Righting Wrongs -- July 3: This Independence Day, Help Save the Voting Rights Act!

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The Voting Rights Act is still alive! This landmark civil rights law was dealt a serious blow last week when the Supreme Court weakened the Justice Department's authority to stop discriminatory voting practices before they take effect. The VRA provision struck down in Shelby County v. Holder has enabled AALDEF to secure bilingual ballots, challenge discriminatory redistricting plans, and prevent poll site changes affecting Asian American voters in New York City.

This Independence Day, we urgently need your support. With your help, we will work to ensure that the voting rights of Asian Americans are fully protected, and that the Voting Rights Act is strengthened to ensure equal access to the political process for all Americans. Read more below...and don't forget to donate to AALDEF today!
-- Margaret Fung, Executive Director

Supreme Court Guts the Voting Rights Act
imageThe Supreme Court took unprecedented action in Shelby County v. Holder to roll back the Voting Rights Act and its key enforcement provision. "Today's decision ignores ongoing discrimination against Asian American voters," said AALDEF executive director Margaret Fung in our statement. But despite this ruling, the Voting Rights Act remains in effect! This week, AALDEF filed a federal lawsuit against the NYC Board of Elections, claiming that it violated the Voting Rights Act by failing to provide Bengali ballots and assistance to South Asian voters in Queens County. Continue reading...
AAPIs Applaud Affirmative Action Ruling
imageAsian American students and leaders joined AALDEF in applauding the Supreme Court's decision in Fisher v. UT-Austin for preserving equal opportunity in higher education. The Court's ruling acknowledges what AALDEF has maintained throughout: that Asian Americans, like all students, benefit from an application process that considers all of each candidate's qualities, including factors such as racial and ethnic diversity and languages spoken at home. Continue reading...

Milestone: Immigration Reform Clears the Senate
imageAnother dramatic moment in an action-filled few weeks: the Senate voted 68-32 for immigration reform, including a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. AALDEF will continue to fight for greater protections for immigrant families and workers, to ensure that immigration reform adheres to human rights principles as the debate moves to the House of Representatives. Click here to read our blueprint for immigration reform.
Equality Now! SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMA
imageA big step towards equality: the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that the ban on federal benefits for same-sex couples is unconstitutional! The Court also dismissed the Prop 8 case, allowing same-sex marriages to resume in California. Watch Asian Americans celebrating in San Francisco Pride events on the AALDEF blog, and read our op-ed on raising support for same-sex marriage.

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Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
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