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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 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
What’s at Stake in the 2016 Elections?

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Opening Remarks:  Congressmember Judy Chu, United States House of Representatives

The outcome of the 2016 elections will have deep and profound impact for years to come, not just for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, but for our nation as a whole. Presidential elections determine more than who occupies the White House. Presidents can create and also undo Executive Orders, significantly impact Congressional legislative priorities, and, as we have seen in recent weeks, leave a lasting legacy through the appointment of Supreme Court justices. Beyond the federal level, key issues such as LGBTQ equality and the minimum wage will be determined by state and local elections. As our nation grapples with growing economic divides and significant racial tensions, including rising anti-Muslim hate and anti-immigrant sentiment, the outcome of the 2016 elections will affect how successfully our nation addresses these fears and challenges.

Moderators
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Mee Moua

President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC
Mee Moua Mee Moua is the president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, a leading national nonprofit organization that works to advance the human and civil rights of Asian Americans and build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.

Speakers
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Nan Aron

Executive Director, Alliance for Justice
Nan Aron, Alliance for Justice’s founder and president, guides the organization and its two programs, the Bolder Advocacy Initiative and the Justice Program. Aron is nationally recognized for her vast expertise in public interest law, the federal judiciary and citizen participation in public policy. She is the author of Liberty and Justice for All: Public Interest Law in the 1980s and Beyond. Prior to founding Alliance for Justice, Aron was... Read More →
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Judy Chu

Congressmember, United States House of Representatives
Judy Chu was elected to the United States House of Representatives in July 2009. She represents the 27th Congressional District, which includes Pasadena and the west San Gabriel Valley of southern California. Chu was first elected to the Board of Education for Garvey School District in 1985. From there, she was elected to the Monterey Park City Council, where she served as Mayor three times. She then was elected to the State Assembly and... Read More →
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Celinda Lake

President, Lake Research Partners
Celinda Lake is one of the Democratic Party's leading political strategists, serving as tactician and senior advisor to the national party committees, dozens of Democratic incumbents, and challengers at all levels of the electoral process. Lake and her firm are known for cutting-edge research on issues including the economy, health care, the environment and education. Her international work has included work in Liberia, Haiti, Ukraine, South... Read More →
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Tim Storey

Director of Leaders Services, National Conference of State Legislatures
Tim Storey is Director of Leaders Services for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). He specializes in elections, redistricting, and legislative organization and management. He staffed NCSL's redistricting and elections committee for over 20 years and authored numerous articles on redistricting and elections. Every two years, Storey directs NCSL's effort, StateVote, to collect and analyze state election results. He has... Read More →