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7/30 Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC Webinar on Census & Redistricting on Thursday, July 30 at 2:00PM EST. This webinar will focus on how on 2020 Census will impact redistricting.

The webinar will highlight the importance of redistricting to Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and how they can engage on redistricting at the local level. This webinar will also cover the legal considerations for redistricting, how it has been used to create political clout in the Latino community, and how different communities of color are working together on redistricting efforts. Lastly, the webinar will discuss how the potential delay of census statutory deadlines will impact redistricting in the states and federal legislative efforts to address these issues.

Speakers:

Terry Ao Minnis is the senior director of the census and voting programs for Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC. Terry co-chairs the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Task Force and sat on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s 2010 Census Advisory Committee from 2002 through 2011, when the committee’s charter ran out. Terry has been counsel on numerous amicus briefs filed before the Supreme Court, including Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, Arizona v. The InterTribal Council of Arizona, Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder, and Crawford v. Marion County Election Board. She was also counsel on a joint amicus brief with MALDEF in Bartlett vs. Strickland. She was one of the key leaders in campaigns on reauthorizing the Voting Rights Act in 2006 and Census 2010 and is actively engaged in addressing the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder. Terry holds a law degree, cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in economics at The University of Chicago.

 

Steven Ochoa is Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s National Redistricting Coordinator and serves all of MALDEF’s redistricting needs, be it direct GIS mapping, community education, gathering and constructing relevant datasets, and racially polarized voting analysis. Having served MALDEF since 2011, Steven oversaw MALDEF’s 12 state redistricting program from 2011-2012, and personally conducted its western program in California, Arizona, and Nevada. This included crafting redistricting proposals for California State Legislature, California Congress, Arizona State Legislature, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Los Angeles, City, and LAUSD, among many other plans. He also participated in MALDEF’s 2001-2002 redistricting efforts. A Los Angeles native, Steven was trained at the UC Berkeley Statewide Database in the use of Census and election data and GIS mapping. He earned a Bachelors in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 2000 and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 2006.

 

Julia Marks is a staff attorney with the Voting Rights and Census program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – ALC. Before joining Advancing Justice – ALC, she clerked for the Hon. Keith P. Ellison of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Julia previously litigated civil rights class actions and other high-impact cases at Disability Rights Advocates to expand access to public- and private-sector services. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she participated in the California Asylum Representation Clinic, the East Bay Community Law Center’s Neighborhood Justice Clinic, and the Berkeley Journal of International Law.

 

Karuna Ramachandran is the Director of Statewide Partnerships at Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta. Karuna brings over ten years of experience in nonprofit work to her position. She has developed programs spanning youth development, public health and health advocacy, environmental justice and organizational development. Prior to joining Advancing Justice-Atlanta, Karuna directed community-based public health programs aimed to reduce health disparities of Georgia’s rapidly growing AANHPI and refugee communities. She worked to create lines of service that improve access to healthcare while pushing alongside partner advocates to defend the Affordable Care Act and improve understanding and implementation of provisions designed to improve health equity. Karuna’s extensive experience integrating programs to organizational practice add value to Advancing Justice-Atlanta as we grow the justice movement in Georgia and the greater Southeast.

 

Justin Valas is the Policy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago. He brings a decade of experience in community building, grassroots organizing, and leading legislative policy change around issues of economic justice, health equity, and immigrant rights. Most recently, Justin served as the Director of Health Equity at the Asian Pacific Development Center in Aurora, Colorado. Additionally, he was a founding member of Asian Communities Together, organizing Asian Americans in Colorado around issues of racial justice. Previously, while with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, he led the legislative efforts to repeal the state’s “Show Me Your Papers” law. He was also founding member of the NC DREAM Team, which protected undocumented community members from deportation in North Carolina. Justin earned his BA from Knox College.

Please RSVP here. There will be Q&A at the end. Please send any questions beforehand to Raima Roy (rroy@advancingjustice-aajc.org).

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