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Why John Yoo doesn’t speak for me

July 16, 2009

By: Christopher Punongbayan (photo: CNet) We are almost eight years out from the tragic events of September 11, 2001.  Our country faced immense challenges in the immediate aftermath, and national leaders acted swiftly to respond to crises across the board.  History has borne out the hard truth that many of the ongoing controversies both foreign […]

When Cops Attack Online: New Media Can Still Mean Old Politics

June 29, 2009

By Raj Jayadev (this article was originally published by New America Media and is re-posted here with the author’s permission) A few months back, I wrote an article called “Copwatch 2.0”.  It was about the shooting death of Oscar Grant by law enforcement, the fact that the act was shown on YouTube, and how our […]

Should the SF Chronicle Be Proud of its Award?

June 25, 2009

By Angela Chan and Martha Bridegam Note: Originally Posted on Beyond Chron, June 19, 2009 On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported its crime writer, Jaxon Van Derbeken, had received a journalism award for “Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration.” The presenting organization was the innocuously titled Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). From the blandly […]

Remembering Ron Takaki: A Task Completed

May 27, 2009

A Task Completed Yesterday we lost Ronald Takaki, PhD – one of the most important figures in our community in the field of Ethnic Studies and multicultural history. He would always remind his students that: “Our task is to not only comprehend the world, but to change the world.” Let us be a testament to […]

No Justice for Vincent Then, No Justice for Luis Now

May 11, 2009

By Carmina Ocampo(Original article posted by New America Media) Last July, Luis Ramirez, a Latino immigrant who worked in a factory, was brutally killed by a gang of drunken white teenagers motivated by their dislike of the growing Latino population in their small coal mining town of Shenandoah, Penn.

It’s Not Just a Name

April 28, 2009

By: Kwanyee Eva Auyeung During a Texas State House Elections Committee hearing on voter identification held on April 7, 2009, Betty Brown, a Republican, said: "Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese … Do you think that it would behoove … you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with […]

Rights not Wrongs at the Border

April 23, 2009

(photo courtesy LA Times) By Christopher Punongbayan The Asian Law Caucus recently released a report on civil liberties and profiling at the U.S. Border with a particular focus on the stories of Muslim, Arab, and Middle Eastern travelers. We promote reforms that safeguard First Amendment rights, eliminate racial, religious, and national origin profiling, and promote […]

Inspired or Frustrated? Bearing the Korematsu Legacy

April 23, 2009

By Titi Liu This week, we issued a landmark report that documents intrusive profiling practices by the Department of Homeland Security at the US border and details legislative and administrative changes that must be made. These profiling practices by the US government have undermined the civil liberties of countless Arabs, Muslims, Middle Easterners and South […]

New Report on Airport Searches of Muslim, South Asian, & Middle Eastern Communities

April 20, 2009

By Debbie Sheen During one of my Constitutional Law class discussions about the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Korematsu case, a fellow student suggested that the United States government should be free to enforce whatever airport search policies that it deemed necessary for national security purposes, especially in light of the September 11 attacks. This […]

Peace with North Korea: The Key to De-Militarizing Northeast Asia

April 13, 2009

By Christine Ahn Last week, North Korea launched a satellite, which has raised the ire of Japan, United States, and South Korea, who managed this week to get the UN Security Council to rebuke North Korea. Many in the Korean-American community involved in the movement for peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula were surprised […]

A Personal Reflection on the Binghamton Incident

April 8, 2009

By Debbie Sheen   Image courtesy of It’s been several days since the Binghamton, NY shooting, and I’ve had some time to read through and process the many news stories on Jiverly Wong. But it seems the more information I read, the more questions I have about this tragic incident, and the sadder I […]

Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus attending 5k Hella Undocu Run- NO WALL NO BANS with Danny Thongsy and 6 others at Lake Merritt.

Pre and post race photo from today's 5k hella undocu run in Oakland with ASPIRE - Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education. We ran to support our immigrant communities and stand for justice #nobannowallnoraids #immigrantpower
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Pre and post race photo from todays 5k hella undocu run in Oakland with ASPIRE - Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education. We ran to support our immigrant communities and stand for justice #nobannowallnoraids #immigrantpower
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