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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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Wednesday, March 30 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Asians for Black Lives: The Role of Asian Americans in the Racial Justice Movement

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In light of the 2014 killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, the movement for Black Lives emerged to raise the visibility of police violence in Black communities and the call to end anti-Blackness in society. This has inspired thousands of young people to join the movement and created political will to influence local to national policies. Asian Americans across the country have stood in solidarity, building upon and creating new relationships and alliances. What are the strategies in the Asian American community? What are the opportunities and challenges? What is the role of Asian Americans in the racial justice movement?

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Alex T. Tom

Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association
Alex T. Tom is Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association. With over fifteen years of experience organizing for social and economic justice, Alex has played a leadership role in building CPA’s service, organizing, and civic engagement programs. Before becoming CPA’s Executive Director, Alex served as the Campaign Coordinator where he built the Worker Organizing Center and led campaigns to organize workers in the garment and... Read More →

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Fahd Ahmed

Executive Director, Desis Rising Up and Moving - South Asian Organizing Center
Fahd Ahmed came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant from Pakistan in 1991. He has been a grassroots organizer on the issues of racial profiling, immigrant justice, police accountability, and national security for the last 13 years. Over the last 3 years, as the Legal and Policy Director at Desis Rising Up and Moving - South Asian Organizing Center (DRUM), Ahmed ran the End Racial Profiling Campaign and brought together the... 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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Kabzuag Vaj

Founder & Co-Executive Director, Freedom Inc.
Kabzuag Vaj is founder and co-executive director of Freedom Inc., and has dedicated the majority of her life to ending gender-based violence. Vaj’s ability to build family, solidarity, and shared analysis across race, culture, and generations has become an example of how Asian and African American communities can collectively build power, share resources, and mobilize to bring about deep social, political, cultural and economic change. In... Read More →