On Day 2, after the Asian American & Pacific Islanders DNC Caucus meeting and daily briefing, I attended the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC)/National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)/National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Luncheon Reception: Honoring a New Generation of Outstanding Leaders at the beautiful Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. There were three women who were being honored – Stefanie Brown (Obama re-election campaign African-American Vote Director) by the NAACP, Christine Chen by the AAJC and Maria Teresa Kumar (founding Executive Director of Voto Latino) by NCLR.
Christine Chen was being honored for her work for Asian Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote), where she was the founding Executive Director from 2006-2008 and returned in January 2011 to serve again as its current Executive Director. If you’re not familiar with APIAVote, “APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation.” They have offices in both Washington, D.C. and Oakland, California.
You can watch the opening remarks by the sponsor Walmart and representatives from the NAACP, AAJC and NCLR – Mee Moua, President and Executive Director, AAJC; Cid Wilson, a Board of Director of NCLR; and Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, after the jump.