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Architects + Advocates: A Documentary and Dialogue
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When: Thursday, February 8, 2018
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Where: San Francisco Public Library (Main) | Koret Auditorium
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, California  94102
United States

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(5 PM: Doors open; 5:30 PM: Program promptly begins)
San Francisco Public Library | 100 Larkin Street, Koret Auditorium
Free Admission | SOLD OUT 
(Walk-ups welcome based on space availability)

The Academy of Architecture for Justice Bay Area presents "Defender" (80 min), a feature length film about the critical role that public defenders play in fighting for racial and social justice in America. The film takes viewers on a personal and intense tour through the underbelly of the criminal injustice system, seen through the eyes of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is one of the nation’s few elected public defenders. Adachi tells the story of how public defenders came to be, and why they play a critical role as the watchdogs of a system that over-incarcerates people of color and has long been out of control. Adachi also exposes the racism within the system. Adachi represents a young African American man who is charged with assaulting police officers after being falsely accused of a crime in a case with racial overtones. In this era of mass incarceration and police shootings of young African American men, how do we, as a society, grapple with the issues of racism and implicit bias in policing and its consequences for those who question police authority? The film also follows Adachi's public battle to allow his office to represent immigrants in deportation proceedings in post-Trump America. "Defender" is co-directed by award-winning filmmaker, Jim Choi, known for "Chasing Seasons" and "The People's Hospital," and edited by Chihiro Wimbush ("Dogtown Redemption").

Panel discussion and film screening will include the following presenters:

(Moderator) Jeff Adachi, Public Defender | City and County of San Francisco

Before being elected as Public Defender in March 2002, Jeff Adachi worked as a deputy public defender in San Francisco for 15 years and in private practice for 2 years. From 1998-2001, he served as the Chief Attorney of the office. He has tried over 150 jury trials, including numerous serious felony and homicide cases, and has handled over 3,000 criminal matters throughout his career, including some of the Bay Area’s highest profile cases. In addition to his recent film, "Defender" he wrote, produced, and directed "The Slanted Screen", a 2006 documentary film about stereotypical depictions of Asian males in American cinema. He also directed "You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story" about Jack Soo, a Japanese American actor (well known for his role in Barney Miller) who took a Chinese name.

Angela F. Chan, Director and Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform
Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus

Angela F. Chan is a policy director and senior staff attorney managing the Criminal Justice Reform Program at Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, which is the nation’s oldest legal and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian and Pacific Americans. Angela represents immigrant families who have youth caught in the juvenile justice system, and youth who are harassed or discriminated against in the K-12 education system. She also works on policy reforms to disentangle local police from immigration enforcement. She co-led the campaign to pass the TRUST Act (AB 4), a state bill which was signed into law and went into effect in January 2014, to set a statewide minimum limit on detentions in response to ICE hold requests. Angela joined Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in 2006 with a Soros Justice Fellowship. Angela was named a Local Hero by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, given a Monarch Award by the Pacific Asian American Women Bay Area Coalition, selected for a 40 Under 40 Leadership Award from the New Leaders Council, and named a Best Under 40 attorney by the National Asian Pacific Bar Association. 


Garrett Jacobs, Executive Director | Open Architecture Collaborative
Garrett’s architectural journey began in post Katrina New Orleans. With a passion for social justice and connecting people, Garrett focuses his energy on organizing the allied design professions in reflective community work. He has over six years of organizing experience from community design build projects, to running an international network of volunteer chapters, and even a national network of municipal civic technologists. Garrett led the reorganization of the Architecture for Humanity Chapter Network and is currently the founding Executive Director of the Open Architecture Collaborative working to inspire, rally and support designers to challenge the status quo of design services.


Raphael Sperry, President | Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility
Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility is a nonprofit organization dedicated to peace, human rights, environmental protection, and socially responsible development. Raphael leads ADPSR’s national campaigns to ban the design of spaces that violate human rights and to promote restorative alternatives to incarceration. He is the first architect to have received a Soros Justice Fellowship. A licensed architect, he works as a senior sustainability consultant at Arup, where he focuses on integrative design for buildings that regenerate energy, water and natural systems. He also helps lead Arup’s efforts to incorporate human rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals into corporate policies and building projects. 


Note: This program is for discussion purposes only, and does not necessarily reflect the opinions and/or positions of AIASF or its Board of Directors.

About Academy of Architecture for Justice Bay Area
The Academy of Architecture for Justice Bay Area (AAJBA) is a committee of AIA San Francisco and a local component of AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice Knowledge Community. AAJBA promotes and fosters the exchange of information and knowledge between members, professional organizations, and the public for high-quality planning, design, and delivery of justice architecture. The AAJBA organizes regular presentations and tours of regional justice projects.