The 2016 Advancing Justice Conference (AJC) is the first and only national conference in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community focusing on civil rights and social justice. Over 700 AAPIs from across the U.S. will come together to address issues facing our fastest growing populations. The theme will focus on civic engagement and building our electoral and social power in support of economic and racial justice. Conference attendees will participate in two days of panel discussions, caucus sessions, skills and capacity building, trainings, and networking receptions.

Questions? Email conference@advancingjustice.org
Thursday, March 31 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Electoral Strategies in Islamophobic Times

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We have seen a dramatic increase in the manipulation of fear as an electoral tactic – whether it be fear against the poor, the LGBTQ, or now, fear against Muslims. It should be no surprise that there is a rise in hate crimes against AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian) communities in the months leading up to an election. With the critical 2016 elections looming, this panel will feature key organizers to discuss strategies and tactics to counter the inevitable Islamophobic rhetoric that will be coming our way this upcoming year.

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Tanzila Ahmed

Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18MillionRising. Taz was honored in 2016 as White House Champion of Change for AAPI Art and Storytelling. She is cohost of The #GoodMuslimBadMuslim Podcast that has been featured in Oprah Magazine, Wired, and Buzzfeed as well as live shows recorded at South by Southwest and the White House. An avid essayist, she had a monthly column called Radical Love and has written for Sepia Mutiny, Truthout, The Aerogram, The Nation, Left Turn Magazine, and more. She is published in the anthologies Modern Loss (2018), Six Words Fresh Off the Boat (2017), Good Girls Marry Doctors (2016), Love, Inshallah (2012) and poetry collection Coiled Serpent (2016). Her third poetry chapbook Emdash and Ellipses was published in early 2016. Taz curates Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced Voices of Our Vote: My #AAPIVote Album (2016) and Beats for Bang, 18MillionRising.org
Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. An electoral organizer by trade, she’s mobilized thousands of Asian American and Pacific Islanders to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past fifteen years, starting with founding... Read More →

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Reema Ahmad

Community Organizer
Reema Ahmad is a community organizer with experience in political, electoral, and issue-based campaigns. She collaborated with community leaders to co-found Project Mobilize, a 501(c)4 political action organization dedicated to increasing civic participation and representation from... Read More →
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Sarah Jawaid

Organizer, LA Voice
Sarah Jawaid is a community organizer with LA Voice, a non-profit affiliate of the People Improving Communities Through Organizing National Network, where she does faith-based social justice organizing and leadership development in Los Angeles. Jawaid works with Muslims, Jews and... Read More →
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Asma Men

Program Coordinator, California Community Foundation
Asma Men, a native Southern Californian, has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly a decade as an advocate of underrepresented communities on a range of civic engagement projects and non-partisan campaigns, including voter-mobilization and redistricting efforts. Most recently... Read More →
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Ramla Sahid

Executive Director, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans - PANA
Ramla Sahid is the founder and executive director of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s growth as the leading voice for refugees in San Diego. She brings more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit... Read More →