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"Asian-American conference aims to inform, educate." November 1, 2001
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Title: "Asian-American conference aims to inform, educate." November 1, 2001
Series Title: Asian Kaleidoscope Month articles and advertisements in the Florida Alligator
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Language: English
Creator: Sirmons, Jeff
Publisher: Independent Florida Alligator
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Publication Date: November 1, 2001
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2004-ALLIGATOR,9Hip-hop tour seeks to energize city's young votersARTISTSPERFORMEDDOWNTOWNONFRIDAY.ELIZABETH PRANNAlligator WriterPassers-bycouldn'tresist stoppingatGainesville'sDowntownPlazaonFridaywhentheyheardthe lively hip-hop music coming from artists performingatanearly vote tour. "1 wasjustonmywayto the bus," said Gainesville residentAndreaDavis,whoendedupstay ingattheeventfor morethananhour. SponsoredbyTheMovementandRocktheVote, thetouris tra versingthroughseveral Florida cities, including Jacksonville, Tallahassee, GainesvilleandFt. Lauderdale before Nov.2.TheMovementPresident Bridget Norvell said 2004 isthegroup'sfirst election year,andithasexperienced tremendous success. "This year'selection,peopleare really coming together," she said.Hergroupbeganin Central Floridaandhassince dedicated its time tomakingsure peopleknowthe importance a single vote can hold. "It's time forustomakeachange:'Norvell said. "That onevote could change thewayyoulive." She said everyoneneedstospeakupandbandtogether, as she offered the microphone to Davis,whode clined the offer."Unitedwestand,dividedwe fall," Norvell said.ElectionsRocktheVote2004national field di rector Tom Bacote said his organiza tionworkseverydayto encourageyoungpeopletobemorepolitically involved in their community. After hosting concertsandspe cial eventsatmanyhighschoolsandcollege campuses,youngpeoplehavebeentotallyengagedforthefirst time,hesaid. "There is a greatnewpolitical consistencybetween us," Bacote said. "People are beginning to real ize their power."Hesaid after Nov. 2, thejob is only half-done,andhis organization plans to trainandeducateyoungvolunteers to lobbyatthelocal level, beginning Nov.3."Everyone isbustingpeopleto getouttothepolls,andthen afterwardseveryone goes into hibernation:'Bacote said.Inorderto change public policy,youngpeopleneedtobeconsistentandpress issuesthattruly affectyoungpeople,hesaid.Inadditionto targetingyoungpeople, TheMovementalso does its best togetin touchwiththose mak ing a lower income. "It's themwehaveto reach," Norvell said. She said she noticedmanyhomeless people in Gainesvilleandresidentsshouldaskwherethe tax dollars are going. "Why are there homeless?" Norvell asked. "Peopleneedto re check their economy." Davis said shewouldlike to see things change in Gainesville. She said Gainesville residentsneedbetter healthcare,improvedjob prospectsandto see progressinthe economy. "1 wantto see some immediateresults:'Davis said.MULTICULTURALAsian-American conference aims to inform, educate "Many people assumewedon't suffer from such thingsasracism and segregation, butwedo."Bao Phipoettive Asian-American advocate. "We wantto participate inthenational dia logue,withthe students realizinghowmuchworkneedstobedoneinorderfor America to accept Asian-Americanculture:'hesaid.\Welcomes Katie She Specializes in Ladies' Color, Highlights, Updo's&Corrective Color.WeofferMen's&Women's Styles.pen,andifyou'reloudenough,youdon'tevenneeda microphone,"hesaid. Phi advocated againstthe"modelminor ity" label, saying itbothstifled his cultureandsubduedotherminority cultures in America. "Many peopleassumewedon'tsuffer from such things as racismandsegregation,butwedo:'hesaid, referring to Vincent Chin's 1982murderbytwomenwitha baseball bat. ASU President Mark Villegas saidthe goal oftheconferencewasto raise questionsamongAsian Americansandencouragethemto thinkaboutwhatit takes to becomeanac\.,J.:. u.s.AIRFORCECROSSINTOTHEBLUEoperatesonfear,whetheritbethreats of physi cal violenceorfear of deportation," Phi said, referring to crimes against Asian Americans. Phiwasoneofthediscussion leadersatthe Southeast Regional Conference for Asian American Leaders. UP's Asian StudentUnionhostedtheconference,whichbroughtstudents from nine southeastern universities inorderto create awarenessofAsian-American cultures. Phi led apoetryworkshopstressingtheim portance ofpoetryas a communication tool. "Poetry is a cheapandaccessibleartform,whereallyoubasicallyneedis apadanda For Bao Phi, a featuredpoetonHBO's "Def Poetry Jam," poetryisnota personalartformusedto transformangryfeelings into rhyth mic patternsofinternal turmoil. Poetry is hiswayofwakingupanentire culture, fuelingthemwithhis proseanden lighteningandenlivening a culturedeemedbymanyAmericans as "model" and "quiet." "Oftentimes,weAsians arenotas quiet asweare being silencedbyagovernmentthatByJEFF SIRMONSAlligator WriterFreeHaircutwithany ChemicalServicewIKatie onlyTHINK OUTSIDEOpenMON-FRI9-5SAT9-2Locatedon Ground FlooroftheReitz Union.379-4686forappointments. Walk-Ins Accepted.FOURPERPENDICULAR SIDESONAH&RBlockIncomeTaxCourseGEOMETRICALLYSQUAREDBASE.Learntaxes.Earnseasonalincome.*It takes ingenuity,teamworkand a greatdeaLofefforttopuLLoff some of the high-profiLe engineering projects being done in the United StatesAirForce. Engineers who come aboard are immediateLy putonthe fasttrackand have advancementopportunitiestypically not found in the private sector. From weapons systems and space station materiaLs to the next generation of X-pLanes,whateverthe project is, ifs aLwaysfresh,aLwaysimportantandaLwayscutting edge. 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