CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & EMPOWERMENT

TOOLKIT

Get Involved. Stay Engaged. Build Community.

Step 1: Engage

  • Register to Vote - A critical step in getting engaged is making sure you are registered to vote, if you are eligible. Check out our Voter Registration page here.

  • Neighborhood CouncilsIf you live in the City of LA, participate in an upcoming Neighborhood Council (NC) meeting. NCs are the closest form of government to the people. They are advisory bodies, who advocate for their communities with City Hall on important issues like development, homelessness, and emergency preparedness. NCs are part of the City of LA government, and have annual budgets funded by taxpayer dollars.

  • Complete the U.S. Census - It's your chance to shape the next 10 years! Click here to learn more about the U.S. Census before the deadline on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

Step 2: Energize

  • Become a PALAD member! - Help us continuing building our community and political infrastructure by become a member today. It's easy, click here!

  • Connect with your local and statewide Democratic organizations & clubs - It's important to know and get familiar with leaders at local and statewide Democratic organizations. They host events, recruit members and volunteers, and provide trainings, especially leading up to Election Day. Most importantly, you get to connect with fellow Democrats!

Step 3: Organize

  • Get Trained - There are numerous organizations that host trainings, including leadership academies and bootcamps for how to run for office. Here are a few to check out:

    • APIs Mobilize: A non-profit organization that seeks to cultivate greater participation of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Americans in public service through educational opportunities. Programs include a college internship program, a youth leadership program, and appointed officials network.

    • Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS): A national non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Asian Pacific American participation and representation at all levels of the political process.

    • Emerge - Candidate Training: In-depth training program to train Democratic women interested in running for office. 

    • EMILY's List - Run to Win Trainings: Provides training and resources for local and state-level progressive women candidates. 

    • National Democratic Training Committee: Free training for all Democrats and Progressives.

    • New American Leaders (NAL): Training programs for first- and second-generation Americans who want to use their civic power.

  • Host a Virtual House Party - CADEM has a goal of organizing and hosting 1,000 virtual house parties in 2020. Virtual House Parties are opportunities for our Democratic community in California to build relationships, tell our collective story, share strategy, and lay the groundwork for what must be our biggest, most effective get out the vote program ever. 

    • Have questions on how to get started or interested in tailoring your house party into a virtual merienda session instead? Please email us at hello@palad.org 

Step 4: Mobilize

  • Apply to be on a PALAD Committee - We need your help and have open positions to serve on various committees, including communications, community outreach, events, legal, membership recruitment, voter registration, and voter protection. Don't see a committee you're interested in? Please email us at hello@palad.org, we are open to ideas!

  • Volunteer with LACDP - Volunteer with the LACDP and learn more about helping with activities like voter registration, canvassing, phone banking, events, and more.

  • Volunteer with CADEM - Volunteer with CADEM and search for volunteer opportunities near you. You can search by high-priority events and also filter by categories like GOTV, student event, Latinx community, and more.

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