About the Speaker 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."
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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