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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
It’s Never Too Early To Plan – Census 2020 and Redistricting

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As civic engagement efforts ramp up for the 2016 elections, organizations must be equally invested in engaging in Census 2020 and the subsequent redistricting cycle. These are both multi-year processes that take advance planning and coordination to do well. This workshop will discuss how you can weigh in now on important census decisions that will impact an accurate count and how to design an outreach effort. The workshop will also look at how we can engage in redistricting to ensure districts are drawn to amplify our communities’ voices.

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Terry Minnis

Director of Census & Voting Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
Terry Minnis is the director of the census and voting programs for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC. Minnis co-chairs the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Task Force and sat on the 2010 Census Advisory Committee. Minnis has published articles and served as counsel on amicus briefs filed before the Supreme Court on voting rights. Minnis was one of the key leaders in reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act and... Read More →

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María Blanco

Commissioner, California Citizens Redistricting Commission
María Blanco directs the Undocumented Student Legal Services Center, which provides immigration-related legal services for undocumented students at University of California campuses. Blanco has over 20 years’ experience as a civil rights litigator and advocate. She most recently served as Vice President of Civic Engagement at the California Community Foundation. Blanco also served as Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for... Read More →
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Momi Fernandez

Director of the Census Information Center and Data & Information, Papa Ola Lokahi
Momi Imaikalani Fernandez is Director of the Census Information Center and Data & Information at Papa Ola Lokahi, a non-profit, Native Hawaiian Health Board. She is currently the Chairperson for the Census Information Centers Steering Committee, a program of the United States Census Bureau. She has held state and federal positions concerning the restoration and return of the island of Kahoʻolawe. Fernandez currently serves on an advisory... Read More →
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Deanna Kitamura

Project Director, Voting Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Deanna Kitamura is the Voting Rights Project Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She works on issues related to language access and voter protection and co-authored Voices of Democracy: Asian Americans and Language Access During the 2012 Elections. From 2009-2012, Kitamura was the Statewide Redistricting Manager at Advancing Justice - Los Angeles and advocated to keep Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific... Read More →