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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
Democratic Participation Beyond Voting – Leveraging Campaign Contributions and Other Tactics Within the Escalation of Engagement

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The prevailing vision of participation in the democratic process centers upon the act of voting; however, our panelists will present their experiences in translating campaign contributions, legislative outreach, and civic engagement within the frame of democratic participation. While many have been battling the influence of big money in politics and the corresponding impact on under-served and underrepresented communities since Citizens United, efforts to reform campaign finance that focus more on empowering small donors have been increasing. This workshop will explore real-world examples of effective campaigns which have utilized small campaign contributions, volunteerism, and voter engagement as means of increasing an individual’s engagement in our democratic system.

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Steven Montoya

National Campaign Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
Steven Montoya is the National Campaign Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, responsible for developing and implementing strategy for Field outreach and advocacy initiatives, community and public education efforts, and overseeing Community Partners’ Network strategy and capacity building. Prior to joining Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, Montoya spent the past eight years alternating between electoral campaigns... Read More →

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Christine Chen

Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Christine Chen, the founding executive director of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote from 2006-2008, returned to APIAVote in 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director. During her tenure, she strengthened and expanded APIAVote's partners into 22 states. APIAVote’s research and polling of Asian American voters and their regional trainings and field programs have strengthened the local grassroots programs in reaching and... Read More →
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Kathay Feng

Executive Director, California Common Cause
Kathay Feng is Common Cause’s National Redistricting Director and California Common Cause’s Executive Director. Feng spearheaded successful initiative campaigns to create an independent citizens commission to redistrict state and congressional districts in California. Feng also led efforts to successfully pass Online Voter Registration and Same Day Registration, and helps anchor California’s Election Protection efforts. In Los... Read More →
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DeNora Getachew

Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel, The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
DeNora Getachew is Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where she works on affirmative democracy reform efforts. During her career, Getachew has shaped state and local policy on a host of reform issues, including as Policy Director for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Policy Director at Citizens Union, Legislative Director at the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and Legislative... Read More →
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David Ryu

Councilmember, City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District. Ryu studied economics at University of California, Los Angeles; Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers; won a prestigious United Nations graduate internship; and was a Netkal Fellow at University of Southern California’s School of Social Work. As Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, he worked for years on issues like public... Read More →