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April 09, 2020

ABA webinar explores COVID-19 pandemic through lens of Asian American perspective

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2020 —The American Bar Association will conduct a free webinar, “COVID 19: Threats to Democracy and to Public Safety Through the Lens of the Asian American Experience,” on Monday, April 13, from 12-1:30 p.m. EDT.

The webinar is sponsored by Stop Repeating History, a project of the MTYKL Foundation and ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, which is offering a series of free webinars exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting critical legal issues of criminal justice, civil rights, human rights, and economic concerns, among others.

Topics in this program include:

  • Discussion about an uptick in discriminatory, racist and xenophobic attacks against Asian Americans
  • An examination of the nation’s history of racial scapegoating
  • The consequences when alternative facts are substituted for evidence and scientifically supported data
  • The role of the media during a pandemic
  • How to stand together to simultaneously defeat COVID-19 and preserve democracy                                        

 Speakers include:

  • Welcome remarks by ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, who is also of counsel with Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Donald Tamaki, managing partner, Minami Tamaki LLP
  • Matt Stevens, political reporter, The New York Times
  • Helen Zia, author, “Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People”
  • Karen K. Narasaki, former commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (moderator)

To register for the program, click here. Additional resources will be posted on the program’s webpage.

The program will be recorded, and the link will be shared with all registrants. For media registration, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or [email protected].

For more ABA-produced webinars on COVID-19 and the pandemic, click here. To see all of the ABA’s COVID-19 coverage, click here.

Additional reporter resources on the ABA’s COVID-19 response and outreach are available here

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