Date and Time

May. 9, 2024 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


High 5ive Rooftop Bar, 437 25th Street Oakland, CA

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Event Details

Collective Liberation 2024 celebrates two Trailblazers and a Movement Elder who have taken their lived experiences of incarceration and transformed their lives and the lives of others to make systemic change on local, state-wide, and national levels. NBF is proud to be part of leading the movement to fund grassroots groups that change AANHPI’s lives right now while fighting for the collective liberation of all people of color.


This event will take place on a rooftop bar with indoor/outdoor space, is elevator-accessible, with amplified sound, cocktail seating, and gluten-free and vegetarian options.

New Breath Foundation believes in disability justice, and we aim to accommodate everyone’s needs as much as we can. We recognize that COVID-19 still impacts others significantly. We will follow local county guidelines and actively monitor the health situation. We currently don’t plan to require proof of vaccination, but we reserve the right to change this decision as we get closer to the event.

Trailblazer Awards

NBF’s Trailblazer Award recognizes inspirational racial justice pioneers who build movements by addressing institutional racism and inequities in their communities and others in the United States. 

Rudy Corpuz Jr. 

Born and raised in San Francisco, Rudy Corpuz Jr. is the Founder and Executive Director of United Playaz (UP), a violence prevention program that serves the youth. Rudy feels blessed to serve with the people and believes strongly in the UP motto that “It takes the hood to save the hood.” GOD IS GOOD!

Tamisha Torres-Walker 

A dedicated Antioch City Council member and visionary leader, Tamisha tirelessly advocates for formerly incarcerated individuals’ reintegration and empowerment through her role as Executive Director of the Safe Return Project. Her extensive experience in community organizing, research, and advocacy has made a significant impact on criminal justice reform in Contra Costa County.

Movement Elder Award

NBF’s Movement Elder Award recognizes, thanks, and highlights those with decades of work in overlapping grassroots social justice movements, such as criminal legal reform, civil rights, racial justice, Asian American activism, LGBTQ, and more.

Dorsey Nunn

Former Executive Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC)
Proud Co-Founder of All of Us or None, Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted People and Families Movement, Free at Last, and Critical Resistance.

Dorsey Nunn is a prominent expert and the first formerly incarcerated director of a California public interest law office, with over 40 years of experience in criminal justice reform. Under his leadership, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) has achieved significant legal and policy victories, including ending long-term solitary confinement and advancing voting rights, while also contributing to the widespread adoption of Ban the Box laws across the U.S.


Gia Vang

Gia Vang is an Emmy-award-winning television news anchor and reporter with more than 15 years of experience in markets across the country. Currently, Gia is an anchor and reporter for NBC Bay Area. She is the first news anchor of Hmong descent in a major U.S. news market. Gia is the daughter of Hmong refugees from Laos. She grew up in Sacramento with a huge family and graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in journalism. Gia is also the co-founder of the Very Asian Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to shed light on Asian experiences through advocacy and celebration. The movement was sparked in 2022 after a fellow television journalist and Korean adoptee, Michelle Li, shared a racist voicemail on social media she received after sharing a New Year’s Day Korean tradition on air. Gia resides in Oakland with her partner and dog.

Host Committee

as of March 12, 2024

James W. Head
Marlene & Richard Millikan
Karen & Arnold X. C. Perkins
Peggy Saika & Dr. Arthur Chen
A. Sparks
Germaine Q. Wong



RWJF Special Contributions Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation


Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
East Bay Community Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
Masto Foundation
Mei Architects
Young Community Developers
Daniel Lee
Germaine Q. Wong



Akonadi Foundation
Mimi and Peter Haas Fund


Community Supporters

Alameda County Supervisor Carson
Crankstart Foundation
Proverb Strategy Advisors
RBC Wealth Management

We offer a range of sponsorship packages designed to suit all your needs. Check out the event’s sponsorship deck. For additional questions, contact Maya Iwata at [email protected].