Azerbaijani-Americans display unprecedented activism in the first five months of ’08!
USAN goals and objectives are being accomplished: In just eighteen weeks, USAN members have sent out tens of thousands of faxes and emails to their elected officials and media, published six articles in regional press, setting a new record for the community. This has resulted in a greater positive activity on the Hill, with constantly growing Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus (CAC), increasing number of public statements by members of Congress, and regular communication between constituents and their elected officials. Azerbaijani-Americans have also stepped up their financial contributions and generally have become more politically pro-active.
The U.S. Azeris Network (USAN) is a non-profit, non-partisan, true grassroots organization which aims to educate, engage, energize, link and unite Azerbaijani-American voters across the political spectrum into the U.S. political process, on both Federal and State levels. USAN facilitates, eases and automates the electronic delivery of letters, petitions, action alerts and major news from Azerbaijani-American voters to their State Legislators, Assemblymen, Congressmen and Senators, as well as the U.S. media. This is especially important for the Azerbaijani-American community in the 2008 election year, when Presidential, U.S. House and Senate, and State and Local elections all are held at once.
The U.S. Azeris Network is making the first nation-wide attempt to bring all the Azerbaijani-American current and potential voters together, to educate them about the need for voting and thus voter registration, engage them into the American political debate, energize them to vote and be active on important issues facing the Azerbaijani-American community and the country at large, link and unite the Azerbaijani-American voters to speak with one vigorous voice, to be heard in Washington D.C. and state capitals, and to be recognized as an influential voice on the issues pertaining to the Azerbaijani-American voters, particularly energy security, religious tolerance, racism, NATO, EU and WTO politics, humanitarian aid and technical assistance to the strategic ally nations, taxation, social security and healthcare.
As a relatively new group of “swing” or “undecided” voters, the up to 400,000 strong Azerbaijani-American community, concentrating particularly in the states of California, New York, New Jersey and Texas, together with other Turkic communities, such as the half-million strong Turkish-American voter block, along with Iranian-Americans of Azerbaijani Turkic heritage and the Jewish-Americans (primarily Mountain Jewish) who hail from Azerbaijan, presents a great opportunity as a new force in grassroots activism and voting in U.S. politics.
Through the auspices of the U.S. Azeris Network, the voice of the Azerbaijani-Americans will be unified and strengthened. USAN is the first nationwide grassroots organization uniting Azerbaijani-Americans, being created by the grassroots, for the grassroots!