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As the nation’s first legal and civil rights organization serving low-income, immigrant and underserved Asian Pacific American communities, the history of the Asian Law Caucus is filled with thousands of powerful stories that illuminate the struggles of our community. “Our Stories, Our Voices” is an organizational effort to demonstrate the important community work that the Asian Law Caucus engages in on a daily basis and why it is important to support organizations like ours.

These intimate client stories will take the larger issues of the Asian American community that are oftentimes blurred by politics and media, and finally put them into the perspective where they belong – in their own words and voices. Whether it be your education, home, religious and political beliefs, citizenship, worker’s rights, or a legacy, it is the hope of the Asian Law Caucus that “Our Stories, Our Voices” will empower our community to continue to carry out our organization’s mission: to promote, advance and represent the legal and civil rights our of the Asian Pacific American community. These can be viewed on our Program pages.

 

Photography by Carlo De La Cruz

Media Gallery Design by Chris Dong Placencia

Special Thanks to:
Peter J. Swing
Vivian Chau
Bradford Low
Jay Tamang
Nabila Mango
Karen Korematsu
Connie Nguyen
Sophea Keo
Mr. Kay

In Defense of My Identity

November 10, 2012

Excerpt from “Returning Home: How U.S. Government Practices Undermine Civil Rights At Our Nation’s Doorstep, an Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus Report” April 2009. Nabila Mango, a 65-year-old Palestinian American who came to the United States more than forty years ago, has dedicated her life to serving her community and building bridges […]

In Defense of My Home

November 10, 2012

I come from Guangzhou, China where I was born in May 8, 1944. Guangzhou was a big city and my first job was with a government-owned company where I worked as a packer and a mover. In 1965 I married my neighborhood sweetheart, who I still live with today in my Community Land Trust apartment […]

In Defense of My Education

October 29, 2012

I was born and raised in Cambodia. In early 2000, my parents got divorced. My mother remarried and her husband, a U.S. citizen, brought our family (two sisters, one brother, and I) to America on October 10, 2002. Our first house in Modesto was too small for everyone. We lived together with our parents and […]

In Defense of My Citizenship

October 29, 2012

I was born on August 26, 1973 and I grew up in Bhalche, Nepal, a very remote area—it takes two hours to walk to the closest town. In Bhalche, 98% of the people don’t go to school. At 15 I moved to Kathmandu so I could learn about the societies of other countries. One of […]

In Defense of My Worker’s Rights

October 29, 2012

Connie Nguyen is a licensed Cosmetologist with over 15 years of experience working on hair and nails. Since 2006, Connie has also been a strong advocate with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus for workers’ rights to healthy and safe conditions at their workplaces in the beauty and nail care industry. The nail care […]

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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