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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
 

7:30am

7:30am

8:30am

Opening Plenary: Why Do Asian American and Pacific Islander Voters Matter?
Welcome & Opening Remarks:  Sue Van, President & Chief Executive Officer, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States, not just in coastal cities, but also places like the South and the Midwest. As a result, AAPI voters now have the potential to be the margin of victory in many local, state, and federal elections. We will explore both the growing AAPI electorate and the issues that matter to AAPI voters -- e.g., education access, immigration, and health care. Additionally, we will hear how the two major political parties see AAPI voters as well as examine how, as a heavily “unaffiliated” population, AAPIs are leading the shift in how issues and values play an increasingly important role in getting out the vote. In this election cycle, where every vote will count, AAPI voters should not be ignored or taken for granted.

Moderators
avatar for Stewart Kwoh

Stewart Kwoh

President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
In 1983, Stewart Kwoh co-founded Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization that serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. The organization provides direct services to individual clients; engages in policy advocacy, research and analysis; litigates impact lawsuits; and provides social change-based leadership training. Asian Americans... Read More →
avatar for Sue Van

Sue Van

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Sue Van is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.  She has fiduciary responsibility for the vision, strategic plan and operations of the Foundation. Van is integrally involved in every aspect of its programs, from creation to implementation and establishing the criteria for success. Prior to establishing the Foundation in 1999, she was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of... Read More →

Speakers
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Jason Chung

National Director of Asian Pacific American Initiatives, Asian Pacific American Communications Director, Republican National Committee
Jason Chung currently serves as National Director of Asian Pacific American Initiatives and as Asian Pacific American Communications Director at the Republican National Committee (RNC). He serves as a primary Asian American and Pacific Islander political and communications strategist for the Republican Party. Prior to his position at the RNC, he served as a consultant to The Livingston Group, LLC, a Washington, D.C. based government relations and... Read More →
avatar for Amy Dacey

Amy Dacey

Chief Executive Officer, Democratic National Committee
Since January 2014, Amy K. Dacey has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), a role to which she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and strategic insight gained from her lifelong career in politics. Prior to joining the DNC, Dacey worked as the Executive Director of EMILY’s List, a political action committee that supports pro-choice Democratic women running for office at all levels of... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Kikuo Ichinose

Daniel Kikuo Ichinose

Project Director, Demographic Research, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Daniel Ichinose directs the Demographic Research Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. He oversees the organization’s Census Information Center and is lead researcher on several projects, including ongoing studies of Asian American political participation. He is a veteran of two statewide redistricting campaigns, working with stakeholders throughout California to construct the Asian American and Native Hawaiian... Read More →
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Christopher Kang

National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
Christopher Kang is National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 35 Asian Pacific American organizations. From 2009 to 2015, he served in the White House, rising to Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Obama. He was in charge of the selection, vetting, and confirmation of judicial nominees and also advised on commutations and executive clemency. Kang led the legislative outreach for... Read More →
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Karthick Ramakrishnan

Director, Asian American and Pacific Islander Data
Karthick Ramakrishnan is Associate Dean at the School of Public Policy, University of California, Riverside. He directs the National Asian American Survey and is founder of AAPIdata.com, which seeks to make policy-relevant data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders more accessible to a variety of audiences. He is the author, most recently of The New Immigration Federalism (Cambridge, 2015), and has appeared in over 1,000 news stories... Read More →



10:45am

AANHPI Incarceration and Beyond
This panel will examine the “school to prison to deportation pipeline” as it impacts Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Panelists will provide insight into the policy (and political?) context for this pipeline, how AAPI individuals and communities are harmed by existing policies, and how service providers are trying to meet the needs of community members.

Moderators
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Paul Jung

Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Paul graduated from UCLA Law School's Public Interest Law and Policy Program in 2013. He currently works as Staff Attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA where he focuses on raising awareness about criminal legal system reform issues, empowering individuals and families directly impacted by the system, and advocating for policy reforms. During law school, Paul was a member of various student groups, actively participated in legal... Read More →

Speakers
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Jacqueline Dan

Staff Attorney II / VABANC Law Foundation Fellow, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Orange County
Jacqueline Dan has been practicing immigration law since 2010 as a Staff Attorney with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles's Orange County office. She currently helps Southeast Asian immigrants challenging unlawful immigration detention or deportation. Prior to providing immigration services at Advancing Justice, Dan was a judicial extern with the Immigration Court of Los Angeles. She also interned at the National Immigration Law... Read More →
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David Kupihea

Maintenance Supervisor, Amity Foundation
David Kupihea served a total of 18.5 years behind the wall--first for 6.5 years and then second for 12 years. Kupihea was paroled in 2010 and since then, he has been the maintenance supervisor for the Amity Foundation in Los Angeles. While his job takes up a considerable amount of his time, he views his primary roles in his community as mentor, brother, listener, and facilitator. Kupihea leads a static group on Sundays and facilitates a... Read More →
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Jay Ly

Manager, Stinkin Crawfish
Jay Ly is an advocate for at-risk youth, a successful entrepreneur and a busy business manager, operating three restaurant chains across Los Angeles County. Ly formerly worked at the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, where he advocated tirelessly for peace and positive changes in the Asian and Pacific Islander community by instilling in youth values of leadership development, public speaking, education, cultural understanding and community... Read More →
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Duc Ta

Co Founder, API RISE
At the age of 16, Duc Ta was arrested for driving a car from which gunshots were fired. No one was injured. Ta was charged as an adult and sent to adult prison, sentenced to 35 years to life. He was released from prison after serving 15 years. From 2013 to 2014, Ta worked for the Amity Foundation as the Prop 36 Coordinator under Stanford University Law. He assisted newly released 3-Strikers in finding jobs and housing. He left the Amity... Read More →
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Ben Wang

Co-Chair, Asian Prisoner Support Committee
Ben Wang is the co-founder of the San Quentin Restoring Our Original True Selves (ROOTS) program, a weekly class based on an Asian American Studies/Ethnic Studies curriculum. He is also the Director/Producer of the documentary film Breathin': The Eddy Zheng Story.


10:45am

Empowerment Across Borders: Strengthening Our Work Through Transnational Advocacy **
We work with many individuals whose lives have crossed national borders. They come to us with issues and problems whose origins and consequences extend far beyond the United States. Indeed, even issues that are purely "domestic" are shaped by -- and in turn shape -- communities around the world. With this in mind, this workshop will discuss how we can more intentionally incorporate and draw upon transnational advocacy to strengthen our work. Substantively, the workshop will discuss human trafficking, immigration, development, and other issues. We will discuss myriad forms of transnational advocacy, including organizing, policy work, and litigation.

** Advancing Justice - LA is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. Pre-determined MCLE credits are being provided for this activity. Please note that 1.5 hours of MCLE credits are approved for California State Bar members only.

Moderators
avatar for Christopher Lapinig

Christopher Lapinig

Skadden Fellow/Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Christopher Lapinig is a Skadden Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, where he assists labor trafficking victims in the Filipino American community. He also advocates for legislative action to allow Filipino Amerasians -- over 50,000 children of U.S. servicemen left in the Philippines -- to migrate to America. Chris graduated summa cum laude from Yale College and obtained his J.D. from Yale Law School. Previously... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joanna Concepcion

Joanna Concepcion

Executive Director, Filipino Migrant Center
Joanna Concepción was born in Manila, Philippines and immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of twelve. She earned her B.A.s in Philosophy and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2010. Concepción has been active in local and international grassroots movements to advance the rights of immigrants and workers and advocate for human rights, genuine development, justice and peace in the Philippines. She... Read More →
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Scott Cummings

Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
Scott Cummings is Robert Henigson Professor of Legal Ethics and Professor of Law at University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, where he teaches and writes about the legal profession, public interest law, and community economic development. He is a member of the UCLA David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, a specialization training students to become public interest lawyers. He is also co-author of the first... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Kim

Kathleen Kim

Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
Kathleen Kim is a professor of law at Loyola Law School. Her scholarship and teaching address immigrants' rights and human trafficking. Previously, she was a Skadden Fellow at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, representing human trafficking survivors in civil litigation, and the inaugural Immigrants’ Rights Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School. Kim continues to provide technical assistance on human trafficking matters. She is a Los... Read More →
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Colin Rajah

International Coordinator, Global Coalition on Migration
Colin Rajah is International Coordinator of the Global Coalition on Migration (GCM), an alliance of civil society networks advocating for migrants in international policies. He co-founded the GCM through the National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights, where he served as International Program Director. Rajah chairs the People's Global Action on Migration, Development & Human Rights, held in parallel to the Global Forum on Migration... Read More →



10:45am

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

Moderators
avatar for Terry Minnis

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 →

Speakers
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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 →



10:45am

Tackling Islamophobia and Xenophobia in the Era of ISIS, Trump, and San Bernardino
This session will explore strategies developed by Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) organizations to counter Islamophobic rhetoric, address hate crimes and organize community members to fight profiling and surveillance policies. Additionally, the panelists will share their attempts to deal with the trauma experienced by their communities as a result of the recent spate of hate incidents and rash of microaggressions and discuss their efforts to civically engage community members.

Moderators
avatar for Manjusha Kulkarni

Manjusha Kulkarni

Executive Director, South Asian Network
Manjusha (Manju) P. Kulkarni, Esq. is Executive Director of South Asian Network (SAN). Located in Artesia, California, SAN serves the needs of individuals of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese and Sri Lankan descent in the areas of civil rights, violence prevention and health and health care access. Prior to joining SAN, Kulkarni worked as Senior Attorney at the National Health Law Program and Director of Intake at the Office of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Fahd Ahmed

Fahd Ahmed

Executive Director, Desis Rising Up and Moving - South Asian Organizing Center
Fahd Ahmed came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant from Pakistan in 1991. He has been a grassroots organizer on the issues of racial profiling, immigrant justice, police accountability, and national security for the last 13 years. Over the last 3 years, as the Legal and Policy Director at Desis Rising Up and Moving - South Asian Organizing Center (DRUM), Ahmed ran the End Racial Profiling Campaign and brought together the... Read More →
avatar for Haroon Manjlai

Haroon Manjlai

Public Affairs Coordinator, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Los Angeles
Haroon Manjlai earned his B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Eastern Michigan University, and his J.D. degree from the University of Toledo College of Law. He is the Public Affairs Coordinator at Council on American-Islamic Relations - Greater Los Angeles Chapter, where he manages civil engagement programs and advocates for just, inclusive policies.


10:45am

Working Towards Trans Justice: Trans 101 and Countering Discriminatory Policies in 2016
Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision on marriage equality in summer 2015, many LGBTQ organizations have been focusing their energies beyond marriage and finding strong opposition in realizing transgender justice. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, an anti-discrimination initiative in Texas, was voted down in 2015 due to transphobic strategies. It is critical for progressive organizations to be ready for 2016. This workshop provides a basic training covering gender identity, terms, and issues affecting the transgender community. Join us in discussing potential anti-trans ballot initiatives and strategies to organize against them.

Moderators
avatar for Audrey Kuo

Audrey Kuo

Executive Director, API Equality - LA
Audrey Kuo is a poet, writer and community organizer who is deeply invested in building networks among queer and trans people of color working toward racial justice and collective liberation. Their work is shaped by their identity as a queer and genderqueer second-generation Taiwanese-American. Kuo's prior experience includes fundraising for the Downtown Women’s Center and Gender Justice Los Angeles, as well as creating and facilitating... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elliott Fukui

Elliott Fukui

Director of Community Engagement, Transgender Law Center
Elliott Fukui is a trainer, facilitator, and community organizer with over 10 years of experience in social justice movement work. He is currently the Director of Community Engagement at Transgender Law Center. Before Transgender Law Center, he was program coordinator of Trans Justice, a political organizing group led by and for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color, a program of the Audre Lorde Project in New York City.
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riKu Matsuda

Board Member, Gender Justice Los Angeles
riKu Matsuda believes #BLACKLIVESMATTER and works for the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations. He hosts a live radio program called "Flip the Script" on Pacifica's KPFK every Monday from 8-8:30PM. riKu also serves on the board of Gender Justice Los Angeles.
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Mikaela Saelua

Prevention Training Specialist, AIDS Project Los Angeles Health & Wellness
Born and raised in Tutuila, also known as “American” Samoa, Mikaela Saelua's passions revolve around doing her part to help build a world in which trans folks have agency to determine the outcomes of their lives. Like for many other trans people of color, the beauties and challenges of intersectionality are a reality for her, and she hopes to continue to help Samoans and other Pacific Islanders learn and grow when it comes to... Read More →


10:45am

Organizing in the New South: Challenges and Opportunities for Immigrant Rights
This workshop aims to be an interactive space where groups leading immigration battles in the Southeast will lead discussions about unique issues for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) in the South, the history of structural racism, and the potential for creating systemic change. 

Beginning with a brief look into the history of AAPI immigration to the Southeast, we will provide a short demographic presentation about the growing impact of the AAPI community across the country with a focus specifically on the explosive growth in the region. Our panelists will share their strategies, challenges and successes in organizing AAPIs including undocumented students, refugees, youth, and Southeast Asian communities.

Moderators
avatar for Stephanie Cho

Stephanie Cho

Interim Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta
Stephanie Cho is the Interim Executive Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta. She brings over 15 years of experience in labor and community organizing, strategy planning, and fundraising at the local and national level. Cho has been a community organizer, program director for LGBTQ youth programming, director of training for a national fellowship program, a labor organizer, and an organizational consultant. Before coming to... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Monica Bourommavong

Monica Bourommavong

Citizenship Outreach/Youth Special Projects Coordi, Southeast Asian Coalition
Monica Bourommavong is a first generation Laotian American, born and raised in North Carolina. She is the Citizenship Outreach Coordinator at the Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC) under the AmeriCorps ACCESS Program, and helps community members overcome barriers that prevent them from becoming United States citizens. Monica is also Youth Special Projects Coordinator, organizing program areas at SEAC that promote youth leadership, as well as... Read More →
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John Miyasato

President, Crossroads Campaigns Solutions
John Miyasato founded Crossroads Campaigns in 2007, bringing over 22 years of experience in field, communications, technology, and strategic planning. He has applied his unique skills to both electoral and non-profit campaigns in over 30 states working with a wide array of campaigns, national issue advocacy organizations, and local ballot initiatives. Miyasato also has experience working with non-partisan organizations. He was the managing... Read More →
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Raymond Partolan

Program Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Atlanta
​Raymond Partolan is the Program Coordinator for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. In his role, he plans and executes the organization's major program components, namely civic engagement, public policy advocacy, and community organizing. Having faced adversity for the greater part of his life as an undocumented student who moved to the United States from the Philippines when he was one, he brings with him a wealth of experience... Read More →


10:45am

The Affordable Care Act: Opportunities, Risks, and Civic Engagement in 2016
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided expanded access to affordable health care to more than 17 million individuals since its signing in 2010. Despite successes including the expansion of Medicaid to 31 states, continued efforts to repeal the ACA threaten these achievements in the 2016 election year. The following session will feature a panel of experts who will discuss successes in advocacy to preserve the ACA and what organizations can do in 2016 to continue to protect and preserve access to health care for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.

Moderators
avatar for Doreena Wong

Doreena Wong

Health Access Project Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Doreena Wong is the Project Director for Advancing Justice - Los Angeles’s Health Access Project, which works to protect and promote access to public benefits and health care programs for immigrants, and monitors health care reform implementation issues that affect Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians. Wong is also a well-known social justice advocate who has helped to found several Asian American LGBT rights groups... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Betzabel Estudillo

Betzabel Estudillo

Health Policy Coordinator, California Immigrant Policy Center
Betzabel Estudillo is the California Immigrant Policy Center's Health Policy Coordinator. Her work focuses on healthcare access and quality of care for all California immigrants, including advocating for Health for All. She also provides analyses, technical assistance, and trainings for service providers, advocates, organizers, and community members. Her passion for social and health justice stems from her experience as a former undocumented... Read More →
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Bonnie Kwon

Deputy Regional Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders
Bonnie Kwon serves as the Deputy Regional Director for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In this capacity, Kwon supports the Initiative’s Regional Network and strengthens relationships with community partners. Prior to joining the Initiative, Kwon worked to increase access to affordable quality health care through policy analysis, advocacy with government agencies, and community education for... Read More →
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Jenny Rejeske

Health Campaign Deputy Director; Health Policy Ana, National Immigration Law Center
Jenny Rejeske manages the National Immigration Law Center’s Economic and Health Justice project, advocating for federal, state and local policies to increase equal access to and reduce the barriers that low-income immigrants face in accessing health care. Rejeske works in partnership with national policy and advocacy groups, community-based organizations, health care providers, legal and social services agencies and government... Read More →
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Isha Weerasinghe

Director of Policy and Advocacy, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
Isha Weerasinghe is the Director for Policy and Advocacy for the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations. Weerasinghe is a Co-Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans' Health Committee, Vice Chair of the National Task Force on Hepatitis B: Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, advises Hepatitis B United, a national coalition focused on reducing hepatitis B disparities, and is a board member of the... Read More →



10:45am

New Forms and Partnerships for Growing Political Power: C4s and More
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.

Moderators
avatar for Nona Randois

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Timmy Lu

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 →
avatar for Alberto Retana

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 →



12:15pm

12:30pm

What’s at Stake in the 2016 Elections?
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
avatar for Mee Moua

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 →



2:15pm

Election Campaign Basics 101
Step by step primer on implementing a non-partisan campaign, from analyzing the electorate to targeting, crunching numbers, and developing effective tactics.

Moderators
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Tracy Zeluff

President, GroundWorks Campaigns
Tracy Zeluff has more than 25 years of organizing experience. In 2009, Zeluff and her two partners started GroundWorks Campaigns, which engages and mobilizes people to win electoral, legislative and issue campaigns. GroundWorks provides political field consulting services for candidates, community groups and labor organizations to build power to win. As the senior partner at GroundWorks Campaigns, Zeluff plays a leading role in strategic planning... Read More →


2:15pm

Community Action in the Beginning ESL Classroom
This panel is interested in the ways ESL/Civics education can facilitate English language learners’ civic participation in order to build vibrant, secure and cohesive communities. The ability to communicate in English can be a cornerstone of an immigrant’s economic success, but the ESL/Civics classroom can also highlight the interdependence of its students and the community, and form a bridge for the two-way process of integration. How can programs and educators bring the community into their beginning level ESL classrooms, and what difference can this make in the lives of beginning English language learners?

Moderators
avatar for Gaelin Monkman-Kotz

Gaelin Monkman-Kotz

ESL/Civics Instructor, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA
Gaelin Monkman-Kotz is an ESL/Civics Instructor at Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She teaches English Conversation and bilingual English-Mandarin Citizenship classes, and leads financial literacy workshops for permanent residents in Chinatown and the San Gabriel Valley. With the Citizenship team, she has designed an English Conversation curriculum that uses communicative, task-based learning and other student-centered approaches to embrace... Read More →

Speakers
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Theresa Jung

ESL/Civics Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA
Theresa Jung is the ESL/Civics Coordinator at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She has been developing the ESL/Civics program, creating and implementing curricula for Civics and ESL classes in partnership with instructors. She teaches Citizenship and English Conversation classes in Koreatown. She finds teaching most rewarding when students come back to share their stories of successful naturalization. She hopes to see her students... Read More →
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Jing Li

Jing Li has been a student in Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles’s ESL and Civics program since September of 2015. Li recently passed her United States Citizenship interview.
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Andy Nash

Professional Developer, World Education
Andy Nash is the Director of the New England Literacy Resource Center (NELRC), where she coordinates projects that emerge from collaboration among the policy-makers, professional developers, and practitioners in the six New England states. She is also a Professional Development Specialist at World Education, Inc, where she facilitates a diverse set of professional development projects at the local, state, and national levels. Andy specializes... Read More →
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Saul Rodriguez

ESL/Civics Instructor, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
Saul Rodriguez grew up in Tijuana, Mexico and immigrated to the United States at the age of 10. After graduating from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Political Science, Rodriguez moved to Chicago where he earned a M.A. in Teaching from Dominican University and worked as a Bilingual Instructor and English Language Learner Liaison for 3 years. Since moving back to Los Angeles in the Summer of 2014, he has worked as a... Read More →



2:15pm

Helping You Help: Getting – and Getting More Out of – Volunteers for Your Citizenship Program
Citizenship application programs often ride on the shoulders of dedicated but overworked and stressed-out people known as “staff." Effective programs, on the other hand, incorporate vibrant and talented volunteers to assist more applicants with better results and greater efficiency. In this workshop, we share information and practices to help you develop a robust and dynamic volunteer program. Topics include recruiting quality individuals, training them to be valuable contributors, keeping them happy, and more. This interactive workshop features a case study showing how volunteers can be productively and sustainably integrated into an actual citizenship project and even other civic engagement programs.

Moderators
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Mark Yoshida

Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Mark Yoshida is a staff attorney with the Citizenship Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. In his 20 years on the job, he has helped thousands of immigrants become American citizens, primarily through individual service, educational presentations, and training for volunteers and organizations. Yoshida has a B.S. from University of California, Riverside and a J.D. from Notre Dame, which still surprises him almost as much... Read More →

Speakers
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Gloria Ho

Citizenship Network Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Gloria Ho is the Network Manager with the Citizenship Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. She serves the immigrant communities by coordinating naturalization service and education events. Her work includes expanding services reach with local partnerships and strengthening service capacity by working closely with volunteers. Prior to joining the Citizenship Project, Ho worked as the Home Preservation Project... Read More →
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Melissa Juan

Project Assistant, Citizenship, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Melissa Juan is currently a senior at Mount Saint Mary’s University. She has been an intern at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles since June 2015 and looks forward to continuing providing service to the community through the organization. She is a Mexican American first generation college student and shares a passion for equality and opportunity with Advancing Justice. She finds getting to know individual stories to be... Read More →
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Cat Bao Le

Executive Director, Southeast Asian Coalition
Cat Bao Le founded the Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC) in 2011 and currently serves as the Executive Director. SEAC is a grassroots-run/grassroots-focused effort, serving high-need communities in the South. Program areas include: civic engagement, immigration services, multi-racial youth development, and advocacy. Bao Le was born to Vietnamese refugees, raised in London and Sacramento, and now calls North Carolina home. She loves a good laugh, a... Read More →
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Sarah Sumadi

Washington New Americans Program Manager, OneAmerica
Sarah Sumadi is the naturalization program manager at OneAmerica in Seattle, where she oversees 7 subgrantees and a dozen application assistance workshops per year across Washington State. Prior to that, she was the Director of Volunteers and Communications at the Center on Halsted in Chicago. She has a B.A. in journalism from Northwestern University, and a M.A. in international relations from the Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires... Read More →


2:15pm

Innovations in Immigrant Rights: Winning Pro-Immigrant State and Local Policies **
Pro-immigrant policy at the federal level has stalled, and deportations, raids, and anti-immigrant rhetoric have created a hostile national landscape. In the midst of this harsh environment, some states and localities have embraced pro-immigrant policies that serve as a national model for welcoming immigrants and advancing proactive change. This panel showcases some of these innovative policies and uplifts possibilities for replication in other states and localities.

** Advancing Justice - LA is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. Pre-determined MCLE credits are being provided for this activity. Please note that 1.5 hours of MCLE credits are approved for California State Bar members only.

Moderators
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Reshma Shamasunder

Policy Consultant, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Reshma Shamasunder is an advocate and policy consultant. She formerly served as Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC). Under Shamasunder's leadership, CIPC helped to advance several successful state campaigns, including preserving health and human service programs, securing driver's licenses for all Californians regardless of status, and furthering immigrant integration efforts. Shamasunder served on the boards of... Read More →

Speakers
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Steven Choi

Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
Steven Choi is the Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition, a coalition of nearly 200 member groups that represents New York State’s immigrant communities. Previously, Choi was the Executive Director of the MinKwon Center for Community Action. Prior to that, Choi was Director of the Korean Workers Project at the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund. Choi received a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a M.A. from... Read More →
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Melissa Keaney

Staff Attorney, National Immigration Law Center
Melissa Keaney focuses on promoting the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, technical assistance, and administrative advocacy. Her main work areas focus on immigration enforcement, with particular focus on programs that entangle local law enforcement in immigration enforcement. She regularly provides assistance to state advocates on state anti-immigrant proposals as well as pro-immigrant measures aimed at immigrant inclusion... Read More →
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Grisel Ruiz

Staff Attorney, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Grisel Ruiz is a staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, specializing in the intersection between immigration law and criminal law. She advises defense attorneys on the immigration consequences of criminal offenses and supports immigration enforcement campaigns across California. Previously, she co-founded “Know Your Rights” programs at two Northern California Immigration and Customs Enforcement-contracted facilities... Read More →
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Gabriela Villareal

Interim Executive Director, California Immigrant Policy Center
Gabriela Villareal is the interim Executive Director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. She also provides guidance and support to many of the organization’s advocacy campaigns as the Policy Manager. Since joining CIPC in 2011, she has worked alongside community-based, local and state coalitions to advance inclusive public policies. Villareal has over a decade of advocacy experience in both small and large non-profit organizations... Read More →



2:15pm

Corporate Partnerships: An Innovative Source of Pro Bono and Volunteer Support
Many nonprofits call on attorneys from large law firm as volunteers. What about less traditional sources of volunteers, such as corporations or other businesses? These companies often have in-house attorneys and other employees - many of whom are bilingual - looking for ways to do community service. This panel will explore successful corporate employee volunteer partnerships, such as the one Advancing Justice-LA has with Bank of America, and OneJustice’s JusticeBus program, which organizes trips to underserved areas where law firms and their corporate clients volunteer together. This panel will also address how to potentially start a volunteer partnership with a corporation.

Moderators
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Christina Yang

Pro Bono Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Christina Yang is Pro Bono Director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. She cultivates volunteer and pro bono programs to support Advancing Justice - LA’s work, and also focuses on strengthening relationships between Advancing Justice - LA and attorneys, law firms, corporations, bar associations, and law schools. Previously, Yang was Staff Attorney with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a global nonprofit HIV/AIDS advocacy... Read More →

Speakers
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Adriana Dulic

Chair of Association of Corporate Counsel Pro Bono Committee, Epoch Payment Solutions
Adriana Dulic is Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at Epoch Payment Solutions, where she is responsible for development and implementation of a wide range of legal policies and compliance, including anti-money laundering, privacy, data security, e-commerce, copyrights and trademark. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and she serves as the Chair of its Pro... Read More →
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Amy Kaizuka

Senior Staff Attorney, OneJustice
As the Senior Staff Attorney in OneJustice's Los Angeles office, Amy Kaizuka oversees the work of the Pro Bono Justice Program in Southern California, which includes the Justice Bus Project, IMPACT LA, and the Pro Bono Training Institute. Before joining OneJustice, Kaizuka served as Legal Services Director at California Lawyers for the Arts and as a Staff Attorney at the Board on Professional Responsibility, D.C. Court of Appeals. She received... Read More →
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Vinh Ngo

Risk Manager, Bank of America
Vinh Ngo is Senior Vice President of Risk Management for Commercial Real Estate at Bank of America. Ngo joined the Bank in 1996 after graduating from the University of Southern California with degrees in Accounting and Real Estate Finance. In his current role, he is responsible for Bank of America’s Southern California Commercial Real Estate portfolio. Ngo is active with both the Bank’s Asian Leadership Team (business integration) and... Read More →
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Chris Tirrell

Pro Bono Co-Chair and Global Alliance, Supply Chain, and Worldwide Technical Regulations Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Chris Tirrell is counsel for Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Supply Chain. He co-chairs HPE’s Office of General Counsel United States Pro Bono Committee and is responsible for cultivating diverse volunteer opportunities, managing partner relationships, and the recruitment and retention of volunteers. Tirrell serves on the Advisory Council of Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, a nonprofit legal services organization that provides legal... Read More →



2:15pm

Network Mobilization: Innovative Approaches to Build Power and Drive Change
The art and science of mobilization goes beyond rallying people for marches, campaigns and Hill events. In a time of scarce resources and significant community needs, learn how national Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander organizations and coalitions are engaging their networks in powerful and innovative ways to drive social change. The presenters will share their accomplishments and failures, their strengths and weaknesses, and what to keep in mind as we move our communities forward in 2016 and beyond.

Moderators
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Priscilla Huang

Independent Consultant, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Priscilla Huang, JD, is an independent consultant and currently works with various clients in the non-profit and governmental sectors. Priscilla has 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations, and spent 10 years dedicated to federal policy work in Washington, DC. She was the former Senior Director of Impact Strategies at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization... Read More →

Speakers
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Marianne Chung

Community Initiatives Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Marianne Chung, MPH, is director of Community Initiatives at the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Marianne is responsible for directing the organization's mobilization and civic engagement projects and works to build a... Read More →
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Janelle Hu

Health Program Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Janelle Hu is the Program Manager for Advancing Justice - Los Angeles's Health Access Project, which works to protect and promote access to public benefits and health care programs for immigrants, and monitors health care reform implementation issues that affect Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians. Hu has over twelve years of expertise as a lawyer, management consultant, and nonprofit director with expertise in project... Read More →
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Jen Lee

Director of Community Services and Partnerships, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Care Organizations
Jen Lee, MPH, is the Director of Community Services and Partnerships at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Care Organizations (AAPCHO), a national association dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership to improve the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders through its member community health centers. Lee is responsible for directing AAPCHO's civic engagement... Read More →
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'Alisi Tulua

Chief Operating Officer, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
‘Alisi Tulua is the Chief Operating Offier for Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California whose mission is to promote social justice engaging Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities through culturally relevant advocacy, research, and development. While working as a health program coordinator for the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance in 2009... Read More →



2:15pm

Asians for Black Lives: The Role of Asian Americans in the Racial Justice Movement
In light of the 2014 killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, the movement for Black Lives emerged to raise the visibility of police violence in Black communities and the call to end anti-Blackness in society. This has inspired thousands of young people to join the movement and created political will to influence local to national policies. Asian Americans across the country have stood in solidarity, building upon and creating new relationships and alliances. What are the strategies in the Asian American community? What are the opportunities and challenges? What is the role of Asian Americans in the racial justice movement?

Moderators
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Alex T. Tom

Executive Director, Chinese Progressive Association
Alex T. Tom is Executive Director of the Chinese Progressive Association. With over fifteen years of experience organizing for social and economic justice, Alex has played a leadership role in building CPA’s service, organizing, and civic engagement programs. Before becoming CPA’s Executive Director, Alex served as the Campaign Coordinator where he built the Worker Organizing Center and led campaigns to organize workers in the garment and... Read More →

Speakers
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Fahd Ahmed

Executive Director, Desis Rising Up and Moving - South Asian Organizing Center
Fahd Ahmed came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant from Pakistan in 1991. He has been a grassroots organizer on the issues of racial profiling, immigrant justice, police accountability, and national security for the last 13 years. Over the last 3 years, as the Legal and Policy Director at Desis Rising Up and Moving - South Asian Organizing Center (DRUM), Ahmed ran the End Racial Profiling Campaign and brought together the... Read More →
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Cathy Dang

Executive Director, Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence - Organizing Asian Communities
Cathy Dang is the Executive Director of the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence - Organizing Asian Communities, a pan-Asian organization that organizes low-income Asian immigrants for larger systemic and institutional change towards racial, gender, and economic justice. CAAAAV's primary areas of organizing are housing justice in Chinatown and Queensbridge Public Housing and police accountability. Dang has organized in labor and community... Read More →
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Kabzuag Vaj

Founder & Co-Executive Director, Freedom Inc.
Kabzuag Vaj is founder and co-executive director of Freedom Inc., and has dedicated the majority of her life to ending gender-based violence. Vaj’s ability to build family, solidarity, and shared analysis across race, culture, and generations has become an example of how Asian and African American communities can collectively build power, share resources, and mobilize to bring about deep social, political, cultural and economic change. In... Read More →


2:15pm

Hot Topics in Voting Rights *
Voting rights issues are in a state of flux. The U.S. Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the federal Voting Rights Act in 2013 and will hear a case this term focused on who gets counted for redistricting purposes. At the same time, some jurisdictions are adopting non-traditional registration and voting models. This panel will discuss some of the hot topics of the day, including automatic voter registration, vote centers, the aftermath of Supreme Court's Shelby County decision, and the pending Evenwel case on redistricting.


Advancing Justice - LA is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. Pre-determined MCLE credits are being provided for this activity. Please note that 0.5 hours of MCLE credit are approved for California State Bar members only.


Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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Rosalind Gold

Senior Director, Policy, Research and Advocacy, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund
Rosalind Gold serves as Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy with National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, where she has worked for more than two decades on policy analysis and research for the organization’s Latino civic engagement efforts. Gold has extensive expertise in the areas of naturalization, voting rights, redistricting and the Census. Gold has also served on the advisory... Read More →
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Denise Hulett

National Senior Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Denise Hulett, National Senior Counsel at Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), has been litigating civil rights cases for 30 years in the areas of voting rights, immigrant rights and employment discrimination. Formerly MALDEF’s National Redistricting Director, she directed MALDEF’s outreach, legislative advocacy, and litigation in connection with state and local redistricting in several states, including... Read More →
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Lori Shellenberger

Voting Rights Director, American Civil Liberties Union of California
Lori Shellenberger directs the American Civil Liberty Union’s California Voting Rights Project, which advocates for statewide and local election reform to reduce barriers to voter participation. Since joining the ACLU in 2011, she has advocated for the mapping of the first majority-minority supervisor district in San Diego County; advocated for the successful transition from at-large to district elections in multiple local jurisdictions... Read More →
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Sean Young

Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
Sean J. Young is a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project. He has been actively involved in litigating cases around the country challenging discriminatory voter identification requirements, cutbacks to early voting and same-day registration, and other attempts to make it harder to vote. Prior to joining the ACLU, he was a judicial law clerk for Judge Ann Claire Williams, United States Court of Appeals for... Read More →



4:00pm

Building the Political Pipeline & Mobilizing the AAPI Community
With the AAPI population being the fastest growing population in the United States, what do we have to do to make sure our community is represented in political offices at the local, state and federal levels? Hear from political movers and shakers and AAPI elected officials on the challenges and opportunities ahead of us in 2016 and beyond.

Moderators
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S. Floyd Mori

President and CEO, APAICS Leadership Network and Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies
S. Floyd Mori is the President and CEO of the APAICS Leadership Network and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). Previously, Mori served as the National Executive Director/CEO of the Japanese American Citizens League. He was chair of the National Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans and has been on the Executive Council of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Mori was elected in 1972 to the city... Read More →

Speakers
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Rob Bonta

Assemblymember, California State Assembly
Assemblymember Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly’s 18th District in 2012, where he represents Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro as the first Filipino American legislator in the history of the state. Bonta has degrees from Yale College, Yale Law School and Oxford University. He previously served as a San Francisco Deputy City Attorney and as Vice-Mayor of the City of Alameda. He chairs the Assembly Health Committee... Read More →
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Mark Keam

State Legislator, Virginia House of Delegates
Mark Keam represents Fairfax County in the Virginia House of Delegates. In 2009, he became the first Asian-born immigrant elected to a state-level public office in Virginia. Mark serves on Commerce & Labor, Education, Finance, and Agriculture Committees. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine, and Hastings College of the Law, Mark remains active in numerous local and national community and nonprofit causes.
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Evan Low

Assemblymember, California State Assembly
Evan Low is the youngest Asian American member to serve in the State Legislature, representing the Silicon Valley. His work within the community and deep knowledge of local issues led him to run for Campbell City Council in 2006. He made history as the first Asian American elected to Campbell’s City Council. He also served as an American Government and Political Science instructor at De Anza Community College. Low attended local public... Read More →
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Bao Nguyen

Mayor, City of Garden Grove, California
Bao Nguyen is the Mayor of the City of Garden Grove, California. Prior to his election in 2014, he served, by appointment in 2011, then by election in 2012, as trustee of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education, including a term as Vice-President. In 2014, Nguyen was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Orange County Fair Board of Directors, California 32nd District Agricultural Association. Nguyen has also served as a... Read More →


4:00pm

College for All: Expanding Educational Opportunity and Equity in a Multiracial Democracy
In a multiracial democracy, educational opportunity is key to socioeconomic mobility and equity. This workshop will explore innovative strategies to expand educational access, affordability, and racial and ethnic diversity in public higher education. We will examine the groundbreaking “College for All” campaign, an initiative spearheaded by a multiracial coalition of civil rights, community, and labor organizations to reinvest in California’s public university system. By “expanding the pie” of educational opportunity for all California students with a racial justice and equity frame that prioritizes underrepresented and low income students of color, “College for All” offers a new approach to educational justice.

Moderators
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Betty Hung

Policy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Betty Hung is Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles's Policy Director, overseeing the organization's strategic policy initiatives to promote racial and economic justice. Hung was on the legal team that supported undocumented immigrant youth who led and won the campaign for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, helped win approximately $22 million dollars in additional annual income for low-wage taxi workers in Los Angeles, and led a... Read More →

Speakers
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Oraiu Amoni

Political Director, United Teachers Los Angeles
Oraiu Amoni grew up in Watts (Los Angeles) at the height of gang life during the late 80s and early 90s. A child of immigrant parents, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in economics and a minor in mathematics. He has spent over a decade working in politics across the state of California – City of Oakland, California State Assembly, Larry Tramutola political strategist, SEIU-UHW.Five years ago he returned... Read More →
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Quyen Dinh

Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center
Quyen Dinh, MPP, is the Executive Director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC). SEARAC is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. Dinh brings over ten years of experience as a respected social change advocate, thoughtful nonprofit... Read More →
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Thomas Saenz

President and General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Thomas Saenz is President and General Counsel of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). He leads the organization in pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to promote the civil rights of all Latinos living in the United States in the areas of education, employment, immigrants’ rights, and voting rights. Saenz rejoined MALDEF in August 2009, after four years on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio... Read More →
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Karalee Mahealani Vaughn

Board Member, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
Karalee Mahealani Chieko Vaughn (Kanaka Maoli) is currently the Executive Director of the Southern California Tribal Education Institute. Prior to her current position, Vaughn served as an Executive Director of an Upward Bound grant; the Assistant Director of the San Manuel Education Department; a grant administrator at Honolulu Community College; and at University of California, Los Angeles, she served as Director of Outreach for the Pacific... Read More →



4:00pm

Outreach Strategies for Undocumented AAPI Communities
This panel will cover introductory information about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and its importance to the undocumented AAPI community. All speakers have experience in providing immigration services or information to their respective communities. The session will also cover current demographic data on undocumented AAPI populations, as well as an inside look into the history and context, outreach obstacles, community concerns, and best practices with ethnic media messaging to serve the undocumented Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.

Moderators
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Aman Thind

Immigration Project Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Aman Thind is Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles's Immigration Project Director. Thind oversees the team that provides legal assistance with adjustment of status, asylum, representation in immigration court, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability. In 2003, Thind co-founded the Immigration Center for Women and Children in Los Angeles, working with victims of domestic violence on... Read More →

Speakers
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Tiffany Panlilio

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Legal Advocate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Tiffany Panlilio is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Legal Advocate and a Bureau of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She has provided legal services to undocumented youth applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program since August 2012. Born and raised in the South Bay, Tiffany specializes in outreach to Asian and Pacific Islander communities south of Los... Read More →
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Jenny Seon

Immigrant Rights Project Director, Korean Resource Center
Jenny Seon is currently the Immigrant Rights Project Director at the Korean Resource Center and supervises the immigrant rights project aimed to educate the wider public on immigrant reform issues, advocate for common sense policy reforms, and organizes immigrant communities. Prior to joining the Korean Resource Center, she worked as a legal advocate for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’s Asian Pacific Islander Outreach Unit. Seon... Read More →
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Annette Wong

Immigrant Rights Program Manager, Chinese for Affirmative Action
Annette Wong is the Immigrant Rights Program Manager at Chinese for Affirmative Action. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis, and her M.A. from Eastern University. Annette has been doing immigration work for over a decade. At Chinese for Affirmative Action, her work areas include outreach and education on immigration related topics, advocacy on immigration policy matters, and immigration legal referrals for clients... Read More →
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Kawen Young

Executive Director, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Alliance
Kawen T. Young currently serves as an Executive Director for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Alliance (NHPIA), a national advocacy organization in Gardena, California. The NHPIA is dedicated to advocacy, education, research and promotion of the health and well-being as well as other related services (such as immigration & citizenship, healthcare, veterans, and voters registration) for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders within the... Read More →



4:00pm

Fundraising: Hope is Not a Strategy!
This session will focus on helping you develop and shape a fundraising program that will reflect the size and scale of your organization. The session will provide reality checks on what is doable and how to move your fundraising program forward, as well as discuss challenges and ways to establish and/or grow a sustainable fundraising program.

Moderators
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Sandra Chen Lau

Chief Development Officer, University of Southern California Pacific Asia Museum
Sandra Chen Lau is a nationally recognized leader in advancement and civic engagement. In her current role as Chief Development Officer for the University of Southern California (USC) Pacific Asia Museum, and previously as Assistant Dean/Chief Development Officer of USC School of Architecture, she is part of the senior advancement leadership team for The Campaign for USC, a $6 billion campaign to meet the academic needs of the University... Read More →

4:00pm

'Action for Health Justice' Peer-to-Peer Roundtable: Open Enrollment Period Three Debrief and Reflections
Open peer-to-peer roundtable discussions with national “Action for Health Justice” partners and stakeholders on educating and enrolling clients on health access issues. Small group debrief and reflection discussions about the recent round of open enrollment periods and strategizing ways to engage the remaining uninsured.


4:00pm

Moving the Needle: Engaging our Communities Above the Fold
In this workshop, hear directly from editors, reporters and content creators who serve and reach multicultural and in-language populations. The discussion will cover topics such as best practices in building and maintaining strong relationships with the media, and how to effectively pitch your story or issue. 

Moderators
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Craig Tomiyoshi

Vice President, Consumer Engagement, IW Group
With more than 13 years of experience in public relations and strategic marketing, Craig Tomiyoshi has served as a consultant to leading governmental and corporate clients. As head of IW Group’s consumer engagement division, he has served as the account lead and strategist for many of the agency’s key clients to help them achieve their communications goals and build and strengthen their connection with Asian-American consumers and... Read More →

Speakers
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Cindy Lee

Community and Public Affairs Manager, KSCI-TV, LA18
Cindy J. Lee is the Community & Public Affairs Manager of LA 18 KSCI-TV, the leading Asian-language television station in Los Angeles. On behalf of LA 18, Lee is in charge of liaising with more than a dozen non-profit organizations, community leaders and public officials with a goal to unite and empower the Asian community. She also doubles as LA 18’s PR manager, mainly focusing on strengthening the station’s brand. Prior to this... Read More →
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Grant Wu

Account Executive, World Journal Los Angeles
Grant Wu has 26 years of advertising and public relations experience at World Journal Los Angeles, the leading and most influential Chinese-language cross-platform publishing newspaper in the United States. Wu has served as advisor to many ad agencies and general market corporations, and witnessed the Chinese community grow from “Little Taipei” in Monterey Park in the 1980s to the current San Gabriel Valley. He watched Chinese media evolve... Read More →
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Siye "Walter" Yu

Social Media Consultant
Walter Yu is a first-generation immigrant from China. He has been serving the community through the justice system and municipal government agencies. Under his direction, the San Gabriel Valley police department and City Hall opened the first ever American municipal government and police department Chinese-language social media accounts. Their success led many other police departments to open Chinese-language social media accounts to service... Read More →


4:00pm

Empowering Our Communities to Vote Through Education
What is the best way to educate our communities about the election? Join us to hear from a panel of community organizers about best practices and effective tactics to do just that, from voter guides to candidate forums, as well as important legal rules around voter education and other resources. Templates and materials to get your voter education efforts started will also be provided. 

Moderators
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Christine Chen

Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Christine Chen, the founding executive director of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote from 2006-2008, returned to APIAVote in 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director. During her tenure, she strengthened and expanded APIAVote's partners into 22 states. APIAVote’s research and polling of Asian American voters and their regional trainings and field programs have strengthened the local grassroots programs in reaching and... Read More →

Speakers
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Rebecca Apostol

Consultant, Likha Consulting
Rebecca Concepcion Apostol dedicates her work to her parents, Philippine immigrant activists who shared their commitment to social justice with her at a young age. Apostol serves as National Organizing Director for Community Outreach Group, a consulting firm that supports Planned Parenthood with short-term staffing and large-scale advocacy campaigns. She has focused her professional life on building strong, progressive, and politically active... Read More →
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Joseph Santos-Lyons

Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon
Joseph Santos-Lyons is a Chinese-American, cultural organizer, community minister, and musician. Santos-Lyons has worked for democracy, human rights and systemic change that addresses the root causes of inequities for 25 years in Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts and the Philippines. Currently he serves as Executive Director for the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, a community organization with over 2,000 constituents that works to... Read More →
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Shyaam Subramanian

Southern California Counsel, Alliance for Justice
Shyaam Subramanian serves as Southern California Counsel for the Bolder Advocacy program at the Alliance for Justice. In this capacity, he assists nonprofit organizations in pursuing legal and effective advocacy to advance their public policy goals. Subramanian received his J.D. from University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles. He was previously a Public Interest Fellow at the National Health Law... Read More →



4:00pm

Yes You Can: Do-It-Yourself Poll Monitoring & Voting Rights Advocacy *
Effectively educating and mobilizing our community to vote in 2016 is essential to winning progress on any issue campaign, but how do we ensure that our community's voting rights are being respected at polling places? How do we build local power to advocate for improved access for limited English proficient voters? This workshop will introduce different approaches to voting rights advocacy and poll monitoring that may work for your civic engagement work. Then after identification of key challenges facing workshop participants, the majority of time will be spent in breakout groups for participants to work with speakers and form tangible next steps.


* Advancing Justice - LA is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. Pre-determined MCLE credits are being provided for this activity. Please note that 0.5 hours of MCLE credit are approved for California State Bar members only.


Moderators
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Andy Kang

Legal Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago
Andy Kang is Legal Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago, focusing on voting rights, legislative advocacy, and language access issues. Kang previously served as a staff attorney at the Legislative Reference Bureau, a non-partisan State agency that provides legal advice to members of the Illinois General Assembly. He currently sits on the board of the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago and the honorary board of the... Read More →

Speakers
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Van Huynh

NAPABA Law Foundation Community Law Fellow, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago
Van Huynh is the 2015-2017 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation Community Law Fellow at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago, focusing on legal advocacy and language access. At Advancing Justice - Chicago, Huynh leads voter protection efforts in targeted precincts under Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act in Chicago and surrounding suburbs with high-concentration of Asian-language speaking citizens. By... Read More →
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Jerry Vattamala

Director, Democracy Program, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Jerry Vattamala is the Director of the Democracy Program at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Vattamala litigates cases concerning violations of Sections 203 and 208 of the Voting Rights Act and regularly meets with Boards of Elections across the country to ensure full compliance with federal and local language assistance provisions and the Help America Vote Act. Prior to joining AALDEF, Vattamala worked as a commercial... Read More →


5:30pm

California Caucus
The California Caucus provides an opportunity for advocates and organizations interested in moving pro-immigrant and pro-Asian American policies forward at the state or local levels in California to share strategies, plans, and ideas. 

5:30pm

Democratizing Data: An Educational Equity Walk
Data can be a powerful tool for equity champions—but it can also be confusing or intimidating. Join us for a “data equity walk” where our focus is bringing data to the people.  In this session, you’ll actively explore educational data from an equity and advocacy lens.  You’ll engage in discussions with your colleagues on what the data means and how we can use data as a launchpad for solutions and advocacy. This activity does not require any experience with data and is geared towards all audiences—from data novices to experienced data wranglers.

5:30pm

Midwest Caucus
Are we challenging our organizations to take risks or staying in our tactical comfort zones? How can we break out of the tried and true? Midwest participants will strategize ways to show and build AAPI grassroots power in real-life situations. We'll share best practices and challenges from our organizational experiences. We'll also find ways to synergize our strengths and resources so we don’t re-create the wheel.

5:30pm

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Caucus
The Native Hawaiian and Pacific (NHPI) Islander Caucus will provide an opportunity for community leaders and organizations who serve NHPI communities to share their priority issues, grow their networks, and discuss a strategy for national advocacy efforts.

5:30pm

San Joaquin Valley Caucus
Although California’s San Joaquin Valley has some of the most productive and wealth-generating agricultural land on the planet, it has been described as the Appalachia of the West.  Advocacy is needed at all levels from civic engagement, environmental justice, immigrant rights, affordable housing, the implementation of the human right to water, and more.  Join our caucus meeting to network with other advocates who are ready to rewrite the story of the San Joaquin Valley by using advocacy tools to advance health and racial equity.

5:30pm

South Asian Caucus
This caucus aims to bring together South Asians and those interested in issues facing the South Asian community in the United States. Attendees can expect a facilitated discussion addressing issues including racial profiling, immigration, and hate violence; privilege and racism within our own community; and our position as individuals and institutions doing social justice work.

5:30pm

6:30pm

Welcome Reception, Honoring AAPI Elected Officials
Join us for a special welcome reception, co-hosted by APAICS Leadership Network, Inc. and Coca-Cola, celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander elected officials.  All conference attendees are welcome, and we will be joined by a number of elected officials from local, state and Congressional offices.  Program will be emceed by Richard Lui, MSNBC.  Remarks from Stewart Kwoh, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles and Floyd Mori, APAICS Leadership Network, Inc.  Special comments from U.S. Congressmember Mark Takano and California State Treasurer John Chiang.

Fliers with information included in each attendee conference bag and at registration
* Drink tickets given upon checking in at Registration outside the 3rd Floor: Catalina Ballroom until 5pm
* Light Refreshments Served

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SPEAKERS INCLUDE:
United States Congressmember Judy Chu (CA)
United States Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) (invited)
United States Congressmember Mark Takano (CA)
California State Treasurer John Chiang
Stewart Kwoh, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles
Richard Lui, MSNBC and NBC News (emcee)
S. Floyd Mori, APAICS Leadership Network, Inc.

ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS IN ATTENDANCE
As of March 22, 2016 

From United States Congress…
United States Congressmember Judy Chu (CA)
United States Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) (invited)
United States Congressmember Mark Takano (CA)

From State government…
California State Treasurer John Chiang
California Assemblymember Rob Bonta
California Assemblymember Evan Low
Virginia House of Delegates Mark Keam
Former Minnesota Senator Mee Moua
Former California Assemblymember S. Floyd Mori
Former California Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi

From local government…
Arcadia City Councilmember Sho Tay
Artesia Mayor Pro Tem Ali Sajjad Taj
Artesia Mayor Victor Manalo
Calexico Mayor Joong Kim
Duarte Mayor Sam Kang
Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen
Garvey School District Boardmember Henry Lo
Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education Vice President Melody Ngaue-Tu'uholoaki
Irvine Mayor Steven Choi
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
Los Angeles Community College District Vice President Michael Eng
Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees Sydney Kamlager
Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees Mike Fong
City of Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu
Monterey Park Mayor Peter Chan
Monterey Park City Councilmember Hans Liang
Mount San Antonio College Board of Trustees Boardmember Jay Chen
Rosemead City Councilmember Polly Low
City of San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao
City of San Gabriel Councilmember Jason Pu
San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District President Thomas Wong
Sierra Madre City Councilmember Rachelle Arizmendi
Tulare County Board of Supervisors Allen Ishida
West Covina Mayor James Toma
West Covina City Councilmember Tony Wu 


 
Thursday, March 31
 

7:30am

7:30am

8:30am

The Perpetual and Sinister Foreigner: How Race, Religion and National Security Collide
Asian Americans, as the “perpetual foreigner,” have historically been treated as threats to national security, and that xenophobic pattern continues today. The targeting of Japanese Americans during World War II and Chinese immigrants under the Chinese Exclusion Act are not isolated from the more recent demonizing of Chinese American scientists and Muslim American communities as threats to national security or safety.  Because our communities are “Othered” so effectively by the media, popular culture, and at times the law itself, the impact of this racial and religious profiling is far-reaching, putting large swaths of our community at risk, even if not specifically singled out as the “enemy.”  It also creates significant challenges for coalition-building with other people of color, particularly as the latest wave of xenophobia and Islamo-racism coincides with major shifts in racial justice organizing and mobilizing in the U.S.

Moderators
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Frank Wu

Distinguished Professor, University of California, Hastings College of Law
Frank H. Wu is a Distinguished Professor at University of California, Hastings College of Law. He served as Chancellor and Dean at the school, receiving a unanimous vote for renewal to a second term. He was a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation’s leading historically black college/university, for a decade. He is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White. Prior to his academic career, he held a clerkship... Read More →

Speakers
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Zahra Billoo

Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area
As the Executive Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations - San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA) chapter, Zahra Billoo works as a community organizer and civil rights advocate. She frequently provides trainings at local mosques and universities as part of CAIR’s efforts to empower the community, while building bridges with allies on key civil rights issues. Billoo also represents victims of discrimination and advocates for... Read More →
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Sapreet Kaur

Executive Director, Sikh Coalition
Sapreet Kaur has been the Executive Director of the Sikh Coalition since September 2009. She was a member of the Coalition's Board of Directors for two years prior to joining the organization as staff. Kaur previously served as the Managing Director of Strategy within the Human Assets team at Teach for America, a national non-profit whose mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation's most promising... Read More →
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Karen Korematsu

Founder and Executive Director, Fred T. Korematsu Institute
Karen Korematsu is the Founder and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and the daughter of the late Fred T. Korematsu. Korematsu is a civil rights advocate and public educator who shares her passion for social justice with educators and students across the country. She has also led successful efforts with lawmakers to have California and other states recognize January 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the... Read More →
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Ted Lieu

Congressmember, United States House of Representatives
In 2014, Ted W. Lieu was elected to California’s 33rd Congressional District. Lieu was elected president of the Democratic Freshman class by his colleagues and serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Lieu has been a leader in Congress against ethnic and racial profiling, and discrimination against the LGBT community. He serves as Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American... Read More →


10:45am

Democratic Participation Beyond Voting – Leveraging Campaign Contributions and Other Tactics Within the Escalation of Engagement
The prevailing vision of participation in the democratic process centers upon the act of voting; however, our panelists will present their experiences in translating campaign contributions, legislative outreach, and civic engagement within the frame of democratic participation. While many have been battling the influence of big money in politics and the corresponding impact on under-served and underrepresented communities since Citizens United, efforts to reform campaign finance that focus more on empowering small donors have been increasing. This workshop will explore real-world examples of effective campaigns which have utilized small campaign contributions, volunteerism, and voter engagement as means of increasing an individual’s engagement in our democratic system.

Moderators
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Steven Montoya

National Campaign Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
Steven Montoya is the National Campaign Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, responsible for developing and implementing strategy for Field outreach and advocacy initiatives, community and public education efforts, and overseeing Community Partners’ Network strategy and capacity building. Prior to joining Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, Montoya spent the past eight years alternating between electoral campaigns... Read More →

Speakers
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Christine Chen

Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Christine Chen, the founding executive director of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote from 2006-2008, returned to APIAVote in 2011 to serve as its current Executive Director. During her tenure, she strengthened and expanded APIAVote's partners into 22 states. APIAVote’s research and polling of Asian American voters and their regional trainings and field programs have strengthened the local grassroots programs in reaching and... Read More →
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Kathay Feng

Executive Director, California Common Cause
Kathay Feng is Common Cause’s National Redistricting Director and California Common Cause’s Executive Director. Feng spearheaded successful initiative campaigns to create an independent citizens commission to redistrict state and congressional districts in California. Feng also led efforts to successfully pass Online Voter Registration and Same Day Registration, and helps anchor California’s Election Protection efforts. In Los... Read More →
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DeNora Getachew

Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel, The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
DeNora Getachew is Campaign Manager and Legislative Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where she works on affirmative democracy reform efforts. During her career, Getachew has shaped state and local policy on a host of reform issues, including as Policy Director for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Policy Director at Citizens Union, Legislative Director at the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and Legislative... Read More →
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David Ryu

Councilmember, City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District. Ryu studied economics at University of California, Los Angeles; Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers; won a prestigious United Nations graduate internship; and was a Netkal Fellow at University of Southern California’s School of Social Work. As Senior Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, he worked for years on issues like public... Read More →



10:45am

Litigation As a Tool for Community Engagement: Three Case Studies **
This workshop explores the synergistic possibilities and potential conflicts between litigation and community engagement. Community engagement, broadly defined, includes a range of activity from community organizing to participation in civic life. The first case study examines how a law, the California Voting Rights Act, may spark broader community engagement. The second case study examines how organizers used litigation as one strategy in a successful workplace justice campaign. The third case study examines how litigation may be a catalyst for human trafficking victims to become more involved in community life.

 ** Advancing Justice - LA is a State Bar of California approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) provider. Pre-determined MCLE credits are being provided for this activity. Please note that 1.5 hours of MCLE credits are approved for California State Bar members only.

Moderators
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John Trang

Staff Attorney, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
John C. Trang is a Staff Attorney for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles’s Impact Litigation Unit. He engages in direct legal services, community legal education, policy advocacy, and litigation. Trang also coordinates the organization’s advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers, with a focus on combating wage theft and labor trafficking. Trang received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law... Read More →

Speakers
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Belinda Escobosa Helzer

Senior Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
Belinda Escobosa Helzer is a Senior Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. After law school, Belinda clerked on the New Mexico Supreme Court and then was the Immigrant Rights Attorney at Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She has been counsel in civil rights cases involving free speech, religious freedom, homelessness, voting, and police abuse, and she has extensive experience educating... Read More →
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Winifred (Winnie) Kao

Litigation Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Winifred Kao is Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus's Litigation Director. She also leads Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus's workers' rights program. Previously, Kao worked at a union-side labor and employment law firm where she primarily represented hotel and restaurant workers and unions in a wide variety of labor, employment, constitutional, and class-action cases. Kao was also a trial attorney for the... Read More →
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Louise Luis

Member, Migrante Los Angeles
Louise Luis is a survivor of labor-related human trafficking. Together with legal counsel Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles and the law firm of Latham and Watkins, Luis and ten other trafficked Filipino workers brought a lawsuit against their employer-traffickers alleging violations of human trafficking laws, racketeering based on visa fraud, national origin discrimination, numerous federal and state labor laws, fraudulent... Read More →
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Jonathan Paik

Campaign Manager, Korean Resource Center
Jonathan began organizing with the Korean Resource Center in January 2014, working on immigrant and voting rights campaigns in North Orange County, with a mission to build a local and progressive base of Asian American and Pacific Islander community members to advance progressive policy. Before working at the Korean Resource Center, he started his work in politics at the Bus Federation Civic Fund in Portland, Oregon, serving as the Operations... Read More →



10:45am

Making Local and National Partnerships Work
Federal policies on health, immigration and voting rights have been and continue to be major concerns for Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. A rapidly growing population and increased voter engagement has helped increase the visibility of our community in these policy debates. Critical to continuing this trend is the existence of strong partnerships between local and national groups with a unified message. Panelists will share experiences with participating in such partnerships, highlighting best practices, challenges, and successful strategies that can be modified to communities of different sizes.

Moderators
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Marita Etcubanez

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
As Director of Strategic Initiatives for Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC, Marita Etcubanez manages varied projects, including supporting naturalization efforts in the D.C. metropolitan area and working with Community Partners to produce demographic reports on Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations. Etcubanez came to Advancing Justice - AAJC with more than 10 years of experience in legal services. She has... Read More →

Speakers
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Saima Husain

Deputy Director, South Asian Network
Saima Husain has a B.S in Psychology and Sociology and a Ph.D. in Human Rights. She is currently the Deputy Director at South Asian Network, a grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to advancing the health, wellbeing and civil rights of South Asians in Southern California. As Deputy Director, Husain supervises staff and volunteers, secures grants and manages programs, and collaborates with agencies and faith-based and community... Read More →
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Christopher Kang

National Director, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
Christopher Kang is National Director of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 35 Asian Pacific American organizations. From 2009 to 2015, he served in the White House, rising to Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Obama. He was in charge of the selection, vetting, and confirmation of judicial nominees and also advised on commutations and executive clemency. Kang led the legislative outreach for... Read More →
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Chi-mei Lin

Executive Director, Chinese Community Center
Chi-mei Lin has been the Executive Director of the Chinese Community Center in Houston for the past 15 years. CCC is the largest Asian-led social services agency in the southwestern United States, serving over 10,000 families a year with educational, cultural, and social services. In 2015, CCC achieved recognition and accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals. | Chi-mei actively engages in community work and is currently... Read More →
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DJ Yoon

Executive Director, National Korean American Service & Education Forum
Dae Joong "DJ" Yoon is the Executive Director of the National Korean American Service & Education Forum (NAKASEC). Since 1991, Yoon has been working to educate, organize and civically engage Korean Americans and Asian Americans on issues related to immigration reform and civil rights. Prior to NAKASEC, Yoon was the executive director of the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles for over 11 years, and a founding board member for the Korean... Read More →


10:45am

Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders And Immigration Policy: Building a Vision for the Future
Description: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing population in the United States. Many of our community members depend upon our immigration system to unify families and support our communities. Instead, our immigration system tears families apart and creates incredible hurdles for community members seeking to change their status. This workshop will explore potential pro-immigrant changes to federal policy that would benefit Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals and families. A panel will highlight some of the concerns with existing policies, followed by a facilitated discussion with participants to gain a shared understanding of which policies Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders could push for to support our communities.

Presentation Links:
Washington Post: "Timeline: The Rise and Fall of Immigration Reform"
SEAFN Campaign Launch Video 
More presentation materials downloadable below.

Moderators
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Anthony Ng

Policy Advocate, Immigrant Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Anthony Ng is an undocumented Pilipino from Los Angeles, California. Ng graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science. He currently works at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles as a Policy Advocate, and leads the immigrant rights project working on issues of immigrant integration, immigration enforcement, and immigrant youth organizing. He previously served on United We... Read More →

Speakers
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Ray Jose

Immigrant Youth Justice Organizer, Many Languages One Voice
Ray Jose is a 1.75 generation undocumented immigrant from the Philippines. He and his family came to the United States in 2000, in hopes of more opportunities and a better future. Jose learned about his undocumented status in the late years of his high school career and was left with very few options to access higher education. His organizing and activism in the immigrant rights movement began in Maryland where he worked with other undocumented... Read More →
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Aarti Kohli

Deputy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Aarti Kohli is the Deputy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, where she oversees key issue areas including Immigration, Criminal Justice Reform, and Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education. She also helps guide the national policy work of the Advancing Justice affiliation. Formerly, she was the Director of Immigration Policy at the Warren Institute at the University of Cailfornia, Berkeley... Read More →
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Sarath Suong

Executive Director, Providence Youth Student Movement
Sarath Suong is a co-founder and Executive Director of Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM). Born in the Thai refugee camp Khao I Dang, Suong and his family fled Cambodia during the civil war and immigrated to his hometown of Revere, Massachusetts. He moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 1998 to attend Brown University, majoring in Ethnic Studies with a specific focus on Southeast Asian American immigration and resistance. To cope with the... Read More →
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'Alisi Tulua

Chief Operating Officer, Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
‘Alisi Tulua is the Chief Operating Offier for Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), a non-profit organization in Los Angeles, California whose mission is to promote social justice engaging Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities through culturally relevant advocacy, research, and development. While working as a health program coordinator for the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance in 2009... Read More →



10:45am

Making the Pitch: Winning Media Coverage For Your Story
What makes a successful pitch? What does it take to get your story covered? A panel of news editors and reporters discuss the art of promotion and pitching. Find out how to give your press release legs and a voice by pitching with purpose and framing your story to values and interests that readers can relate to. Panelists will present their success stories and reveal what worked and what didn’t.

Moderators
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Randy Bunnao

Reporter, ETTV
Randy Bunnao is the Communications Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, overseeing strategic communications and media outreach to mainstream and ethnic press. Previously, Bunnao was Education Director at the Williams Institute, a national LGBT law and public policy research center at University of California, Los Angeles Law School. Prior to graduate school, he was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in New York, where he... Read More →

Speakers
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Jaweed

Former Senior Religion Reporter, The Huffington Post
Jaweed Kaleem was the former Senior Religion Reporter at the The Huffington Post, and will begin in April as the National Race and Justice Correspondent at the Los Angeles Times. At HuffPost, he wrote extensively on the Roman Catholic church, evangelical Christians, Mormonism and Muslim Americans. Kaleem was a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center in 2014, during which he reported on Islam in Indonesia. In 2013, he was a Henry Luce Fellow in... Read More →
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Victoria Kim

Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Victoria Kim covers Koreatown, the Korean community and central Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, she was a legal affairs reporter covering state and federal courts, writing about a diverse array of topics including the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, police shootings, street gangs and celebrity trials. Prior to joining the paper in 2007, she wrote for the Associated Press in South Korea and West Africa as well as the... Read More →
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Traci Lee

Digital Editorial Manager, NBC Asian America, NBC News
Traci G. Lee is the Digital Editorial Manager for NBC Asian America at NBCNews.com, the country’s largest English-language national news source dedicated to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Previously, she was a digital and multimedia producer for MSNBC and, along with frequently covering the Asian-American community, she has been a vocal advocate for increasing diversity and representation in newsrooms. Lee currently co-leads... Read More →
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Leslie Berestein Rojas

Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter, Southern California Public Radio
Leslie Berestein Rojas is Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)'s Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter. Berestein Rojas has been with KPCC since 2010. She reports on immigration and the changing face of Southern California, as generations of immigrants and their descendants leave their mark on the region. She also ran KPCC’s Multi-American immigration blog between 2010 and 2015. Before coming to KPCC, Berestein Rojas reported... Read More →


10:45am

Community Partnerships and Coalition Building: Strategies and Tools for Success
Community partnerships require that different parties commit to fully working together to see results and effect change. Learn how AA&NHPI-serving organizations nationally are working together across sectors to form and sustain civic engagement partnerships, gain access to different skills, share responsibilities, and leverage resources to reach a larger audience and amplify their impact. Organization leaders will share recent successes, best practices, lessons learned, and their collective goals for 2016.

Moderators
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Susie Sands

Vice President of the Asian American Program, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
Susie Sands is Vice President of the Asian American Program at the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. She joined the staff in April 2011 and has helped Sue Van, President and CEO, shape the program. The Foundation has been the biggest supporter of the Asian American Pacific Islander communities throughout the United States on critical issues such as census, citizenship and naturalization, civic engagement and health access. Her previous career... Read More →

Speakers
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John Brothers

Executive Director, Quincy Asian Resources Inc.
John Brothers has served as Executive Director of Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) since 2004. QARI’s mission is to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities. Brothers joined QARI in 2004 after a 15 year career with the Young Men's Christian Associations of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. and Quincy, Massachusetts. Since then, the agency has become... Read More →
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Sherry Hirota

Chief Executive Officer, Asian Health Services
Sherry Hirota is the Chief Executive Officer of Asian Health Services and a dynamic advocate and pioneer in the national, state, and local Asian American and Pacific Islander health movement. In particular, she has played a critical role in the establishment of linguistic and cultural competence standards in managed care. As an appointee to national, state, and local health policy bodies, she continues to advise Congressional leaders and take the... Read More →
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Diane Narasaki

Executive Director, Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Diane Narasaki is Asian Counseling & Referral Service (ACRS) Executive Director in Seattle. Through 240 staff, 700 volunteers, 40 languages and dialects, ACRS serves 26,000 people with culturally competent, integrated behavioral health, human services and civic engagement activities. Narasaki serves on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and co-chairs the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition in... Read More →
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Minh Nguyen

Executive Director, Vietnamese American Young Leaders of New Orleans
Minh Nguyen is the Founder and Executive Director of Vietnamese American Young Leaders (VAYLA) of New Orleans. Under his leadership, VAYLA has transformed into a multi-racial, anti-racist organizing space. VAYLA utilizes a transformation organizing framework to equip young people with the skills and capacity to affect change at an institutional level, while encouraging critical consciousness of the way those institutions affect their lives. By... Read More →


10:45am

Electoral Strategies in Islamophobic Times
We have seen a dramatic increase in the manipulation of fear as an electoral tactic – whether it be fear against the poor, the LGBTQ, or now, fear against Muslims. It should be no surprise that there is a rise in hate crimes against AMEMSA (Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian) communities in the months leading up to an election. With the critical 2016 elections looming, this panel will feature key organizers to discuss strategies and tactics to counter the inevitable Islamophobic rhetoric that will be coming our way this upcoming year.

Moderators
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Tanzila Ahmed

Campaign Strategist, 18 Million Rising
Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles. An electoral organizer by trade, she’s mobilized thousands of Asian American and Pacific Islanders to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past fifteen years, starting with founding South Asian American Voting Youth in 2004. She currently is a Campaign Strategist at the Asian American new media organizing group 18 Million Rising. Ahmed is... Read More →

Speakers
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Reema Ahmad

Community Organizer
Reema Ahmad is a community organizer with experience in political, electoral, and issue-based campaigns. She collaborated with community leaders to co-found Project Mobilize, a 501(c)4 political action organization dedicated to increasing civic participation and representation from politically marginalized communities across Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Ahmad later joined Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago, where she managed... Read More →
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Sarah Jawaid

Organizer, LA Voice
Sarah Jawaid is a community organizer with LA Voice, a non-profit affiliate of the People Improving Communities Through Organizing National Network, where she does faith-based social justice organizing and leadership development in Los Angeles. Jawaid works with Muslims, Jews and formerly incarcerated Angelenos across Los Angeles County. She has worked on policy change for affordable housing issues, economic opportunity, and criminal justice... Read More →
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Asma Men

Program Coordinator, California Community Foundation
Asma Men, a native Southern Californian, has worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly a decade as an advocate of underrepresented communities on a range of civic engagement projects and non-partisan campaigns, including voter-mobilization and redistricting efforts. Most recently, Men managed the California Public Leadership Pipeline Project, a collaborative of organizations that supports progressive individuals entering public leadership and... Read More →
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Ramla Sahid

Executive Director, Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans
Ramla Sahid is the founder and executive director of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s growth as the leading voice for refugees in San Diego. She brings more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit arena and a strong track record of successfully advancing state policy and local campaign initiatives. Prior to PANA, she was a community organizer for Mid-City... Read More →


10:45am

Partnering with Unions & Worker Centers, Building Power for Working Families
Founded in 1992, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) is the first and only national organization of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers, most of whom are union members, and allies advancing worker, immigrant and civil rights. APALA has served as an important bridge between the broader labor movement and the AAPI community. In this workshop, we’ll share case studies from successful partnerships at the local and national level with unions and workers centers on racial justice, community organizing and civic engagement.

Moderators
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Greg Cendana

Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Strategist, politico and coalition builder Gregory Cendana is the first openly gay and youngest-ever Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement. He is the immediate past Chair of National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, co-founder of the diversity initiative Inclusv, Treasurer for the Labor Coalition for Community Action and is the youngest General... Read More →

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Yves Gomes

National Executive Board Member, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Yves Gomes is a freshman at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, set to graduate in 2019. Gomes serves as a National Executive Board Member and also of the Young Leaders Council Co-Chair of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. Gomes spends his time volunteering for organizations that fight for immigrant rights and racial justice.
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Johanna Puno Hester

Special Assistant to the Executive Director, United Domestic Workers of America/AFSCME
Johanna Hester’s dedication to working families began in the 1990s when she successfully organized 2,000 recreation and park assistants in Los Angeles as Lead Organizer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Since her early organizing days, Hester has become a formidable labor leader, champion for home care providers, and outspoken advocate for the immigrant and civil rights of workers. She... Read More →
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Susan Li

External Organizer, Service Employees International Union 721
Susan Li serves as the current President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, the Safety Net Systems Coordinator at Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 721, and the appointed Secretary of the SEIU Asian Pacific Islander Caucus. In her time at SEIU, she has helped workers in various industries from healthcare to higher education organize to form unions. Li started as a Chinatown youth organizer in... Read More →



12:15pm

12:30pm

Closing Plenary: Movements for Change

What does it take to make change in the 21st century, and what can Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders learn from movements that are not specific to our community, but deeply intersect with racial, social and economic justice issues that affect us? How did Black Lives Matter evolve from a social media hashtag to a movement forcing our nation to grapple with deeply entrenched state and individual violence against African Americans? How did the LGBTQ community win “marriage equality” at the U.S. Supreme Court after losing the battle for the ballot box and public opinion for years? How has the “Fight for 15” to increase minimum wage swept through major cities and key states across the nation? What was the real story of undocumented immigrant youth organizing that led to the President authorizing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program? As AAPIs who advocate for social change, how are our communities impacted by these movements and what can we learn as we return home to continue our work for justice and equity?

Moderators
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Eric Ward

Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Eric K. Ward works on the Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice team at the Ford Foundation. His grant making has supported the consolidation of progress achieved in combating inequality and promoted the dismantling of institutional discrimination and other barriers to full participation that racial and ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples continue to experience in society. Before joining the foundation in 2014, he was a program executive for... Read More →

Speakers
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Melina Abdullah

Professor & Chair of Pan-African Studies, California State University, Los Angeles and Black Lives Matter leadership team
Melina Abdullah is Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, and Council for Affirmative Action Chair for the California Faculty Association. Abdullah earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in Political Science and her B.A. from Howard University in African-American Studies. Abdullah serves on the leadership team for #BlackLivesMatter and is committed to ending state-sponsored and... Read More →
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Carlos Amador

Lead Organizer, California Immigrant Policy Center
Carlos Amador is California Immigrant Policy Center’s Lead Organizer. He was previously the Project Manager of the Dream Resource Center at the University of California, Los Angeles Labor Center, where he worked on issues impacting immigrant youth nationally. Amador is a former Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the United We Dream Network, and a founding Steering Committee member of the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. He... Read More →
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Gerry Hudson

Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union National
Gerry Hudson's outstanding commitment to labor, confronting the realities of long term care, and environmental justice spans decades. Hudson leads the union's political program--ensuring that Service Employees International Union (SEIU) members and all workers have a strong voice to hold politicians accountable and elect candidates at all levels who stand with working families. Hudson continues to help lead SEIU's efforts to win quality... Read More →
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Jenny Pizer

Law and Policy Project Director, Lambda Legal
Jennifer Pizer is National Director of the Law and Policy Project for Lambda Legal, the country’s premiere legal advocate for the LGBT civil rights movement. A leader in this movement for three decades, Pizer litigates to protect family relationships; to obtain fair conditions in health care, employment, and education; and to challenge use of religion to discriminate. She also drafts legislation, advises policymakers, and works with... Read More →


2:15pm

Beyond 2016: A Blueprint for Federal Engagement with the White House Initiative on AAPIs
Since being reestablished by President Obama in 2009, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has facilitated increased access to and participation in federal programs through innovative partnerships, unprecedented regional engagement, and interagency collaboration. During this workshop, representatives will highlight best practices and the Initiative’s blueprint to institutionalize its work beyond 2016. With less than one year left until the next President of the United States takes office, participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas for ways that the current and future Administrations should engage with the AAPI community.

Moderators
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Jason Tengco

Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Jason Tengco was appointed as Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on May 4, 2015. Tengco started at the Initiative in May 2012, first serving as the Initiative’s liaison in the White House Office of Public Engagement, then as a Senior Advisor directing the Initiative’s community engagement and youth outreach. Prior to that, Tengco was an Asian Pacific American Institute for... Read More →

Speakers
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Sefa Aina

Former Vice Chair, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Sefa Aina is currently the Associate Dean and Director of the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College.  He has served as an academic and student-organizational advisor, as well as an instructor for Asian American Studies programs at University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Fullerton.  In September of 2010, Aina was appointed by President Obama to the President's Advisory Commission on Asian... Read More →
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Kathleen Ko Chin

Member, President’s Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
As President and CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Kathy Ko Chin works to influence policy, mobilize communities and strengthen organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. With strong values from her immigrant Chinese parents, for nearly 40 years, Ko Chin has built community institutions, especially for the underserved. An authority on national health policy, Ko Chin... Read More →
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Kay Ko

Regional Network Member, White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders
Kay Ko grew up in Los Angeles, California, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated with a B.A., a M.A. in Art History, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Education. After teaching Korean language at UCLA and Claremont McKenna, Ko joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation in December 1993 as a Language Specialist. Currently, she is a FBI Community Outreach Specialist. Ko also serves as the Regional Lead for the... Read More →
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Doua Thor

Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Doua Thor was among the many thousands of Hmong refugees who were resettled in the United States after the Vietnam War. She spent much of her youth volunteering and working with Southeast Asian American communities. Over the years, Thor has gained a wealth of experience working with national and grassroots organizations that serve Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and refugees. She was appointed by President Obama to the President's... Read More →


2:15pm

Community Organizing in AAPI Neighborhoods: The Roots and the Future of Community Development
The AAPI movement began in the late 1960s against the backdrop of the larger civil rights movement. AAPI community development corporations (CDCs) followed in the 1970s. Community organizers mobilized residents of AAPI neighborhoods to tackle the need for housing and address growing poverty. Today, more than two million AAPIs live below the poverty line, disproportionally in cities with the highest costs of living and where AAPI neighborhoods are alongside other communities of color. CDCs have a critical role to play in the movement for racial and economic justice. This session will explore innovative approaches to engage local AAPI communities in leading the charge to preserve their at-risk neighborhoods.

Moderators
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Lisa Hasegawa

Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
Lisa Hasegawa is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD). National CAPACD’s mission is to improve the quality of life for low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by promoting economic vitality, civic and political participation, and racial equity. Hasegawa is on the board of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, and Progressive Congress. Previously... Read More →

Speakers
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Cathy Dang

Executive Director, Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence - Organizing Asian Communities
Cathy Dang is the Executive Director of the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence - Organizing Asian Communities, a pan-Asian organization that organizes low-income Asian immigrants for larger systemic and institutional change towards racial, gender, and economic justice. CAAAAV's primary areas of organizing are housing justice in Chinatown and Queensbridge Public Housing and police accountability. Dang has organized in labor and community... Read More →
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Dean Matsubayashi

Executive Director, Little Tokyo Service Center
Dean Matsubayashi is Executive Director of Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), a 35-year-old neighborhood-based organization based in Little Tokyo. LTSC provides the social services that motivated its establishment along with programs focusing on holistic community growth, affordable housing, economic development, and revitalization of Little Tokyo. Matsubayashi serves on many non-profit boards of directors and on advisory boards for financial... Read More →
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Nisha Vyas

Staff Attorney, Community Development Project, Public Counsel
Nisha Vyas is a staff attorney with Public Counsel’s Community Development Project. Her work includes providing counsel to community-based organizations, including legal advice and capacity building support to nonprofit affordable and supportive housing providers, and affirmatively enforcing laws to ensure an adequate supply of affordable housing and protections against displacement in the region. With a background in community law and fair... Read More →
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Mark Wilson

Executive Director, Coalition for Responsible Community Development
A native of South Los Angeles, Wilson co-founded of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, and has served as Executive Director since its inception in 2005. He serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, and oversees day-to-day operations, including personnel, finance, programs, fund development, and community relations. He supervises a management team of 6 people with a combined total of 63 years of experience... Read More →
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Maiko Winkler-Chin

Executive Director, The Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
Maiko Winkler-Chin is Executive Director of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), which works to preserve, promote and develop the Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. Winkler-Chin previously served as the Director of Housing, responsible for asset and property management, as well as a member of the real estate development team. She has... Read More →


2:15pm

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

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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 →


2:15pm

Pushing Back on PEP-Comm: How Local Communities Are Responding to Newest Wave of Immigration Enforcement
In November 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the creation of a new immigration enforcement program, the Priority Enforcement Program (PEP-Comm), the successor to the widely maligned Secure Communities (S-Comm). DHS promised that S-Comm would not repeat the opacity, civil rights violations, and mass deportations that were common under S-Comm. However, over a year later, little is known about PEP-Comm, but DHS has embarked on an aggressive campaign to get local law enforcement involved in the program. This panel explores how communities have taken action to push back on PEP-Comm and police-ICE entanglement in their localities.

Moderators
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Saira Hussain

Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Saira Hussain is a staff attorney in the Criminal Justice Reform Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus. Her work focuses on disentangling federal immigration enforcement from local law enforcement through coalition-building, policy advocacy, and litigation. Hussain also tracks and addresses violations of the TRUST Act, a California law that prevents local law enforcement from detaining immigrants for extra time for... Read More →

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Emi MacLean

Staff Attorney, National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Emi MacLean is a staff attorney with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and an adjunct professor with the Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine. She has previously worked as a legal officer with the Open Society Justice Initiative; a staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights in the organization's Guantanamo Global Justice Initiative; and with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF... Read More →
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Nancy Nguyen

Organizer, 1Love Movement
Nancy Dung Nguyen is a 2nd generation Vietnamese organizer. Her practice circles around community building, organizing, creative and healing programming and campaign work that reveals to us the many ways we can strive towards a just world. She has been working with the Vietnamese community in Philadelphia and South Jersey, supporting the development of programming around civic engagement, youth organizing and health promotion in the Vietnamese... Read More →
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Fred Tsao

Senior Policy Counsel, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Fred Tsao is The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)'s senior policy counsel. In this position, he provides research and analysis of changes in immigration-related policies and procedures to ICIRR members and allies, and assists with the coalition's legislative advocacy efforts. He also provides technical support, trainings, and presentations on immigration-related topics to service providers, immigrant community... Read More →
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Sandy Valenciano

Northern Organizer, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
Sandy Valenciano was born in Zacatecas, Mexico in 1993. She graduated from Antioch High School in 2011 and completed her B.A in psychology at Sonoma State University in Spring 2015. Being undocumented has challenged Valenciano in many ways, inspiring her to become a better person to serve the community. She believes in community education, to make sure that community members are engaged in the issues that directly affect them. Valenciano began... Read More →


2:15pm

Developing Corporate Partnerships for Fundraising [Session Closed to Media]
Two of today’s fundraising challenges are the dramatic reduction in community contributions from corporations and their restructuring of their funding priorities to focus on specific areas. Corporations are also looking to build strategic partnerships with nonprofits that are mutually beneficial. So just what kinds of partnerships are corporations looking for? How can nonprofits best position themselves to ensure their programs get noticed? This workshop will offer insights from corporate representatives, and best practices and tips on how to strengthen partnerships with corporate funders.

**Session closed to media.

Moderators
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Bonnie Tang

Co-Director of Development, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
As a longtime Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles staff member, Bonnie Tang has supervised various programs including voting rights, census, language rights, hate crime prevention, and affirmative action, as well as represented low-income clients in family law cases as an attorney in the organization's Legal Services unit. She now works in the Development Unit of Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, helping to manage all aspects of... Read More →

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Johnnie Giles

Executive Director of External Affairs and Vice President of Government Affairs, Comcast/NBC Universal
Johnnie Giles serves as Executive Director of External Affairs for Comcast Corporation and Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast Cable, where he is responsible for developing policy positions and advocacy strategies in support of the company’s various lines of business. Additionally, he serves as the principal interface between Comcast and national Asian Pacific Islander community organizations and supports Comcast’s... Read More →
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Kirk Glaze

Director of Community Partnerships, Coca-Cola North America
Kirk Glaze is Director of Community Partnerships in the Community Connections department of Coca-Cola North America at The Coca-Cola Company. His responsibilities include management of the Company’s presence in the western United States and Canada by developing strategic community partnerships and responding to community requests for support with an emphasis on the Company’s 3W philanthropic priorities: Water, Women, and Well-being... Read More →
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Antonio Manning

Vice President, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Antonio Manning is Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Philanthropy in the office of Corporate Responsibility. In this position, Manning manages philanthropic and corporate responsibility functions for California and Greater Los Angeles. Manning is an active member of the community. He is a founding member of Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy, a membership organization comprised of corporate... Read More →
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Yen Marshall

Area Director, External Affairs, AT&T
Yen Marshall plans, coordinates and implements strategies to support AT&T strategic initiatives statewide, focusing on Asian and Pacific Islander and education segments for California. She establishes and maintains relationships with key government, community and business leaders, and coordinates programs that promote good corporate citizenship and enhance community good will. She serves on the Board of Directors for My Sister’s... Read More →


2:15pm

Making Media That Moves
Your timelines are littered with an array of internet content vying for your views. How do you produce and disseminate content that is entertaining, engaging and inspires action? Hear from a range of mediamakers who are producing interesting, highly shareable content that's finding a following and provoking dialogue about movements, identity and culture.

Moderators
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Phil Yu

Founder/Editor, Angry Asian Man
Phil Yu is the founder and editor of the popular Asian American news/culture blog Angry Asian Man. He is also co-host of the YouTube talk show Angry Asian America on ISAtv, and host of Sound and Fury: The Angry Asian Podcast. Building a steady, loyal readership since 2001, Angry Asian Man has been called "a daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American." Mixing humor with criticism, Yu's commentary has... Read More →

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Francesca Fiorentini

Presenter/Producer, AJ+
Francesca Fiorentini is a comedy writer, performer and journalist. She is a host and producer with AJ+, the online channel of Al Jazeera Media Network, and does stand up comedy around the Bay Area. She has worked in alternative media since 2004 as editor with the War Resisters League and of Left Turn magazine.
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Eugene Lee Yang

Video Producer and Development Partner, BuzzFeed Motion Pictures
Eugene Lee Yang is a Development Partner at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. His work as a producer, writer, director, and actor there has reached millions of viewers worldwide, making him one of today’s most recognizable young Asian American faces online and in social media. Behind the camera, Yang is responsible for several of BuzzFeed’s biggest viral video hits, including “If Disney Princes Were Real” and... Read More →
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Jenny Yang

Comedian/Writer, Disoriented Comedy
Jenny Yang is a writer and stand up comedian who produces the first-ever (mostly) female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Disoriented Comedy, and The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival, an Asian American comedy festival featuring the best emerging and veteran standup, sketch, improv and writing talent. Yang was dubbed one of Los Angeles' "most fascinating people" of 2015 in LA Weekly's annual "People" issue. Her work and commentary... Read More →


2:15pm

Power Mapping
Step by step mapping of individual targets and relational power lines that can impact your organization’s policy goals and identification of ways to reach and influence these targets.

Moderators
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Karla Zombro

Field Director, California Calls
As Field Director, Karla Zombro leads the statewide organizing, capacity-building and civic engagement work of California Calls, an alliance of 30 grassroots, community-based organizations spanning urban, rural and suburban counties across the state. Prior to California Calls, Zombro worked at Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE) in South Los Angeles, where she helped recruit and grow SCOPE’s membership base and... Read More →


2:15pm

Until We Are All Free: Leading with Culture to Build Multiracial Power
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.

Moderators
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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 →


4:00pm

Asian American Women, Labor and Justice
This panel analyzes Asian American immigrant women’s struggles for workplace justice. Joyce Lam from CPA SF will describe CPA’s work successfully organizing Yank Sing restaurant workers in San Francisco with a gender-specific approach. Lisa Fu from CHNSC will address the issues impacting Vietnamese nail salon workers at the intersection of environmental and reproductive justice. Irene Jor will share NDWA's approach to multiracial organizing while confronting multiple issues facing domestic workers. Kat Choi from Advancing Justice-LA will discuss how litigation can be an important strategy when fighting for labor rights for Asian American women workers.

Moderators
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Preeti Sharma

Ph.D. Candidate, Gender Studies Department, University of California, Los Angeles
Preeti Sharma is a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies at University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include gendered labor, service economies, and worker center organizing. Her dissertation, "The Thread Between Them," examines race, class, and gender in Los Angeles' beauty service industry through South Asian threading salons. She has supported numerous research justice and storytelling efforts, including the most recent... Read More →

Speakers
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Kat Choi

UCLA Public Interest Law Fellow, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Kat Choi is the UCLA Public Interest Service Fellow in Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles's Impact Litigation Unit. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles Law School with concentrations in Critical Race Studies and David J. Epstein Public Interest Program and Policy. She has nine years of immigrant and worker rights' organizing and advocacy experience from working with Korean and Asian communities in Illinois as... Read More →
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Lisa Fu

California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, Program and Outreach Director
Lisa Fu is the Program and Outreach Director for the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative, where she oversees the leadership development and organizing of nail salon workers and owners. For over 15 years, Fu has worked on various health and social justice issues impacting Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, including environmental justice, reproductive justice, and tobacco control. Fu is continually inspired by the... Read More →
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Irene Jor

New York Organizer, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Irene Jor is the New York Organizer at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, where she oversees their New York campaign and field growth strategy. In her role, she also coordinates the New York Domestic Workers Coalition and supports NDWA's affiliates in their multi-faceted domestic worker organizing efforts and strategic planning. Jor first joined NDWA’s staff in 2013 as Special Assistant to the director, Ai-jen Poo. Prior to NDWA, she... Read More →
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Joyce Lam

Senior Community Organizer, Chinese Progressive Association
Joyce Lam was born and raised in Hong Kong and currently works in the San Francisco Bay area. She has personal experience living in a monolingual immigrant family in a region plagued by inequality. At her previous position at the Single Room Occupancy Families United Collaborative, she learned how organizing delivers big and long-lasting impact as a model of change. Currently the senior community organizer at Chinese Progressive Association... Read More →



4:00pm

Messaging and Tactics from the Front Lines – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
We will share very concrete examples of messages and tactics from our recent civic engagement work. From volunteer recruitment/cultivation, to phonebanking/canvassing and tactics around Early Voting and GOTV – we will share the good, the bad and the ugly so that others can learn from both our greatest moments and epic fails. Our workshop will provide some baseline insights on what we are doing and a hands-on component where you can connect with others doing this work.


Moderators
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Kathleen Yang-Clayton

Deputy Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago
Dr. Kathleen Yang-Clayton is Deputy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago and brings extensive academic and applied policy experience to her work with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago. Yang-Clayton's recent campaign and policy work has focused on winning state funding for Hepatitis B for foreign-born populations in Illinois, voting rights campaigns and language access. Her cross-movement work on voting rights... Read More →

Speakers
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James Hong

Director of Civic Engagement, MinKwon Center for Community Action
James Hong is the Director of Civic Engagement at the MinKwon Center for Community Action. He oversees the MinKwon Center’s civic participation, community organization, advocacy and youth empowerment programs. Hong is a second-generation Korean American from Miami, Florida, who joined the MinKwon Center in 2010. Prior to joining the MinKwon Center, Hong was a Senior Research Analyst at Market Dynamics Research Group, Synovate USA and Synovate... Read More →
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Theresa Tran

Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote - Michigan
Theresa Tran serves as the Executive Director of Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote - Michigan, a nonpartisan organization committed to justice and equity for the Asian American community through grassroots mobilization, civic participation, leadership development, and coalition building. She is also a member of the inaugural class for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Community Leadership Network working to better the lives of vulnerable... Read More →


4:00pm

SOLIDARITY: Building Relationships to Strengthen Movements
Across the nation, we’ve seen a wellspring of recent movements that are forcing conversations to the forefront and pushing for real and lasting change. What is one common denominator among these movements? Strong relationships. Relationship building creates lasting impacts founded on collective ownership and vision, fueling alignment between communities and organizations. Join us as speakers share transformative practices and experiences around building and sustaining relationships at the grassroots level and across institutions. We will hear about different models and approaches that can increase solidarity across issues, movements, and sectors while preserving and amplifying the voices of those we serve.

Moderators
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Povi-Tamu Bryant

Program Coordinator, Leadership Development in Intergroup Relations, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
As a black queer womyn, Povi-Tamu Bryant is committed to working with people to bring an intersectional understanding to the ways we build and engage with each other. This commitment brought Bryant to Leadership Development in Intergroup Relations (LDIR), a program of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. Changing demographics, economic injustice, political disempowerment, police violence, media misrepresentation and other forces in... Read More →

Speakers
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Guadalupe Chavez

Director of Programs, Dignity and Power Now
Guadalupe Rocio Chavez, M.A. Clinical Psychology, is a community healer, cultural organizer, and momma. She is committed to weaving together her commitment to healing justice and social justice in her role as Director of Programs at Dignity and Power Now. Her healing practice is grounded in the values of Liberation Psychology, Earth-based Spiritualities, and Plant medicine. She enjoys and has extensive experience in developing popular education... Read More →
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Victoria Dominguez

Educational Services and Policy Coordinator, Central American Resource Center
Victoria Dominguez was born in Mexico and migrated to California at the age of seven. She earned her B.A.s in Politics and Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012. During her time there, she worked for three years with university administration, as well as community and student leaders to develop support services for undocumented students. Dominguez currently serves as the Education Services and Policy Coordinator at... Read More →
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Monica Thammarath

Senior Liaison, National Education Association
Monica Thammarath works at the National Education Association (NEA) where she is focused on connecting NEA’s 3 million members to issues that impact communities of color, particularly Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students and their families. Prior to the NEA, Thammarath was the education policy advocate for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. Thammarath currently serves as the First Vice President for the... Read More →


4:00pm

The Voter File is Your Friend: Accessing and Using Good Data on Asian American Voters
Good data is critical to any successful political campaign, yet accurate data on Asian American voters can be difficult to develop, access, and use. Experts will discuss both efforts to improve the quality of data on Asian American voters and the ways data are being used to inform political strategy and facilitate direct voter contact leading up to this year’s Presidential Election.

Moderators
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Courtni Pugh

Partner, Hilltop Public Solutions
Courtni Pugh is a Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions. Prior to joining Hilltop Public Solutions, Pugh served as Executive Director of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99. She has held senior posts in multiple Presidential, Gubernatorial, and ballot measure campaigns. Pugh was previously the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach Director for the Democratic National Committee. She was also Political Director of... Read More →

Speakers
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George Christie

Senior Program Manager, State Voices
George Christie manages the State Voices Tools For All program, helping over 200 national and state organizations use the State Voices’ data and civic engagement tools to collaborate in order to achieve collective impact on programs designed to revitalize democracy. His primary focus is working with organization staff and leaders seeking to remove barriers to the voting process, engaging more people in non-partisan advocacy and increasing... Read More →
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Joanna Lee

Senior Research Analyst, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Joanna Lee is the Senior Research Analyst in the Demographic Research Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. Lee has over a decade of research and policy experience serving low-income communities of color. At Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Lee provided critical data to inform local and state redistricting efforts and co-authored numerous Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander... Read More →
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EunSook Lee

Director, AAPI Civic Engagement Fund
EunSook Lee is the Director of the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, a national initiative established in 2014. The Fund was formed to build a culture of civic engagement in the everyday lives of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. It responds to a longstanding need to increase the participation and influence of AAPIs--as a part of the New American Majority--in all facets of American civic life. Lee currently serves on the California Commission... Read More →


4:00pm

Build on What You Got: Fundraising through Friendraising
For centuries, communities of color have been coming together to help each other-- in good times and bad. How can we harness our community's culture of giving of time, talent, treasure and ties to build an organization’s fundraising capacity? Participants will learn how to assess and strengthen their organizations' assets in order to “friend”raise & fundraise!

Moderators
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Noelle Ito

Vice President of Programs, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Noelle Ito is Vice President of Programs at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization dedicated to advancing philanthropy and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. In her role, Ito coordinates and connects AAPIP’s incubation, research and community philanthropy program areas to increase program impact. Previously, Ito served as Senior Director of Community... Read More →

Speakers
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Elaine Abelaye-Mateo

Principal Consultant, Everyday Impact Consulting
Elaine Abelaye-Mateo is Principal Consultant for Everyday Impact Consulting, whose mission is to build meaningful relationships to create social good. Abelaye-Mateo has spent over a decade in service to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, formerly as Executive Director for Asian Resources, Inc. and Board Member for Philippine National Day Association. She currently serves as Founding Member and Co-Chair of APIs RISE Giving Circle... Read More →
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Ethany Uttech

Partnerships Manager, ioby
Ethany Uttech focuses on partnership building and training local leaders for the national nonprofit crowdfunding platform ioby. Before joining the ioby team, Ethany led Brooklyn Arts Council’s grant-giving and professional development programs for seven years. She has spoken widely on the topics of grant writing, nonprofit management, and grassroots fundraising.



4:00pm

Training [CLOSED SESSION]
*** This closed workshop session is for pre-registered participants through a special arrangement with Advancing Justice and the Coulter Foundation

4:00pm

Bridging Generations: Tactics for Effective Youth/Student Outreach and Engagement
How can your organization ensure that your civic engagement work is not only effective in reaching the community, but also incorporates youth outreach and development? Attendees will hear from four leaders representing a broad cross section of AAPI identity and organizing, who will share the tools and tactics their organizations have employed in order to foster the contributions and leadership of AAPI youth within their civic engagement efforts. Attendees will also leave the panel with a handout of youth and civic engagement best practices drawn from Advancing Justice’s national partners.

Moderators
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K.B. Jenny Kim

Development Associate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC
K.B. Jenny Kim is the Development Associate at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC. She is responsible for supporting the fundraising strategies and resource development for the organization. Prior to joining AAJC, Kim served in a Congressional office with a portfolio of constituent advocacy which included civic engagement, immigration and arts education. In addition, Kim helped oversee fundraising and volunteer mobilization for a California... Read More →

Speakers
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Shelly Chen

Voter Engagement Coordinator, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Shelly Chen is the Voter Engagement Coordinator at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, where she works to empower and mobilize Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander voters. She has been working on Advancing Justice - Los Angeles’s “Your Vote Matters!” campaigns since May 2014, recruiting and training volunteers and organizing phone banks to conduct in-language voter outreach. Shelly also volunteers... Read More →
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Lian Cheun

Executive Director, Khmer Girls in Action
Lian Cheun is the Executive Director of Khmer Girls in Action. She is a 1.5 generation refugee from Cambodia. Cheun spent close to 2 decades working in low-income communities of color. She started out as a youth organizer on the Kids First! Campaign and has since worked for funding for youth programs, organized for educational and health justice, volunteered and trained for numerous Get Out the Vote efforts, and fought for workers’ rights... Read More →
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Linda Her

Executive Director, Asian American Organizing Project
Linda Her is a 2nd generation Hmong American, queer-feminist writer/poet and community organizer. She has extensive experience in activism, organizing and working in different ranges of social justice issues, civic engagements, political campaigns, committees and nonprofit organizations. In 2012, she was the St. Paul Field Organizer for President Obama’s grassroots re-election campaign with efforts to defeat the Marriage Amendment and Voter... Read More →
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Stephanie Nitahara

Pacific Southwest Regional Director, Japanese American Citizens League
Stephanie Nitahara is a Yonsei/fourth-generation Japanese American and the Pacific Southwest Regional Director for the Japanese American Citizens League. She is excited to be able to staff the JACL’s National Youth/Student Council, made up of twelve student and young professional leaders from across the country, hosting leadership, advocacy, and skills building Youth Leadership Summits. Nitahara is also passionate about proactive... Read More →



4:00pm

Voter Mobilization 101: Turnout through Voter Registration and GOTV ***
What does it take to engage our communities in voting? Come join APIAVote and Crossroads Campaigns in an interactive workshop where you can choose to learn how to get started and best practices in get-out-the-vote (GOTV) strategies or how to implement an effective voter registration drive. You will leave equipped with a better understanding on what steps go into making a voter registration or get out the vote campaign, along with common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

*** This training workshop will conclude at 6:30pm. 

Speakers
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Andrew Davison

Consultant, Crossroads Campaigns Solutions
Andrew Davison started working with Crossroads Campaigns Solutions in the summer of 2013. Before working at Crossroads, Davison worked on campaigns in Ohio, New Jersey, California and New York, from Presidential campaigns to local races to issue advocacy campaigns. At Crossroads, Davison works primarily with groups conducting civic engagement campaigns and web and software development. He is the point of contact for most Coulter Grantees that... Read More →
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John Miyasato

President, Crossroads Campaigns Solutions
John Miyasato founded Crossroads Campaigns in 2007, bringing over 22 years of experience in field, communications, technology, and strategic planning. He has applied his unique skills to both electoral and non-profit campaigns in over 30 states working with a wide array of campaigns, national issue advocacy organizations, and local ballot initiatives. Miyasato also has experience working with non-partisan organizations. He was the managing... Read More →
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Eric Salcedo

National Field Director, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Eric Salcedo is the National Field Director for Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), a nonpartisan organization that empowers Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities through electoral and civic engagement. Prior to APIAVote, Eric served as the Asian American Liaison for the Illinois Attorney General.
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Alton Wang

Communications and Development Associate, Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote
Alton Wang is the Communications and Development Associate at Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote, where he coordinates their communications and media strategy, youth engagement, and organizational development. Originally from the San Gabriel Valley outside Los Angeles, he studied at Wesleyan University in Connecticut where he spearheaded a push for Asian American Studies on Wesleyan's campus, as well as teaching a for-credit course on Asian... Read More →


5:45pm

Caucus
TBD

** Two additional spaces for impromptu caucuses available on a first come, first served basis. Changes are reflected here when filled. Sign up is at Registration with Janet Guan.  

5:45pm

Filipino Caucus
This caucus invites members of the Filipino community to meet and strengthen connections with each other.  Participants will discuss issues of importance to the community, highlight local organizing efforts, and identify strategies for national advocacy and engagement.

5:45pm

LGBTQ Caucus
Meet other LGBTQ AAPIs and learn more about work taking place across the nation. This caucus will be informal, but we will have chart paper available to brainstorm how we navigate physical, mental, and emotional well-being within movement work, and how we can make our organizations more accessible for all bodies, orientations, and genders.

5:45pm

South Regional Caucus
Those who live and work in Southern progressive spaces face unique challenges. This caucus intends to bring southern groups together to share ideas, strategies, and best practices that have worked to create sustainable social change and have achieved various wins for our movements. Together, we can learn what works and what doesn’t work. The expected outcome is for all of us to leave the session feeling more confident in our work and the progressive community which surrounds us.

5:45pm

UndocuAPI Youth Caucus
A space for undocumented Asian and Pacific Islanders from across the country to meet, exchange best practices, and build community. We hope to engage in different conversations with each other to create meaningful relationships in order to form stronger alliance of undocuAPIs and allies across the country. We also hope to begin brainstorming ideas for an undocuAPI convening in 2016. This caucus will focus on UndocuAPI’s, allies are welcome.

5:45pm

Vietnamese American Caucus
TBD

** Two additional spaces for impromptu caucuses available on a first come, first served basis. Changes are reflected here when filled. Sign up is at Registration with Janet Guan.  

5:45pm

Training [CLOSED SESSION]
*** This closed session is for pre-registered participants through a special arrangement with Advancing Justice and the Coulter Foundation