By Jessie “Decipher” Kim, Staff Writer
Sisters in Georgia met to promote civic engagement during an walk programmed by the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS) in Atlanta on Oct. 8. The 12th annual TEA, which stands for “Together Empowering All,” Walk celebrates diversity and empowers individuals within the community to have their voices heard.
Registration began at 9 a.m. EST, where individuals received their ticket to obtain a free shirt and lunch. Booths were spread along an area, where free flu shots were given, a variety of information was handed out, multicultural foods could be sampled, and activities such as writing thank you cards to soldiers were available. The walk began at noon, when everyone walked together for two miles along Buford Highway. Traditional drums were played along while participants sung chants.
According to Pew Research Center, empowerment walks promoting civic engagement are critical. Asian Americans lag behind in voting compared to their White, Black and Hispanic counterparts. To combat this problem, the TEA walk provided the opportunity for individuals to register to vote and prioritize voting. Events programmed by CPACS hope to eliminate the large discrepancies in voting among Asian Americans.
In addition to the TEA Walk, CPACS has hosted multiple phone banking sessions, voter registration drives and canvassing to push communities to promote having their voices heard by encouraging them to vote. CPACS does not only focus on voting. Its mission is to promote self-sufficiency and equality for immigrants, refugees and the underprivileged through comprehensive health and social services, capacity building and advocacy. The organization provides assistance through filling out documents, after-school programs, job training, home-buyer workshops, English literacy program and many more.
More information about programs offered can be found at www.cpacs.org.
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