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    For nine minutes & twenty-nine seconds last summer, our nation watched in horror as George Floyd’s life was taken from him in an unconscionable act of police brutality. 

     

    As is every death caused by those who are trusted to protect our communities and keep us safe, George Floyd’s murder wasn’t just injustice, it was inhuman. 

     

    Police mistreatment of Black & Brown Americans is both a painful, deadly reality for too many, & a moral stain on our society. 

     

    We have a long way to go. We must all remember that today’s verdict is the 1st step towards healing in our communities, not the accomplishment of deep & lasting reform to police culture.

     

    As we have every day since his murder, today is yet another day to mourn George Floyd’s passing. But we must also use this moment to  begin a relentless pursuit of justice for the countless Black & Brown women, men, & trans people who have been killed @ the hands of the police. In Minneapolis, in New York City, & across the country. 

     

    We must continue to hold George’s family very close, & the family of Daunte Wright, & every other family who has lost a loved one @ the hands of the police.

     

    There are far too many other families who have borne the brunt of grief & loss who have not yet seen justice, but today’s verdict is one step in the right direction.

    -Andrew Yang


“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.

 

Yours,

 

Evelyn

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. 

 

Why? 

 

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

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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?

YES
 
NO

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

Thanks, 

Team Humanity Forward

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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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Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on November 26, 2020 at 10:26am
Comment by Jo- Koo of DojO- on November 24, 2020 at 6:55am

Humanity Forward:  Volunteer Appreciation Day!

 
This week I am full of gratitude for health, family & hope as we head into the holiday season & finish out this very difficult year.
 
Humanity Forward has much to be grateful for in our volunteer & organizing community. We have a talented, skilled & passionate crew of dedicated individuals who have answered the call.
 
In true 2020 virtual style, Humanity Forward is celebrating our gratitude w/ Volunteer Appreciation Day tomorrow. 
 
Andrew Yang wants to thank all the outstanding volunteers that helped our movement over the last 6 months in supporting our amazing endorsed UBI candidates during the Sprint to the Election. 
 
Twelve Super Volunteers will be featured to acknowledge their above & beyond dedication & hard work & over 100 volunteers have been invited to the Gratitude Hang for recognition of their commitment & work.
 
 
We hope you can participate in Andrew’s “BIG Thank You” message & our introduction of our superstars in the UBI community.
 
 
Let’s start Thanksgiving early. 
 
In sincere gratitude,
Ericka McLeod
Organizing & Operations Director
 
 
Humanity Forward, a non-profit organization, founded by Andrew Yang to rewrite the rules of our society to work for us, the people!
 
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Join us on the Volunteer Portal!

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