Pasadena, CA – On Thursday, December 7th, the VOICE fellows had their fourth and final workshop with campaign strategist Mac Zilber.
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Alhambra, CA – On December 4th, 2017, CAUSE held “Make Civics Real,” a civic engagement workshop for high school students, at the Alhambra High Civic Center Library.
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Los Angeles, CA – On November 27th, 2017, CAUSE hosted the Women in Power “Leading Through Workplace Patriarchy” Networking Reception at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.
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our mission

Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization with a mission to advance the political and civic empowerment of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through nonpartisan voter outreach, education, and training as well as leadership development.

Founded in 1993, CAUSE is comprised of committed professional, business, community and political leaders, and has established itself as a unique nonpartisan APA organization dedicated solely to APA civic and political participation. Based in the Greater Los Angeles area, CAUSE’s influence reaches throughout Southern California.

Vote

We want our community to vote.

By making sure the community has a reliable means to register to vote in culturally relevant ways, we elevate the voices and needs of our community.

Participate

We want our community to participate.

We’re making sure that our community is informed and educated about the matters and issues affecting them.

Lead

We want our community to lead.

We’re developing the next generation of political and civic leaders. CAUSE’s work ensures young people have the tools they need to lead our democracy for generations to come.

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"We have to have a nation of educated youth who are given their opportunity and their promise. And that’s the work and the embodiment of the work CAUSE does."

The Honorable John Chiang
California State Treasurer
"[CAUSE] has helped scores of young people to see that they could have a future in public office."

The Honorable Judy Chu
United States House of Representatives, 27th Congressional District
"You may be the first to do many things, but make sure you're not the last. And that's at its core what this organization is about."

The Honorable Kamala Harris
United States Senator (CA)

Our programs approach

The Leadership Pipeline

Our leadership development programs ensure we have leaders for the APA community by offering opportunities for them to develop the connections, skills, and knowledge to support their rise to the top of the civic and political arena.

We cultivate the leaders of tomorrow.

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Civic Engagement

We empower and educate our communities.

In order for our APA communities to be aware, mobilize, and vote in future political debates, our Voter Outreach, Training, and Education (VOTE) Initiatives provide culturally-aware outreach resources to encourage civic participation. We understand that our communities need to have the knowledge, access, and network to be fully immersed in our democracy.

Our programs inspire APAs of all ages to voice their vote and define their future.