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From APA For Progress:

APA Activist Training and Midwest Summit
Saturday, August 4. Chicago, IL

your fellow progressive Asian Pacific Americans from throughout the
Midwest as we engage in a Saturday training led by Parag Mehta,
Director of Training at the Democratic National Committee, along with
filmmaker Eric Byler. Sponsored by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress.

To register, go to:

Who: Activists, student leaders, community leaders, volunteers
Learn the basic tools of political organizing including volunteer
recruitment, networking, planning events, targeting, phonebanking and
other useful campaign skills.

When: Saturday, August 4th, 2007
11:00-12:00 PM – Networking and Registration
12:00 – 6:00 PM – Training
6:00 – 8:00 PM – Reception/Social with special guests
Where: The Field Museum
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496

– Includes training and reception/social, as well as admission to the
Field Museum. Students please inquire about additional scholarships.
Student…$25 before July 15 / $30 after July 15
Regular…$35 before July 15 / $40 after July 15

Student group rate … $175 for 10 / $300 for 20 students
Regular group rate … $175 for 5 / $300 for 10 regular

Co-sponsors – To be listed in our program book or to place an ad, please contact Theresa Mah at

V. Mehta – Parag is the Director of Training for the Democratic
National Committee in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the DNC, Parag
served as Deputy Political Director for America Votes, a coalition of
32 of the largest progressive groups in the country who joined forces
to register, educate, recruit, and mobilize voters for the 2004
elections. In 2003, Parag was a Deputy Political Director for Governor
Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, based in Burlington, Vermont. In
2002 he served as Deputy Field Director for former Dallas Mayor Ron
Kirk’s U.S. Senate campaign in Texas. From 2000-2002, Parag worked as a
speechwriter and policy analyst for the White House Initiative on Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders and the U.S. Secretary of Health and
Human Services. Parag holds a B.A. from The University of Texas at
Austin and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell
School at Syracuse University.

Eric Byler – Chinese American
film director Eric Byler was nominated for a 2003 Independent Spirit
Award for his debut feature “Charlotte Sometimes,” which also earned a
nomination for actress Jacqueline Kim. His second film “Americanese”
starring Joan Chen, Chris Tashima, Allison Sie and Kelly Hu is soon to
be released by IFC Films. Eric’s most recent directing credits include
“My Life Disoriented” which aired nationally on PBS and “Tre,” soon to
be released by Cinema Libre Studio. Eric has been invited to speak at
colleges and universities around the United States, and is known for
grassroots activism and YouTube documentaries he created during the
2006 Virginia Senate race on behalf of Senator Jim Webb and Virginia’s
Asian/Pacific American community.

Asian Pacific Americans for
Progress (APAP) – APAP is national network of progressive Asian Pacific
Americans and allies. For more information, click here:

To reach us, please email:


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  1. did i ever tell you while eating dinner with young il on west 32nd street on one of the shooting nights, i sat next to eric byler and we talked, and then he said he knew you and told me to tell you he said hello? apologies! i’m about 10 months late with that one, aigoo cham na. but he was very amicable.

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