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Action Together New Jersey’s
Co-Founder & Executive Director Uyen Khuong
Receives EMILY’s List’s We are EMILY Award
*Uyen “Winn” Khuong, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the growing grassroots group, Action Together New Jersey (ATNJ,) receives the EMILY’s List’s annual We Are EMILY Award along with other leaders in the resistance movement.*
Washington, DC – May 3, 2017-
At the Washington Hilton tonight, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, hosted their annual We Are EMILY conference and gala. In honor of the millions of women across the country who are leading the charge against Donald Trump and his Republican allies in office, EMILY’s List presented their annual We Are EMILY award to the resistance movement. This movement is spearheaded by the millions of women who have organized, who got loud, who led makeshift legal clinics at airports, million-person rallies across the globe, and who stood up in the halls of Congress and state houses across the country. EMILY’s List recognized not just one voice – but the collective chorus pushing us all forward. Among those is Uyen “Winn” Khuong, co-founder and executive director of Action Together New Jersey, the fastest growing grassroots organization in the Garden State.
Khuong stated, “I am humbled to be recognized as a We Are EMILY Award honoree representing the groundswell of grassroots activism in New Jersey. Action Together New Jersey, with a chapter covering every county in the state, is committed to being “the change we want to see” by providing training, resources, education, and daily calls-to-action to our state and federal officials. We are a group of over 130 volunteers who have come together to provide resources to over 18,000 members statewide. Our members have stepped up and into political change by volunteering with their local Democratic Committees and by running for elected office including Town Council, Board of Education, and State Assembly and Senate. I am elated that EMILY’s List will be tripling its resources at the state and local level in an effort to ensure that women from all backgrounds who want to run, are able to. ”
Speakers and esteemed guests included Senator Elizabeth Warren, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Gov. Kate Brown, Rep. Maxine Waters and Freshman Senators Kamala Harris, Maggie Hassan, Tammy Duckworth, and Catherine Cortez Masto. Senator Elizabeth Warren gave the keynote address and remarks were made by former Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who presented the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award to Philadelphia’s Helen Gym who has worked for over 20 years to support Philadelphia’s public education system and has championed a human rights agenda through grassroots movement building at the citywide level.
The conference included panel discussions with critical decision-makers on crucial topics in today’s changing political landscape, from how campaigns should handle “fake news” to spotlighting EMILY’s List’s state and local program, which has tripled in size to accommodate the over 12,000 women from all 50 states wanting to run for office since Election Day 2016.
ABOUT EMILY’s LIST:
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have trained nearly 10,000 women to run and helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color – including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic congresswoman currently serving.
ABOUT ACTION TOGETHER NEW JERSEY:
How We Began
The 2016 election inspired millions of Americans to fight for the progressive values that they believe in. Action Together New Jersey, part of the grassroots national network, Action Together Network (ATN), was formed as thousands of New Jersey residents banded together to help secure a more inclusive and progressive future for our state and our country.
Who We Are
We are a growing grassroots group from all over the Garden State. We share a passion for equal rights, for progressive ideals, and for building a brighter future for all Americans. We are your neighbors, your friends, and your coworkers. And while we don’t always see eye to eye on every issue (just look at the pork roll/Taylor ham divide), we combine our talents, our smarts, and our scrappy, underdog mentality to make Jersey Strong—and our nation stronger.
A few of the causes we value and fight for include:
Racial Justice, Reproductive Rights, Environmental Concerns, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ+ Rights, Common Sense Gun Laws, Immigration, Education, Healthcare, Social Services, Criminal Justice Reform, Electoral Reform, Finance and Economic Reform, smart Foreign Policy, Workers’ Rights, Civil Rights Protection and Expansion, and Military and Veterans Issues.
What We Do
We fight for civil liberties, social justice, and environmental protection.
We advocate for equality and human rights for all people.
We protect those who face discrimination, disenfranchisement, and persecution.
We fight for legislation that helps the working class, and supports equal pay and a living wage for all workers.
We support and collaborate with existing advocacy groups who share our beliefs.
We will fight to elect progressive leaders who share our values.
And we will fight against elected officials who don’t.
To accomplish these goals, we look for ways to organize and take action, through working with (or against) our representatives, organizing rallies and boycotts, sponsoring social justice projects, and collaborating with other advocacy groups we believe in to help bring about the change we want to see.
We’re a growing grassroots group of like-minded individuals in the Garden State who have banded together to support progressive values and ideals, advocate for equality and human rights, and help elect leaders who share our views.