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50th Anniversary Gala: “Tomorrow’s World is Ours to Build”

July 18, 2022 News

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus is excited to celebrate 50 years of civil rights advocacy for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) communities. This year’s celebration series, themed “Tomorrow’s World is Ours to Build,” takes inspiration from Yuri Kochiyama’s powerful call to action to commemorate this milestone year of ALC’s history. Save the date for our 50th Anniversary Gala, to be held on Friday, November 18, 2022 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

The organization first started back in 1972, when the founders took a broken, discarded door, laid it flat on some bricks and boxes, and turned it into a table for their first office in Oakland. This group of young lawyers laid the foundations for the first legal services and civil rights organization serving Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States. Over five decades, ALC has grown to become a leading progressive voice for the AAPI community with a national impact. Today, Asian Law Caucus has over 55 staff members, outgrowing our office in Chinatown, San Francisco, and opening a second office in Oakland.

Illustration highlights the 3 pronged approach of ALC, the organization's 6 program areas, and features the clients we serve, often those impacted by several systemic issues--immigrant communities and low income families. The illustration includes quote by Yuri Kochiyama, "tomorrow is ours to build."

Illustration by Natalie Bui

To mark our 50th birthday and to set the stage for the next 50 years, please join us for the 50th Anniversary Gala, which will be a hybrid event gathering our friends both in-person* and virtually. We invite you to this special event and reunion for many of our dear friends and supporters. Program details will be announced in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned.

ICYMI: To launch our 50th Anniversary year, we were thrilled to host a Special Reception during AAPI Heritage Month in May, featuring an evening of music with jazz musician Francis Wong and a conversation moderated by news anchor Wendy Tokuda with community leaders and partners about building AAPI communities’ political and organizing power. You can watch the full recording of the inspiring event.

Phi Nguyen, Grace Pai, Aarti Kohli, and Wendy Tokuda sit on chairs as a panel on stage.

*We take the public health challenges posed by COVID-19 seriously, and we will follow strict CDC and county guidelines and make adjustments as needed.