APABA Solano County invites you to our 8th Annual Dinner
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at 5:30 PM
Solano County Events Center
601 Texas Street, Fairfield, CA 94533
Tickets: $50 for members, $65 for non members
Featuring a trial reenactment of "Alice in Chinatown” Chol Soo Lee and His Fight for Freedom" &
Celebrating Our 2019 Award Recipients:
Judge Robert C. Fracchia and Vallejo Mayor Bob Sampayan
On June 3, 1973, at about 7:00 PM on a crowded street in San Francisco’s Chinatown, a man was shot three times - once in the back of the head. He was the latest casualty in a series of gang-related murders. Within days, police arrested a 20-year-old Korean immigrant, Chol Soo Lee. Lee was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In 1977, while serving his sentence, Lee fatally stabbed another inmate, a neo-Nazi, in a prison-yard fight. Despite his claim of self-defense, Lee was convicted and sentenced to death. A third-generation Japanese- American college student, an American-born Korean community organizer, and a Korean immigrant newspaper reporter began to question the fairness of the police investigation and judicial proceedings. The case became known as the “Alice in Chinatown Murder Case.” The effort to free Chol Soo Lee that followed brought together a broad coalition of Asian Americans of different generations, ethnicities, and ideologies.
Through reenactment of court proceedings, excerpts from original writings and historic photographs, this presentation will tell the story of Chol Soo Lee and his fight for freedom.