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Joint Statement Re Charlottesville

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Multi-Racial Business Groups Denounce Violence in Charlottesville

New York, NY – August 18, 2017 – Today, a coalition of multiracial business and community organizations that include African Americans, Hispanic, and Asian Americans raised their collective voice condemning the violence perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. A joint statement issued by John Wang, the President & CEO of the Asian American Business Development Center, Michael J. Garner, President, Founding Chapter, 100 Black Men, New York and Jose Calderon, President of the Hispanic Federation affirmed the following:

“The promise and strength of our nation lies in its diversity and founding ideal that ‘all men (and women) are created equal.’ The hatred, violence and bigotry that took place over several days in Charlottesville convinces us that our communities do not, and cannot, make progress without cooperation and collaboration with each other.”

“We felt compelled to add our voice and to amplify our mission of ensuring that the interests and aspirations of our three vital communities are valued, respected and protected.”

“In a generation, our communities in the United States will emerge as the majority demographic or the “New Majority.” We think that working together across cultural lines is the most effective way to defeat the forces of division.”

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 About AABDC

The Asian American Business Development Center, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1994. It assists Asian American businesses in strengthening their capacity to compete in the mainstream market, to expand business opportunities and to promote recognition of Asian American businesses’ contributions to the general economy.  AABDC: www.aabdc.com

Outstanding 50 Awards: www.outstanding50award.com

About One Hundred Black Men, Inc.

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. began in New York City in 1963 as an organization of like minded business, political and community leaders who met to advocate for improvement in conditions in their communities.  These men envisioned an organization that would capitalize on the collective power of community to address issues of inequities and to empower African Americans to become agents of change in their communities.  These visionaries were business and industry leaders such as Robert Mangum, Cyril Tyson, J. Bruce Llewellyn, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher and David Dinkins.

About Hispanic Federation

Hispanic Federation (HF) is the nation’s premier Latino nonprofit membership organization. Founded in 1990, HF seeks to support Hispanic families and strengthen Latino institutions through work in the areas of educationhealthimmigrationcivic engagementeconomic empowerment, & the environment.

Contact:  Pauline Barfield, Barfield Public Relations

212-736-0404 / 917-620-1311

AABDC – 212-966-0100

Media Roundtable

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A MEDIA ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ABOUT:

“How do Each Ethnic Community Media Cover another Minority Community?”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Location: NYC Bar Association • 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY

On behalf of the Asian American Business Development Center, One Hundred Black Men of New York City, Hispanic Federation, and the New York Urban League invited journalist from various ethic media outlets. associations and civic organizations to participate in a media roundtable discussion to discuss “How Ethnic Media Cover Other Ethnic Community?”

The topics for discussion were: How do each ethnic community media cover another minority community? Where do media get their information sources? How do media decide what information sources to use to inform their readers? What perspectives media hope to give their readers? The media roundtable discussion was intended to improve information and communication flow between different communities of color and to help foster better understanding and relations between community residents.

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Moderators

  • Jane Tillman Irving, News Writer/Reporter, CBS Radio 880
  • CeFaan Kim, WABC “Eyewitness News”

Panelists

  • Gail Smith, Publisher, Impacto NY
  • Herb Boyd, National Association of Black Journalist, & Columnist for the Amsterdam News
  • Michael Max Knobbe, Executive Producer, Bronx Net Cable
  • Joe Wei, Managing Editor, World Journal
  • Soyoung Kim, Reporter, City Desk – Korea Times

Audience Participation

  • Thomas Watkins, Publisher, The Daily Challenge Group (Afro Times & New American)
  • Heather J. Chin, Asian American Journalist  Association t
  • Bertha Lewis, President & CEO. The Black Institute
  • National Association of Hispanic Journalist
  • Sonia Lalwani, News India/DesiTalk
  • Corky Lee, Free Lance Photo Journalist
  • Gordon Balkcom, Media Representation

Background

On March 28, the Asian American Business Development Center and One Hundred Black Men organized a panel discussion, “Race Relations and Collaboration Between Asian American and African American Communities After the Peter Liang Case,”  (Peter Liang, the former New York City Police Officer, was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting of an unarmed man in a public-housing project stairwell on November 20, 2014.) to explore how the two communities relate to each other, identify common issues facing two communities and find solutions to overcome misperception, misunderstanding and barriers that divided them. Speakers came from a diverse background of community, political, social and academic arenas which offered a wide range of perspectives and viewpoints about the two communities.

Today, a multi-ethnic group of journalist and publishers came together and they held a robust and honest discussion about why they do not cover other ethnic communities.  Most of the reporters and publishers in the discussion, agreed on the following:

  • Lack of resource prohibits ethnic communities to come together
  • Lack of interaction and understanding
  • They all have common issues in  most communities (economics, education, & poverty)
  • General market media places a negative face on communities of color – there is a misperception and distrust

The discussion ended with the media partners agreeing that they all need, and they will, do a better job in covering each other community.

Presented by

Asian American Business Development Center

100 Black Men in New York City

The New York Urban League 

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Race Relations

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Race Relations and Collaboration 

Between Asian American and African American Communities

After the Peter Liang Case

 

Monday, March 28 , 2016

Location: NYC Bar Association • 42 West 44th Street, New York, NY

8 : 30 am – Registration

9 : 00 – 11 : 00 am – Panel discussion

After NYPD Officer Peter Liang was convicted of second degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, Asian American and African American communities responded in different ways, leading to rising tensions between these two communities. Asian American Business Development Center and One Hundred Black Men have come together to organize a panel of community, civic and political leaders to discuss race relations, communications, and collaborations between the two communities.

Moderators

CeFaan Kim, Reporter, WABC Eyewitness News

Joy Williams, Founder and Principal, LJW Strategies

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Michael Garner, President, One Hundred Black Men

John Wang, President, Asian American Business Development Center

Different Community Reactions to the case of Peter Liang: Two Perspectives

Sandra Leung, Board Member, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund

Exploring Common Issues Facing the Two Communities

Ron Kim, New York State Assemblyman

Walter Mosley, New York State Assemblyman

Common Areas for Future Collaboration

Peter Kwong, Distinguished Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs, Hunter College

Rev. Jacques DeGraff, Associate Pastor of Canaan Baptist Church

 

Presented by

Asian American Business Development Center

One Hundred Black Men, Inc.

Co-sponsor

The New York City Bar Association

 

Registration link: http://goo.gl/forms/lJRBgRw69x

For inquiry call Xiaotang Huang 212.966.0100

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