Breaking down the language barrier for new Americans to participate politically

Breaking down the language barrier for new Americans to participate politically

VoterVOX from 18 Million Rising

Approximately 20% of Americans speak another language at home than English. Nearly 7% don’t speak English at all. Asians and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing demographic in America today and too many of them are cut out from the political process due to a language barrier. Cayden Mak of 18 Million Rising has combined new tech with expertise in mobilizing volunteers to break down that barrier so everyone can participate in civic and political life.

Interview

1) Who are you and how did you come to get involved in this work?

2) Why is your work important?

3) What distinguishes your project from similar efforts – and why do you believe it will succeed in ways that other efforts might not?

4) What does success look like in five years – how will things be different if you’re successful?