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2010 Reflections

Jan 02, 2011
» Reflections

Happy beginning of 2011 my dearest family, friends and supporters!

The year of 2010 definitely ended with a bang for me. I received much media attention in my effort to petition for a pardon from Governor Schwarzenegger before he leaves office. Bay Area mainstream KTVU channel 2 news did an interview with me. People’s station KPFA’s Hard Knock Radio, APEX Express, and Letters to Washington had me on their shows. The Chinese World Journal newspaper did two articles on me. KQED online news blogged about my deportation case. Many bloggers and websites across the nation helped spread the word of my online petition. Change.org hosted my online petition. Facebook was extremely useful in reaching out to people to support my cause. We had over 2,500 people signed the online pardon petition. None of it could have been possible without the support from friends and the community.

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UC Berkeley, Guest Speaker

Nov 04, 2010
» Engagements

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Presented at Dr. Siri Brown’s Ethnic Studies class on “Other: an Asian Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology” and prison life, to approximately 150 students.

UCLA, Guest Speaker

Apr 16, 2010
» Engagements

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Presented on “Other: an Asian Pacific Islander Prisoners Anthology” and the Prison Industrial Complex, to approximately 20 people.

UC Berkeley, Guest Speaker

Nov 03, 2009
» Engagements

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Presented at Dr. Siri Brown’s Ethnic Studies class of approximately 75 students

Motivation Conference, Keynote Speaker

May 08, 2009
» Engagements

University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Spoke at UC Santa Cruz’s 15th Annual Motivation Conference, to approximately 80 folks

Motivation Conference (MC)

Motivation Conference (MC) is a 2 1/2-day non-yield outreach program that targets underprivileged Asian American / Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school students from under resourced and under represented communities. A non-yield outreach program is a program that outreaches to students who have not been accepted in the university. MC targets AAPI high school students who have not thought about higher education as an option, or do not feel that higher education is a space for them. For 2 1/2 days MC allows these students to experience ways to express themselves, learn about more their identity, and see higher education as a realistic and obtainable goal. The Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APISA) as well as many volunteers organize and plan the conference.

UC Berkeley ACLU, Guest Speaker

Apr 29, 2009
» Engagements

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Spoke about prison and parole policy with Professor Jonathan Simon, to approximately 15 students

Breaking the Chain, Keynote Speaker

Apr 14, 2009
» Engagements

University of Berkeley,
Berkeley, CA
Spoke at theSoutheast Asian Student Coalition‘s Annual benefit concert, on transforming the criminal justice system, to approximately 100 people

“Breaking the Chain”

The significance of the theme is a bold statement to break the chain of rising statistics in criminalization and police brutality in our communities. It is to break the silence of unjust acts and to promote social change in the criminal justice system. We addressed issues of rising statistics in criminalization and police brutality, hoping to promote social change in the criminal justice system.

UC Davis, Guest Speaker

Mar 04, 2009
» Engagements

University of California, Davis
Davis, CA
Spoke about the connections between personal life, the Prison Industrial Complex and the overall system of oppression, to Professor Sunaina Maira’s “Politics and Social Movements: Asian American Activism and Social Movement” class, of approximately 40 students.

UC Berkeley, Guest Speaker

Feb 25, 2009
» Engagements

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Spoke about the Prison Industrial Complex and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, at Professor Alan Ross’s Political Science class, to approximately 385 people.

UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, Guest Speaker

Feb 12, 2009
» Engagements

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Spoke about U.S. immigration policy, to Professor Bill On Hing’s class of approximately 85 people.

UC Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School, Guest Speaker

Mar 21, 2007
» Engagements

Guest speaker at UC Berkeley Boalt Hall law school for discussion on Restorative Justice.  With: Eric Yamamoto, Professor Mary Louise Frampton, Jane Kim, Lee, Maria, Seth, Mika, Willoughby, Elan, John, Phillip, Sandra Kim, Susan Sarrano, Nakisha

UC Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School, Guest Speaker

Mar 13, 2007
» Engagements

with Helen Zia, Victor Huang, and Ivy Lee, to 23 students.