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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
Pan-Ethnic Coalition-Building: Breaking out of Ethnic Silos

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The changing face of America’s electorate ensures that communities of color will have a critical impact on the 2016 election. How do we build bridges across immigrant communities to increase political power and voter turnout? We’ll share findings from a national report on Asian American and Latino legislators, highlighting the challenges on the campaign trail and in elected office for new Americans. Attendees will learn how to build and sustain a political movement for immigrant communities, create supportive environments that allow new American candidates to succeed, and use voter targeting and messaging to expand the electorate to include communities of color.

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Alma-Delia Renteria

School Board President, Lynwood Unified School District
After graduating from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in English, Alma-Delia Renteria joined City Year and later Teach for America as a teacher. Renteria was elected to the Lynwood School Board in 2013, where she made college accessibility/readiness a main priority. Her passion for providing communities like her own opportunities for future options led her to transition into the nonprofit sector as Project Manager for Be A... Read More →

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German Cash

Program Director, New American Leaders Project
German Cash is the Program Director at the New American Leaders Project. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cash has been involved in political campaigns and public advocacy work for several years. He is fueled by a passion to bring positive change to his community, working to elect progressive leaders and enact progressive policies that help uplift and empower underserved and underrepresented populations. He has developed grassroots organizing... Read More →
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Christian Phillips

Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science Department, University of California, Berkeley
Christian Dyogi Phillips is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Travers Department of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include voter behavior, electoral institutions, parties, and descriptive representation, with an emphasis on race, gender and immigrant communities. Phillips's dissertation is a national study of changing patterns of descriptive representation in state legislatures, with particular attention to... Read More →
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Tom K. Wong

Assistant Professor and Director of the International Migration Studies Program Minor, University of California, San Diego
Tom K. Wong is an assistant professor of political science at University of California, San Diego. He researches the politics of immigration. He recently completed his second book, which is on the politics of comprehensive immigration reform in the United States (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). Wong and his work have been covered by ABC News/Univision, Fusion, NPR, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo News, and Univision in... Read More →