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 now serving in office in state governments nationwide.
Their 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.
June 12 to June 14, 2015
New American Leaders Project was recently selected to participate 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 national perspective on the need for descriptive democracy in the United States.
■ Most Likely to Shift Perspective Award
■ Audience Choice Award
A more representative government starts closer to home than you may think. If the interests of elected officials don't seem to reflect our own interests, how better to change that than to run for local office yourself? This humorous video drives home this point, and a toolkit helps anyone get started on a public campaign.
Our multi-ethnic country of immigrants is not accurately reflected in our elected officials. This interactive image collage illustrates the changing ethnicity and the increasing "majority of minorities" in the U.S. and compares it to the homogeneity of the Senate. Scroll through the diversity visualization to see the change we need to make so our government truly reflects us.