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File #: 220426    Version: Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 5/12/2022 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 5/19/2022
Title: Honoring twelve of Philadelphia's emerging Asian American leaders: Lan Dinh, Chi-Ser Tran, Neil Makhija, Dr. Esther Hio-Tong Castillo, Stephanie Sun, Anne Ishii, Jennie Nam, Sreymum Sok, Sinta Storms, Thi Lam, Sheila Maddali, and Maia Weintraub for their deep commitment to empowering their communities, and their work in fighting for food sovereignty, dismantling barriers in social services, expanding economic opportunity and justice, investing in community-based arts, advancing representation in sports, and protecting civil rights on the occasion of Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month.
Sponsors: Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Brooks, Councilmember Gauthier, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Green
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 22042600, 2. Signature22042600
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Honoring twelve of Philadelphia's emerging Asian American leaders: Lan Dinh, Chi-Ser Tran, Neil Makhija, Dr. Esther Hio-Tong Castillo, Stephanie Sun, Anne Ishii, Jennie Nam, Sreymum Sok, Sinta Storms, Thi Lam, Sheila Maddali, and Maia Weintraub for their deep commitment to empowering their communities, and their work in fighting for food sovereignty, dismantling barriers in social services, expanding economic opportunity and justice, investing in community-based arts, advancing representation in sports, and protecting civil rights on the occasion of Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month.

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WHEREAS, Today's generation of Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders have taken the mantle from trailblazing elders and mentors in their communities, and are setting the agenda in the fight for social justice, civil rights, and self-determination here in Philadelphia and across the country; and

WHEREAS, The emerging leaders recognized here are merely a few inspiring examples of the growing ranks of community organizers, educators, artists, attorneys, public servants, and entrepreneurs in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities who are transforming the landscape of the struggle for justice, and developing new ways to empower their communities to fight for themselves; and

WHEREAS, Lan Dinh is one of the co-founders of VietLead, a grassroots social justice organization focused on youth engagement and organizing through a lens of racial justice and anti-violence, health promotion and navigation, civic engagement, and community-building projects. She is currently the Farm and Food Sovereignty Director, and will be stepping into the role of Co-Executive Director later this year. Lan Dinh is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, and grew up in West Philadelphia and Upper Darby. She draws her motivation for community work from watching how her parents heal and reclaim their dignity through their love of land and food. In her role at VietLead, La...

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