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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 • 10:45am - 12:15pm
New Forms and Partnerships for Growing Political Power: C4s and More

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Do you want to increase your political power, but not sure where to start? Working in coalitions with different types of organizations (such as 501(c)(4) organizations and labor unions) or starting your own affiliated (c)(4) are two good ways to maximize the civic impact your organization can have, particularly around ballot measures or other voter engagement efforts. This session will share successes and lessons learned from AAPI groups that have done so, as well as the legal framework to keep in mind when working with entities with different tax statuses.

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Nona Randois

Attorney at Law, Southern California Director, Alliance for Justice
Nona Randois manages Alliance for Justice’s Southern California office, which builds the capacity of nonprofits and foundations in the region to advocate for policy and systems change. Randois is an attorney who previously worked at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, focusing primarily on representing nonprofits. She also worked at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP. Randois earned her law degree from Georgetown University... Read More →

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Timmy Lu

State Organizing Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Timmy Lu has thirteen years of experience in political organizing and grassroots activism. He is the State Organizing Director at Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) and Field Director of APEN Action, where he builds the political power of Asian American immigrant and refugee communities to win environmental and economic justice. Lu serves on the boards of Oakland Rising and Chinese Progressive Association Action Fund and is a frequent... Read More →
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Alberto Retana

President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Coalition
Alberto Retana cut his teeth on community organizing at Community Coalition, where he developed his organizing values beginning with South Central Youth Empowered Through Action. For the next eleven years, Retana led Community Coalition through major victories in advancing racial, economic, and education justice. From 2009 to 2011, Retana worked for the Obama administration in the United States Department of Education as Director of Community... Read More →
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Kent Wong

Director, University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center
Kent Wong is director of the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center, where he teaches Labor Studies and Asian American Studies. Wong was previously staff attorney for the Service Employees International Union, and the first staff attorney for the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, now Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. Wong served as the founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the American... Read More →