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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.

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Thursday, March 31 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Community Organizing in AAPI Neighborhoods: The Roots and the Future of Community Development

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The AAPI movement began in the late 1960s against the backdrop of the larger civil rights movement. AAPI community development corporations (CDCs) followed in the 1970s. Community organizers mobilized residents of AAPI neighborhoods to tackle the need for housing and address growing poverty. Today, more than two million AAPIs live below the poverty line, disproportionally in cities with the highest costs of living and where AAPI neighborhoods are alongside other communities of color. CDCs have a critical role to play in the movement for racial and economic justice. This session will explore innovative approaches to engage local AAPI communities in leading the charge to preserve their at-risk neighborhoods.

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Lisa Hasegawa

Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Lisa Hasegawa is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). National CAPACD’s mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by promoting economic vitality, civic and political participation, and racial equity. Hasegawa is on the board of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and Progressive Congress. Previously... Read More →

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Cathy Dang

Executive Director, Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence - Organizing Asian Communities
Cathy Dang is the Executive Director of the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence - Organizing Asian Communities, a pan-Asian organization that organizes low-income Asian immigrants for larger systemic and institutional change towards racial, gender, and economic justice. CAAAAV's primary areas of organizing are housing justice in Chinatown and Queensbridge Public Housing and police accountability. Dang has organized in labor and community... Read More →
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Dean Matsubayashi

Executive Director, Little Tokyo Service Center
Dean Matsubayashi is Executive Director of Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), a 35-year-old neighborhood-based organization based in Little Tokyo. LTSC provides the social services that motivated its establishment along with programs focusing on holistic community growth, affordable housing, economic development, and revitalization of Little Tokyo. Matsubayashi serves on many non-profit boards of directors and on advisory boards for financial... Read More →
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Nisha Vyas

Staff Attorney, Community Development Project, Public Counsel
Nisha Vyas is a staff attorney with Public Counsel’s Community Development Project. Her work includes providing counsel to community-based organizations, including legal advice and capacity building support to nonprofit affordable and supportive housing providers, and affirmatively enforcing laws to ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing and protections against displacement in the region. With a background in community law and fair... Read More →
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Mark Wilson

Executive Director, Coalition for Responsible Community Development
A native of South Los Angeles, Wilson co-founded of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, and has served as Executive Director since its inception in 2005. He serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and oversees day-to-day operations, including personnel, finance, programs, fund development, and community relations. He supervises a management team of 6 people with a combined total of 63 years of experience... Read More →
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Maiko Winkler-Chin

Executive Director, The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
Maiko Winkler-Chin is Executive Director of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), which works to preserve, promote and develop the Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. Winkler-Chin previously served as the Director of Housing, responsible for asset and property management, as well as a member of the real estate development team. She has... Read More →