In the New American Leaders Project's “Represent 2020: A Scorecard for Immigrant Leadership in America” report, researchers surveyed 7,382 state legislators to determine the number of Asian American and Latino elected officials in office at state governments nationwide.
The findings are alarming. Only 377 state legislature seats are held by Asian American and Latino representatives!
Across the board, NO state legislature in the United States accurately reflects the number of Asian Americans and Latinos residing in their states.
New American Leaders Project recently participated in Re3 StoryHack. We helped two teams of hackers write, visualize, code, and share our story. Their websites offer background on the current state of representation, and aim to shift perspective.
■ Most Likely to Shift Perspective Award
■ Audience Choice Award
A more representative government starts close to home. If the interests of elected officials don't reflect our own, why not run for local office yourself? This humorous video makes this point, and a toolkit helps anyone get started.
Our multi-ethnic country is not accurately reflected in our elected officials. This interactive image collage illustrates the vibrant and increasing "majority of minorities" in the U.S. and compares it to the homogeneity of the Senate. Scroll through the visualization to see the change needed for the US government to truly reflect the nation.