“Taxing the top 1 percent ensures a shared responsibility among those who for too long have evaded paying their fair share for the public services we all rely on, including schools and social services. Mobilize the Immigrant Vote supports the Governor’s November ballot measure and will work with our local partners to garner voter approval,” said Aparna Shah, Executive Director of Mobilize the Immigrant Vote.Please follow MIV on Twitter or Facebook to stay tuned to these efforts!
Last month on the heels of tax day, our grant partners, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV), released poll results showing that Asian voters across California support taxing the wealthiest 1 percent of income earners. The survey, “Take Back the American Dream” assessed over 7,000 Asian immigrants living in California from Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, measuring views on taxing the top 1 percent to help fund California’s diminishing budget for education and public services. Eighty-five percent of those surveyed overwhelmingly supported the tax. The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Korean Resource Center (KRC), Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network (SIREN), and the Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ)conducted the survey as part of the MIV coalition.Founded in 2004, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote is the first-ever statewide campaign in California to organize a multi-ethnic coalition of community-based organizations working within immigrant communities. MIV works to build organizations’ capacity to register, educate, and mobilize their constituents for electoral participation.
“We are trying to empower and raise the strength of the progressive immigrant voting bloc in California. We are joined together from counties and cities all across the state, in order to demonstrate the unity that clearly exists among Asian American immigrant communities. It shows that we’re stronger and we share a common political analysis, of what needs to be done, and what kind of investment we need in our state. It shows that immigrant communities have interests in common, and we are stronger joined together by our common interests than we are divided,” said Dayne Lee, Civic Participation Coordinator at the Korean Resource Center.