The Advancing Justice conference is the nation’s largest conference focused on Asian American and Pacific Islander social justice. It is organized by one of my favourite non-profits, Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
The mission of Asian Americans Advancing Justice is to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.
Every year, AAAJ invites prominent AAPI activists and civil rights advocates to their annual conference to help foster a broad conversation on social justice within our community. In past years, the conference has hosted included Kiran Ahuja, the Honorable Denny Chin, Rep. Judy Chu, Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Mike Honda, Harold Koh, Norman Y. Mineta, Tom Perez, Ai-jen Poo, Gautam Raghavan, Jose Antonio Vargas and more.
This year’s conference includes nearly a hundred speakers in a jam-packed schedule of workshops and plenaries. Notable names this year include Rinku Sen (President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation; and Publisher of Colorlines.com), Karen Korematsu (Executive Director and Co-Founder of Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education), Mari Matsuda (Writer, Law Professor, Activist, and founding Critical Race Theorist), Karen Narasaki (recently appointed Commissioner on U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and Former Executive Director of Asian American Advancing Justice | AAJC), Linda Sarsour (Executive Director of Arab American Association of New York), Richard Lui (Journalist and News Anchor for MSNBC and NBC News, Doua Thor (Senior Advisor at White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders), and Phil Yu (blogger of Angry Asian Man).
This conference is the perfect gathering for students, media, and activists. Click here for more information and to register!
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