Parent/Legal Guardian Permission portion.
* Have your school principal sign the School Principal Authorization portion. Also, take the proper steps to ensure that your absence from school in order to work during Early Voting or on Election Day will be excused.
* Send the application to the local elections officials conducting the election in which you wish to serve (county clerk/elections administrator, city secretary, school superintendent, etc.). Try to send application at least 60 days prior to Election Day (even though there is no statutory deadline).
* If selected, attend the required election training class prior serving as a clerk. This training provides all the necessary information and knowledge to be a successful elections clerk.
Work at the polls as assigned during Early Voting or on Election Day.

Important Notes

A school district may excuse a student for the purpose of serving as an Early Voting and/or Election Day clerk for a maximum of two days in a school year.

Example: A student could work two weekdays during Early Voting for an election held on Saturday, May 9, 2015, and then also work on Election Day, as the student would only have to be excused from school for two days.

Up to four student election clerks may work at a single Early Voting site at a time, and up to two student clerks may work at an Election Day polling place at a time.

Remember…When you turn 18 you will have reached the age to serve as a regular election clerk or judge!

07/18/2020
2020 Census PSA: How Will 2020 Census Data be Used? (:30)

How census data helps inform funding for things that impact your community?

Learn how census data helps governments make funding decisions, nonprofits perform services, and businesses create jobs. Understanding changes in a populatio...

Today was Primary Runoff Election in Texas.  I am the Election Day Judge for V2604D in Irving Texas at Valley Ranch Libr...
07/15/2020

Today was Primary Runoff Election in Texas. I am the Election Day Judge for V2604D in Irving Texas at Valley Ranch Library.

The Texas State Bar and the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association’s joint statement (#blacklivesmatter):
07/12/2020
State Bar of Texas on Twitter

The Texas State Bar and the Texas Young Lawyer’s Association’s joint statement (#blacklivesmatter):

“Online comments made by Larry McDougal regarding #BlackLivesMatter do not reflect the values of the State Bar of Texas and we denounce them in the strongest terms. Read the full statement. https://t.co/84umMFlNGa”

Please wear a face mask when out in public and keep yourself safe, if unable to stay home nor maintain social distancing...
07/06/2020
Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations: NYT

Please wear a face mask when out in public and keep yourself safe, if unable to stay home nor maintain social distancing.

Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

Irving “Law Enforcement and You” conversation/event.It’s a FREE, bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets community ev...
06/10/2020

Irving “Law Enforcement and You” conversation/event.

It’s a FREE, bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets community event, with carnival type activities for children and family. We will have voter’s registration, so looking for DVRs to volunteer at this event.

If you can not make it out, please help distribute our flyer; or if you would like to help, please call the event organizer at 972/259-3909, she is always looking for some helpers. We are definitely looking for restaurants to donate food for the event to feed at least 500 people. Flyer in the attached

Austin Asian Communities Civic Coalition
05/30/2020

Austin Asian Communities Civic Coalition

On Monday, May 25, George Floyd died after being violently arrested in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As Asian Americans advocating for increased civic participation in our communities, we are enraged to learn that an Asian American police officer, Tou Thao, simply stood to watch when he had the ability to stop the situation. For years, the model minority myth has pitted Asian Americans against Hispanic/Latinx and Black communities as it ignores the fact that systematic racism can be a barrier to success. Asian Americans are no strangers to being targeted because of their race with a history like the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Japanese Internment Camps. We are beneficiaries of the Black community's fight for equality -- the Immigration Act of 1965, for example, was heavily inspired by the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which did away with racial quotas of the US immigration system and allowed the large influx of Asian immigration. If Asian Americans stay silent, we continue to enable the system, which once targeted Asians for their race too. By speaking out against the unfair deaths like George Floyd, voting, and taking the census, we take a stand against this system. So let your voice be heard, and make sure to be counted. #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd

The decision is yours:  vote by mail or at the polls.“The Supreme Court [ ] did not grant a request from Paxton to order...
05/28/2020
Texas Supreme Court: Lack of immunity to COVID-19 alone not enough to vote by mail

The decision is yours: vote by mail or at the polls.

“The Supreme Court [ ] did not grant a request from Paxton to order county elections administrators to reject mail ballot applications from voters who fear contracting the coronavirus.

“Voters applying for mail ballots can check disability as their reason for seeking to vote by mail. But county elections administrators do not have the authority to investigate or question that answer further. State law essentially places in a voter’s hand the determination of whether in-person voting will cause a likelihood of injury due to a physical condition.”

AUSTIN — The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that lack of immunity to COVID-19 alone is not a physical disability that qualifies people to vote by...

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