Wieckowski to honor local API Americans at 7th Annual Ceremony in Milpitas

May 9, 2017

MILPITAS – Three local community leaders from Alameda and Santa Clara counties who are active in education, social justice, arts, culture and the non-profit sectors will be honored by state Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) at his 7th Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Leadership Awards ceremony Friday, May 12 in Milpitas.  

“Each of these individuals illustrates in their own way the broad contributions made by the Asian Pacific Islander community in the region,” Wieckowski said.  “Year after year, their level of civic engagement is constant and impactful.  I am honored to take a moment to recognize their accomplishments and service.”

The honorees are: Andrew Kong Knight, Hayward; Richard Konda, San Jose; and the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), East Bay.

WHO:            State Senator Bob Wieckowski

WHAT:          7th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Leadership Awards Ceremony

WHERE:       Milpitas Unified School District Boardroom Building 500
                        1331 E. Calaveras Blvd. Milpitas, CA

WHEN:          2:30 p.m., Friday, May 12, 2017

Kong Knight is an award-winning artist and educator who has taught drawing, painting and mural painting classes throughout the Bay Area for over 20 years. He has worked on a variety of national and international art commissions and his artwork has been featured in dozens of publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle and American Illustration. Kong Knight was commissioned to design many public murals in the East Bay, including the “Hayward Gateway Mural,” “Fields of Dreams,” “Faces of Hayward,” and “Hollywood Meets Hayward.”

Konda serves as the executive director of the Asian Law Alliance, an organization aimed at helping individuals obtain decent housing, justice in the immigration process, and access to basic human and legal rights. During his career, Konda has also helped to facilitate the formation of the Coalition for Justice and Accountability to advocate for humane police practices, and has been an active participant in the movement to obtain redress and reparations for Japanese Americans incarcerated by the United States government during World War II.

The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) focuses on working with Asian and Pacific Islander communities to promote environmental, social and economic justice reform. Since 1993, APEN has organized a membership base of largely API immigrant and refugee communities to take part in public policy advocacy on issues such as affordable housing, renewable energy, and climate change. APEN also helps to advance civic engagement in the community through its voter education and registration drives. 
Senator Wieckowski’s 10th Senate District includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.