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How do we talk about racial justice?

January 26, 2010

By Titi Liu Is it just me, or is social justice, especially racial justice, feeling particularly hard to achieve right now? A year after the euphoria of the Obama inauguration, the reality sinks in. We are all in need of inspiration and some kind of road map. At Asian Law Caucus, we have been pushing […]

A Decade of New Youth Activism, a Generation of Protectors

December 28, 2009

By Raj Jayadev This piece appeared in New America Media.  It is re-printed here with the author's permission. Around this time last decade, I was wading through clouds of tear gas and dodging rubber bullets from the Seattle Police Department. I was 24, it was the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests and a moment that […]

AAPIs Needed for California’s New Redistricting Commission

December 21, 2009

Originally posted on APAs for Progress. Every ten years, we draw new district maps for Congress, the California legislature, county boards of supervisors, and city councils.  These maps show the boundaries of each district.  When we redraw the maps every ten years, we change the boundaries so that each district contains the same number of people.  […]

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 […]

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