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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 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
Partnering with Unions & Worker Centers, Building Power for Working Families

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Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, most of whom are union members, and allies advancing worker, immigrant and civil rights. APALA has served as an important bridge between the broader labor movement and the AAPI community. In this workshop, we’ll share case studies from successful partnerships at the local and national level with unions and workers centers on racial justice, community organizing and civic engagement.

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Greg Cendana

Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Strategist, politico and coalition builder Gregory Cendana is the first openly gay and youngest-ever Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement. He is the immediate past Chair of National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, co-founder of the diversity initiative Inclusv, Treasurer for the Labor Coalition for Community Action and is the youngest General... Read More →

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Yves Gomes

National Executive Board Member, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Yves Gomes is a freshman at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, set to graduate in 2019. Gomes serves as a National Executive Board Member and also of the Young Leaders Council Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Gomes spends his time volunteering for organizations that fight for immigrant rights and racial justice.
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Johanna Puno Hester

Special Assistant to the Executive Director, United Domestic Workers of America/AFSCME
Johanna Hester’s dedication to working families began in the 1990s when she successfully organized 2,000 recreation and park assistants in Los Angeles as Lead Organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Since her early organizing days, Hester has become a formidable labor leader, champion for home care providers, and outspoken advocate for the immigrant and civil rights of workers. She... Read More →
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Susan Li

External Organizer, Service Employees International Union 721
Susan Li serves as the current President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Safety Net Systems Coordinator at Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 721, and the appointed Secretary of the SEIU Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. In her time at SEIU, she has helped workers in various industries from healthcare to higher education organize to form unions. Li started as a Chinatown youth organizer in... Read More →