Righting Wrongs -- August 6, 2013

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A Meeting with Obama on Voting Rights
imageToday, August 6, is the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the landmark civil rights law that was weakened earlier this year by the Supreme Court in Shelby v. Holder. AALDEF executive director Margaret Fung was among the civil rights leaders who met with President Obama at the White House last week to discuss how we can save it. "We are encouraged that the President underscored the importance of the Voting Rights Act, not just for African American and Latino voters but also for Asian American voters," said Margaret Fung. Continue reading...
Taking Action for New Orleans Students
imageIn New Orleans school districts, limited-English proficient students and their families have been underserved, damaging their quality of education and putting them at a huge disadvantage to attaining success in their schools. AALDEF and VAYLA are standing up for Asian American and Latino students and their families. Last week, we held a conference to announce our new complaint to the Department of Justice on the failing language services in these schools. Continue reading...

Oak Creek Massacre: One Year Later
imageMonday, August 5, marked the one year anniversary of the Sikh Temple massacre at Oak Creek, the largest hate-based act of violence on a faith community since the 1963 church bombings of the civil rights era. This week, we remember the victims and their families, and we renew our call to take a stand against terrorism, ignorance, and hatred in every form. Read our op-ed from the day after the massacre...
The Week of Anti-Asian Slurs
imageThe latest post by Emil Guillermo on the AALDEF blog looks critically at recent incidents of anti-Asian racism. "If you haven't noticed, in one week the anti-Asian/Asian American meter was off the charts and maxing out in the red. But it's likely that you, like everyone else, probably didn't even notice. Asian American cultural slights? Who takes those seriously as civil rights violations? Maybe you should." Continue reading...

Campaign Contribution Limits Under Attack
imageThis fall, the Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold contribution limits in federal campaign finance laws. AALDEF has joined an amicus brief urging the Court to uphold these caps. What's at stake? Without these limits, a single donor could funnel $3.6 million to candidates and parties in a single election cycle, and millions more through donations to political action committees. A few wealthy people should not be able to dominate our democratic process. Continue reading...

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