Civic engagement is about building power within the community, and at HAWA, we work to build power within our Southeast Asian women, girls and queer-fem folx through providing citizenship services, mutual aid and grass-roots organizing.
It is through building capacity in these three areas that we promote the leadership of our women, girls and queer-fem leaders to help shape a world in which they can be free of violence and injustice.
For many in our Southeast Asian community, one of the most significant barriers to being civically engaged and building power is achieving citizenship. The various requirements of the naturalization process, such as english proficiency, knowledge of civics, as well as the expensive fees and the complexity of the application process, make the citizenship pathway prohibitively difficult for our community.
That is why HAWA has provided the following free services for our community:
If you or someone you know would like more information, please contact:
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the economic vulnerability of our Southeast Asian community that has always existed beneath the surface. We recognize that individuals and families need their basic needs met before they can be moved in their power.
Throughout 2020 and into 2021, HAWA has procured and distributed:
Before 2018, door-to-door canvassing and voter registration in the Milwaukee Southeast Asian community was almost non-existent. Issues of language and culture barriers made it difficult for mainstream organizations to connect with potential Southeast Asian voters. With the launch of our civic engagement work in 2018, HAWA has built the capacity to:
Our movement building work is only possible through the generous support of individuals, organizational partners and foundations.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SOUTHEAST ASIAN VOTE
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Hmong American Women’s Association
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