2015 Summer Brown Bag Series

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Open to the public. Please join us for the following events at our office located at: 55 Columbus Avenue San Francisco, CA 94111. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Korat@advancingjustice-alc.org. 

July 1, 2015 (Wednesday) at 12:00PM-1:00PM – Addressing Police Shootings and Excessive Force: Divest, Reinvest

Presented by: Anoop Prasad (Immigrant Rights Program, Advancing Justice-ALC), Angela Chan (Criminal Justice Reform Program, Advancing Justice-ALC), and Guest Speaker TBA

Over the past year, community-led protests have spurred national outcry against the violence and killing of Black people by police. What are systemic solutions to address egregious acts of state violence? This panel will discuss a strategy of divestment from our punitive criminal justice system, and reinvestment in education, services, and restorative approaches.

July 23, 2015 (Thursday) at 12:00PM-1:00PM – Sweatshops on Wheels and the Dark Side of the “Sharing” Economy

Presented by: David Ta (VABANC Fellow, Advancing Justice-ALC); Winnie Kao (Litigation Director and Workers’ Rights Lead Attorney, Advancing Justice-ALC); Additional Speakers TBA

Taxi, limo, and shared-ride companies have long relied on immigrant drivers who are attracted by the relatively low English-proficiency job requirements and the promises of the “owner-operator” model. In reality, however, many companies abuse drivers by misclassifying them as independent contractors to avoid minimum wage, overtime, and other workplace protections required by law for employees. The emergence of new on-demand, shared-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar have made the industry intensively competitive and exacerbated workplace abuses. This panel will explore the changing dynamics in this fast-evolving industry and the implications for all of us.

August 5, 2015 (Wednesday) at 12:00PM-1:00PM – Beyond DACA: Highlighting Marginalized Undocumented API Stories

Presented by: ASPIRE members

This workshop is designed to foster better understanding of the struggles that different Asian and Pacific Islander community members face. Since the announcement of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, we have seen the out pour of resources and support for direct services and outreach. However, the challenges that undocumented API families and communities face are not readily resolved through the President’s directive, even in its expansion. Many undocumented API families still are ineligible for protection against deportations and detention, while many others struggle to access basic necessities such as healthcare. This brown bag series will attempt to shed light on the human experiences that surround the undocumented API community and our struggle for respect and dignity through our grassroots activism efforts.

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