SAN FRANCISCO — The Asian Law Caucus’ 41st anniversary dinner, titled “Strengthening Communities,” will be held Thursday, April 25, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St., San Francisco. General reception and silent auction at 6 p.m.; dinner and program at 7 p.m.
The keynote speaker will be Russell Feingold, who served for 18 years in the U.S. Senate (Democrat from Wisconsin) and on the Judiciary, Finance, Foreign Relations, Budget and Intelligence committees. Since leaving the Senate, he continues to be an outspoken advocate for civil rights issues. He is currently a lecturer at Stanford Law School.
The Pro Bono Award goes to Morrison & Foerster LLP, pro bono counsel on a Freedom of Information Act case that has brought much-needed transparency to FBI training and surveillance that target African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities in California. The disclosure of these documents has already contributed to changes in FBI training policies, and supported critical community outreach efforts.
The Bill Sorro Community Activist Award goes to the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), which educates and organizes the low-income and working-class immigrant Chinese community in San Francisco to build collective power with other oppressed communities to demand better living and working conditions and justice for all people.
The Yuri Kochiyama Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Lillian Galedo who since 1980 has been the executive director of Filipino Advocates for Justice, serving the 120,000 Filipino Americans living in the East Bay. In her career, she has fought tirelessly for the democratic and human rights of workers, youth, immigrants, and Filipino World War II veterans.
The emcee is Renel Brooks-Moon, the public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants as well as a local radio personality on 98.1 KISS FM.
Individual tickets are $200. For students and non-profit staff, tickets are $100 and a table for 10 is $1,000. Sponsor categories: Supporter, $275; Special Friends Table, $2,000; Advocate Table, $2,750; Partner Table, $3,500; Patron Table, $5,000; Benefactor Table (20 tickets), $10,000.
The mission of the Asian Law Caucus is to promote, advance, and represent the legal and civil rights of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Recognizing that social, economic, political and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, the ALC is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of society with a specific focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income and Asian and Pacific Islanders.