Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Over 800 People Participate in Advancing Justice-LA’s 7th Annual Family Empowerment Festival

Thursday, July 28th 2016

On May 14th, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles hosted its annual Family Empowerment Festival at Abraham Lincoln High School, drawing over 800 youth and community members to the Lincoln Heights neighborhood to celebrate the innovative end-of-year capstone projects from our student and community leaders. Attendees included youth and parents representing 13 schools from LAUSD and AUSD and a rich and diverse tapestry of immigrant communities and neighborhoods.

This year’s theme, “In Lak’ech: You are My Other Me”, which was based on the Mayan greeting of honoring one another, could be seen in the many engaging workshops available for parents and youth and the spaces for participants to showcase their year-long community action projects. The morning plenary included powerful performances and inspiring remarks regarding the importance of community building for driving forward efforts in civic engagement.

Throughout the course of day, there were dynamic workshops, like Street Dance Activism, Growing Your Own Food for Healthy Eating, and Creating a College Going Culture at Home. As well, the festival included presentations on topics regarding college access and healthcare issues and the sharing of immigration stories from members of our Civics / ESL class. A film festival portion pioneered last year continued to provide a space to celebrate the many social justice documentaries created by the youth.

Driving the work behind the scenes were the many staff, interns, fellows, and community volunteers of the Advancing Justice-LA community. Committed students really stepped into leadership roles this year, taking on a majority of the planning and logistical support for the event. Whether it was reaching within their own networks to find festival performers or using social media to promote the event, the youth’s innovation and ingenuity led to the event’s success.

The festival also provided an important opportunity to draw attention to Advancing Justice-LA’s efforts to enact policy changes that promote education equity. Throughout the duration of the activities, participants were encouraged to support Advancing Justice-LA’s College For All campaign and to share their stories about education access with their representatives.

The event could have not been possible without the support of our sponsors: Southern California Edison, Bank of America, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, The Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, The Green Foundation, The Marguerite Casey Foundation, The Rose Hills Foundation, and The Coca-Cola Company.

As Advancing Justice-LA continues to work to build a movement that will bring sustainable and positive change to our families, schools, and neighborhoods, we hope to invite more and more like-minded individuals and partners to join us in our endeavors.


Advancing Justice-LA's helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: family, immigration, public benefits, employement, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
需要協助嗎: 800.520.2356
도움이 필요하십니까: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
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Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.