About the Speaker Series

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In 2017, the ABAS Law Foundation launched its Speaker Series, expanding its 20 years of law-related educational and charitable works in the greater Sacramento's Asian/Pacific community. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded numerous scholarships to community-minded activist law students; has produced workshops on immigration assistance, employment discrimination law, and election procedures; has financially supported the CAIR immigration law clinic and the Hmong Mediation Project; has administered a $47,400 research grant on World War II's notorious Tule Lake concentration camp; and has produced film screenings and panel discussions to strengthen and defend America's democratic institutions.

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 Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Phil Telfyan, and Topo Padilla discussing "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 started the 2018 Series in May by joining forces with the Sacramento Asian Pacific Film Festival in screening two major documentaries -- “Resistance at Tule Lake” and “The Cats of Mirikitani” -- and a short documentary about a multicultural pilgrimage to Manzanar, filmed and produced by local filmmaker Brandon Miyasaki. After the May film screenings, the Series continues with a screening and panel discussion of the feature movie “Sold,” a story of a young Nepalese girl trapped into international sex trafficking. Next, the Foundation is sponsoring a Bystander Intervention Training conducted by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), where attendees will learn to assess bigotry and bullying when they occur, and to respond appropriately.

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