FYI, I forward CAUSE September 2011 Newsletter for your reading: CAUSE Testifies at Los Angeles County Redistricting Hearing, introduction of new vote page by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Ed Chau Could Become the Front Runner in the 2012 Assembly Race , etc. Have a nice weekend
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September 2011                  

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It has been another eventful month! We hope that you enjoy this month’s newsletter.  We invite you to learn about upcoming events, recaps of past happenings, and opportunities to get involved!
Sincerely, Your friends at CAUSE

Recap of August Events


2011 CAUSE Leadership Academy 

Intern Graduation


IN THIS PHOTO: [LEFT TO RIGHT] Director of programs Carrie Gan, Matthew Wong, Alexander 

Zou, Anh Thu Tran, Board Chairman Charlie Woo, Rebecca Han, Ellen Hou, Connie Chu, 

Sungwoo Chon, and Winston Wu, representative of Chinese American Citizens Alliance.    


 Congratulations to the 2011 CAUSE Leadership Academy interns!

On August 12, 2011, the 20th class of CAUSE Leadership Academy interns graduated from the eight-week program.  Elected officials, legislative staff members, and parents and friends celebrated with the interns.  The elite group of students received recognition certificates from various elected officials.  Congratulations to Connie Chu, recipient of the Mike Eng Scholar Award; Rebecca Han, recipient of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Scholar Award; Andrew Angeles, recipient of the Nelson Tan Scholar Award; and Ellen Hou, recipient of the Woo Family Scholar Award!

Along with telling their friends and family about their internship experience, the interns also presented their research project.  A compilation of profiles of APIA elected officials, the project is aimed at inspiring other APIAs to be civic leaders.

Check out the interns’ research project! >>>

Watch a recap of the graduation and hear what the interns have learned from their internship experience!>>>

CAUSE 2011 interns graduation
CAUSE 2011 interns graduation


Welcome CAUSE Advocates! group advocates   IN THIS PHOTO: [LEFT TO RIGHT] Emi Fukuoka, Carrie Gan, Ellen Hou, Kristina Lieu, Angelo Yenko,  Soo Kang, and Kevin Tsao.

We are pleased to introduce our new team members! CAUSE is excited to welcome Dawn Cheng (Director of Communications), Emi Fukuoka (Volunteer for High School Education), Ellen Hou (Chair of Alumni Relations & Volunteer for Community Relations), Soo Kang (Chair of Administrative Affairs), Kevin Tsao (Chair of Administrative Affairs), and Angelo Yenko (Chair of Community Relations)!
We appreciate their time and commitment! Their contributions go a long way!

  Apply to be a CAUSE Advocates today!>>>



CAUSE Testifies at Los Angeles County Redistricting Hearing Los Angeles County Redistricting Hearing

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Times

On September 6, 2011, CAUSE testified at a Los Angeles County redistricting hearing in support of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) and a broad coalition of Asian social service organizations to oppose any drastic changes to the county supervisorial lines.  CAUSE Board Chairman Charlie Woo emphasizes, “Many of the social service agencies that A3PCON represents rely on L.A. County funding.  These agencies advocate for the rights and services of immigrants and the disadvantaged in the Asian Pacific Islander community.”  He continues, “Any drastic change in the county lines would affect access to funding that is vital to the API community and lead to uncertainty to these agencies’ existence.”

On Monday, September 26th at 10:30AM, A3PCON will hold a press conference at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration in Downtown Los Angeles to share its views on the proposed changes to county lines and how it will affect the Asian Pacific Islander community of L.A. County.  The next Board of Supervisors public hearing on redistricting is slated for September 27th at which the Board will likely vote to adopt one of the redistricting plans.  You can view the plan maps and staff reports at  Stay tuned for details on the A3PCON press conference and for any further questions or inquiries, please contact Mark Masaoka at

 Calling All Alumni! It’s Time to Reunite! 

alumni reunion 

IN THIS PHOTO: Former interns and CAUSE staff reconnected at the 2011 Alumni Reunion. [LEFT TO RIGHT] Director of Programs Carrie Gan, Board Chairman Charlie Woo, Andrew Angeles, Jean Guo, Ellen Hou, Rebecca Han, Kristina Lieu, Monica Lee, and Jonathan Lau. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Lau.

Are you a former CAUSE intern? CAUSE invites you to reconnect with other alumni! We would love to hear what you have been up to! CAUSE holds reunions and socials for alumni to reconnect and meet interns from the program’s previous and current years.  Send us an e-mail  and we’ll add you on the invitation list.  If you are not a former intern, but know of anyone who is, please pass the message along!
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 What is the CA Redistricting Commission?

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Upcoming Events

              “Changing Political Landscapes and the Asian Community”
Friday, October 14, 2011 
Panel: 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Reception: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Join us to learn about the political implications and repercussions of California’s newly drawn city, county, state, and federal districts. Whether you are a business owner or student, the new maps influence all communities. Program details to follow.  



        Check out our 

        weekly blogs!


Ed Chau Could Become the 

Front Runner in the 2012 Assembly Race 

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 CAUSE In the Media

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Whether they are citing from a blog or highlighting a community event,  both the ethnic and mainstream press frequently feature CAUSE and its relationship with local communities.

Feel free to check out our media hits and learn a little more about what we do from another point of view! If you read about us from an article that is not already posted on our website,
please let us know! 
 It Is Now Easier Than 
Ever to Vote!


With the goal of inspiring and preparing every eligible citizen to vote, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen provides a just released New Voter page, where you could get information on how to register to vote, sign up to vote by mail, locate your polling place, prepare to vote for the first time, and get answers to your questions about voting.  You could also find election-related materials and voter hotline assistance, in six additional languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

Make a Contribution Today!

CAUSE welcomes anyone interested in giving back to the community, whether it is through volunteer work, donations, or sponsorships.  Please help us help the community. Contributions of any kind make a difference!

CAUSE Advocates  cause advocates logo Do you have a unique skill or talent?  No matter your interests or skill, CAUSE has a spot for you in CAUSE Advocates, a group of dedicated volunteers who lead in planning, developing, and executing programs.  If you are interested in joining, please e-mail the Director of Volunteer Relations at, to get started today! Click here for the application and role descriptions!

Sponsorship Opportunities Do you want to get your company involved in supporting CAUSE? We welcome any sponsor who wants to support the local community!  To get involved, please contact the Director of Programs at Click here to view our current and past sponsors.   Make a Donation! CAUSE is a nonprofit organization and we appreciate any donation that we receive. Whether it is $5 or $500, you can be sure that your contribution will support our programs.  To donate today, click here!  


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