Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Reimagining Voting Rights In A New Era of Racial Justice and Immigrant Rights

Civil rights legend Reverend James Lawson, who introduced nonviolence principles to the 1960s civil rights movement, joins this panel to discuss the 50th anniversary of not only the Voting Rights Act (VRA), but also the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), both passed by Congress in 1965. The VRA and INA, together, ushered in major civil rights changes that have reshaped the demographic and political landscape of this nation over the last 50 years. The VRA, passed on the heels of waves of violence against African Americans across the South, opened up access to the ballot box for African Americans and other communities of color. The INA eliminated long-standing racial quotas that until 1965 severely limited immigration from outside of Western Europe. The panel explores the VRA, the INA, the history of their passage and their legacies on modern civil rights and racial justice struggles in the context of current court and legislative restrictions on voting rights, as well as racially and ethnically motivated violence.
Asian American Advancing Justice - LA
Community Room
1145 Wilshire Boulevard - 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Monday, August 3, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)
The panel features:
Rev. James Lawson, civil rights legend who introduced principles of nonviolence to the 1960s civil rights movement and mentored leaders such as Rep. John Lewis
Warren Furutani, former LAUSD Board President and California State Assemblymember, founder and president of the Serve the People Institute (SPI) 
Rosalind Gold, Sr. Director of Policy, Research, and Advocacy-National Association of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO)
Lisa Bornstein, Legal Director and Senior Legal Advisor at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund
Moderated by Deanna Kitamura, Supervising Attorney-Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA)
Special MCLE Notice for Attorneys: This panel equals one hour of FREE, general MCLE, provided by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, which is a California State Bar-certified MCLE provider.
Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA), Japanese American Bar Association (JABA), Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (KABA), National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Fund, OCA-Greater Los Angeles, Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA)


API Equality-LA, Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), Center for Asian Americans United for Self-Empowerment (CAUSE), Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC), Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), The K.W. Lee Center for Leadership, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), Multicultural Bar Alliance (MCBA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Serve the People Institute (SPI), Sikh American Legal Defense & Education Fund (SALDEF), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
The panel discussion is part of a series of events from August 1 - August 9. More information about the series can be found on the 50th Anniversary VRA & INA Coalition website.
Event Date: 
Monday, August 3rd 2015


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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.