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Past Event

Building a Future of Black and Asian Coalition

The past couple years has brought to the forefront discrimination and violence against America's Black and Asian communities. The George Floyd killing ignited a social and political upheaval that is still working through the country; and the COVID-19 pandemic spawned numerous violent attacks on Asian Americans. How can these two communities support themselves and each other? How can they deal with issues of mistrust or prejudice among their own members?  And what can they accomplish when they join forces to create a better society for all?

Join us in-person for a special program exploring the need for and examples of coalition and cooperation between the Asian and Black communities in neighborhoods where there might have been conflicts in the past.

Following the program enjoy some live entertainment and refreshments at our reception on the Club's rooftop terrace.

Our panel includes Renard Monroe, founder and executive director of Youth 1st, a year-round after-school and summer program located in San Francisco's District 11, and president and a founding member of Invest Black, a community collaboration of Black-led organizations and supporters; Jon Osaki, who since 1996 has served as executive director of the Japanese Community Youth Council, one of San Francisco's most successful youth organizations, annually serving more than 6,000 children and youth from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds; Shakirah Simley, a writer, seasoned organizer and community development and policy strategist with more than 15 years experience in social justice, gender and racial equity efforts who is the executive director of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center, on of San Francisco's oldest Black-led and -serving community organizations; and Sarah Wan, executive director of the Community Youth Center and a member of Mayor London Breed's Commission on the Environment and the co-chair for API Council.

Our co-moderators will be Derick Brown, senior director for the Leo T. McCarthy Center at the University of San Francisco, where he works to continue and enhance the tradition of inspiring USF students to serve others and pursue successful careers in public service; and Michelle Meow, the longtime producer and host of "The Michelle Meow Show" and a member of The Commonwealth Club's Board of Governors.


Leo T. McCarthy Center

This program is presented with and generously supported by the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco. The McCarthy Center is dedicated to inspiring and preparing students at USF to pursue lives and careers of ethical public service. It supports programs, curriculum and research that inform public policy and nurture purposeful lives.

Thanks to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission for sponsoring our post-program reception.

See more  Michelle Meow Show programs at The Commonwealth Club of California.

Speaker photos courtesy the speakers.

June 7, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Renard Monroe

Founder and Executive Director, Youth 1st; President and a Founding Member, Invest Black

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Jon Osaki

Executive Director, Japanese Community Youth Council

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Shakirah Simley

Writer; Community Development and Policy Strategist; Executive Director, Booker T. Washington Community Service Center

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Sarah Wan

Executive Director, Community Youth Center; Member, Mayor's Commission on the Environment; Co-chair, API Council

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Derick Brown

Senior Director, The Leo T. McCarthy Center, University of San Francisco—Co-moderator

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Michelle Meow

Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show," KBCW TV and Podcast; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors—Co-moderator