Eric Mar, former SF Board of Supervisor, to teach Asian American Communities & Public Policy

 
Eric Mar, a former member of the SF Board of Supervisors from 2008-2016, will be teaching AAS 595 Asian American Communities and Public Policy this Spring 2017. In addition to his work as a SF Board of Supervisor, he is also the past President of the SF Board of Education where he served from 2000-2008. He taught Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies at SFSU from 1992-2008 and returns to the classroom bursting with lessons, insights and stories about law, public policy, and local, regional, state and federal government.  
 
Eric has been active in social justice movements for over 30 years.  He is the past director of the Northern California Coalition for Immigrant Rights and a longtime social justice activist with the Chinese Progressive Association, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and other grassroots organizations. As a public interest attorney, he served on the Human Rights Committee of the State Bar of California, the Board of the National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter, and the Civil Rights Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He is an ally of the labor movement and a past shop steward with SEIU Local 790. He lives with his daughter Jade in SF's Richmond District.
 
The course description is below.  It meets the General Education Requirements for UD-Social Science, AERM and Social Justice. Currently, there are open seats.
 
Asian American Communities and Public Policy
9794 AAS 595.01 Tues and Thurs 9:35-10:50am Burk Hall 337
 
Seminar-style course with hands-on/project based learning, action-research on cutting edge social justice policy issues, dynamic guest speakers, and a community-service learning component. 
Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
 

The course will cover a range of public policy issues, their impact on and the responses from the Asian American communities; relationships and complexities of local, state, and federal policies facing Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. 

 
Topics will include: 
Resisting the Trump Administration's assault on immigrant communities, voting rights and Sanctuary Cities;  Organizing for Educational Justice and Language Rights; 
 
Resisting Gentrification & Building New Models of Equitable Development without Displacement; 
 
Expanding Worker Protections and Rights in the context of SF Bay Area Tech Boom; 
 
Breaking Silence: SF Advances Struggle for Redress and Reparations for 'Comfort Women';
 
Demanding Dignity SF Seniors Create the Dignity Fund for an Aging-Friendly City; and Building a Culture of Health within Asian American Communities.