June 23, 2012 marks 30 years since the heinous, racially-motivated murder of Vincent Chin. Chin’s death, and the subsequent failure of the legal system to bring his killers Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz to justice, helped galvanize the Asian American community, bringing together disparate ethnic and political groups and helping to forge the sense of shared community and interest that continues into today.

To mark this occasion, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress has organized VC30, a nation-wide online townhall. Here’s the skinny:

Vincent Chin 30: Standing Up Then and Now

A nationwide Google Hangout* with leading civil rights leaders from around the country  featuring Congressmember Judy Chu (CA-32), CAIR-SF Executive Director Zahra Billoo, OCA Executive Director Tom Hayashi, Asian American Justice Center Executive Director Mee Moua and more

Guest Moderator Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man

Special limited edition 30th anniversary V. Chin t-shirts available for a limited time.

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National co-sponsors (in formation): Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), Asian American Justice Center, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), Chinese American Citizens Alliance (CACA), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Midwestern Asian American Student Union (MAASU), National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP), National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD), National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), OCA, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)Students Advocating for Asian Pacific Islander Americans (SAAPIA)

Media Sponsors:, Angry Asian Man, blacklava, KoreAm Journal,

Saturday, June 23, 2012
1:30pm ET/10:30 am PT/7:30 am – doors open
2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT/8:00 am HT – program begins

In 1982, Vincent Chin was the victim of a hate crime murder in Detroit. Thirty years later, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to face discrimination and bullying.  In light of recent tragedies like the extreme hazing and subsequent death of Pvt. Danny Chen and the continuing effects of 9/11, what can Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders do to stand up against racism and discrimination?

Please join us for a one-hour panel discussion with leading voices from the nonprofit, legal and judicial communities as we address these timely issues. Viewing parties have been organized in more than 20 cities and individuals can tweet in questions at #VC30.

Contact us at [email protected] to see how you can be involved.

To attend a viewing party near you, check out the full post at APAP.

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