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Community Celebrates Passage of SF Policy to Restore Due Process and Demands Swift Implementation

November 23, 2009

Minutes after the San  Francisco Board of Supervisors overrode Mayor Newsom’s veto of a practical policy to restore due process to undocumented youth, faith leaders and community members gathered for a ceremony to celebrate the passage and to urge the City to swiftly and effectively implement the policy change.  At the gathering, Attorney Abigail Trillin read […]

Judge Chen – Patriotism Defined

November 5, 2009

By Bradford G. Low Photo courtesy of Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area Who is magistrate judge Edward Chen? Reading John Diaz’s “The smearing of a loyal American” in Sunday’s Chronicle has guaranteed my continued patronage for San Francisco’s Sunday edition for at least another month and a half. The issues addressed […]

One Year After Prop 8

November 4, 2009

By Karin Wang Originally posted on APAs for Progress. Photo courtesy of New America Media. On November 4th, 2008, Proposition 8 passed in California, eliminating the right to marry for same-sex couples. One year later, the rights of the LGBT community are again up for a popular vote, in Maine, Washington and Michigan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As […]

San Jose Police Beating Stirs Distrust and Resentment

November 2, 2009

reposted from here with permission from the author By Raj Jayadev   On Oct. 24, the San Jose Mercury News released the video of a San Jose State math major getting beaten and tased by the San Jose Police Department in his home on Sept. 3, 2009. Police were called to the scene after 20-year-old […]

The Berkeley Thai Temple – A Different Perspective

October 15, 2009

As husband to a first generation Thai American, I spent many Sundays at Wat Berkeley particularly in the recent and past years.  Initially we didn’t know anybody. We would pray for a few minutes, and conversed with a few of the regular patrons.  Gradually over time, we would be invited into the Sunday meals by […]

SF Board of Supervisors to Vote on Policy to Restore Due Process to Immigrant Youth

October 12, 2009

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on Oct. 20th on a policy to restore due process to immigrant youth that is supported by over 35 civil rights, LGBT, workers rights, labor, youth, and immigrant organizations. Come join youth, parents, and advocates on Oct. 20th at 2PM at City Hall, 2nd Floor.  Watch this […]

Thai American Organizing and the Berkeley Thai Temple

October 8, 2009

By Dionne Jirachaikitti On September 22, 2009, the Berkeley City Council voted 9 to 0 in support of the Berkeley Thai Temple.  The vote came as a relief to the Thai community in the Bay Area who had been waiting for over a year to know whether they would be able to continue their tradition […]

Reviving Civil Rights Enforcement … It’s About Time!

September 22, 2009

By: Karin Wang, Esq. (Republished with permission from the author. This post was originally published here) Under the nation’s first African American President and U.S. Attorney General, a much welcomed reinvigoration of our federal government’s commitment to civil rights is underway.  As a civil rights advocate, I applaud the DOJ’s refocusing on civil rights and […]

Smoke and Mirrors

September 3, 2009

This blog post is re-posted from here with permission from the author. By  Shahid Buttar Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano recently highlighted her department’s efforts to reach out to build “stronger relationships with Arab and Muslim Americans, as well as South Asian communities across the country,” seemingly reflecting an awareness of how the war […]

DREAM for the change we need

September 1, 2009

Posted by: Christopher Punongbayan Dear America: My name is Michael Tsui, and I’m 21 years old. I’m an undocumented student recently transferred to San Jose State University to study Computer Engineering. I want to talk to you about the DREAM Act, but before I do, I want to tell you about my story, about how […]

Whistleblowers: Film Event in NYC!

August 31, 2009

If you are in NYC in mid-September, you must attend this Constitution Day event that is being hosted by the Open Society Institute’s National Security and Human Rights Campaign.  Daniel Ellsberg and John Dean will appear on stage together in New York City on the evening of September 15 for a conversation about the abuse […]

Understatement of the day

August 28, 2009

Posted by: Vivian Chau "Excuse me while I try to remember…about the historical events of Angel Island,” said our tour guide. He sighed, took two deliberate steps and finally squinted at the sun as if to will the words he needed into his mouth. “The Japa—no wait—Chinese immigrants…who came here…sought a better life in America.”

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