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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 […]

Recap on San Francisco Local Redistricting

May 11, 2012

Recap on San Francisco Local Redistricting What do the new Board of Supervisor (BOS) districts mean for SF and the Asian American & Pacific Islander community? Once every decade, following the release of Census data, our democracy goes through a redistricting process in order to ensure that all residents are represented fairly and equitably.

Review of the Latest Responses to the Foreclosure Crisis from an APA Perspective

April 3, 2012

By Omar Calimbas, Housing Rights Attorney at Asian Law Caucus The Obama Administration’s comprehensive housing plan and the $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement agreement between 49 state attorneys general, the U.S. Dept. of Justice, HUD and the nation’s top five servicers (Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Citi, JP Morgan Chase, and Ally/GMAC) were announced this […]

Ammiano unveils details of “TRUST Act 2.0” as hundreds take to streets in LA

February 23, 2012

First-in-the-nation proposal seeks to rebuild community trust in local police, Damaged by disgraced “S-Comm” deportation program February 23, 2012 – As hundreds of day laborers and advocates from across the country marched in Los Angeles Wednesday evening to protest the devastating impact of the so-called “Secure” Communities or S-Comm deportation program, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-SF) publicly unveiled the details of a […]

Request for Stories: How have the “Iran Sanctions” affected you or your family?

February 17, 2012

Posted on behalf of the National Security and Civil Rights Program at the Asian Law Caucus Request for Stories: How have the “Iran Sanctions” Affected You or Your Family? All information will be kept Confidential The Asian Law Caucus, in collaboration with the Iranian American Bar Association (“IABA”), the National Iranian American Council (“NIAC”), and the […]

Why Jeremy Lin’s race matters

February 15, 2012

Note: Originally published on under “Opinion.” This article has been re-posted with the permission of the author. Editor’s note: Ling Woo Liu is the director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education, which helped pass California’s Fred Korematsu Day, the first day in U.S. history named after an Asian American. […]

“New Americans in California”: The #s on Our Growing Numbers

February 2, 2012

By Jenalyn Sotto, Communications Intern at the Asian Law Caucus For longer than recent memory, every decade brings with it a plethora of changes: (r)evolutionary fashion trends, a series of technological advances, two (and a half) presidential terms, three Olypmic games, and the U.S. Census. The U.S. Census Bureau’s Facebook Page lauds itself as “[the] trusted […]

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