General Track Workshops

Friday-Saturday, July 20-21, 2018

OCA Talks: Strengthening Community through Elected Office
Friday, July 20, 2018

renaissance west room | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

For the first time ever, there are 18 Asian American and Pacific Islanders federally elected members of Congress, a milestone for AAPIs. Additionally, we have seen a surge in the number of AAPIs running for elected office across the country. In many of these campaigns, these elected officials and candidates have galvanized members of the AAPI community and helped to organize our communities in ways that continue to politicize our communities beyond the elected official’s campaign. In this interactive panel, OCA will speak with four different AAPI officials from state and local government to discuss how they have utilized their campaigns and their elected office to strengthen our communities.

State of APA Plenary:
Strength in Community
Saturday, July 21, 2018

Renaissance west room | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

In Grace Lee Bogg’s The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the 21st Century, she writes that “We urgently need to bring to our communities the limitless capacity to love, serve, and create for and with each other. We urgently need to bring the neighbor back into our hoods, not only in our inner cities but also in our suburbs, our gated communities, on Main Street and Wall Street, and on Ivy League campuses.” To build strength within our communities, we must expand our collective understanding of community, especially in a time when our country is more divided than ever. In this plenary, speakers from across the US will talk about the different ways they’ve been able to help build and strengthen community. 

moderator: 

  • Grace Rustia, AARP Pennsylvania 

Speakers: 

  • patrice cleary, purple patch restaurant

  • Darakshan raja, Justice for muslims collective

  • Jacqueline wu, oca - greater seattle

Moderator: 

  • Madalene Mielke, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies

Speakers: 

  • Raaheela Ahmed, Prince George's County School Board, District 5

  • Allan Fung, Mayor of Cranston, Rhode Island

  • Theresa Mah, Illinois House of Representatives, 2nd District


Community schools have developed a strong track record in the school improvement space by utilizing a strategy that responds to the unique local needs of students, educators, families, and the community. Meanwhile, some billionaires are funding a campaign to privatize our public schools with charters and vouchers. Find out how certain billionaires plan to privatize education, learn what the best Community Schools do, and how you can build a campaign to grow the number of Community Schools in your district.

Facilitators:

  • Kyle Serrette, National Education Association; 

  • Monica Thammarath, National Education Association

Fighting Privatization of Education and Winning Community Schools: Of, By and For the People

Date: Friday, july 20

Time: 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room 14


Advocating on the Apps: Social Media

Date: Friday, july 20

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Location: Meeting Room 14

Some of the greatest advocacy movements of the 2010s have been made possible by social media. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter have played key roles in building online communities for marginalized peoples who do not have access to safe spaces, resources, or community leaders offline. But how can you use different platforms to your advantage and which is best for your organization? Learn about the benefits of using different forms of social media for marketing your mission as well as how you can create and engage in social media campaigns.


Building Community in an Anti-Immigrant Climate

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Location: Meeting Room 16

1.5 million Asian Americans live in fear. Their status as undocumented immigrants leaves them more vulnerable than ever to increased deportation efforts by the Department of Homeland Security. And since President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program last year, the over 100,000 DACA eligible Asian young adults now live without confirmation of whether or not they can maintain their current lives. We’ve seen a full on attack of immigrant communities from the travel ban, potential Chinese scholar ban, ramped up deportation efforts of Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants, and attempts to undermine the family and employment visa processes. Join a conversation about how we can help educate and organize our communities to defend our collective immigrant rights. Learn how we can protect our families so we can all stay with our loved ones in the United States.

moderator:

  • Gregg orton, National council of asian pacific americans

Speakers:

  • Megan Essaheb, Asian American Advancing Justice | AAJC;

  • vimala phongsavanh, National asian pacific american women's forum; 

  • verona sagato, OCA - Utah chapter


The Dangers of Big Data to Communities of Color – Preventing Algorithmic Bias and Discrimination Online

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 2:00 PM -3:15 PM

Location: Meeting Room 15

Online platforms and technology have enabled social justice movements to grow faster and more powerful than ever before. However, at the same time, they have enabled disinformation campaigns, created new forms of discrimination, eliminated the expectation of privacy and supported the expansion of government surveillance.  In this workshop, we will explore the rise of Big Data as well as the use of Algorithms (and their potential for bias) to understand how we ensure that technology moves the arc of justice forward instead of increasing the divides within and between communities. Join this workshop to discover how we can work together with government and technology companies to ensure that the algorithms used to collect and sort our data do not discriminate against us; and how we can employ new technology to strengthen our communities.

moderator:

  • kham moua, Oca - asian pacific american advocates

speakers:

  • gavin logan, national urban league (washington bureau); 

  • nicol turner lee, the brookings institution


Since news venues like Asian Week and the New America Media have shuttered in recent years, blogs have taken on the roles of sharing news, features and commentaries related to AAPIs that the mainstream media does not publish. Meet active bloggers and hear how they got started. Learn about their blogs, which tackles issues head on ranging from racism and feminism, pop culture and identity to mass media and stereotypes. Audience members will brainstorm a story idea or new blog.

moderator:

  • Aryani ong, six hues

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Fang, Reappropriate;

  • Eugene Hung, Feminist Asian Dad;

  • Tonia Bui, Montgomery Community Media

Bloggers in Advocacy

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 2:00 PM -3:15 PM

Location: Meeting Room 16

 


Be Counted: The 2020 Census

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Meeting Room 15

The Asian American and Pacific Islander community has shown itself to be strong and influential over the last several years thanks to the 2010 Census which has projected the growth of our community in the U.S. Not only have we become a political force but we have increasing power in our own backyards by our involvements and growing presence in our local communities. However, the 2020 Census threatens our continual growing community due to potential barriers ranging from technology to the Citizenship question. This workshop will focus on the current steps that have been taken to break down these barriers and how we can work together to make sure our community is counted.  

moderator:

  • stephanie wong, oca - asian pacific american advocates

Speakers:

  • caroline fan, missouri immigrant and refugee advocates

  • Jennifer Kim, US Census Bureau

  • john yang, aaaj-aajc

  • Corrine Yu, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights


Stories for Y(Our) Legacy

Date: Saturday, July 21

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Location: Meeting Room 16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The strength of our community lies in the power of our stories remembered and shared.  Join us as the 1882 Foundation of Washington DC shares its success in bringing out stories of our heritage as Asian Americans.  Learn how you and your local community can participate in telling your personal stories at a national scale.

facilitators:

  • ted gong, 1882 foundation; 

  • Stan Lou, 1882 Foundation;

  • Ali Smith, 1882 Foundation