Harry Belafonte, Art Chong and Seymour Hersh to Receive 2008 Justice in Action Awards at AALDEF's Annual Lunar New Year Gala

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Harry Belafonte, Art Chong and Seymour Hersh to Receive 2008 Justice in Action Awards at AALDEF's Annual Lunar New Year Gala

(New York, NY) The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will honor activist Harry Belafonte, Art Chong, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Safeco Corporation, and investigative journalist Seymour Hersh with the 2008 Justice in Action Award at its Annual Lunar New Year Gala on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. Author Walter Mosley, Harvard law professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and retired U.S. Army Major General Antonio M. Taguba will be presenting the awards. ABC News Correspondent Juju Chang will be the emcee for the evening.

The AALDEF Justice in Action Awards are presented to exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions in advancing justice and equality. Past recipients include the late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu, Maya Lin, David Henry Hwang, Lani Guinier, Yoko Ono, Mira Nair, Harold Koh, and Deval Patrick.

Proceeds from the Lunar New Year Gala benefit AALDEF's legal and educational programs in 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.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2008
Location: PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers in New York City.
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. Sponsorship for tables of ten including VIP reception, dinner, and silent auction available at $7,500$50,000. Individual tickets start at $500. Bingham McCutchen LLP is a major sponsor. To RSVP, contact Lillian Ling, 212.966.5932 x 202 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.