Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Assemblyman Das Williams and other members of the Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus joined Santa Barbara-based Direct Relief International — California’s largest international non-profit — and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) to detail the efforts being mobilized by public and private entities in California to help the people of Japan.
Representatives from Cost Plus World Market and Amgen, which is based in Ventura County, were also on hand to announce their financial support. Direct Relief and JACL have established the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund, to be used solely and exclusively for Japan. This collective effort shows that California can pull together fast and efficiently.
“I am honored and privileged to have served as Direct Relief’s general counsel for the past 5 years. During this time, I have witnessed the collaborative efforts of Direct Relief with different organizations and the impact these partnerships have on their communities. We hope that DRI’s partnership with JACL, Amgen and Cost Plus World Market will be able to help those in need in Japan. It is only with the support of my law firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, that my efforts are provided on a pro bono basis,” said Michelle Lee Pickett, General Counsel for Direct Relief and a shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.
Click to read more from Direct Relief International or in the Santa Barbara Independent about how to get involved.