Righting Wrongs -- July 19: Modern Racism: Trayvon Martin, Asiana 214, & Milena Clarke

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AALDEF Files a Racial Harassment Complaint on Behalf of a Kentucky Middle-Schooler
image"Asians can't play basketball." "Chink." Middle-schooler Milena Clarke heard these racial slurs for years as an Asian American student and basketball player in Kentucky, and was ignored and even penalized by school officials for speaking up about the racial harassment. AALDEF has just filed complaints to the federal government on her behalf. Continue reading...

AALDEF Blog: Justice for Trayvon & Asiana 214
imageWhether it's racial slurs against Milena Clarke or racist tweets after the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco, we need to take a stand and speak up against racial harassment. Read Emil Guillermo's take on the AALDEF blog. Also on the AALDEF blog this week: why Asian Americans should care about Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman verdict (read here).

Domestic Worker Settles Case for $63,000
image"Susan," a domestic worker represented by AALDEF, reached a settlement of labor claims against her former employers, a couple in New York State, for $63,750. Susan was denied minimum wage and overtime pay for several years. "Without full enforcement of their labor rights, domestic workers remain vulnerable to overwork and injury while performing some of the most important work in our economy," said Skadden Fellow and staff attorney Shirley Lin.
AALDEF Joins Brief Supporting Marriage Equality
imageIn June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA and ruled that the ban on federal benefits for LGBT couples is unconstitutional. Nonetheless, as New Jersey denies LGBT couples the right to marriage, those couples continue to be denied federal rights and benefits. AALDEF has joined the ACLU of New Jersey and several civil rights groups in filing an amicus brief in Garden State Equality, et al. v. Dow, et al. "By supporting marriage equality, we are standing up for the equal treatment under law of all Americans," says AALDEF legal director Ken Kimerling. Continue reading...

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