Hmong Innovating Politics

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People have questions about how the information will be used, says Cha Vang, Director of Statewide Organizing for HIP. “It started with the immigration question, and even though it’s no longer on the Census, it still built fear in people.”

Her organization also has been knocking on doors and phone-banking. Of particular importance to the Hmong and Southeast Asian community, which has a young population, is education, followed by health care and safety net benefits.

“It’s so important for the Asian community to make sure we’re counted,” Vang says. “Remember, this is our home; we’re not going anywhere. And we deserve the services that the Census information will help provide. We’re not just doing this for ourselves, but for future generations.”

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Communities for a New California promotes economic prosperity and community health for residents in the rural areas of California. We bring valley residents together to champion the needs of poor and working-class families through community organizing, integrated leadership development, and mass non-partisan voter engagement. Headquartered in Sacramento, with offices in Fresno, Indio and Merced, our chapters are in constant contact with residents in 13 California counties, from Yolo to Imperial – with an emphasis on the San Joaquin, Imperial and Coachella Valleys. CNC was founded in 2011 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) human rights organization.