Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Lia Chang: AALDEF Honors Dale Minami, Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl Wudunn and Sandra Leung with 2009 Justice in Action Awards on 3/26

Dale Minami (Photo by Lia Chang)

Dale Minami (Photo by Lia Chang)

New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors and human rights activists; Sandra Leung, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; and Dale Minami, civil rights attorney and co-founder of AALDEF, will be presented with 2009 Justice in Action Awards by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) at its 35th Anniversary Celebration at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City on Thursday, March 26, 2009. ABC News Correspondent Juju Chang and Columbia Journalism Professor Sree Sreenivasan will emcee. Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and BD Wong will be special guests.The Gala begins with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception followed by the Justice in Action Awards ceremony, a three-course dinner, and a silent auction. Tables of ten, available at $35,000, $20,000, $15,000, and $10,000, include a VIP reception. Individual tickets start at $500. RSVP Contact: Lillian Ling, 212.966.5932 x 202 or

The Justice in Action Awards recognize exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in advancing justice and equality. Past recipients include the late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, David Henry Hwang, Yoko Ono, Mira Nair, Maya Lin, Harold Koh, Charles Ogletree, Jr., Salman Rushdie, Seymour Hersh, and Deval Patrick.

Proceeds from the 35th Anniversary Celebration benefit AALDEF’s legal and educational programs in the areas of immigrant rights, economic justice for workers, voting rights and civic participation, affirmative action, language access to services, youth rights and educational equality, and the elimination of hate violence, police misconduct and human trafficking.

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