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Celebrating Civil Rights: Korematsu Day events in the Bay Area and at the Smithsonian

January 27, 2012

By Jenalyn Sotto, Communications Intern at the Asian Law Caucus This coming Monday, January 30th California will celebrate its 2nd annual Fred Korematsu Day in commemoration of the struggle for justice our Japanese American community faced during and after WWII. With the specter of 9/11 haunting our Middle Eastern, Arab, and South Asian American communities […]

Trashing Transparency

December 19, 2011

NOTE: Originally published on the ACLU’s  Blog of Rights on December 19, 2011. This article has been re-posted with the permission of the author. By Nasrina Bargzie, Staff Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus In November 2005, U.S. marines in Iraq were involved in the killing of 24 civilians—including women and children. Shortly after the […]

Post-9/11, A Decade Later: Keeping Immigrants Out

September 9, 2011

NOTE: Originally published at the Immigration Symposium at Penn State Law School on September 16, 2011. This article has been re-posted with the permission of the author. By Sin Yen Ling, Senior Staff Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus On May 1, 2011, major television stations interrupted the evening with the announcement that Osama Bin Laden was […]

ICE Forced to Release New “Embarrassing” Documents On Controversial Secure Communities Program

August 18, 2011

Documents Show Broad Deception and Disagreement Within Federal Agencies on Opt Out; Raise New Questions About ICE’s Mandatory Stance New York, August 18, 2011- In the wake of protests and civil disobedience in Chicago yesterday and across the country criticizing the Obama administration’s Secure Communities program, immigrant advocates called on the government to turn over […]

New Authoritative National Report Condemns “Secure” Communities Program

August 16, 2011

National Leaders, Experts, and Victims of S-Comm Conclude Program Should Be Ended 08.16.2011 –  Today, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, along with Northern California organizations Asian Law Caucus and Immigrant Legal Resource Center, made public an authoritative report condemning the so-called “Secure” Communities or S-Comm deportation program and recommending its termination. The release comes […]

ICE’s Shredding of “S-Comm” Agreements: A Stunning Display of Bad Faith

August 5, 2011

August 5, 2011 – Amid a growing chorus of national criticism of the flawed “Secure” Communities or S-Comm program, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier today unilaterally canceled memorandums of agreement with 39 states over the program (including California) and announced that those states would still be forced to participate in the program without any […]


July 20, 2011

STATEMENT BY JU HONG UC BERKELEY DREAM ACT STUDENT “If not us, then who? If not now, then when? – John Lewis My name is Ju Hong, and I am undocumented and unafraid. On Tuesday, July 12, six other undocumented students and I conducted an act of civil disobedience to empower young undocumented immigrant youth […]

re: “Redistricting worries San Francisco’s gay leaders”

July 14, 2011

On July 1st, 2011 the San Francisco Examiner published an article entitled "Redistricting worries San Francisco's gay leaders."  In response to that article, Benjamin Leong & Carlo De La Cruz Co-Chair & Political Awareness Chair of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance wrote this letter to the editor on July 5th, 2011: Your story last week […]

Redistricting: What It Is and Why You Should Care

June 21, 2011

By Carlo De La Cruz & Ana Duong San Francisco – Quiz of the day: In 2001 California had one Asian American elected official representing our communities on the State wide or Federal level—Mike Honda.  How many API elected officials did we have in 2010? Answer: Ten!  In 2010, ten API elected officials were representing our […]

Due Process for Some Immigrant Youth is Progress, But It’s Not Enough

May 10, 2011

 San Francisco – Civil rights groups are applauding Mayor Ed Lee’s decision to immediately begin implementation of a city law, passed in November 2009, that restores due process for immigrant youth in San Francisco’s juvenile justice system and ensures that innocent youth are not torn from their families for deportation.  However, at the same time, […]

Wong Kim Ark, Constitutional Citizenship & Asian Americans

April 13, 2011

NOTE: Originally published on Asian Pacific Americans for Progress on April 7, 2011. This article has been re-posted with the permission of the authors. By Karin Wang, Vice-President, Programs & Communications, Asian Pacific American Legal Center On March 28, 2011, the New York Times picked up a story that ran a few days earlier in the Pasadena […]

Undocumented and Unafraid: May

March 25, 2011

By May, ASPIRE (Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education) Member In honor of National Coming Out Week: Undocumented and Unafraid we are featuring stories of API dreamers.  The DREAM Act would provide undocumented students that arrived before the age of 16 in the US a pathway to legalization. I am undocumented. There, I wrote […]

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