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Reform the Worst Part of Three Strikes

October 25, 2012

By Angela Chan, Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Reform Program, Asian Law Caucus This November, California voters have an opportunity to reform California’s 18-year-old “three-strikes” law through voting in support of Proposition 36.  Our three strikes law, which is the toughest in the country, allows courts to sentence individuals to 25 years to life in […]

Vote, Because I Can’t

October 17, 2012

By Ju Hong, member of ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) “Did you register to vote?” a female student greeted me with a big smile as I walked through the center of Sproul Hall on campus. “No,” I quickly responded as I smiled back. “Would you like to register?” she said. “It takes […]

Consensus for California TRUST Act Builds As Basis of Sheriff Baca’s Opposition Proven False

September 13, 2012

Congressional leaders Endorse Bill that Would Set California Apart from Arizona-Style Enforcement Today, 22 members of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) and Zoe Lofgren (D – San Jose), Ranking Member of the House’s immigration subcommittee, announced their support for the TRUST Act (AB 1081) in a letter to Governor Brown […]

CA Assembly sends TRUST Act to Governor

August 24, 2012

Sacramento – The California Assembly passed AB 1081, the TRUST Act, 48-26 on concurrence today, sending the measure to the Governor for his signature. The Governor has until September 30 to sign the bill. “This is a bill that speaks to humanity,” said Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, the bill’s author. “It prevents unjust treatment of productive […]

California Senate approves “Anti-Arizona” TRUST Act

July 5, 2012

SACRAMENTO – Today, the State Senate approved AB 1081 (Ammiano), California’s TRUST Act, by a vote of 21-13. Floor manager Senator Kevin de Leόn (D – Los Angeles) presented the bill on the Senate floor. The TRUST Act would create a national model to counter the racial profiling inherent in the one section of Arizona’s anti-immigrant […]

Close To 1 Million Dreams Protected, 10.5 Million Dreams To Go

June 19, 2012

By Ju Hong, member of ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) Although I recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Political Science, I am unable to use my degree to work because I am undocumented. Not only did I face a difficult time to finding ways to work, I also faced […]

Obstacles to the Ballot Persist for Some Voters

June 11, 2012

Note: Originally published on New America Media on Jun 08, 2012 . This article has been re-posted with the permission of the author. By Carolyn Hsu, Voting Rights Fellow at Asian Law Caucus Our country’s civil rights laws strongly protect equal access to the vote for all citizens, but even today, this promise is still unmet. On Tuesday, […]

On Affirmative Action and Fisher v. UT: Why Asian Americans Will Lose if Fisher Wins

May 31, 2012

By the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a potentially landmark case that could end the use of race-based affirmative action in higher education. The Court ruled nine years ago that although quota systems in admissions processes were unconstitutional, race can be […]

Asm. Ammiano Formally Introduces “TRUST Act 2.0” to Counteract Discredited Deportation Program

May 15, 2012

Sacramento, CA – As the imposition of the scandal-plagued “Secure” Communities or S-Comm deportation program in Massachusetts and New York today spurs fresh controversy, California Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF) formally introduced a revamped version of AB 1081, the TRUST Act, to reform California’s participation in the program. The new incarnation of AB 1081, which captured national […]

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