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Fifth annual Asian American Legislative Breakfast & Lobby Day

April 2016
Fifth annual Asian American Legislative Breakfast & Lobby Day

Twenty-three ethnic chambers of commerce, nonprofit organizations, and business leaders met with six key Georgia legislators at the Freight Depot for “Legislative Breakfast & Lobby Day.”

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016 between 7:30 am and noon, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta hosted its fifth annual Asian American Legislative Breakfast and Lobby Day at the Georgia Freight Depot in downtown Atlanta.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta (formerly Asian American Legal Advocacy Center or AALAC) is the first nonprofit legal center dedicated to promoting the rights of Asian immigrants and refugees in the Southeast. It works in four major program areas: public policy; legal education and support; civic engagement; and defense of rights.

Asian Americans are a significant voting block and the fastest growing immigrant population nationally and in Georgia. “This breakfast along with our lobby day will provide a venue where our community can develop relationships with their elected officials and build our collective voice at the state capital,” said Stephanie Cho, Interim Executive Director of Advancing Justice – Atlanta.

Key legislators were invited to speak (listed alphabetically): House Minority Leader, Representative Stacey Abrams (D-89, Atlanta) Majority Leader, Senator Bill Cowsert (R-46, Athens) Senator Tyler Harper (R-7, Ocilla) Minority Whip, Representative Carolyn Hugley (D-136, Columbus) Representative B.J. Pak (R-108, Lilburn) Senator Tommie Williams (R-19, Lyons)

Following the breakfast, Advancing Justice – Atlanta met for two hours with elected officials at the Georgia Capital and ended the event by greeting Governor Nathan Deal.

Twenty-three nonprofit organizations, ethnic chambers of commerce, and business leaders were sponsors: 9 to 5, American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Asian / Pacific American Council of Georgia, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Clayton County NAACP, Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta, Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, Georgia Restaurant Association, Georgia Women's Action for New Direction, Georgians for a Healthy Future, Islamic Circle of North America – Atlanta, Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta, Korean American Grocers Association, Laotian American Society, Latin American Association, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, National Association of Chinese-Americans, Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, South Asian Bar Association of Georgia, Vietnamese American Community of Georgia.

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[The article above appears only on the website for ​April 2016, not in the ​April print/digital issues.]

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