On January 24, six different progressive Asian American Pacific Islander organizations hosted a State of the Union Watch Party in Washington, D.C.’s Logan Circle neighborhood. The sponsoring organizations included the Asian American Action Group (AAAG), Asian Pacific Americans for Progress-DC (APAP-DC), the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance-DC (APALA-DC), KAYA-DC (formerly Filipinos for Obama), Korean Americans for Obama (KAFO) and South Asians for Obama (SAFO). This watch party was one of at least 7 AAPI watch parties nationwide. Organizers of the event believe that nearly 100 people came to watch the President lay out his Blueprint for Change in his third State of the Union address.
In his address, the President laid out his vision for an “economy that’s built to last.” Central to his vision are American manufacturing, a broader domestic energy policy, and plans for a new one-stop shop for job training to make sure that American worker’s skills remain competitive.
Camden Lee, a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, said that the President’s speech was inspring, and that it was amazing to be there with members of the community excited to work together and create the change that the President is working toward.