We Are AAPI is uplifting and mobilizing a new generation of civically engaged AAPIs. Learn more here.

A Filipino man — Godfrey — smiling against the backdrop of Downtown Los Angeles.
A Filipino man — Godfrey — smiling against the backdrop of Downtown Los Angeles.
Godfrey Santos Plata, Candidate for California State Assembly, District 53

On an October 1988 night, four-year-old Godfrey Santos Plata pressed his face against a thick airplane window and gazed down below as the edge of the Pacific Ocean came into view. Thousands of miles away, the same waters crashed against beaches in the Philippines, where he, his sister, and their parents had left a large extended family the day before. …


This story was originally published on We Are AAPI’s website.

Over the next few months, I will interview and uplift the work and lives of civically engaged AAPIs, starting with former Pete for America organizer and We Are AAPI team member, Lynne Guey.

Lynne Guey sitting in front of a sketch of New York City
Lynne Guey sitting in front of a sketch of New York City
Lynne Guey in New York

Last April, We Are AAPI’s own Lynne Guey was scrolling through her phone while riding public transit when she stumbled upon a story about a gay mayor of a small city in Indiana who had just announced his bid to be the next President of the United States. …

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