Fireside Chat: Racial Solidarity with JACL & NAACP

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As part of our continuing series of webinars in lieu of the JACL National Convention, we’re happy to bring our next webinar in collaboration with the NAACP! Join us for an evening fireside chat with JACL Executive Director David Inoue and NAACP’s Senior VP for Policy & Advocacy Hilary Shelton as they discuss the history between their respective organizations and what the future holds for future partnerships. They will discuss the similarities between Japanese American Redress and the current push for HR 40, and how the AAPI community can support the current movements for Black Lives. 

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Our Panelists

NAACP: Hilary O. Shelton, presently serves as the Senior Vice President for
Policy and Advocacy / Director to the NAACP’s Washington Bureau for
over 2 decades. The Washington Bureau is the Federal legislative and
national public policy division of the over 500,000- member, 2,200-
membership unit, national civil rights organization. In this capacity,
Hilary is responsible for advocating the federal public policy issue
agenda of the oldest, largest, and most widely recognized grassroots
based civil rights organization in the United States to the U.S.
Government. Hilary’s government affairs portfolio includes crucial
issues such as affirmative action, equal employment protection, access
to quality education, stopping gun violence, ending racial profiling, abolition of the death penalty, access to comprehensive healthcare, voting rights protection, federal sentencing and prison reform and a host of civil and human rights enforcement, expansion and protection issues.

Hilary serves on a number of national boards of directors, national and federal advisory organizations and federal policy advocacy coalitions.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a family of six brothers and sisters, Hilary holds degrees in political science, communications, and legal studies from Howard University in Washington, D.C., the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, respectively. He presently lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Paula Young Shelton and their three sons, Caleb Wesley, Aaron Joshua, and Noah Otis Young Shelton.

JACL: David H. Inoue, was appointed Executive Director of the Japanese American Citizens League in July 2017. He previously served for ten years as the administrative director for a medical shelter for homeless men in Washington, DC. Mr. Inoue worked for several years in health care policy with the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, and with the federal government at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He completed a dual bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and Asian studies at Cornell University, and obtained master’s degrees in public health and health administration from The Ohio State University. 

A DC resident since 2001, Mr. Inoue has served as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and served one year as chair of the commission. He currently serves on the boards of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. He is raising two children with his wife, Kaori Kawakubo Inoue.

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