Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris, the nation’s first Asian American and woman vice president, will deliver the keynote address for the first-ever virtual AAPI Unity Summit hosted by the AAPI Victory Alliance on Wednesday, May 19.
The virtual summit will begin at 3 p.m. PST/ 6 p.m. EST.
Joining former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic U.S. Senators of color, Tan France, and actor Simu Liu, Harris will deliver remarks on her own heritage, the increased anti-Asian hate and attacks we are seeing, the rising AAPI influence and importance in electoral politics, and where AAPIs go from here to harness this growing influence and scope.
Hosted by the AAPI Victory Alliance, the virtual summit, “From Victory to Unity,” highlights the growing electoral power of the AAPI community amidst a grim uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes and includes the biggest names in the AAPI orbit and politics.
It will also feature other important coalition partners, such as Collective PAC and the Latino Victory Fund.
AAPI Victory Alliance Executive Director Varun Nikore said Harris’ keynote comes as AAPIs saw a record turn out from 2016 to 2020 despite the uptick in hate and violence against the communities.
The summit will “call our communities together to discuss strategies for engaging and mobilizing in the future,” he said.
“This isn’t just a conference, it is a recognition of all that we have worked hard for and achieved. We are here, we are rising, and we are proud to be AAPI Americans,” Nikore added.