Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

2016 Advancing Justice Conference is a huge success!

Thursday, April 14th 2016

Conference sparks online conversations that trend nationwide

In March, nearly 900 advocates, educators, lawmakers, speakers and students from 42 states gathered in Los Angeles for the 2016 Advancing Justice Conference “Empowering Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities: 2016 and Beyond”, hosted by Asian Americans Advancing Justice and The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

Participants enjoyed two days of programming focused on civic and voter engagement and building Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) electoral and social power in support of economic, immigrant and racial justice. Inspiring plenaries explored the importance of the growing AAPI electorate and the issues that matter to AAPI voters; what’s at stake in this year’s elections; the intersection of race, religion and national security issues; and lessons we can learn from other movements for change.

Participants engaged in dialogue about these topics on Twitter and other social media platforms, and popular social media posts were displayed on a live Tweet Wall during the plenaries. An amazing 4,562 tweets reaching over 4 million users were sent, and the hashtags #AJC2016 and #AdvancingJustice trended nationally for two days!

Conference highlights and popular social media posts and photos can be seen on the 2016 Advancing Justice Conference Storify. The Storify also features some of our most talked about workshops and caucuses, including Asians for Black Lives and Making Media that Moves, both of which were standing room only.

The main take-away from the Conference was that we have a lot to do as a community to harness our political power. As Advancing Justice - LA’s Executive Director Stewart Kwoh said in the opening plenary, in 2016 and beyond, we must show impact in at least 5 ways: 1) growing our numbers, 2) winning our issues, 3) winning locally, 4) building strong coalitions, and 5) telling our stories. We look forward to working together over the months and years ahead to demonstrate that “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the margin of victory”.  

We will be sharing photos from the Conference soon, so please follow us on Facebook to see them when they’re posted!  



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