Civic Leadership Forum – Different Culture, Common Ground, A Culture Dialog between Communities

In ages past, humankind joined hands in solidarity to beautifully birth what we now call “Community,” a word and concept whose origin is rooted in holding “Common Ground.”

It was in Solidarity that the most affluent and diverse cultures in history flourished.

Nineveh, once the largest city of the ancient world, spread itself through the acceptance of varied Mesopotamian cultures, increasing its prosperity and posterity with multiculturalism, tolerance, and learning.

In fact, we can see every center of learning and wealth throughout history is built upon the foundation of a strong heterogeneous community.

Unfortunately, solidarity and unity often find themselves poisoned by the ravages and chaos of cultures holding to the toxicity of envy, intolerance, and isolationism.

Nineveh’s Assyrian Empire, Macedonian Greece, and even Rome have all found themselves torn asunder and ground beneath the heel of infighting.

Will we allow our geat community to suffer a similar fate?

We are all acutely aware of the attacks on Asian Americans who have been targeted by racism, xenophobia, and acts of violence related to COVID-19. An intolerance driven by fear and blame.

However, it’s not only the Asian Americans that are suffering. African Americans have also seen an increase in racism and hate crimes since the advent of Covid.

To make things worse, news media have fueled the fires with misunderstanding, exacerbating and promoting poor relationships between our two cultures within the community.

Our purpose and mission are to break down these formidable walls that separate and isolate us from sincere dialogue that will only foster greater unity and solidarity.

We aim to stand on common ground and lift our voices high above the noise and call our community to appreciate and respect our differences and thereby learn and grow together.

Asians as well as all People of Color have a common goal: making America, our home, a better and safer place for multicultural unity –to live together as one community.

We are more alike than different.

We all bleed red and shed tears. We all experience joy, grief, hope, and fear. We are more than the sum of our geography and upbringing.

We are all one Humankind.

Let’s look beyond Asian America, beyond an African America, and let’s observe a United America built upon the foundations of understanding and solidarity.

Join us Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (PST) to hear the powerful stories and histories from both our Asian and African brothers and sisters as we hold a sincere and honest discussion that bridges the gap of ignorance and builds greater understanding for lasting solidarity.

We believe this is will be a unique opportunity for Asian Americans and African Americans to learn about each other’s untold stories, gain respect for our mutual journeys and build an ongoing relationship.

Several Asian and African community leaders have committed to speak at this social media event including Mr. Sandy Chau, the chairman of Civic Leadership USA, and Mr. Stephen Ward from the Boggs Center.

 Mr. Sandy Chau, a formidable Silicon Valley investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist will share the stories about early Chinese entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.

Ward is the author of “In Love and Struggle: The Revolutionary Lives of James and Grace Lee Boggs.” He will tell us of the impactful life of Grace Lee Boggs, a key figure in the Asian American Movement and a well-respected civic leader in both Asian and African American lives.

Both Chau and Ward will be joined by Kim Sherobbi, Gerald Green, Ken Fong, Carl Chan, Keith Koo, Gloria Young, Piyush Malik, Haipei Shue, Alex Anderson, and Hong Nguyen-Phuong as guest speakers.

California State Assemblymember Alex Lee and San Francisco Mayor London Breed will also join us to deliver keynote speeches.

Following these profound stories, we will hold a panel discussion that touches on

●      how we got to this critical point of hate and racism,

●      how we can end the madness,

●      what’s been done so far, and most importantly,

●      how we can rebuild the trust and live in unity.

Be a part of the solution. Join us and help build a united community for the health, safety, and prosperity of our friends and families. The event will be on Zoom and the Clubhouse App on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Please register here.

This forum is presented by Ding Ding TV, Silicon Valley Community Media, Civic Leadership USA, partner with James and Grace Lee Boggs Center, United Chinese American,  Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, ASEI, APAPA – Asian Pacific Islanders American Public Affairs, Young & Lamei Association, United Asian Americans, AAUC, Care U,  and many other organizations and ethnic groups.


New 2022 Grant Programs

Thank you for your interest in partnering with Civic Leadership USA in civic leadership development and coalition building among AAPIs and beyond. With diligent and thoughtful assistance from our Strategic Development Consultant, Julian Munoz, and our committed National Task Force Planning Committee, we have discussed and listened to many #AAPI organization leaders in developing a more relevant and comprehensive #grants guideline. The Request for Proposal (#RFP) of 2022 and appendix are truly a labor of love and teamwork. Together we can turn the tide.

For more details about RFP, check here.

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Celebrate Filipino American History Month at The White House

The virtual event features a panel with Air Force Undersecretary Gina Ortiz Jones and Erika Moritsugu, a panel with #filipinoamerican Biden-Harris appointees, a panel with representatives from community organizations, and our very own National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) National Chair Brendan Flores as one of the speakers.
October 28th, 2021 | 4:00-5:30pm (ET)
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Mental Health: Stories that save lives

Join United Chinese Americans 美国华人联合会 to learn and understand about #mentalhealth. ~”STORIES THAT SAVE LIVES”
10/16 7 PM EST: Mandarin and Cantonese Translation available:
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Understanding the “Inconvenient Minority:” The Sociology of Asian American

Understanding the “Inconvenient Minority:” The Sociology of Asian American
Utilizing a perspective that is based on social science rather than fashionable political rhetoric such as the “Model Minority Myth,” this lecture will provide a broad overview of the history, sociology of Asian Americans. Details:
Date: Saturday, October 9th, 2021 @8 pm (EASTERN)
Speaker: Arthur Sakamoto, Professor of Sociology, Texas A&M University
Moderator: Yu Xie: Professor of Sociology, Princeton University
The seminar is organized by the Asian American Scholar Forum
Co-hosted by:
Californian for Equal Rights
New England Chinese American Alliance
Ohio Chinese American Association
San Diego Chinese American for Equality
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ERIKA MORITSUGU, DEPUTY ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND AA/NHPI SENIOR LIAISON: Anti-Asian Hate and the Economic Challenges affecting our China towns

On September 25, 2021 from 3 pm-5 pm PST, Erika Moritsugu — President Biden’s Deputy Assistant and Asian-American/Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AA/NHPI) Senior Liaison and the highest-ranking AA/NHPI member of President Biden’s staff — will engage in a conversation with the panelists below. Let’s work together to stop anti-Asian hate. The White House is listening.

Register 👉

More AAPI webinars on September 24-25:


Opening Remarks by Assemblyman David Chiu


• Erika Moritsugu: Deputy Assistant to President Biden and Asian-American/Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Senior Liaison

• Nancy Tung (Moderator): Community Advocate

• Carl Chan: President of Oakland Chinatown’s Chamber of Commerce

• George Q. Chen: Founder/Chairman of restaurant China Live

• Cynthia Choi: Co-Director Chinese for Affirmative Action

• Anni Chung: Executive Director of Self-Help for the Elderly

• Lily Mei: Mayor of Fremont

• Daniel Wu: Actor

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Erika Moritsugu, deputy assistant to the president and AA/NHPI senior liaison: Challenges and opportunities facing Asian Americans

Erika Moritsugu was appointed in April by President Biden to serve as deputy assistant to the president and AA/NHPI senior liaison. She engages with AA and NHPI communities and leaders on issues such as advancing safety, justice, inclusion, and opportunity through a whole-of-government approach to racial justice.

Join this important discussion to learn how the White House is forming critical partnerships across sectors to fight anti-Asian hate crimes, moving forward the administration’s Build Back Better Agenda to rebuild the economy, and ensuring the advancement of the Asian American/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to identify issues the AA/NHPI communities may want to prioritize and ask questions.

Sept. 24th: Challenges and opportunities facing Asian Americans (Organized by Commonwealth Club of California)
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More AAPI webinars on September 24-25 🖱
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Reflection to Innovation: AAPI Activism in the Face of Rising Racism

This 2021 summit features panel sharing initiatives and includes an opportunity for community dialog.

Community leaders, public officials, activists, volunteers, and students are encouraged to participate in Silicon Valley’s 3rd annual Asian American & Pacific Islander Civic Leadership Summit.





2021 National Civic Leadership Forum Join us on on this Friday, Sept 24 (5 pm- 7:30 pm EST) and Saturday, Sept 25 (11 am – 6:30 pm EST)

2021 National Civic Leadership Forum (2021 NCLF) Countdown –
1 day to our event on this Friday, Sept 24 (5 pm- 7:30 pm EST) and Saturday, Sept 25 (11 am – 6:30 pm EST).
The purpose & goal of the forum is to create a community platform for all AAPI organizations and leaders to interact, to work together, to learn from each other, and to build trust so that our community will be strong via UNITY.
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Your Voice is Your Vote

Please join us on Tuesday, July 20th from 4 pm to 6:00 pm (PST), the 3rd Silicon Valley Civic Leadership Forum – Your Voice is Your Vote.
Fiona Ma, California State Treasurer; Mike Honda, former Congressman; Greg Tanaka, Palo Alto City Councilmember; Sandy Chau, Joel Wong, Anthony C. Ng, Sato Bon, Keith Koo, and other #AAPI leaders will be the speakers.
There will be two panels:
1. How to Let Your #Voice be Heard
2. Making Every #AAPI Vote Count
We will discuss What are the barriers to #AAPI unity? Ways to make #AAPI votes more effective. Q&A will be followed each discussion, Please do come and share your input.
Please also promote this great event to your group and invite your friends to attend.
This event will be on Zoom and Clubhouse.
Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 from 4 p.m (PST)
Join Zoom Meeting from the following link or use meeting ID
Meeting ID: 834 6428 6646
Join the Clubhouse from the following link: