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Yesterday, a Daily News cartoon was published that depicted me - or a racialized caricature clearly intended to be me - as a tourist in Times Square. The cartoon stemmed from an interview where I shared that my favorite subway stop is the one I’ve used to get home for 22 years.

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I’ve seen images like this before - in history books from the turn of the century and World War II. Images of Asians having beady, slanted eyes and buck teeth have been a part of the American consciousness for a long time. It’s grounded in a history of casting immigrants and children of immigrants as perpetual foreigners or even subhuman - a stereotype which has been used to divide and exclude people for hundreds of years.


I will be the first to tell you that I'm open to different opinions and will always welcome conversations on policy. And I am a proud son of immigrants. But to paint me in the media as a perpetual foreigner to this city is wrong and subtly approves racism at a time when people are being beaten on the street on the basis of who they are. Every time you say that I’m not a real New Yorker, you’re telling another Asian American that they don’t belong.


I‘ve lived here for 25 years in this city. My wife Evelyn is from Queens. My children were born at St. Luke’s. I'm a public school parent. Implying otherwise is the repetition of a narrative that’s been used to tell Asians and Latinos and Jews and Muslims and Black Americans that we don’t belong.


Whether you were born here, just arrived here from another country or are fresh out of college ready to follow your dreams — I will say clearly that all New Yorkers belong. Our city is stronger when we are united in humanity and fellowship, and not divided by false narratives of who belongs and who doesn’t.



We need to see each other as human beings. Asian Americans are human. Asian Americans are just as American as anyone else. We need to build bonds of trust & connection to start to heal." - Andrew Yang 

What happened in Atlanta feels like a continuation of a trend so many of us are feeling & seeing every day. 


Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian Americans have been subject to increasing rates of discrimination & violence. And last Tuesday, eight women - six of whom were Asian - were murdered in a racially-motivated killing spree. 


These women did not deserve to be targeted like this. They did not deserve to have their lives taken away. And make no mistake, these women were targeted on their basis of their race. 


As terrible as the statistics are on Asian American hate crimes, they vastly underestimate the magnitude of the problem. 


We need to categorize these incidences as hate crimes. We need to fully fund the Asian Hates Crimes Taskforce right here in New York City. And we need to build bonds of connection & trust with the Asian American community. 


Watch Andrew’s speech in Times Square >> 

Watch Andrew’s remarks yesterday with Reverend Al Sharpton >>

Who Is Andrew Yang's Wife Evelyn? - Facts on Evelyn Yang, a 2020 Presidential Candidate's Wife

Re: Help is on the way -

What a year it has been to be a parent. 


Balancing work, the kids, homeschool & more has been one of the biggest challenges Andrew & I have ever faced. 


And for so many New Yorkers, it’s been even more difficult. Children, expected to attend online classes w/o internet access. Parents, expected to juggle @-home learning w/ their job or jobs just to pay the bills. All during the worst global pandemic in a century. 


As a Queens native & a lifelong New Yorker, it’s been heartbreaking for Andrew & I to watch our City be affected so negatively. But every day, I find hope in the love of my two kids & Andrew.


Being a parent changes your outlook on everything. Suddenly you're living for something greater than yourself. And you're interested in protecting society, culture, & the environment for future generations.


Andrew decided to run for mayor because he saw our City, our families, & our future in crisis. He saw how the pandemic ravaged our community, leaving the poor & vulnerable even further behind. He believes that he can help our great City get back on its feet w/ innovative & common sense leadership that puts people 1st, not politics. 


Andrew is the love of my life, my most trusted confidante, & my partner in everything that I do. I know he will always do the right thing. And if I could tell every New Yorker one thing about my husband as mayor it’s this - hope is on the way.


Andrew will be your champion each & every day he is in office. 


So please consider making a donation to continue our momentum to elect Andrew as New York City’s next mayor. Any amount is greatly appreciated.

Stay well, & much love & appreciation to you.





Did you see this huge update about the state of the Mayoral race? 

Andrew has the edge, so a James Dolan Republican PAC is already flooding money into this race to take our movement down. 




They’re scared of Andrew’s anti-poverty policies, like his plan to provide half a million of our city’s poorest residents w/ an annual Basic Income - which would be the largest pilot program in the history of the world. 


They’re scared that Andrew isn’t part of their political machine, & can’t be controlled by special interests.


And they’re scared that Andrew will never back down until New York City’s government works for people, not politicians.


It’s Yang against the Machine. So we need grassroots supporters like you to chip into our campaign to build our city back better than ever. So can you chip in now? All eligible donations from NYC residents up to $250 will be matched 8 to 1!

Let’s get to work. 


Yang for New York


Today is International Women's Day. And we're spotlighting why cash relief isn't just an economic issue – it's a women's issue, as well.

The pandemic has taken a disproportionate toll on women, especially women of color. So many have been pushed out of the paying workforce & are now loaded up w/ additional financial burdens. Check out the facts:

  • Since the pandemic began, women have lost 5.4 million jobs. The service & hospitality industries, two of the hardest hit, are largely populated by women of color.
  • Squeezed by childcare responsibilities amid closing schools & daycares, 1 million mothers have left the workforce altogether – a group that largely consists of Black, Hispanic & single moms.
  • A recent CNBC survey found that 29% of Americans are counting on the next round of recovery checks to get by. But a sky-high 57% of Black women are counting on those recovery checks to make ends meet.

This pandemic has pushed women of all backgrounds into the most precarious of circumstances. Cash relief is the pathway out. 

Recovery checks have their biggest impact in women's hands – so we're inviting you to join our rallying cry for recurring cash relief in honor of International Women's Day. We need to hear from 500 people who care about taking action for women's equality:

Should we pass monthly cash relief to advance women's economic equity?


Special International Women's Day survey. Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET.
Responses after that time will not be recorded.


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Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on October 8, 2020 at 5:03pm

Join HF As We Sprint To The Election!

The last stretch of election season is upon us! After today, there are only 25 days until Election Day.
All across the nation, early voting sites & mail-in ballots are kicking into high gear, and our endorsed candidates are making their final pitches to voters as they Get Out The Vote.
Here's some of what we'll be doing in the next few weeks to help them achieve victory in November:


All-Hands Webinar: This Thursday 10/08 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, join the Humanity Forward team & supporters of Basic Income to hear the strategy for the final 25 days of the election & how YOU can make an impact! Sign up TODAY by clicking here!


Volunteer Openings: If you’re interested in helping us organize & build, we’re recruiting for our Humanity CALLS & Humanity WRITES volunteer teams. Apply TODAY at this link!


Do you have 5 minutes to spare? Help us get to know you better by filling out our Humanity Forward survey! We have more ways to get involved than ever before, & we want to get you connected w/ the opportunity that’s the best fit for you!


Connect! Want to stay connected & join some of the exciting projects we’re rolling out? Join us at the Humanity Forward Rapid Response Slack workspace!


It's time to get UBI candidates in office. It's time to Sprint to the Election!

Organizing Director, Humanity Forward

Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on October 7, 2020 at 1:28pm

How does a peaceful transition of power take place after a presidential election?


I'm joined tomorrow by Julian Ha, partner w/ executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, to discuss that in a Fireside Chat moderated by Zach Graumann.


Julian has been involved in an effort to promote AAPIs for senior Biden Administration positions -- we'll discuss the importance of the process, as well as what that could mean for our movement after helping to elect Joe Biden to the White House.


I want you to join us tomorrow night! We aren't looking past the election just yet, but it's never too early to start thinking about how we can best serve the American people.


Fireside Chat on Presidential Transition

W/ Andrew Yang & Julian Ha

Thursday, October 8

4pm PDT / 7pm EST

Click here to register!


Your contribution to join tomorrow's event will be used to help get out the vote in this year's swing states in order to make the transition of power we're discussing possible!

See you soon,
Andrew Yang
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on October 1, 2020 at 5:43pm

Let's Talk About The Debate: ...from Tuesday night.

In a year marred by social distress, economic collapse & the deadliest pandemic in living memory, Americans expected to turn on their TVs & see a substantive debate about how to lead our nation through this moment of darkness.

That didn’t happen.
Instead, we watched the president do all that he could to interrupt, obfuscate, sow hatred & spread dangerous misinformation. Hate groups cheered while the rest of us sighed in disgust.
Most of us believe this is the worst chapter for America in our lifetimes already, & there was only one person on the debate stage who was reaching through the fray to speak to Americans directly.
We’ve got to do all we can to restore our national conversation to be one of civility & problem solving. It’s clear that the only way for us to do that right now starts w/ winning in November w/ Joe & our Humanity Forward candidates.
I’m not going to ask you for money... . 
Every day, the contributions you make to this movement bring me hope that we can do what is necessary to recover from this calamitous year. For that, you deserve my thanks many times over.
I also want to let you know what is to come. We’re about to undergo some of the most tumultuous weeks of this year - even w/ what we’ve had to endure so far in 2020.
We have 33 days left before Election Day. We have longer than that before we know the winners, & beyond that we’ve still got to take on the fundamental challenges our country is facing.
We are going to ask if you can do more in the coming weeks. I hope you understand that it’s not because we take your support for granted, or that what you’ve done isn’t already appreciated.
You can also expect to hear from me over the coming weeks in emails that don’t ask you for anything -- except to stay engaged and remember why we’re fighting. I want you to know that while fundraising is important to achieve our goals, this mission of ours is so much bigger.
The consequences of the next few months will echo for years, & until we can have debates that don't distract from what the American people need in times of crisis, we are going to do everything we can.


Thank you for being on this journey w/ us. We couldn’t be where we are w/o you.
Yours truly,
-Andrew Yang

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Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on September 21, 2020 at 1:56pm
Friday night, our nation lost a hero in Justice Ginsburg.
Justice Ginsburg was an icon & a trailblazer not just for women in the legal profession, but for all of us. For decades, she fought to expand fundamental human rights to all Americans. She dedicated her life to making an impact - & inspired countless others to do the same.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a remarkable leader; one who changed this country for the better in so many ways.
It’s a tragedy that, now, when we should be mourning & celebrating her life & work, our attention must turn to the very real possibility of the Senate rushing through a Trump appointee before the election. It’s unbearably tragic that this incredible woman, on her deathbed, feIt the need to comment on the presidency.
All we can do is hope she felt peace, respect her last wish, & do what she showed us how to do all those years: fight.
This is a broken system. We alone can fix it.
Voting is already underway, & it’s time to let the people decide who should appoint the next justice. A rushed confirmation process - especially one designed to have a new justice in place to rule on election results - would only further undermine the faith the American people have in the Supreme Court & in Congress itself.
We need to overhaul our system to restore that faith, to use term limits to bring predictability & rationality to the appointment of new justices. But right now, we need to let the people decide, & we need to make sure that people turn out to vote to do just that.
Make sure you're registered to vote. Request a mail-in ballot. Show up to the polls. Make a plan.
So much of what Justice Ginsburg fought for her entire career is on the ballot this fall. Let us be inspired by the arc of her life & her career as we carry on the fight to defend our human rights. 
Take that sadness, & translate it into action. 
- Andrew
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on September 20, 2020 at 6:19am
Congress works for you. But it looks like they’ve forgotten that.
A tweet from @AndrewYang reads “Political posturing doesn’t help - get to the table and hammer out a real relief bill that should have been passed months ago. People are hurting and deserve better.” Yang’s tweet is in response to an AP report that no coronavirus relief deal is likely before the November election.
Source: Twitter 
I tweeted that last week after I saw the news that Congress has again allowed politics to obstruct progress. This makes me furious.
Lucky for us, November 3rd marks Congress’s next performance evaluation. We’ll have a chance to let them know exactly our thoughts on their “achievements” so far. But 1st, I think it’s only fair we give our direct reports one more shot - will you make sure to define the expectations clearly for them? Tell our public servants exactly what you want to see:

Do you demand a relief deal from your representatives?

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Andrew Yang
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on September 7, 2020 at 12:54pm

Living Up to the Legacy of Labor:


I hope you’re well & enjoying the long weekend. I think it’s important that we all celebrate Labor Day today - not just as a day to spend w/ friends & family, but to also recognize the importance of the American labor movement.

Many of the rights we now enjoy universally were earned w/ the sacrifices made by American workers.
The movement led by these workers, who organized for the fair recognition of their humanity & the worth of their labor, faced formidable opponents who saw them only as cogs in a machine.
They picketed & made their voices heard. Some gave blood for the cause of human dignity. & now, we are better as a country because of them.
That, if anything, is worth a day of thanks & recognition.
President Kennedy once said that the American labor movement has consistently demonstrated its devotion to the public interest, & that it is, & has been, good for all Americans.
He was right. Those words continue to ring true.
We are standing on the shoulders of giants who helped build this country, & it is our obligation to them that we continue to work towards an economy that puts our humanity 1st.
Today, union participation is at an all-time low. Union rights are frequently under siege.
At the same time, we are experiencing a time of unprecedented income inequality. It has put families in impossible situations when an unexpected bill arrives. In this pandemic, conditions have only turned for the worst.
The rise of automation is devastating the ranks of our workforce, leaving many w/ cut hours or no paycheck @ all during a time of uncertainty. Many who lose their jobs to robots, software & AI don’t know where they will go next.
Nobody should have to resign themselves to feeling left behind when technology replaces their job.
Nobody who works full time should have to decide between rationing medication & keeping the power on @ home. 
Nobody should have to face these crises alone. It’s what compels workers to organize & create a better future.
We can do a lot better for our workers. One great place to start is by passing a Universal Basic Income. 
A UBI would help make us all stronger, healthier, less stressed out & better able to adapt & address the challenges of the 21st century economy.
It would give us all room to breathe - something many are desperate for right now.
& it would recognize the dignity & worth of all work. It would be a signal from our country that an “essential” worker is exactly that - essential.
Let’s live up to the legacy of the labor movement. Let’s continue to move forward.
Yours truly,
-Andrew Yang
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on August 22, 2020 at 1:31pm
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on August 20, 2020 at 3:02pm
 What I’ll speak about tonight @ the DNC:
Tonight, I am delivering a difficult truth that America needs to hear.
In my address to the Democratic National Convention, you should expect to hear about an America that has been knocked down by crisis - but not knocked out.
Here’s the link to watch my remarks this evening:
The trends I warned America about during my campaign have only accelerated in the past few months.
Millions have lost jobs or had work hours cut and don’t know when relief will come. Teachers & parents are struggling to find answers on how to safely educate our kids. An eviction crisis is looming & we still do not have this pandemic under control.
W/ exactly 74 days to go until the election, this is the reality we have to remember. We must remember that this is not normal & that we can choose a new way forward.
We’re going to do that w/ Joe Biden & Kamala Harris on the Democratic ticket. They understand the problems we face & can help guide us to an abundant future.
The same can be said about our Humanity Forward candidates who are running in very close races right now.
One notable Humanity Forward candidate is Adam Christensen, who won his primary this week for Congress in Florida’s 3rd district. Adam is running for Congress to succeed Ted Yoho; if that rings a bell, Ted has made headlines recently for the wrong reasons. Adam is for Universal Basic Income and is exactly the kind of forward-thinking leader we need in Congress. 
Adam is joining several of our primary-winning candidates who now face incredibly tight races in November. Our team of forward-thinking leaders & activists is giving it their all, but it’s going to be a tough fight.
That’s why we’ve set a new goal - to boost our candidates by donating $75,000 to their campaigns by the end of the week.
I hope you tune in tonight to hear about the future we can achieve in the next 74 days. What we do between now & November will decide if that can become our reality.
Let’s move forward.
-Andrew Yang

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