NYT: Andrew’s Signature Idea - Did you catch this headline from the New York Times about our campaign? 

I think it’s the most direct and effective thing we could do to improve the lives of tens of millions of Americans who are struggling right now, & anything I do in public life will be advancing the goal of eradicating poverty in our society.” - Andrew Yang

That’s right: We just launched our campaign last week & the field is struggling to find answers for Andrew’s progressive set of policies. 


We’re going to get relief for half a million of New York City’s most vulnerable in year one. And that’s just the beginning.


But to make our vision a reality & to eliminate poverty from our streets for good, we need the resources to drive this campaign to the finish line in 1st place. But we’re still $67,194 behind on our kickoff week fundraising goal. 


So, can you chip in now to become a Founding Donor of Andrew’s campaign? 

Onward. Together. 

Yang for NY


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Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- yesterday

I have some news to share! I am running for Mayor of New York City. 


Though I have worked all over the country, I have lived in New York City my entire adult life; I moved into Manhattan when I was 21 years old right after college. I remember driving in w/ my parents’ Honda Accord full of belongings for my 1st apartment I was sharing w/ a roommate. The city felt enormous, & arriving here felt like a victory. 


I never left. I came of age, found love, & eventually became an entrepreneur & a father in New York City. I was in the Garden for Larry Johnson’s 4-point play. I watched the towers fall & was part of the crowd that walked silently uptown away from the smoke. I biked my children to school on the West Side Highway, though it’s been Zoom lately. Seeing New York the way it is now, when many question whether it will ever come back, hurts my heart. The thought that I might be able to contribute to my city’s revival is both an incredible responsibility & opportunity.


And that’s why I’m running. I see a crisis & believe that I can help.


The coronavirus has devastated New York. I want to improve the lives of the 8.3 million people who live in the city & demonstrate what a proactive, modern government can do to actually solve the problems we see around us. I want to serve my community in its time of need.    


Many of you supported me during my presidential campaign – thank you. This is our chance to demonstrate that our ideas work in the biggest city in the nation. We will run the largest Basic Income implementation in US history. We will invest in a human-centered economy, fact-based governance, a modern healthcare system, broadband for all & better treatment of our data, smart policing, technology in service of people, human dignity, ranked choice voting, grace & tolerance and everything else we have fought for. New York could become the anti-poverty city, leading other communities to follow suit.


Whenever I have a choice between something abstract & something real, I choose the real and human. Running for mayor is real & our potential impact is enormous. I can’t wait to get started.


New York is struggling right now. COVID has put hundreds of thousands of people out of work. Restaurants, bars, stores & small businesses are closing their doors for good. I'm running for Mayor to bring the perspective, approach, & innovation our city needs. We can solve our problems if we focus on doing so & have the right leadership. There are so many people that want to help New York get back on its feet - & we need a plan and a vision to rally around & build towards.  


I hope that you are excited to join me in this campaign. Here is what I need from you.


1st, let your friends in New York City know about this race. Their votes are what matter. Only 10% of New Yorkers vote in the average mayoral race, & we hope to sign up many new voters. The mayoral race is Ranked Choice Voting (!) so we have a great opportunity to demonstrate that a candidate who is focused on solutions & not politics can win.  


2nd, if you would like to see our ideas & leadership in action on the biggest stage in the country, please do make a donation. This campaign will be powered by you, the people, & I hope you see in this movement a brighter future not just for the residents of New York but for communities everywhere. Eligible contributions from New York City residents of up to $250 will be matched 8 to 1!  

3rd, if you want to volunteer to textbank, phonebank & sign up voters, please join us @ YangforNY.com.  This campaign should be a lot of fun if we do it right.  Who doesn’t want to visit New York City?  


The Democratic primary – open to registered Democrats in New York City – is on June 22nd so acting quickly will be crucial. This will be a spirited race. But I’m confident that if we put forward a positive vision for the millions of people in New York that we understand the real problems they face & are here to help, we will win.


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make a positive difference.  Let’s make the most of it.

New York, New York!  Let’s go!


Back on the trail,


- Andrew

Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on January 12, 2021 at 5:45am
Andrew Yang, who dropped out of the presidential race in February, will face scrutiny of his experience, views and basic knowledge of New York City if he runs for mayor. 
 - Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on December 27, 2020 at 4:16pm
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on December 23, 2020 at 11:26am

Everything Changed Last Night

Everything in Washington turned upside down last night.

In a video address, President Trump expressed his frustrations about the bill passed by Congress this week to provide COVID-19 relief & fund the government.


His most notable complaint was that $600 is not a big enough stimulus check, & that Americans should be receiving $2000 each instead.


The purpose of our work at Humanity Forward has been fighting for the people who are struggling day to day in America. 


That's what we did to secure the initial $600 checks this week, & that's what we're going to continue to do.


We’re working to convert what we heard last night from words into action.


Our team is already working w/ our cash relief allies -- as well as Senate Republicans who have come out in support of $2000 stimulus checks w/ President Trump.


We know that the president’s opinions hold an immense amount of sway over what Republicans in the Senate do.


That’s why we are reaching out to every GOP Senator’s office that we can in order to work w/ them on getting a $2000 check to the American people.


We only have until noon tomorrow before Congress can't make the necessary adjustments to the bill -- & we need your help. Here’s how you can do that:


1. Calling the Congressional Switchboard is one of the most effective ways to put pressure on elected officials. This is a time in which it could really make a difference. Here’s the number: (202) 224-3121


2. Contribute to Humanity Forward, if you can. Your donation supports ...


We’re finding that our efforts are changing minds in Washington more than we initially expected. That’s because cash relief is a popular, bipartisan solution to the crisis of our times. 


W/o your support to fuel this movement, we would not have been able to turn stimulus checks into such a universally accepted policy.


Let’s make sure these words turn into action,


Liam DeClive-Lowe,

National Advocacy Director

Humanity Forward

Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on December 21, 2020 at 3:37pm
This is a time to reflect on the year that was. For most all of us, 2020 is a year that we’d like to put behind us.  

At the beginning of this year, I was on the trail w/ my family in Iowa & New Hampshire. Some of you were there w/ us – it’s a time I will always remember. There was so much energy & optimism. Everything felt possible. 


Then things changed. We suspended the campaign & the coronavirus soon followed. We were all sent home to emerge haltingly.  


In March, we started Humanity Forward, an organization dedicated to the goals of the campaign. Our first announcement in March was a $1 million relief gift to 1,000 working poor families in the Bronx. 


I’m very proud to share that the Humanity Forward Foundation has now distributed over $9 million in economic relief to almost 20,000 families. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the need, but I’m excited about every last contribution. 


After supporting dozens of candidates for office, we then switched to pushing for cash relief out of Congress. I have had calls or online meetings with over 60 legislators. We had a hand in stimulus checks being part of the package that is going out right now. 


I wish the checks were bigger and recurring, but I’m very proud that we helped bring lawmakers together on the fact that money for the people is core to any pandemic relief. 


Evelyn & I have spent much of November & December in Georgia, where we have had a host of events w/ Martin Luther King III & others. 


Our fundraising effort for Georgia organizers – winbothseats.org – is about to top $2.5 million channeled to get-out-the-vote efforts in the state. We have our fingers crossed for January 5th! 


We also launched a small Universal Basic Income pilot in the town of Hudson, New York that we believe will improve the lives of the people there. 


Ever since March, we have felt driven to help in as many ways as we can. We are so grateful to you & yours for enabling us to do this work. It’s a difficult time, & it requires those of us who have the capacity to do more.  

 This Holiday Season is a time of gratitude and perspective. It’s a time to hug those we love, to call our parents & appreciate what we have. Every day, I wake up grateful for Evelyn & our two boys. 

I try to show them that each day. 


Happy Holidays to you & yours! Here’s to 2021 being a New Year! 


Yours gratefully,

-  Andrew, Evelyn, Christopher & Damian

Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on December 18, 2020 at 10:49am
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on December 9, 2020 at 11:36pm
The movement for cash relief in Congress just passed another important milestone.
Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) & David McKinley (R-W.Va.) have just introduced bipartisan legislation to pass cash relief that additional members from both parties are expected to join.
If passed, Rochester and McKinley’s bill would provide $1000 for each American adult & child in an effort to keep families financially secure during a difficult winter.
Here’s the exciting part: this is the 1st bipartisan cash relief bill ever in American history. 
This is an incredible achievement — an achievement that would not have been possible w/o you & your participation in this movement. This is the work Humanity Forward is doing & this is the progress we are achieving. 
Our work together could literally end up lifting up tens of millions of Americans, preventing people from slipping into poverty, saving jobs, rescuing small businesses, & helping struggling families stay afloat during this crisis. 
But if we are going to succeed in passing this direct cash relief legislation, we cannot let up now. Now is the time to dig in. We’ve made immense progress — but we still have critical work to do.
Because of our work, we’re seeing surging momentum for cash relief.  In the past 24 hours alone, the White House, congressional leadership & members of both parties have indicated support for adding direct cash relief to a bipartisan COVID relief deal. 
This McKinley-Blunt Rochester bill is the best way to make sure that gets done. 
That’s why we’re working hard to make this bill a reality -- either by rolling it into the larger stimulus bill being worked on today or by passing it as a standalone bill.
Yours truly,
-Andrew Yang
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on December 6, 2020 at 4:44pm

Asian Americans have become a key part of the Georgia runoff strategy

From CNN's Caroline Kenny, Kyung Lah & Kimberly Berryman

The homeowner in Duluth, Georgia, opened her screen door and softly said, "I'm not good at English." The two volunteers, clutching clipboards & political fliers, were on the Korean woman's porch to talk about the Jan. 5 Senate runoffs.

"I speak some Korean," said Grace Pai, in Korean. "It's terrible," Pai added in broken Korean. Pai explained how she & her fellow volunteer, Syed Hussain, were canvassing houses for the Asian American Advocacy Fund to talk to Asian American voters for Democratic challengers in the runoffs.

"My mother immigrated to the US from Korea as a girl," explained Pai. The homeowner, delighted to hear her native language, explained to the canvassers how much affordable health care meant to her family.

Pai pressed the woman to send her absentee ballot in by mail for Democrats Jon Ossoff & Rev. Raphael Warnock.

As Pai & Hussain left the woman's porch, the homeowner pumped her fist in the air, promising she would.

Conversations like these are key for volunteers who believe the only chance to flip the two Republican Senate seats in Georgia to the Democrats is through broad based coalitions, which includes Asian Americans.

In the state where President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Trump by just 12,284 votes in November, activists say there's little question the surge in Asian American voters helped flip the state in November.

They just have to reach them.

"There are so many people like that woman, Asian American voters who have never been asked about their political beliefs, who have never been asked why voting is important to them," Pai said. "I think this tailored outreach means a lot."

"It's counties like this, at least in my view, that gave Joe Biden that win," said Hussain, 21. The college student grew up in Gwinnett County, which has seen Korean immigrants drive the growth of Asian Americans in the Atlanta suburbs.

Across the entire Atlanta metro area, the Asian American & Pacific Islander electorate has grown significantly in recent years — mirroring the trend of the increasing & diversifying population across the state — specifically in & around the capital city of Atlanta.

While AAPIs are a small share of the electorate in Georgia, the number of Asian American voters grew seven times as much as other racial & ethnic groups combined.

Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on December 2, 2020 at 5:28pm

Re: Pick the People Over Institutions
The Senate's latest attempt at a stimulus bill has bipartisan support, but it's missing the most popular policy that it could include:
Stimulus checks.
This $900 billion package would fund enhanced unemployment insurance, support the airline industry & provide housing assistance among other things, but it doesn't send a penny to any person w/o going through costly institutions 1st.
82% of Americans favor direct cash relief -- putting money in the people's hands. In today's politics, it can be hard for 82% of Americans to agree on the same facts, let alone the same policy solution to a major crisis.
That's where Humanity Forward comes in. We are building a coalition in Congress to make sure that our leaders do what makes sense -- implement a popular, efficient policy that an overwhelming majority of voters support.
We're working tirelessly before the next Congress is sworn in to make sure that monthly cash payments will become a reality for all Americans, whether in this stimulus bill or the next.
Yours truly,
-Andrew Yang.
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on December 1, 2020 at 8:19pm

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