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Judy May Chu is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 27th district of California.

Chu was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for California's 32nd District in July 2009. She immediately got to work representing the interests of her constituents, voting on several environmental bills and working through the night on her first day in office, during a marathon debate on important healthcare reform legislation as part of her first assignment on the House Education and Labor Committee, where she served on the Subcommittees on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education and Healthy Families and Communities.

In the 112th Congress, Rep. Chu serves on the House Judiciary Committee, where she is a member of the Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security and the Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet subcommittees. She is also a member of the House Small Business Committee, where she is leading the Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee as the Ranking Democrat and serves on the Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access Subcommittee. In 2011, she was elected as the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC).

Congresswoman Chu is also a strong advocate for effective, humane and progressive immigration reform, having been an original co-sponsor of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR-ASAP) bill introduced by Rep. Luis Gutierrez in 2010.[1]

Background

Judy May Chu was born July 7, 1953, in Los Angeles, the second of four children of Judson Chu, a native Californian, and his wife, May, whom he brought from China under the War Brides Act. Judy Chu's paternal grandfather ran a Chinese restaurant in Watts, and the family lived near 62nd Street and Normandie Avenue in South Los Angeles until moving to the Bay Area when Judy was in junior high.

Her father worked as an electrical technician for Pacific Bell and her mother was a cannery worker and a member of the Teamsters.[2]

She is married to California State Assemblymember Mike Eng.

Education/teaching

Rep. Chu earned her B.A. in mathematics from UCLA and her Ph.D. in psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.[3]

Chu taught as a psychology professor at the Los Angeles Community College District for 20 years, including 13 years at East Los Angeles College

Activism

Judy Chu can trace the beginnings of her career as a San Gabriel Valley activist and political leader back to the early 1970s and her freshman year in college.

As the young math major, intent on a career in computer science, was crossing the UC Santa Barbara quad one day, someone thrust into her hand a flier about a new Asian American studies course. She decided to give it a try.

"It was like a light went off in my head," Chu recalled. She learned about the history of Asian immigrants and their children, the discrimination and stereotypes they endured and their contributions to American life and culture.

One of the guest speakers was Pat Sumi, a third-generation Japanese American whose activism included registering blacks to vote in Mississippi and Georgia and organizing protests against the Vietnam War.

"It was the very first time it occurred to me that an Asian American woman could be a leader," said Chu, who began volunteering with various causes, transferred to UCLA and gave up computers for clinical psychology.[4]

Chu joined the movement to pass the Equal Rights Amendment for women, and then taught classes at UCLA on Asian American Women. She was once a Rape Crisis Counselor.[5]

Marriage

It was while she was a student at UCLA that Chu met her future husband, attorney Mike Eng. The couple married in 1978. Chu, who holds a doctorate in psychology, continued teaching at Los Angeles City College, then at East Los Angeles College, and Eng practiced immigration law.[6]

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Judy Chu contributed an article to the Maoist journal Gidra in April 1974 "The prisons and the Asian American".

Communist Workers Party connection

Judy Chu has a history of affiliation with the Communist Workers Party.

Federation for Progress

In the early 1980s, Judy Chu was a leader of the Federation For Progress, a front group for the Communist Workers Party.

The Federation for Progress was another attempt to create a new Marxist united front organization, much like similar efforts of the People's Alliance and the National Committee for Independent Political Action.

The FFP put a half-page ad in the "socialist" oriented weekly newspaper, In These Times in the July 14-27, 1982 issue, p. 8, entitled: "A natural follow-up to June 12: A national conference July 30-August 1 at Columbia Un., in New York City".

It was a follow-up conference to the major "anti-defense lobby" march and protest in New York on June relating to the U.N. Second Special Session on Disarmament.

The FPP Interim Executive Committee consisted of;

FPP conference

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According to the Communist Workers Party newspaper Workers Viewpoint March 9 1983, page 3, more than 300 people gathered in Los Angeles to organize a large solidarity conference to coincide with the 1984 los Angeles Olympics.

Organized by Federation for Progress, participants included CISPES, Gray Panthers, ACLU, Alliance for Survival, National Lawyers Guild, NOW, National Resistance Coalition, and United Against Black Genocide.

The conference opened with presentations from Michio Kaku, Wilson Riles, Jr. of the Oakland City Council and Nancy Baker of San Diego Coalition of Labor Union Women. It ended with a powerful presentation at the First Unitarian Church where Phillip Zwerling an advisory board member of the Greensboro Justice Fund was Minister.

California State Assembymember Maxine Waters, Ramsey Clark, Michio Kaku and San Francisco Supervisor Harry Britt, "raised the political and spiritual challenges confronting the American people in the struggle for jobs, peace and equality."

Highlight of the conference was the discussion of plans for the 1984 Olympics. Participants were Carol Ono of Federation for Progress, Berkeley professor Harry Edwards, UCLA instructor Judy Chu and Mark Ridley-Thomas, president of the SCLC.

Olympics planning conference

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July 9, 1983 Federation For Progress held a planning conference in Los Angeles to prepare for the Olympic Games. Keynote speaker was Bob Swan, founder of Athletes United for Peace.

Also speaking were Rev. Dan Romero, Associate Minister of the United Church of Christ, Morris Knight, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations, and Judy Chu, who gave a rundown of what had happened before the conference. Dr. Chu "spoke of US chauvinism and how the press just apes that line"

There was a reassessment of the original goal of 5000,000 people. 100,000 was deemed more realistic. Dr. Chu also summarized the logistics of the planned day.

Later panelists included Dr. Sherry Luck of the Harriet Tubman Free Clinic and United Against Black Genocide, and Cheryl Rhoden from SEIU local 660.[7]

Dr. Luck said that Los Angeles doesn't want the Olympics to "come into town and rape the community and leave nothing." She put forth the demand for jobs on a permanent basis, not just the Olympics.[8]

Student anti-fees protest

April 12, 1983 400 students gathered in Los Angeles to protest tuition hikes.

The protest was organised by the UCLA chapter of Federation For Progress and Californians Acting for Sound Education.

MCs were Marshall Wong from UCLA Federation For Progress , and Frank Cardenas from East LA College Californians Acting for Sound Education.

Other speakers included Rudy Acuna, Cal State Northridge, Marguerite Archie, Community College Board of Trustees, Judy Chu, of UCLA, and Larry Frank from Jobs With Peace.[9]

Letter to Samaranch

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The '84 Mobilization for Peace and Justice, penned a July 25, 194 letter to Dr. Juan Antonio Samaranch and Members of the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Headquarters Biltmore Hotel 515 S. Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013

We wish to express our outrage at the statements made by members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in support of the Racist Apartheid Regime of South Africa, which is seeking to regain membership of the IOC. Morever we think that appropriate measures should be taken to hasten Mr. Roby's planned retirement and to replace Mr. Roosevelt as members of the IOC.

Mike Young, '84 Mobilization for Peace and Justice, and Communist Workers Party, and Judy Chu, UCLA Asian American Studies, and Federation For Progress, signed the letter.

Calderon connection

Marilyn Calderon, who served on Chu's legislative staff in the Assembly and now works for the United Farm Workers, said her former boss always encouraged her employees to aim high and insisted they remember they were there to help people who needed them.

Calderon recounted a 2004 meeting in a sun-baked field in Shafter with farm workers and others trying to build support for Chu's proposed legislation to protect field hands from sometimes-fatal sunstroke. On the ride back to Los Angeles, Calderon said she was drained but Chu seemed energized.

"She kept talking about how to move forward, what should be included, what the strategy should be," Calderon said. "She's a hard, hard worker."[10]

Marilyn Calderon is the wife of former Colorado Communist Workers Party leader Jose Calderon.

CHAMP

By the early 1980s, Judy Chu, and Mike Eng, had settled in Monterey Park, which was experiencing an influx of immigrants from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, sparking a backlash among some longtime residents who sought a ban on Chinese-language storefront signs. When a divided City Council voted in 1986 to support a resolution endorsing, among other things, English as the nation's official language, Chu, by then on the school board, and Eng helped form the Coalition for Harmony in Monterey Park.

"Judy and Mike were always trying to find ways to bring people together," said former Colorado Communist Workers Party leader Jose Calderon, another member of CHAMP who is now an associate professor at Pitzer College in Claremont. They started "harmony days" to celebrate the city's various cultures, and they led a petition drive that moved the council to rescind its divisive resolution.[11]

Annual Cesar Chavez Breakfast

Friday 30 March 2012, Jose Calderon organized the Annual Latino and Latina Roundtable Cesar Chavez Breakfast , at The Avalon, 1098 W McKinley Ave, Pomona.[12]

In keeping with the tradition of honoring leaders in our region who have exemplified the principles and values of Cesar Chavez, the Roundtable is honoring Congresswoman Judy Chu, immigrant rights leader Emilio Amaya, and Pomona Unified School District Superintendent Richard Martinez.

Supporting Calderon's Pomona protest

In a show of opposition to Pomona College’s decision to terminate 17 employees who could not verify their employment documentation before a December 2011 deadline, 15 supporters of the terminated employees were arrested for refusing to move from the middle of an intersection this morning. The arrests were part of a large protest that drew more than 100 students, workers, professors, union organizers and Claremont residents.

After hearing a series of speeches by fired workers and labor advocates, the protesters marched to Alexander Hall, where they picketed. They then moved to the intersection of Fourth Street and College Avenue, close to Pomona President David Oxtoby's home, where 15 of them sat down in the street to carry out a planned act of civil disobedience.

CPD officers arrested these 15 protesters, a group that included current 5C students as well as alumni and Pitzer College professor Jose Calderon, after they ignored repeated commands to disperse. As they were being handcuffed, these protesters called the names of fired workers and denounced what they described as an unjust decision by the Pomona administration, while a crowd of supporters chanted “Sí, se puede” and “This is what democracy looks like” from the sidewalk.

“Many years from now, I know your children and students will ask you, ‘Where were you on that day when they fired those workers that brought the food to your table?’” Calderón said in a speech at Frary, just after announcing that he was prepared to be arrested. “All of you are going to be able to say to your children, ‘I was there and I was fighting injustice.’”

In addition to the support of organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Pomona’s terminated workers have received a message of support from Judy Chu, a Southern California Democrat in the House of Representatives. Bryan Urias, a member of Chu’s staff, attended today’s protest on behalf of the congresswoman, who may soon become Claremont’s representative because of citizen-led redistricting.

“She wanted me to be here to let all of you know, to let the workers know, to let Pomona College know, that she is watching what is going on and she is disgusted with the process that happened here,” Urias said.

Urias added that Chu had personally called President Oxtoby to ask him to reconsider his decision to terminate employees who could not update their documentation by Dec. 1. He also said that Chu’s office intended to help the terminated workers who wanted to fix their documentation and get re-hired by Pomona.”[13]

"Vincent Who?"

In 1982, Vincent Chin was brutally murdered in Detroit "at the height of anti-Japanese sentiment". The judge ruled it a case of manslaughter and the two killers, both autoworkers, never served a day in jail.

The case became a cause celebre for the Communist Workers Party.

A film about the case "Vincent Who?" was released in 2008, dealing with impact the case had had on activists at the time.

More than twenty-five years later, that case remains a touchstone in the struggle for civil rights and the advancement of the Asian American community. In this new documentary, VINCENT WHO?, we take a quick look back at the case, but more importantly we examine the effects the case had on the leading community activists of today and the future leaders of tomorrow.

Interviewees and speakers included Helen Zia (leading activist during the Chin case), Stewart Kwoh (Founder & Executive Director, Asian Pacific American Legal Center), Judy Chu (Chair, California State Board of Equalization), Mike Eng (California State Assemblyman), Renee Tajima-Pena (Producer & Director, WHO KILLED VINCENT CHIN?), Frank Wu (Dean, Wayne State University Law School), Janet Yang (Producer, THE JOY LUCK CLUB), Justin Lin (Director, BETTER LUCK TOMORROW), Robin Toma (Executive Director, Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations), Nhung Truong (District Representative, Office of Congressman Adam Schiff), Sejal Patel (Activist, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy), Ben de Guzman (National Campaign Coordinator, National Alliance for Filipino Veterans Equity).[14]

"Who Killed Vincent Chin?" event

Fall 2006/Spring 2007 - Asian Pacific Americans for Progress begins discussing ways to commemorate the upcoming 25th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin. The Los Angeles chapter (including producers Curtis Chin, Preeti Kulkarni and Vivian Hao) decides to organize a screening of the documentary "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" along with a panel discussion on the status of Asian American empowerment.

Board of Equalization member Judy Chu is asked to provide a recap of the case. Other panelists include Stewart Kwoh, Robin Toma, Hamid Khan and Renee Tajima-Pena.[15]

"A conversation with Judy Chu and Jean Quan"

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This event was held Sunday July 10, 2011, Empress Pavilion, LA Chinatown.

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Jean Quan is an ex CWP member.

Chinese American Mayoress of the US City of Oakland Jean Quan attended the symposium in Los Angeles on Asian American politicians and met with the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Judy Chu to discuss the role and future influence of Chinese American women in the American political system.

Jean Quan recently finished her visit to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.[16]

Chinese American Citizens Alliance

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August 7 to 10, 2013, Oakland, California — Chinese American Citizens Alliance Grand President Carolyn Chan opened the convention with a warm welcome to the delegates and friends, "Our family reunion is a time to reflect and plan our future, while enjoying some wonderful social activities." She also extended a heartfelt appreciation to Oakland Lodge for their tireless efforts and warm hospitality in making the 52nd Biennial National Convention one of the best ever!

Dr. Munson Kwok, past Grand President took us down the memory lane of the history of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance showing leaders advocating for civil rights through the years . Judy Chu and Jean Qwan were photographed together at the event.[17]

Going after the Army

January 23, 2012, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Nydia Velázquez, Judy Chu, and Mike Honda, called on the U.S. Army to provide a comprehensive review on how the department tracks its hazing and harassment incidents and implements anti-hazing training. The urging by the four members of Congress comes after Army investigators found that a New York resident, Private Danny Chen, was subjected to daily race-based hazing and physical abuse by members of his platoon in the lead-up to his death. The lawmakers also requested details on what current measures are in place for soldiers in remote bases to report hazing incidents when their entire chain of command is implicated. Last month, Senator Gillibrand called on the Defense Department for a system-wide review of bullying and mistreatment. The Senator asked for a Department-wide review because of the case of Marine Pvt. Hamson McPherson, Jr., a Staten Island Marine who committed suicide, allegedly due to hazing.

Senator Gillibrand, along with Representatives Velázquez, Chu, and Honda wrote in a letter to U.S. Army Secretary McHugh, “We are very concerned about the reports of the constant hazing, apparently mixed with racial slurs, and other mistreatment by [Danny Chen’s] fellow soldiers and his direct superiors. We know you share our concern and take this issue very seriously, and we support the guidance issued in your hazing memo on January 13, 2012. Our men and women in uniform deserve to serve in a supportive environment from their fellow soldiers as they put their lives on the line for our country… However in light of this shocking incident, we would like to better understand the education and training process that are provided to Army soldiers and recruits regarding hazing and harassment among the force, as well as the repercussions and disciplinary measures taken in such incidents.”

“It has become increasingly clear that hazing and harassment must be addressed throughout our armed services,” said Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-32). “In the case of Private Danny Chen, his Chinese heritage led to violent racial discrimination and harsh treatment. This raises serious questions about the Army’s focus on preventing hazing and fighting. My nephew took his own life after enduring hazing and physical assault. I know firsthand the pain a family faces when hazing leads to the loss of a loved one, and it is something no family should have to endure.”[18]

Career

Chu was elected to the Monterey Park City Council, where she served as Mayor 3 times. From there, she was elected to the California State Assembly, where she was Chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee, which has control over all legislation with a fiscal impact to the state. While in the Assembly, she introduced and helped pass the most successful tax amnesty bill in the nation, which was estimated to bring in $300 million but actually brought in $4.8 billion in revenue for the state budget without raising taxes. She was then elected to the State Board of Equalization, California’s tax board.[19]

Solis connection

Judy Chu was been endorsed by Hilda Solis' family, during her 2009 primary race, against Gil Cedillo for Solis' vacant Congressional seat. While Hilda Solis was staying out of electoral politics as a member of the new Obama administration, "the friendship between Hilda Solis and Judy Chu goes back two decades. When Secretary Solis's sister Irma recently publicly endorsed Judy on behalf of her entire family, it was seen as a tacit endorsement by Hilda and a passing of the torch".[20]

The Next Agenda Conference

Progressive LA: The Next Agenda Conference was held On October 20, 2001 in Los Angeles at the California Science Center.

The Progressive Los Angeles Network (PLAN) and the Institute for America’s Future "will co-sponsor an important conference -- the Next Agenda Conference -- designed to celebrate recent victories, build upon Los Angeles’ progressive momentum, and link local issues with a national progressive agenda. The conference will also help solidify a more strategic and integrated progressive movement in Los Angeles".

Speakers included Assemblywoman Judy Chu[21]

China connections

China trips

Soon after Judy Chu was elected as a Monterey Park City Council member and mayor, she led a delegation to visit China in 1990 when relations between the two countries were not normal. She visited China again in 1994 and 1999 as a city councilwoman. [22]

2011 visit, Beijing

Lu Yongxiang (R), vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, meets with Judy Chu, U.S. Representative for California's 32nd Congressional District, in Beijing, Aug. 30, 2011
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In late August 2011, Senior Chinese Communist Party legislator Lu Yongxiang met with U.S. Representative Judy Chu.

Chu, was leading a delegation for a week-long visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs.

During their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, Lu, vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislative body, reviewed the exchanges that have taken place between the NPC and the U.S. Senate and Congress.

Lu called on China and the United States to step up dialogues, enhance mutual trust and carry out more extensive cooperation in order to boost the development of China-U.S. ties.

As the first Chinese-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress,Chu said she pays close attention to her country's relations with China. She said she will play her own part in boosting U.S-China ties.

After leaving Beijing, Chu traveled to east China's Jiangsu Province, the financial hub of Shanghai and south China's Guangdong Province.[23]

Jiangsu Provincial Committee

On August 30, 2011, Mr. Luo Zhijun, Secretary of Chinese Communist Party Jiangsu Provincial Committee, met with the US congressional delegation headed by Ms. Judy Chu,, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and the Ranking Democrat of Contracting and Workforce Subcommittee of the House Small Business Committee.

Mr. Luo Zhijun extended his welcome to Ms. Judy for her first visit to Jiangsu. He appreciated Chu's Resolution of Regret over the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, a bill suspending Chinese immigration. He said that this July he heads the Jiangsu Economic and Goodwill Delegation to visit the State of California, having a meeting with Congresswoman Chu and Congressman Mike Honda and signing the agreement with Steinburg, President Pro Tempore of California State Senate on the establishment of the sister relationship between Jiangsu and California, which "will be a great impetus to the pragmatic cooperation between the local governments of the two countries" .

During the stay in the US, Jiangsu had "reached extensive consensus and singed a series of agreements with US Department of State, Department of Commerce and Patent and Trademark Office on the further cooperation in economy, trade, culture, science and technology. It will not only enhance the friendly exchange between China and US, but also will create more cooperative opportunities for Jiangsu and California. Jiangsu will continue to give support and provide good service to US companies established in Jiangsu."

Judy Chu extended her thanks to Mr. Luo for his great hospitality, and said she has got a better understanding of the prosperous and beautiful Jiangsu and its plan for future through Mr. Luo's excellent introduction during his trip to US. She hoped this visit could bridge the people of two countries.

Mike Honda, the U.S. House of Representatives for California, Honorary Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and Congressman Eni Faleomavaega are also in the delegation.

Mr. Chen Yonglong, Vice President of Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Xu Nanping, Assistant to Governor and Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Department of Science and Technology, Mr. Mao Weiming, Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Development and Reform Commission, Mr. Zhu Min, Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Department of Commerce, Mr. Fei Shaoyun, Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Foreign Affairs Office, Mr. Zheng Zeguang, Vice Mayor of Nanjing and Mr. Zhou Wei, Deputy Director General of Jiangsu Provincial Foreign Affairs Office were present at the meeting.[24]

School of Transnational Law

A delegation led by Congresswoman Judy Chu, visited the School of Transnational Law on Sept. 1, 2011, to discuss the role of caucuses in the U.S. House of Representatives in the legislative process. This was the first delegation by sitting members of Congress to visit the STL campus in Shenzhen.

The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus , which also includes Congressman Eni Faleomavaega and members of the U.S.-Asia Institute, addressed a large audience of students and faculty in STL’s Moot Court room. They discussed the need for representation of Asian and Asian American constituents in the government and the discrimination Asian Americans have faced historically.

“I think one of the virtues of the American democracy for what it stands – it’s not perfect, I can promise you that – is its ability to correct its mistakes,” said Faleomavaega. “It can talk about racism and reform it… American democracy can evolve – it continues to change.”

Chu, spoke about her position as the first Chinese American woman in the U.S. House of Representatives and issues that she is passionate about, including immigration reform and improving U.S-China relations.

“We have more to gain from a relationship than we have to lose – and in fact, we are very much interdependent,” Chu said. “We want to make sure that we raise our voices for reason and mutual cooperation between U.S. and China. ”

During the Q&A session, students asked about Chu’s background, her identity as a Chinese American, and the delegation’s opinion on China’s one party system.

“I have to respect the fact that this is the way you currently function and operate,” Faleomavaega said. “Hopefully there is going to be a better understanding how the one-party system in your government could adapt and adjust to the realities of what the people want ultimately.”

In the afternoon, the students met with the individual delegates in small groups. First-year law student Lu Dan, who was in Chu’s group, said he was able to learn more about Chu’s challenges and achievements as an Asian American.

“They faced racial discrimination, so given the circumstances, the fact that she is very successful is very inspiring,” he said. “From this I can see that she is a very powerful and determined person.”[25]

Ancestral home, Jiangmen, Guangdong province

The last leg of Judy Chu's trip was a visit to her ancestral home of Jiangmen, Guangdong province.[26]

"Going to my home village and the Jiangmen museum of overseas Chinese it exemplified so greatly the hardships of the Chinese experience when they went abroad and had been treated so poorly by the immigration officials and experienced such hardships as they were trying to settle in America.
"It just brought home for me what kind of difficulties that my own grandfather and parents must have experienced as they came over."

"Much to learn from China"

Judy Chu told China Daily that she wanted to increase understanding between the United States and China, a relationship which Chu said has sometimes been hit by "great anxiety and tension".

"There are some in Congress who are saying negative and angry things about China," Chu said.

"I felt that we needed to have this trip in order to help balance the perspective that is out there. We have more to gain in our relationship between US and China than we have to lose." There is also much that the US can learn from China, she added.

"We need to explain what great progress China has made, with some great advances that we can learn from. For instance, on high-speed rail. We actually rode the high-speed rail from Nanjing to Shanghai and we were incredibly impressed at how China could make these advances when we in the US actually have not been able to get our first high-speed train going," she said. [27]

"Daughter of China"

From the Life of Guangzhou website

Judy Chu told the Life of Guangzhou website;

"I am a daughter of China, now I am coming home. This most incredible eight days visit has made me better understand what China is about. I had a memorable visit to my home village of Jiangmen. I am truly coming home."

Ms. Chu said the most memorable event of the whole trip was visiting her home village Jiangmen. The delegation paid a visit to Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Jiangmen. "China has really made great progress," said Ms. Chu, "21 years ago when I was last in Jiangmen, single lane roads, no bridges cross the river. But this time I see 3-lane highways, magnificent highways, and all kinds of industry."[28]

Hu Jintao dinner

In January 2011, Chinese president Hu Jintao visited Washington DC for a high-profile summit. He had a red carpet rolled out for him and was greeted by Vice President Joe Biden at the airport. Highlights of the visit included a private dinner with President Barack Obama one night and a big state dinner the next.

Among those of Chinese descent that were present at the dinner were the newly inaugurated Chinese-American mayors of San Francisco and Oakland, California — Ed Lee and Jean Quan — Energy Secretary Steven Chu, California Rep. Judy Chu, the first Chinese-American woman elected to Congress. Other members of Obama's Cabinet with seats at the table included Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Education Secretary Arne Duncan. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was the only top congressional leader to accept an invitation. [29]

Meeting Qiu Shaofang

On January 15th, 2011 Congress Member Judy Chu and The minister Dinghua Wang of California Department of Agriculture Development with his wife Hanyang Xu were invited by Consul-General Qiu Shaofang of Consulate-General of The People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles in his residence. During the dinner, Consul-General Qiu had a friendly talk with Congress Member Judy Chu.

Minister Wang introduced the California eco-friendly agriculture, ecological agriculture, organic agriculture and the environmental pollution. Consul-General Qiu expressed his wishes on cooperation and communication between California and China in agriculture. The office representative Becky Cheng of Congress Member Judy Chu, Vice Consul-General Sun Weide, Consul Wang Luo in News group and Vice-Consul Mao Zhongyi also attended the dinner.[30]

Committee of 100

Washington area Committee of 100 members hosted a dinner meeting on November 4, 2009, in honor of Congresswoman Judy Chu. She has spoken at past Committee of 100 conferences and attended the 2008 conference in Los Angeles.

Attending the event were past Committee Chairman John L. Fugh, Bob Gee, Vice Chair Cheng Li, Michael Lin, Ben Wu, Vice Chair Frank Wu, Jeremy Wu, Nancy Yuan, and C-100 Executive Director Angie Tang.[31]

Judy Chu and Committee of 100, welcome Luo Zhijun

Judy Chu and Luo Zhijun

Luo Zhijun, Governor and Party Secretary for Jiangsu Province, and his economic development delegation were hosted at a dinner in the home of H&Q Asia Pacific Chairman and Founder Ta-lin Hsu on July 17, 2011, in Atherton, California. A number of Committee of 100 members and members of Congress, and other special guests, attended. The delegation, representing the one of the wealthiest Chinese provinces, included members of the Jiangsu government as well as Jiangsu-based entrepreneurs including the CEO of the solar energy company Suntech, Shi Zhengrong. Governor Luo gave a brief talk introducing Jiangsu’s economic advantages, which was extensively covered in the Chinese press.

Standing: Rep. Mike Honda, David Chang, Pehong Chen, Rep. David Wu, Andrew Cherng, and Consul General Gao Zhansheng of the San Francisco Consulate. Seated: Ta-lin Hsu, former Gov. Gray Davis, Governor Luo Zhijun, C-100 Chairman Dominic Ng, and Linda Tsao Yang

Hsu, along with members David Chang and Roger Wang, also assisted the delegation by introducing the delegation to Silicon Valley companies. Attending the dinner were U.S. Representatives Judy Chu, Mike Honda and David Wu, as well as former California Governor Gray Davis, Committee Chair Dominic Ng, C-100 members Pehong Chen, Wu-Fu Chen, Andrew Cherng, John Chiang, Weili Dai, Kenneth Fong, Doreen Woo Ho, George Koo, Stewart Kwoh, Li Lu, Dennis Wu, Jay Xu, Linda Tsao Yang, and Executive Director Angie Tang and Program Associate Alice Lin.[32]

Global Chinese Broadcasting Corporation Annual Meeting

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On May 23, 2012, Consul General Qiu Shaofang attended the opening ceremony of the 2012 Global Chinese Broadcasting Corporation Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. U.S congresswomen Judy Chu, China National Radio President Wang Qiu, Vice Consul General Sun Weide and representatives of more than 30 broadcasting companies arrived to the event.

Global Chinese Broadcasting Corporation is a broadcasting network providing real-time radio broadcast, dissemination of information, cultural entertainment, and many more features. Consul General Qiu spoke highly of the GCBC, he said it is a platform for all Chinese broadcasting practitioners to share and exchange great programs. For the past 9 years since its establishment, it has become one of the windows for the Chinese people and the world to learn about each other. Media is playing an increasingly important role in promoting better understanding and friendship around the world. GCBC is a bridge of communication to let the world know a real and developing China.

Consul General Qiu also talked about current China and US relations; he hope GCBC will provide more opportunities for China and American people to communicate and cooperate, as a result to improve the bilateral relationships.

Judy Chu U.S congresswomen, in her speech, positively commented on the important role played by the Chinese broadcasting in the Chinese American community. At the end, China National Radio President Wang Qiu concluded that, GCBC will devote its best effort to promote the development of Chinese broadcasting, and to raise China's global profile around the world.[33]

New Age of U.S.-China Relations

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The 2012 Western Region Conference of US-China Peoples Friendship Association, was held Friday, October 26 to 28, 2012, Hilton Hotel, San Gabriel, California.

“New Age of U.S.-China Relations” is the theme of this conference. Invited dignitaries will be from business, politics, NGOs and academia from both countries. Some of the keynote speakers that we are inviting include Madame Xiaolin Li, President of the Chinese Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, his Excellency Shaofang Qiu, Consul General of China in Los Angeles, and Congresswoman Judy Chu, and her husband Mr. Mike Eng, California State Assembly.[34]

Judy Chu provided sobering remarks on the first day of the conference. She offered a history lesson on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which, according to Chu, prevented Chinese immigrants from becoming naturalized citizens, thus making Chinese “scapegoats for the Americans here.” The congresswoman said, “It was the relationship between the U.S. and China that actually got that act repealed in the first place. So, we must know that we have to value that relationship.”

Keeping with the topic of American moral courage, Congresswoman Chu explained how the U.S. had reached across the ocean to help a war-battered China during World War II. Commanded by General Claire Lee Chennault, the Flying Tigers’ unofficial joint military operation with the Chinese was organized to help the Chinese in their fight against the Japanese invasion.

“That was the only way to do it, because the U.S. was not officially at war with Japan,” said the congresswoman. “There were many who volunteered for the fighting, including Chinese Americans… So, I am reminded how strong our relationship is between the U.S. and China, and of the courage of so many who fought in that particular war and flew with the Flying Tigers.”[35]

Chinese Diplomat recognized

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Qiu Shaofang, China's consul general in Los Angeles, received a certificate of congressional recognition from US Representative Judy Chu of California for his contribution to US-Chinese relations. The two were attending a reception in September 2012, marking China's National Day holiday. [36]

The Chinese on Chu

China laid a claim to human resources around the world that no other country can match: 50 million ethnic Chinese, mostly citizens of other countries whom Beijing sees as “sons and daughters of the Chinese nation.”

The official Chinese newspaper the People's Daily on Saturday (Nov. 3, 2012) published an article on what it called the participation of “overseas Chinese” in politics.

It cited U.S. congresswoman Judy Chu of California, the only Asian among 35 national campaign co-chairpersons for Barack Obama's campaign committee.

Even though the article appeared in English in the paper's online edition, it did not refer to her as “Judy Chu” but as Zhao Meixin, using her Chinese name.

It called her an example of a successful overseas Chinese “participating in politics in foreign countries,” even though Chu, was born in the United States, the granddaughter of an immigrant. To her, the United States is not a foreign country.

And the article referred to the congresswoman and others as “ethnic foreigners,” as though she will be forever a foreigner in the land of her birth and will always be Chinese.

In fact, China is claiming credit for the achievements of people such as Judy Chu.

The People's Daily said: “As China's national strength is constantly enhancing, the status of overseas Chinese is also upgraded in the countries they live in.”

It said that participation in politics had become an “irresistible trend” for overseas Chinese.

The reason for China's interest is not difficult to discern. “In order to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with China, more and more overseas Chinese are needed to participate in the local political life,” the paper said.

That is to say, from China's viewpoint, these ethnic Chinese politicians serve China's national purpose, even though they are elected officials of other countries.[37]

Defending accused Chinese spies

November 17, 2015, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and CAPAC Members Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33), Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06), and Rep. Michael Honda (CA-17) held a press conference to call on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate the recent cases against Chinese American scientists who were wrongfully suspected of economic espionage. They were joined by Sherry Chen, a U.S. citizen and employee of the National Weather Service in Ohio, as well as Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, a U.S. citizen and Interim Chair of the Physics Department at Temple University. Both Ms. Chen and Dr. Xi were arrested and indicted for various charges and suspected of economic espionage, only to have all charges against them later dropped. The press conference comes one day before a CAPAC meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.[38]

Cesar Chavez walk

Thousands of people from across Southern California joined the 4th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Walk in East Los Angeles on Saturday, April 6, 2002 --marking the ninth anniversary of the legendary farm worker and civil rights leader's death and the 40th anniversary of the United Farm Workers.

Walkers who assembled Saturday at East Los Angeles College Stadium for the walk included Chavez's widow, Helen, other Chavez family members and UFW President Arturo Rodriguez. Also participating were Hollywood figures including Martin Sheen; Jackie Guerra, Pete Leal, Austin Marquez, Edward James Olmos; Esai Morales; Mike Farrell; Ed Begley, Jr.; Marisol Nichols; Richard Coca, Evelina Fernandez, Mike Gomez, Sal Lopez, Dyana Ortelli, Jose Luis Valuenzuela; and Michele Greene.

Many elected officials also joined the walk, including U.S. Rep. Hilda Solis, state Sen. Richard Alarcon, Sen. Gloria Romero, Sen. Nell Soto, Speaker of the Assembly Herb Wesson, Assemblymembers Marco Firebaugh, Judy Chu and Paul Koretz, and Board of Equalization member John Chiang.

After a brief welcome by emcees Sid Garcia (ABC7) and Nancy Agosto (KMEX-TV), participants traveled a five-kilometer route through the neighborhood before returning for free music and entertainment.

Sponsors supporting the 4th Annual Cesar Chavez Walk included ABC7, KMEX, La Opinion, Super Estrella and L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina.[39]

Clinton supporter

In January 2008, Hillary Clinton launched her “AAPIs for Hillary” committee by naming Congresswoman Doris Matsui national co-chair of the AAPI outreach efforts. They rolled out an ambitious outreach plan focusing on six states/regions headed up by established political names. In California, co-chairs include state Controller John Chiang; Board of Equalization member Judy Chu; Assembly members Michael Eng, Mary Hayashi and Fiona Ma; and California Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Alicia Wang.

Northern California co-chairs include Otto Lee, mayor of Sunnyvale; Henry Manayan, former mayor of Milpitas; and Mona Pasquil, former deputy political director for the “Kerry-Edwards 2004” campaign. Southern California co-chairs include Rajen Anand, chair of the National Federation of Indian American Associations; Charmaine Manansala, former senior policy analyst for the White House Initiative on AAPIs; and Elena Ong and Julie Soo, former officers of the California Democratic Party.

The former Clinton administration appointed one of the largest concentrations of high-level White House AAPIs in history. Many of these former community-based appointees are active in this campaign. Irene Bueno, a former appointee and founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Asian American Action Fund, is a key consultant with the campaign.[40]

EMILY's List

Chu has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.

In 2009, with her special election victory in California’s 32nd congressional district, Rep. Judy Chu became the 80th woman that EMILY’s List has helped elect to the U.S. House of Representatives. WOMEN VOTE! ran an extensive direct mail program to reach out to 24,000 voters throughout the 32nd district, helping Chu rise above a crowded primary field and cruise to a general election victory.[41]

Social Security benefits for same-sex couples

On April 11, 2010, an energized crowd of more than 700 people rallied at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and marched more than a mile to the Social Security Administration office in Hollywood today to demand an end to the unconscionable discrimination that deprives older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) taxpayers of more than $120 million in Social Security benefits every year.

Representative Linda Sanchez —a member of the House Subcommittee on Social Security—announced that she will author legislation to provide equal Social Security benefits for same-sex couples and Rep. Judy Chu offered to co-author the bill. Other political and community leaders who spoke out at the event included Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Laura Richardson, L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz, West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center CEO Lorri L. Jean, National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey and AIDS Community Action Foundation President Craig R. Miller..[42]

Mexican-American support

According to a Special Convention Discussion: Mexican American Equality, for the Communist Party USA's 2010, 29th National Convention in New York;[43]

Mexican Americans are heavily involved in the labor upsurge in leading the peoples struggles, indeed the model for many advances have come from the Mexican American-led Los Angeles County Federation of Labor in building coalitions, reaching out to youth, and focusing on unity. The Mexican American-led Federation played the leading role in prioritizing multi-racial representation in recent special Congressional elections, when it successfully supported African American Laura Richardson and Chinese American Judy Chu, over progressive pro-labor Latinos. Organized labor is now a major force for immigration reform and against repression with increased Mexican American participation on all levels in growing numbers of international unions and support for workers centers.

Obama connection

Presentation to Obama's sister

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In June 2008, Communist Party USA leader and Executive Director of Cesar E. Chavez National Holiday, Evelina Alarcon presented a poster from the organization to Barack Obama's younger sister Maya Soetoro-Ng at a gathering in East Los Angeles[44].

Addressing a largely Latino audience in East Los Angeles yesterday, Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng shared stories about her childhood with her older brother, Barack Obama, and the effect he has had on her life. Held in El Sereno’s Hecho en Mexico restaurant, the event drew more than a hundred enthusiastic community activists, local elected officials, and regular citizens...

Clearly "designed to draw support to her brother’s presidential candidacy" from two key voting blocs—women and Latinos— the event was organized by State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, State Senator Martha Escutia (ret.), State Board of Equalization Chair Judy Chu, Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick, Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes, and Los Angeles Unified School District Vice President Yolie Flores-Aguilar[45].

Obama for America, National Co-Chair

February 22, 2012, Obama for America, announced the selection of the campaign’s National Co-Chairs, a diverse group of leaders from around the country committed to re-electing President Obama. The co-chairs will serve as ambassadors for the President, advise the campaign on key issues, and help engage and mobilize voters in all 50 states.

Representative Judy Chu – Representing the 32nd District of California , was on the list.[46]

Democratic primary

In 2009 Judy Chu ran in a Democratic primary in the San Gabriel Valley, against Gilbert Cedillo to win the Congressional seat vacated by Hilda Solis.

Assemblyman Ed Hernandez said it flat out: "Don't fool yourselves, we are the underdog." While Judy Chu touts the endorsement of all three local members of the Assembly, a proxy endorsement of the outgoing member of Congress, the support of prominent electeds John Chiang and Antonio Villaraigosa as well as the hugely important support of the California Labor Federation, the fact remains that Chu is an Asian-American running in an hispanic-majority district, something Cedillo hopes to capitalize on. [47]

Socialized health care

At an August 29 2009 Health Care Educational Forum, town hall at the City of Hope medical center in Duarte, hundreds of people gathered to discuss various health care proposals coming out of Congress.

The vast majority of the crowd that filled the hall applauded enthusiastically as Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, made her statements supporting health care reform.

"We must have a public option," remarked Chu at the beginning of the panel discussion.

With multiple unfinished reform bills waiting in Washington, the newly elected Congresswoman has placed her support behind one bill, H.R. 3200. She put on the town hall in order "to clear up the misconceptions of the bill, but, secondly, give people a chance to give their input about the bill."[48]

Moderator was Assemblymember Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-57th)

Panelists were;[49]

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance

Founding

On April 26, 2012, at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance members and supporters celebrated the group’s 20 years of addressing the workplace affecting the 660,000 APA union members and as the bridge between the broader labor movement and the APA community.

The 20th anniversary ceremonies also honored AFSCME President Gerald McEntee, Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and the group’s first director Matt Finucane for their important roles in APALA’s founding and growth.

McEntee was the leading voice on the AFL-CIO Executive Committee for establishing APALA, and Arlene Holt Baker said he “fought for nuts-and-bolts support of APALA’s first programs, and he mentored the fledgling organization’s first leaders.”

Chu, the chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus—and a longtime activist in her union, AFT—was elected to Congress in 2009. She is a strong supporter of APALA and its work, said APALA leader Gregory Cendana.

Finucane, now NEA’s senior liaison to the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, was instrumental in building APALA’s organizing, political and advocacy programs.[50]

2002 hearing

On May 17, 2002 an Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance public hearing was held at the Monterey Park City Hall. This event was symbolic for the Asian Pacific American Immigrant community because it was the first hearing held over the issues of Asian Pacific American labor. It was also the first big wave of public appearances for thecommunity. The hearing included two panels of speakers. The first panel included speakers from various organizations, such as Kent Wong and Judy Chu.[51]

2009 hearing

On November 13, 2009, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance convened the first National Asian Pacific American Worker’s Rights Hearing, a historic gathering of over 200 APA trade unionists and community allies. The hearing was convened in the Samuel Gompers room of the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington D.C. APAs nationwide spoke about challenges they faced in exercising their right to organize including employer intimidation, immigrant worker exploitation, health and safety violations, wage theft and union suppression – while also highlighting the strategies that individual workers and unions have developed in the fight for worker solidarity and economic justice

These worker testimonies, policy solutions, and additional research were presented in APALA's groundbreaking report, Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence, which was published in 2010.

Over 200 people from across the country attended this historic hearing.

The hearing was co-convened by APALA and the AFL-CIO, in partnership with over 20 national and local organizations, to provide the first national platform for APA workers focused on the right to organize and the rights of immigrant workers.

Hearing panelists included:[52]

2011 hearing

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Saturday, April 9th, 2011, at the Japanese American National Museum, 369 East 1st St., Los Angeles, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance held a hearing on the the stories and testimonies of Asian Pacific American workers and their struggles to organize. Features panels on healthcare, immigrant rights, and the involvement of youth in the labor movement. The event included performances by Progressive Taiko and KIWA’s Cultural Resistance Committee drumming group.[53]

Speakers were;

  • Congresswoman Judy Chu

APALA "Rising American Electorate" event

The Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance , AFL-CIO, hosted “The Rising American Electorate: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at the Forefront of Political Action,” a briefing and dinner reception, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, 675 S. Park View St. (at Wilshire Boulevard), Los Angeles.

The event, which recognizes the growth of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and highlights the history of AAPIs in politics, is being held in conjunction with the APALA National Executive Board meeting that is taking place Oct. 6 to 8.
“AAPIs, especially in Los Angeles, have played instrumental roles in electing candidates that support working family and immigrant issues, while running for office as well,” APALA said in a statement. “In Los Angeles alone, AAPIs now number over 1.34 million, and deserve a chance to make their voices heard on key issues, including the budget, jobs, health care, and education.”

Speakers included:

APALA 20th Anniversary=

On April 26, 2012, APALA members and allies recreated history by uniting in the Gompers Room of the AFL-CIO to celebrate APALA’s two decades of growth and victories since its founding in 1992. The 200 guests from the National Executive Board, Young Leaders Council, unions and constituency groups, and many other of our partners were welcomed by emcee Gloria Caoile, APALA Nevada Chapter President and National Political Director.

Honorees included Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Representative Judy Chu (CA-32), Immediate Past AFSCME President Gerald McEntee and APALA’s founding Executive Director Matthew Finucane, who now serves as Senior Policy Analyst at the National Education Association (NEA).

Speakers included AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker, NEA Secretary-Treasurer Becky Pringle, Ann Mitchell, Advisor to AFT President Randi Weingarten, APALA National President Johanna Hester and APALA National Treasurer Michael Yee.[55]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In 2011 Judy Chu was a vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[56]

Budget cuts protest

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is among the scheduled speakers at a downtown rally March 23, 2011, to protest proposed federal budget cuts, which organizers claim would hurt the city and county governments and attempts by small businesses to avoid layoffs.

Reps. Maxine Waters, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Karen Bass, Laura Richardson and Judy Chu, Councilman Richard Alarcon, actors Tim Robbins and James Cromwell and actress Mimi Kennedy were among the other scheduled speakers for the rally at the Edward Roybal Federal Building, set to begin at 2:30 p.m.

The cuts would cost Los Angeles $571 million and Los Angeles County well over $1 billion, according to Sophia Esparza of the Southern California Workforce Partnership, one of the rally's organizers.[57]

White House guest

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On October 13, 2011, Congresswoman Judy Chu, her husband Mike Eng, and Kent Wong and Jai Lee Wong, were guests at a White House dinner to honor South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

Anti-Walmart Protest

In June 2012, in Los Angeles there were many protesting the possibility of a Walmart branch being erected in the Chinatown area of the city.

L.A. Union Aficio reported that Tom Morello, fellow musician Ben Harper, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, U.S. congresswoman Judy Chu, and L.A. Labor leader Maria Elena Durazo marched with union workers during the protest which started at the Los Angeles State Historic Park and led all the way to the intersection of Broadway and Cesar Chavez Blvd.

United Food and Commercial Workers international union president Joe Hansen told the crowd, “Our demands are clear. Walmart must provide a living wage, quality health care, demonstrate respect for local communities, and uphold workers’ rights here and around the world.”[58]

Stonewall Young Democrats

In January 2012, the Board of Directors of Stonewall Young Democrats and Host Committee, invited several California politicians to join them you to join them as they recognized Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson’s unwavering support & dedication for the LGBT Community.

They would also celebrate his election as the newest President of the LA City Council.

The confirmed special guests were: BOE Member Betty Yee, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Janice Hahn, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Sen. Kevin De Leon, Sen. Alex Padilla, Controller Wendy Greuel, Assemblymembers Steve Bradford, Ricardo Lara, Mike Eng, Bob Blumenfield, Bonnie Lowenthal, Betsy Butler, Tony Mendoza, LA City Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Eric Garcetti, Bill Rosendahl and LAUSD Board Member Nury Martinez.

The event was hosted by: Debra Wilson, Fmr MadTV cast member, Actress & Comedian, and was held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Home of Eric Bauman & Michael Andraychak in North Hollywood, CA.[59]

Washington immigration rally

The Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation took over the US capital Friday afternoon September 14, 2012. They were joined by Congressmembers Lloyd Doggett, Gene Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Ruben Hinojosa and Congresswoman Judy Chu from Califormia, who met with the Latino activist, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, SEIU, AFSCME, civil and human immigrant rights activist from all over the country.

Jaime Martinez, organizer of the events, along with Dr. Eduardo Ibarra, from Puerto Rico, President of El Colegio de Dotores, and chairman of the board of a national organization, “Viva El Pueblo Latino.” Ask both political parties to work together for a just pathway to citizenship and to support the students “Dreamers” in their efforts to obtain equality in their education.[60]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and Senator, Joseph Hancock was assigned as the contact for Rep. Chu.[61]

Honorary Board Asian American Action Fund

Circa 2013, Judy Chu served on the Honorary Board of the Asian American Action Fund;[62]

Parke Skelton support

Parke Skelton is one of California’s preeminent political campaign consultants. His firm, SG&A Campaigns, has run campaigns for scores of progressive Democratic candidates including Controller John Chiang, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Congressmembers Karen Bass, Julia Brownley, Judy Chu, Alan Lowenthal, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman and Hilda Solis, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and District Attorney Jackie Lacey.[63]

Anti-Fracking legislation endorser

On March 14, 2013, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) have introduced the Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effect (BREATHE) Act, and the Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydraulic Environmental Regulation (FRESHER) Act, in order to ensure that the hydraulic fracking industry follows the same rules that other industries do in preserving our natural resources. This legislation is focused on ensuring the safety and the health of the communities where the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process is already taking place.

The BREATHE Act would ensure that we close the oil and gas industry’s loophole to the Clean Air Act’s aggregation provision, in addition to adding hydrogen sulfide—a chemical associated with nausea, vomiting, headaches, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat—to the Clean Air Act’s federal list of hazardous air pollutants.

The BREATHE Act has the following original co-sponsors including: Reps. Rush Holt, Jr., Raul Grijalva, John Sarbanes, James Moran, Michael Quigley, Earl Blumenauer, Gerald Connolly, Zoe Lofgren, Michael Honda, Paul Tonko, Barbara Lee, David Price, Carolyn Maloney, Michael Capuano, Mark Pocan, Jim McDermott, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alcee Hastings, Keith Ellison, Niki Tsongas, William Keating, Adam Smith, Jim Langevin, Chellie Pingree, Judy Chu, Louise Slaughter, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Meng, Jan Schakowsky, Nita Lowey, Jared Huffman, Gary Peters and Alan Lowenthal.

The following organizations have endorsed this legislation and are actively working to garner support within Congress and throughout the country: Physicians for Social Responsibility, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Sierra Club, Earthworks, Breast Cancer Action, Clean Water Action, Environment America, Greenpeace, Nature Abounds, Oil Change International, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Citizens for Huerfano County, Clean Water Action Colorado, Erie Rising, Grassroots Energy Activist Network, Holy Terror Farm, San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, SOS Foundation, Western Colorado Congress of Mesa County, Western Slope Conservation Center and Wilderness Workshop.[64]

LIBERT-E Act

June 18, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to address National Security Agency surveillance.

H.R. 2399, the Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act (LIBERT-E Act), restricts the federal government’s ability under the Patriot Act to collect information on Americans who are not connected to an ongoing investigation. The bill also requires that secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court opinions be made available to Congress and summaries of the opinions be made available to the public.

A coalition of 32 Members of Congress joined Conyers and Amash in introducing the bill. After introduction, Conyers and Amash issued the following statement:

The following Members of Congress cosponsored the legislation:

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) Rep. William Enyart (D-IL) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) Rep. Rush Holt, Jr. (D-NJ) Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) [65]

Asian American Action Fund

In the 2014 election, Judy Chu was supported by the Asian American Action Fund.[66]

ARA endorsements

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Judy Chu in 2012, 2014.[67]

Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections

On Monday December 16, 2014 Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) sent a letter to Sec. of State John Kerry – signed by 51 Members of Congress – calling for a public statement of neutrality by the State Department before the first round of El Salvador’s presidential elections on February 2, 2014.

The letter, , highlighted several “important steps” that the current government has taken to “strengthen its democratic system and expand the right to vote to all citizens,” including those living outside of the country, who will be voting by absentee ballot for the first time in February. Since the election of Mauricio Funes, the first President from the Marxist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, the government has increased the number of polling places four-fold to increase accessibility, especially in rural areas.

“We’re glad to see so many Members of Congress expressing respect for the right of the Salvadoran people to determine their own future. That’s an attitude that’s sorely lacking in much of the US’ policy in Central America, especially with regard to economic policy,” said Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director for the pro-communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), in Washington, DC, which has observed every post-war election in El Salvador, starting in 1994.

Signatories included Rep. Judy Chu.[68].

Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation

On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances." The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States [69]

The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. David Price, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. John B. Larson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Matt Cartwright.

CAIR connections

Praising CAIR

“I am thankful for the council’s efforts and hope it continues being a forthright voice for social injustice.”- Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) (September 2014) .[70]

CAIR 10th Anniversary Banquet

Circa 2004, some 2,100 people turned out for the annual fundraising banquet of the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Southern California (CAIR-LA) office on Saturday. The Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group said the dinner, which marks a decade of its service, raised $450,000.

At the dinner, held in California's largest banquet facility at the Anaheim Convention Center, speakers congratulated CAIR on ten years of service, and praised CAIR's efforts to combat anti-Muslim prejudice and to promote civil rights for all Americans. The annual report for CAIR-California, which includes the year's financial report, was also distributed at the event.

Speakers and attendees included Professor David Cole from Georgetown University Law Center, Honorable Curt Pringle, Mayor of the City of Anaheim, Bill Lockyer, Attorney General of the State of California, Orange Country Sheriff Michael Corona, Congressman Gary Miller (R-42), Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca, Judge James Gray, Orange County Superior Court, Honorable Judy Chu, Member of the California State Assembly, and Honorable John Chiang, Member of the California Board of Equalization. Representatives from most Southern California Islamic centers and Muslim organizations also attended the dinner. Mayors, city council members and chiefs of police from various cities were also present.

Keeping with the theme of "Restoring the American Dream", Keynote speaker David Cole emphasized the importance of challenging post 9/11 policies which unfairly target American Muslims, including ethnic profiling, preventive detention, the Patriot Act, and maltreatment of foreign nationals.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer, one of the authors of the anti-hate crime legislation AJR 64, assured Muslims that hate crimes against members of any faith community will not be tolerated. He said, "As California's top cop I will not allow it." Gary Miller urged Muslims to reach out and educate other members of the community. Sheriff Baca thanked CAIR for its advertising campaign condemning terrorism. Judge Gray urged that the "the Patriot Act...be repealed by all."

One of the highlights of the event, CAIR presented its annual Civil Rights Leadership Award to Assemblywoman Judy Chu, for her effort and dedication in passing legislation against hate crimes, and especially for sponsoring the historic AJR 64 Hate Crimes Bill condemning hate against Muslims, Arabs, South Asians and Sikhs. Chu commended CAIR for its outstanding support in proposing and garnering support for the bill.

Assemblyman Lou Correa and the office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. presented the Muslim Youth Activism Awards for the positive civic, religious and social contributions made by people in the community The Muslim Activist of the Year award went to Imam Saadiq Saafir for his commitment to building bridges between the Muslim and larger community.

CAIR Chairman Omar Ahmad, CAIR-California Chairman Fouad Khatib, and CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush provided an overview of the civil rights group in its ten years of service, and a vision for an even better future. Commenting on the recent survey which shows that 1 in 4 Americans polled hold an anti-Muslim sentiment, Chairman Ahmad stated the need to present Islam in the correct way to Americans. California Chairman Khatib highlighted CAIR's progress and achievements such its public service announcements on radios, its library project which sends fair and balanced books about Islam to libraries, its activism in support of AJR 64, and many more. Executive Director Ayloush pointed out that through CAIR's efforts, accurate information about Islam was shared with 3.3 million people in Southern California.

List of Attending Guests:

Hate speech reception

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In 2004, the Sacramento Valley office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) hosted a reception to honor Assembly Member Dr. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park), the author of Assembly Joint Resolution 64 (AJR64). The reception also honored legislators, government officials, law enforcement authorities, community leaders, and organizations that supported the anti-hate crimes resolution.

AJR64, which targeted bias-motivated crimes against Arab Americans, Muslim Americans, South Asian Americans and Sikhs, was adopted by the California State Assembly (72-0) on April 1, 2004 and by the California State Senate (33-0) on June 16, 2004. The measure was sponsored by CAIR-California and co-sponsored by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer. It received the enthusiastic support of over fifty-five public officials, law enforcement leaders, and community organizations. California is the first state in the United States to adopt such a resolution.

"AJR64 sends a strong message that California as a state will not tolerate hate crimes against the Muslim-American, Sikh-American, Arab-American and South Asian American communities," said Assembly Member Dr. Judy Chu.

"Today's gathering of state legislators, locally elected officials, and local law enforcement agencies reflects our commitment to work together to protect all Californians from hate motivated incidents. This resolution is one step in our efforts to eliminate the continuing backlash of hate violence post 9-11," Chu added.

"As the author of the first hate crimes law in California, Attorney General Lockyer urges all prosecutors to join him in ensuring that the civil rights of all Californians are vigorously protected and that those who prey on others because of their race, color, ancestry or religion are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Mark Chekal-Bain, Legislative Advocate for Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

"AJR64 is an important statement by California legislators that reflects their commitment to fight hate," said Dr. Hamza ElNakhal of CAIR-SV's Executive Committee. "Muslim Californians welcome this action by the legislature, and are grateful for the support from California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, local public officials, and community organizations."[72]

Hate Crimes forum

10/10/06, more than 350 state legislators, law enforcement officials and community members attended the annual Organization of Chinese Americans of Sacramento (OCA-Sacramento) Hate Crimes Awareness and Prevention Forum held at the Alumni center at California State University, Sacramento.

The discussion panel included Sacramento Police Chief Albert Najera, CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra and State Assembly Member Dr. Judy Chu.

"We thank OCA-Sacramento President Linda Ng for her leadership in putting together this important event," said CAIR-SV Director Basim Elkarra. "At a time when hate crimes against the Muslim community are rising, these types of events are helpful in preventing incidents before they occur."[73]

Iftar

California state government officials join CAIR (Council on Anti-American Islamic Relations) as Muslims in Sacramento end Ramadan every year with a high profile Iftar (breaking of the fast) at the California State Capitol. Assemblymember Judy Chu helped to start this Capitol Iftar tradition circa ago at a time not too far after 9/11.[74]

House Committee on Natural Resources forum

Democratic members of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources hosted a public Forum on Environmental Justice in Los Angeles on April 8, 2015, as part of a series of roundtables convened by Ranking Member Raul Grijalva that included "stakeholders traditionally left out of climate and environmental policy discussions". Grijalva moderated the forum and heard from members of Congress, state and local officials, community and business leaders and environmental advocates.

The goal of the Forum on Environmental Justice was to examine how to increase public participation through the National Environmental Policy Act; how to strengthen implementation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance,” according to the Department of Justice; and how to increase the effectiveness of Executive Order 12898 (Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations). The Forum also examined innovative efforts by the City of Los Angeles and the State of California to ensure that each community enjoys strong environmental protections.

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WHERE: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens[75]

Los Angeles Women's march

The Women’s March on Washington took place in January 2017, with sister marches also being held all over the country in support of the march. Thousands of people" are gathering and participating in the Los Angeles march, with countless celebrities joining in as well". One of the organizers was Emiliana Guereca'

Speakers

Staff

The following have worked as staff members for Judy Chu:[77][78]

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