A community town hall on June 3 at UNLV

The public is invited to “Combating Racism and Discrimination: A Community Town Hall” at UNLV’s Philip J. Cohen Theater in the Student Union on Friday, June 3, 6-8 p.m.

The free event is hosted by the Clark County Asian American Pacific Islanders Community Commission in partnership with the UNLV Filipinx American Student Association. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Parking is free and attendees can park in any staff, student or metered parking spot. Lot D is the closest to the place of the event. A map: https://www.unlv.edu/maps/parking/lots/lot-d.

The purpose of the event is to educate the community about intolerance, xenophobia and anti-Asian sentiment, organizers said.

The panel will share their experiences with racism and discuss how to move forward and “fight back”. Questions from the audience will be entertained. Panelists include Jai Marshall of No Racism in Schools; Cecia Alvarado of Somos Votantes (We are voters); Dr. Crystal Lee of United Natives; André Wade, State Director Silver State Equality; and Raina Ladislao from the Katao school. The moderator will be Athar Haseebullah, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada.

The 15-member Clark County Asian-American Pacific Islander Community Commission was established in July 2019 and tasked with several tasks, including (1) identifying the unique social and economic needs of each Asian/Islander ethnic group of the Pacific and all groups combined, (2) organizing a resource conference addressing these needs, and (3) conducting a feasibility study for the development of a cultural center. The group meets monthly. Board members are civic leaders, business owners, and students from multiple AAPI backgrounds.

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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11and-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the nationand– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.

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