AAPIs Behind Bars: Exposing the School to Prison to Deportation Pipeline Congressional Briefing Registration

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA (AAAJ-LA), Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance / AFL-CIO (APALA), Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), National Education Association (NEA), the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and the National Council on Asian Americans (NCAPA) in collaboration with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), will be hosting a Congressional Briefing to highlight the impact of mass criminalization, incarceration, and deportation on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

WHEN: December 2, 2015 at 12:00PM – 2:30PM

WHERE: 122 Canon House Office Building, 27 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

WHY: During the prison boom of the 1990s, the AAPI prisoner population grew by 250% and disaggregated data shows that certain Asian subgroups such as Southeast Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have significantly high rates of arrest and incarceration. Incarcerated AAPIs also experience unique challenges, including cultural stigmas, lack of community awareness, and disownment from their families. In June of this year, AAAJ-LA, APALA, APSC, NEA and SEARAC hosted a historic convening inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison. This gathering brought community members, local activists, funders, lawmakers and policy experts to meet with AAPI inmates enrolled in a transformation and racial healing program directed by APSC, called ROOTS (Restoring Our Original True Selves). The experiences and learnings from this convening will be shared in a report highlighting the impact of mass incarceration and mass criminalization within the AAPI community, which will be launched at this briefing.

WHO:

Remarks:
Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32), CAPAC Chair (confirmed)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), CAPAC Healthcare Taskforce Chair (confirmed)
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3), CAPAC Civil Rights Taskforce Chair (invited)

Formerly Incarcerated Panel:
Naroen Chhin, 1Love Movement, Philadelphia, PA
Lundy Khoy, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), Washington, DC
David Kuphihea, API Rise, Los Angeles, CA
Kristopher Larsen, Formerly Incarcerated Group Healing Together (FIGHT), Seattle, WA
Harrison Seuga, Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), Oakland, CA
Duc Ta, API Rise, Los Angeles, CA
Eddy Zheng, Asian Prisoner Support Committee (APSC), Oakland, CA
Moderator: Paul Jung, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Food will be provided, please register, Due to limited room capacity, please plan to arrive early to receive seating and food

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