National CAPACD Conference
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, or National CAPACD, pronounced "National Capacity"
National CAPACD is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Building CAPACD Convention on June 18-20th in Atlanta, GA. Each year, hundreds of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations and our allies from across the country convene for our annual Building CAPACD Convention, one of the largest gatherings of community development practitioners, community organizers, policymakers, and private sector partners. Members will meet with public officials, community development professionals, and corporate and philanthropic leaders to strategize about National CAPACD’s work to advance economic empowerment in low-income AAPI communities.
According to National CAPACD’s Executive Director Seema Agnani, Atlanta was selected because of its history and current role in advancing civil rights, as well as the importance of this context in shaping the growing AAPI activism in the city and region. “We will highlight the work of AAPI organizations and their partners in the South. As we share strategies and best practices with our allies and members, we will honor the important history and civil rights activism rooted in Atlanta. We will continue to strengthen our coalition around our goals of economic and racial justice. ”
From Dallas to Charlotte, the AAPI population grew by 66% from 2000 to 2010, the fastest growing racial group in the South. The AAPI population reflects the deep diversity of these communities which
include South Asians, East Asians, Southeast Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
AAPIs are also the most rapidly growing poverty population in the United States, and the demand for
focused dialogue and strategic interventions that address the needs of AAPI communities is ever more
critical. “Too often, the AAPI community’s voice is neglected in important discussions about racial
justice and equity in our nation. National CAPACD and our members ensure that the community voice
is included in policy decisions that impact AAPIs directly at the grassroots and the grass-tops levels” said
Agnani. Building on its 15 year history, National CAPACD is working explicitly to include the AAPI
voice in the broader movement for racial equity and social justice in the U.S.
Our convening offers 3 days of plenaries, workshops, and networking opportunities in which we hope to explore and better understand the unique challenges and opportunities that exist in the South this year. In addition, we will share strategies and best practices, honor the history and civil rights activism rooted in Atlanta, and continue to build our coalition around our common goals of racial and economic justice. We hope you will join us for this historic event!
-Civic Engagement in the South: Building Across Race, Language, and Faith, led by Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta
-Youth Organizing & Decolonization, led bySoutheast Asian Coalition youth
-Suburban Poverty: Truths, Trials, and Triumphs in Vulnerable Communities, led by Raksha, Inc
-Resilience and Recovery from Natural and Manmade Disasters, led by Steps Coalition andMQVN Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC)
Dates: Mon-Wed, June 18-20, 2018
Venue: CROWNE PLAZA MIDTOWN, 590 W Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308