President's Message: A Call to Action

01 Apr 2017 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

April 1, 2017

Thank you to our sponsors, host committee, honorees, and attendees who made the Asian American Bar Association (AABA) 41st Annual Dinner such a memorable evening. We were inspired by Khizr Khan’s story about a letter from fifth-graders, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s letter condemning immigration arrests in California courthouses, Judge Lucy Koh’s powerful images of Auschwitz and the Korematsu coram nobis legal team, Kiran Jain’s remarks on the vital role of local leaders, and Jennifer Liu’s reminder of the work that corporate counsel can do for the community. It is now time to use that inspiration to fuel concrete action for the sake of justice. 

My first official act as AABA president is to issue a call to action.  In partnership with the AABA Civil Rights Committee, I call upon all AABA members to stand up against discrimination, hate crimes, and religious intolerance. As members of the legal profession, we have the interest and knowledge to take concrete action.  There is so much that you can do.

Educate yourself on key issues and do one or more of the following:

  • Call or write to your government representatives about issues you care about. You can use the “Town Hall” feature on Facebook to find your representatives.
  • Organize or participate in an outreach event at a mosque, church, or community center regarding discrimination and hate crimes.
  • Donate to nonprofit organizations protecting civil rights.
  • Do pro bono work or volunteer at the AABA clinics. The Oakland clinic is every third Wednesday, and the San Francisco clinic is every fourth Wednesday of the month.

Join the AABA Civil Rights Committee or a sub-committee:

Join the Civil Rights Committee (CRC) as a general member and receive periodic updates about events and volunteer opportunities. If you would like to increase your involvement, join a CRC subcommittee:

  • The Rapid Response Subcommittee is involved with AABA’s issuance and endorsement of press releases and other requests that AABA may receive from sister organizations. 
  • The Amicus Brief Subcommittee organizes AABA’s amicus curiae efforts, including drafting and reviewing amicus briefs for AABA.
  • The Corporate Outreach Subcommittee will encourage corporations to engage with AABA in its civil rights work, and will serve as a bridge between corporations and community nonprofits that are fighting for our rights and our community.

Please fill out this form if you would like more information about joining CRC and its subcommittees.

Get social: Set “SMART” goals to accomplish together

Get together with family, friends, and colleagues and discuss how you can accomplish these goals together.  Keep each other accountable!

S - specific, significant, stretching

M - measurable, meaningful, motivational

A - agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented

R - realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

T - time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable

Read the rest of the April 2017 Newsletter here

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