reminder: advancing justice conference, october 29-30

Just wanted to throw out a reminder about the Advancing Justice Conference, an inaugural national civil rights and social justice conference happening this week, October 29-30, at The Center at Cathedral Plaza in Los Angeles.

The conference aims to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders in one place to address a broad range of issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. It serves as a unique forum where researchers, advocates, direct service providers and other leaders can meet face-to-face, talk about their common challenges and find ways to work collaboratively. Here's the basic info:

The 2009 Advancing Justice Conference: “Asian American and Pacific Islanders Building New Foundations for Civil Rights” is an inaugural national civil rights and social justice conference expected to draw hundreds of community and government leaders and legal professionals from across the country. The Conference will be the largest gathering of advocates and community leaders from the AAPI community to share, network, mentor and address the major policy issues facing our nation today. For a full conference agenda and registration information, please visit: www.AdvancingJustice.org.

The Advancing Justice Conference is a joint project by the Asian American Institute (Chicago), Asian American Justice Center (Washington, DC), Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (Los Angeles).

October 29-30, 2009

The Center at Cathedral Plaza
555 W. Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012-2707
The sonference will cover a variety of issues including: immigration reform and enforcement, immigrant integration, human rights, civil rights and national security, health care, Census 2010, redistricting, low-wage workers' rights, hate crimes, and LGBT rights. It also includes presentations on fundraising, community organizing, board and commission participation, capacity building and intergroup collaboration.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will make welcome remarks on Thursday, October 29. In addition, Tom Perez, the newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, will serve as the lunch keynote speaker on Friday, October 30, 2009.

I'll be participating in the panel Don't be Left Behind: Get the Buzz on Integrating New Media Techniques into Your Work, along with Jen Wang of Disgrasian, Keith Kamisugi of the Equal Justice Society, Ted Fang of AsianWeek, and moderator Peter Swing of the Asian Law Caucus. It's this Thursday at 2:15. Hope to see you there. And for more information about the conference go to the Advancing Justice website here.

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