Advancing Justice Conference on June 23-25, 2010

 The Advancing Justice Conference, a national civil rights and social justice conference that 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, will be held in Westin Alexandria, Washington DC on June 23-25, 2010.  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.

 The first day features a legislative briefing on a multitude of critical issues such as health, education, immigration, minority contracting, voting and other civil rights issues, while the following day includes tracks focused on capacity building, advocacy  and policy research and other priority issues of importance to the Asian American community.

 Other planned highlights include the Annual Pearl Gala event and Young Leaders program.

Also the 2010 conference will coincide with the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival featuring Asian American and Pacific Islanders, which will give conference attendees an opportunity to participate in many activities related to the festival.

On Friday, June 25, the Asian American Justice Center will convene all Census 2010 grantees to review and share best practices and lessons learned in promoting Asian Census Complete Count in their respective regions.  

 More details will follow, but please make plans to attend. 

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

For more information, visit  www.advancingjustice.org

List of Events Hosted by National Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations for the Week of June 20-27, 2010

 Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) Leadership Training

Date: Monday-Tuesday, June 20-22, 2010

Location: Washington, DC

For more information, contact searac@searac.org

Website www.searac.org


2010 Advancing Justice Conference

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Building New Foundations for Civil Rights

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, June 23-24, 2010

Location: Westin Alexandria


Fundraising and Networking Symposium

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Event check-in will begin at 8:00 AM

Location: DLA Piper, 500 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004


The Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and IW Group will convene a full day symposium on issues impacting the world of nonprofit organizations. The event will focus on market trends and the myriad of issues impacting the world of private foundations as well as tools for nonprofit leaders to build their brands, improve their marketing, utilize social and media resources, find new funding sources, and to keep more of what they raise. The Asian/Pacific Islander American nonprofit community will have a rare opportunity to meet corporate and foundation leaders from a plethora of industries and issue areas, including finance, banking, insurance, retail, communications, social media and more. These corporate and foundation leaders will provide their perspectives on how the greater APIA nonprofit community will benefit from more targeted marketing, branding, prospecting and media relations.


Breakfast and lunch will be provided. This event is free. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Please register at http://www.iwgroupinc.com/event/Here-And-Now/Washington_DC.html


Who should attend: board members, executive directors, chief financial officers, development directors, and marketing/communication directors.

 Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Higher Education Summit

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Location: Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004


The Summit will bring together a diverse group of participants including corporate representatives, federal employees, nonprofit leaders, the higher education community and students to discuss the issues facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in higher education and develop a shared agenda to address these issues. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, please visit www.apiasf.org or call (202) 747-7236.


Opening Day of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival featuring Asian Pacific Americans

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Festival lasts until June 28 then resumes July 2-5, 2010

Location: The National Mall

Free and open to the public

General Info: http://www.festival.si.edu/


Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties



Pearl Gala II

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. at 6:30 pm.


The Pearl Gala II is the evening highlight of an event-packed week for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the nation’s capital. Asian Pacific American organizations, community leaders, Congressional members and high-level Administration officials will attend Pearl Gala II to celebrate Asian Pacific American achievement at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, site of the Pearl Presidential Inaugural Gala held in January, 2009. President Obama has been invited to attend.


We expect Pearl Gala II to be a very successful event similar to our experience with the first Pearl Gala. At the first Pearl Gala, Secretary Steven Chu of the Department of Energy and Secretary Eric Shinseki from the Department of Veterans Affairs were our special speakers. Gary Locke, now the Secretary of Commerce, also attended as well as Maya Sotero-Ng and Konrad Ng (the sister and brother-in-law of President Obama). Congressional members, members of the Obama administration and AAPI leaders from around the country are expected to come together again at this gala. Unlike the first gala with 1500 in attendance, Pearl Gala II will only accommodate 600 guests for a sit-down dinner in the Grand Ballroom. Space is very limited so we encourage you to purchase your ticket early.


For more information, please contact Gloria T. Caoile, Chair – Pearl Gala II at gtcaoile@cox.net (cell 202 -257-4314) or Christine Chen, Community Liaison – Pearl Gala II at cchen@strategicalliancesusa.com (cell – 703-593-000).

National Council of Asian American Business Associations

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