Marking the 29th anniversary of the 1992 LA Riots, this distinguished panel of civic leaders will discuss the current state of race relations, the rising tide of anti-Asian American hate incidents, and the importance of allyship among communities of color. What more can our communities do to collaborate across racial and ethnic boundaries to address racial tensions? How can we energize AAPI communities to work more in allyship with other communities around other issues like voting rights or education equity? This conversation will explore strategic and practical ways our communities can work together to address the deep-seated racial tensions in the United States.
From Saigu to George Floyd: Asian Americans and the Meaning of Allyship
Thursday, April 29, 2021
3:00 PM Pacific / 6:00 PM Eastern
The panel discussion will be moderated by Connie Chung Joe, CEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA.
The featured panelists will include:
- Michael Lawson, President & CEO, Los Angeles Urban League
- Angela Oh, Former President, Korean American Bar Association of Southern California
- Alvina Yeh, Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
Connie Chung Joe (Moderator)
CEO, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA
Connie Chung Joe, JD, is the Chief Executive Officer of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA), the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Before joining Advancing Justice-LA in August 2020, Connie served as the Executive Director of the Korean American Family Services (KFAM) for eleven years. Under Connie’s leadership, KFAM nearly quadrupled its budget and staff. As a result, KFAM was able to provide culturally and linguistically responsive services to immigrant families, particularly those struggling with mental health, domestic/family violence, and acculturation stresses.
President & CEO, Los Angeles Urban League
Michael Lawson retired as a partner after 31 years with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. During his tenure with the firm, he was appointed to the Los Angeles Airport Commission, and served as its President. In addition, Mr. Lawson has been a board member of several charitable organizations, Loyola Marymount University and Morehouse College. He served as a U.S. Ambassador in the Obama administration prior to joining the Los Angeles Urban League as its President and CEO in February 2018. He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and Harvard Law School.
Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
Alvina serves as the Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and Institute for Asian Pacific American Leadership & Advancement (IAPALA). Originally from Colorado, Alvina comes from a Chinese family who fled from the war in Vietnam. Alvina is a lifelong community organizer with experience in electoral and issue-based campaigns. She is deeply passionate about building a movement where everyone has a fair shot in a thriving society. She has previously served as the Director of State Capacity Building with State Voices, working with state-based coalitions on program management, strategic planning, and organizational development.
Former President, Korean American Bar Association of Southern California
Angela Oh has extensive experience in non-profit leadership, public service, and as a trial lawyer in private practice litigating civil rights cases. Angela served as the executive director of a non-profit organization dedicated to peaceful resolution of conflict and was a founding member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and recipient of its Daniel K. Inouye Trailblazer Award. Angela has been Chairperson of Senator Barbara Boxer’s Federal Judicial Nominations Committee, a member of the US Magistrate Judge Selection Panel, a member of the LA City Human Relations Commission, and on the Advisory Board to the President’s Initiative on Race during the Clinton administration.