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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.”

Aspiring for fairness and opportunity

August 21, 2009

Posted by: Christopher Punongbayan Below is the story of 21-year old, Stephanie, who is an advocate for the federal and California DREAM Act.   She is a member of the immigrant youth group, ASPIRE – Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights Through Education. My name is Stephanie and I am 21 years old. I was born in […]

APALC Addresses Immigration Reform Through Videos

August 20, 2009

Originally posted on Angry Asian Man. This a really cool way to address and promote the issue of immigration reform. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center has released four short video documentaries urging Congress to enact a fair and humane immigration reform that includes measures to support the successful integration of immigrants. Here's the press […]

API youth fight for legalization

August 20, 2009

Posted by: Christopher Punongbayan Below is testimony given by Ju Hong, a 19 year old student at Laney College in Oakland, in a recent legislative visit to the office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.  Ju is the school's first Asian American student body president.  His activism is part of a […]

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