Reps. Honda & Chu at MPAC Convention Banquet

December 3, 2012

MPAC announced that two prominent members of the U.S. Congress, Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Rep. Michael Honda (D-CA), will speak at the 12th Annual Convention Banquet on Dec. 15 at the Pasadena Convention Center.  Chu will present the Community Leadership Service Award and Honda will deliver the keynote address.

“Reps. Chu and Honda both represent ‘Our Future in the Making’ and have established themselves as leaders in public service,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC President. “We are honored to have them be part of this program.” 

Honda has dedicated his life to public service and is lauded for his work on education, civil rights, national service, immigration, transportation, the environment and high-tech issues. Honda has represented the 15th Congressional District of California in the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years, and he is a member of the influential House Appropriations and Budget committees.

He was born in California, but spent his early childhood with family in an internment camp for Japanese Americans in Colorado during World War II.   His family returned to California in 1953, becoming strawberry sharecroppers in San José's Blossom Valley.

“My parents raised me talking about the injustices of camp, how it was a violation of the Constitution, and how Japanese Americans had been mistreated,” Honda said. “I've since followed in their footsteps by advocating for social justice and publically serving communities that do not have a voice. The reason we were sent to camp is because no one in Washington said ‘no.’ I’m here in Congress to make sure that never happens again to any community in America.” 

This year marks the 70th anniversary of when mass imprisonments were ordered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt through Executive Order 9066. What followed was one of the most shameful episodes in American history, as the U.S. held prisoners in internment camps without cause besides racial prejudice. More than 120,000 Japanese Americans were detained, and one-third of those came from Los Angeles.

Chu was elected to Congress in July 2009 and has become a strong advocate for effective, humane and progressive immigration reform, having been an original co-sponsor of Comprehensive Immigration Reform. She has worked hard to help Americans emerge from the recession, co-sponsoring a bill that would extend and expand the enormously successful Jobs NOW program, which uses federal stimulus funds to subsidize jobs at the local level and has already resulted in more than 11,000 jobs in Los Angeles County.

Our 12th annual convention will take place in a church, a first for any American Muslim organization. Hosted by All Saints Church in Pasadena, the daytime convention program will feature inspiring voices of activists, scholars, journalists and religious leaders exploring our theme of “Our Future in the Making.” Our convention banquet will take place immediately afterward at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Watch the video below, as Rep. Judy Chu speaks at last year's MPAC Convention.


“Our Future in the Making”
MPAC’s 12th Annual Convention

Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 

Daytime Program: All Saints Church
Banquet Program: Pasadena Convention Center

View the program and list of speakers


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