Political power is critical to
the advancement of African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans in society. It
provides the avenue to establish and enforce laws that affect all Americans.
Just look at our laws surrounding civil rights, immigration, and affirmative
Ethnic minorities are highly
under-represented in politics. While 13% of the population is African
American, only 7% of the members of Congress are African American.
10% of the population is Hispanic, compared to 4% members of Congress. For
Asian Americans, 3% of the population compared to 1% Congressional members.
It is not just elected
politicians that possess political power. We must also consider political
appointments and the diversity of the staffs of our elected officials.
The interests of African, Hispanic, and Asian
Americans can be properly represented by:
Encouraging African, Hispanic, and Asian
Americans to run for elected offices and helping them get elected.
Electing politicians who will support laws
that help African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans in key issues, such as
immigration, education, civil rights, and affirmative action.
Registering to vote.