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About the Speaker Series, "ABAS Law Foundation Presents..."

In 2017, The ABAS LAW FOUNDATION launched its ABAS LAW FOUNDATION PRESENTS, "Speaker Series," celebrating 20 years of law-related educational and charitable works in the greater Sacramento's Asian/Pacific community. Over the many years, the Foundation has produced workshops featuring immigration assistance, employment discrimination law, and election procedures; the Foundation has awarded numerous scholarships to community-conscious activist law students; and the Foundation has supported activities such as the Hmong Mediation Project.  More recently, the Foundation undertook administration of a $47,400 federal research grant that is leading to a book on World War II's notorious Tule Lake concentration camp.

2017 Series

The 2017 Series sought to provoke discussion and inform the public on often-overlooked subjects, including civic responsibility, our unjust bail system, community empowerment, our nation’s discriminatory and unconstitutional wartime actions, and dissent at the notorious Tule Lake concentration camp. The Series started with Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye's "Conversation on Civics."  It continued with Phil Telfyan, Topo Padilla and Assemblymember Rob Bonta's discussion on "Bail Reform in California." For the third event, Distinguished lawyer and activist, Dale Minami, spoke on "Empowering the Community and Educating the Public through Law." The Series concluded with the Sacramento premiere screening of the documentary film by Abby Ginzberg and Ken Schneider, "And Then They Came For Us."

Tani Cantil-Sakauye

Justice Cantil-Sakauye - "Civics"

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Telfeyan, Padilla, & Bonta - "Bail Reform"

Dale Minami - "Empowering... "

2018 Series

We start the 2018 Series by joining forces with the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival in screening two important documentaries: “Resistance at Tule Lake” and “The Cats of Mirikitani.” A short documentary about a multicultural pilgrimage to Manzanar, filmed and produced by local, Brandon Miyasaki, will also be shown. After the May film screenings, the Series will continue with a showing of the film “Sold,” a true story of a young Nepalese girl who was subjected to international sex trafficking.  Later in the year, the Foundation plans to produce an educational program on the 2020 Census, highlighting concerns over the undercounting of ethnic and racial minorities. To conclude the 2018 Series, the Foundation plans to sponsor a training session where attendees will learn to spot and disrupt bullying—bystanders can become upstanders.

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