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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 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Building the Political Pipeline & Mobilizing the AAPI Community

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With the AAPI population being the fastest growing population in the United States, what do we have to do to make sure our community is represented in political offices at the local, state and federal levels? Hear from political movers and shakers and AAPI elected officials on the challenges and opportunities ahead of us in 2016 and beyond.

Moderators
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S. Floyd Mori

President and CEO, APAICS Leadership Network and Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
S. Floyd Mori is the President and CEO of the APAICS Leadership Network and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). Previously, Mori served as the National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League. He was chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans and has been on the Executive Council of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Mori was elected in 1972 to the city... Read More →

Speakers
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Rob Bonta

Assemblymember, California State Assembly
Assemblymember Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly’s 18th District in 2012, where he represents Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro as the first Filipino American legislator in the history of the state. Bonta has degrees from Yale College, Yale Law School and Oxford University. He previously served as a San Francisco Deputy City Attorney and as Vice-Mayor of the City of Alameda. He chairs the Assembly Health Committee... Read More →
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Mark Keam

State Legislator, Virginia House of Delegates
Mark Keam represents Fairfax County in the Virginia House of Delegates. In 2009, he became the first Asian-born immigrant elected to a state-level public office in Virginia. Mark serves on Commerce & Labor, Education, Finance, and Agriculture Committees. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and Hastings College of the Law, Mark remains active in numerous local and national community and nonprofit causes.
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Evan Low

Assemblymember, California State Assembly
Evan Low is the youngest Asian American member to serve in the State Legislature, representing the Silicon Valley. His work within the community and deep knowledge of local issues led him to run for Campbell City Council in 2006. He made history as the first Asian American elected to Campbell’s City Council. He also served as an American Government and Political Science instructor at De Anza Community College. Low attended local public... Read More →
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Bao Nguyen

Mayor, City of Garden Grove, California
Bao Nguyen is the Mayor of the City of Garden Grove, California. Prior to his election in 2014, he served, by appointment in 2011, then by election in 2012, as trustee of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education, including a term as Vice-President. In 2014, Nguyen was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Orange County Fair Board of Directors, California 32nd District Agricultural Association. Nguyen has also served as a... Read More →