Since the start of October, AJ Rafael has been holding weekly town hall meetings called, “We Could Make It Happen” in support of the College Outreach branch of the Filipino Americans For Biden-Harris organization. The town halls were held virtually and exchanged information on how we can be active and be part of the change this upcoming election.
AJ’s goal with these virtual meetings is to mix both music and civil engagement. This gave Filipino-Americans a safe space to talk voting, identity, and taboo topics that are sometimes difficult to have with family and friends. The community had the chance to join in the conversation along with AJ and a few special guest appearances:
“Conversations need to be ongoing, it’ll take a lot of organizing and work in our communities,” says Ruby. This is the dialogue we need to get everyone involved and let Filipino-Americans know they have a say in impacting the future. Singer/Songwriter Travis Atreo shared in the video perfectly that we all can use our voice. We don’t have to be an influencer to make an impact. Every voter and their vote matters.
Just as AJ said to close out the video, “We are here. Your voice matters. Filipino-Americans stand up.”
Voting Tuesday is tomorrow and we encourage you if you haven’t yet to go out and vote! We all could make it happen on November 3rd.