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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 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Until We Are All Free: Leading with Culture to Build Multiracial Power

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Culture shift precedes political change; change starts with a leap, a vision, and with our imagination. But how do we lead with culture and vision to imagine, tell the story of, and create a world where all people are visible, valued, and free? Together with participants we will explore emerging efforts to integrate racial justice, culture work and civic engagement to build a national multiracial progressive power base for the long term.  Takeaways will be to share new frameworks and tools co-created by artists and organizers to shift the political paradigm and to explore new narratives of solidarity, transformation and freedom.

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Aparna Shah

Executive Director, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote
Aparna Shah has worked for social change and expanded democracy with immigrant and refugee low-income communities for over 20 years. Under her leadership, Mobilize the Immigrant Vote (MIV) has organized statewide campaigns directly reaching over 175,000 immigrant and refugee New American voters, built the long-term infrastructure and capacity of grassroots immigrant organizations across the state to run electoral and issue campaigns, and... Read More →

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Tia Oso

National Organizer, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Tia Oso is National Organizer for Black Alliance for Just Immigration, a racial justice and migrant rights organization. A dynamic social justice leader, Oso has organized campaigns such as "Not in Our State" and "PHX For Trayvon" mobilizing thousands of advocates for various issues in the public interest. An experienced Community Engagement professional specializing in Social Change initiatives, Oso is a firm believer in the ability of everyday... Read More →
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Fernando Romero

Executive Director, Pomona Economic Opportunity Center
Fernando Romero joined Pomona Economic Opportunity Center as Executive Director in January 2015 with extensive experience in community organizing around immigrant rights and workers rights. He was the Lead Coordinator for the Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California from 2011 to 2014. In that position, he led broadbased actions and rapid response communications to advocate for unaccompanied children and migrant families in... Read More →