"This was my first time being able to hear directly from constituents." - CAUSE Leadership Academy Intern, Sabrina Inoue, attends her first legislative event.
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"I am realizing and accepting the reality that I can make a difference." - CAUSE Leadership Academy Intern, Allison Vo
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"[The] speakers made very powerful and distinct statements as to why APA involvement in health care and nonprofits is extremely important." - CAUSE Leadership Academy Intern, Jeffery Jen, reflects on the second Civic Leadership Workshop.
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"My first two weeks have been jam-packed with events, reports, and even getting to sit in on a lobby meeting with the Senator himself." - CAUSE Leadership Academy Intern, Hanah Lee, talks about her busy week at the office of CA State Senator Ed Hernandez.
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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.


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.


We want our community to participate.

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


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.


"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)

Did you know?

There are 3,700,000 eligible Asian Pacific American (APA) voters in California. That’s 14.86% of the state’s electorate! However, only 1.8 million APA Californians are actually registered to vote. 


There are 228 elected officials of Asian Pacific American descent across the state of California.