AABA Civil Rights Committee presents
Annual Social Justice Mixer: Racial Inequities Exposed by the COVID-19 Pandemic
(1 Hour general CLE credit pending)
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Panel: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Mixer: 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
The Asian American Bar Association’s Civil Rights Committee (CRC) invites you to join us for our annual Social Justice mixer on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. This year, we will focus on the racial inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a panel addressing issues on homelessness/affordable housing, healthcare, and the rise in Anti-Asian hate as well as strategies for healing racial battle fatigue. The panel will be followed by a networking mixer to give folks a chance to meet and connect with social justice attorneys and activists; AABA members who are committed to social justice; and other community members interested in social justice.
Hear from AAPI lawyers Assemblymember David Chiu and Manjusha Kulkarni, Executive Director of the Asian Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council and co-founder of STOP AAPI Hate talk about their social justice work as well as Professor Janet Stickmon, founder of CenterJoy PWR, a coaching program for BIPOC professionals experiencing racial battle fatigue. This panel will be moderated by AABA CRC Co-Chair Mari Bandoma Callado, Senior Associate Attorney and Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at the Dolan Law Firm PC.
Co-sponsored by Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA)
About Assemblymember David Chiu
Mayor London Breed recently announced that she will be appointing David Chiu to be the first Asian American City Attorney of San Francisco. As a member of the California State Legislature, Assemblymember Chiu currently represents a half million constituents in the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. During his 7 years in the Legislature, David has authored over 70 new laws addressing a wide spectrum of issues, including housing, homelessness, transportation, education, environment, clean energy, health, public safety, and civil rights. He has served as Assistant Speaker pro Tempore, Chair of the Assembly Housing & Community Development Committee, Chair of the California API Legislative Caucus, and Policy Chair of the California Legislative Progressive Caucus. For six years, David served as the first Asian American President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and is the first Asian American to represent eastern San Francisco in the Assembly. Before running for office, David was a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of a public affairs technology company, a criminal prosecutor at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, a civil rights attorney with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Democratic Counsel to the U.S. Senate Constitution Subcommittee, and president of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area. The son of immigrant parents, David grew up in Boston and received his undergraduate, law, and master’s in public policy degrees from Harvard University.
About Manjusha P. Kulkarni
Manjusha (Manju) P. Kulkarni is Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), a coalition of more than forty community-based organizations that serves and represents the 1.5 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles County. She co-founded Stop AAPI Hate, the nation’s leading aggregator of COVID-19-related hate incidents against AAPIs. Additionally, Manju is a Lecturer in the Asian American Studies Department at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Manju was recently recognized by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential individuals in 2021 with the co-founders of Stop AAPI Hate, Cynthia Choi and Russell Jeung. Manju’s work has been featured in the New York Times, and on CBS News and CNN, as well as in numerous ethnic media outlets. Manju is a member of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission and was recently appointed to the California Racial and Identity Profiling Adivsory Board by CA Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. In 2014, she received the White House Champions of Change award from President Barack Obama for her dedication to improving health care access for Asians American communities. In March 2021, she testified before Congress at the House Judiciary Committee on the issue of anti-Asian hate. Manju holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University School of Law. Manju lives in Los Angeles with her daughters Vaishali and Meghana and her husband Shai Halbe.
About Prof. Janet Stickmon
Prof. Stickmon is an educator, author, and workshop facilitator. She has been an educator for over 20 years and currently is a professor of Humanities, specializing in Ethnic Studies at Napa Valley College. She has practiced meditation for over 25 years and integrated into her curriculum as college professor and former high school teacher. Prof. Stickmon is the author of Crushing Soft Rubies—A Memoir, Midnight Peaches, Two O’clock Patience—A Collection of Essays, Poems, and Short Stories on Womanhood and the Spirit, and her latest book To Black Parents Visiting Earth: Raising Black Children in the 21st Century. Prof. Stickmon’s essays have appeared in The Huffington Post, Mutha Magazine, Read to Write Stories, Positively Filipino, and Red and Yellow, Black and Brown: Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies (Rutgers University, 2017). She is also the founder of CenterJoyPWR™️: Strategies for Healing Racial Battle Fatigue—a group coaching program for professionals of color who want to heal their racial battle fatigue and center joy in their lives.
About Mari Bandoma Callado
Mari Bandoma Callado is a Senior Associate Attorney and Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the Dolan Law Firm, PC. She exclusively represents workers/plaintiffs from many industries against employers in wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases as well as in human trafficking cases. She also represents plaintiffs in hate crimes, child abuse, sexual assault, elder abuse, and neglect lawsuits. Since 2017, Mari has been selected as a "Rising Star" every year in the Northern California edition of SuperLawyers magazine.
In addition to serving as a co-chair of AABA's CRC, Mari is a dedicated leader of several local, state, and national bar associations. Mari also devotes time to volunteer at Legal Aid at Work’s Workers’ Rights Clinic and the Alameda County Bar Association’s Lawyers in the Library program. Mari received her Juris Doctorate from U.C Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, California, and was recognized for her pro bono work. As an undergraduate, Mari attended the University of California, Berkeley where she received a B.A. in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Education.