PON, a joint project of MALDEF and APALC, Convenes Learning Series on Education and Civic Engagement to Address Ballot Initiatives in the Upcoming Election

LOS ANGELES, CA – On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Parent Organization Network (PON) will host its first Bridging the Parent-School Gap 2012 – 2013, Learning Series event at East Los Angeles Community College.

The mission of PON, which is a joint project of MALDEF and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice -- is to connect, inform, and mobilize parents and parent organizations across the greater Los Angeles area to transform the public education system. The Learning Series event, Understanding Hot Educational Issues: Protecting our Children’s Future Through Civic Engagement, will increase participants’ understanding of California’s current education budget and upcoming ballot initiatives; recruit participants to civic engagement and advocacy efforts; and survey participants’ advocacy interests and priorities in education for the upcoming year.

The free Learning Series event attracts parents, youth, and leaders from grassroots organizations and engages the community to influence positive policy changes in public education.

The event is non-partisan and it is sponsored by MALDEF, APALC, and The California Endowment. For more information, please contact: Donald Gatlin at

PON convenes a Learning Series even on Education and Civic Engagement
(This educational event is provided free of charge through the generous support of The California Endowment)

Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel
Stewart Kwoh, APALC President and Executive Director

Saturday, September 29, 2012
8:30 am - 2:00pm
Saenz and Kwoh will be making remarks at 9:30 a.m.

East Los Angeles Community College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Monterey Park, California 91754

For media RSVPs, please email Donald Gatlin at

Initiated in July 2005, the Parent Organization Network (PON) is a multicultural collaborative of 15 independent parent organizations in Los Angeles County, focused on strengthening parent engagement and advocacy at schools in low to moderate-income communities of color.

Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the "law firm of the Latino community," MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. For more information on MALDEF, please visit:

About APALC:
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983, APALC advocates for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, APALC seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities while also building a strong Asian American and NHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.

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