Righting Wrongs -- March 23, 2012

In this issue:

Major Legal Victory for Chinatown Workers
imageAALDEF, together with pro bono counsel Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, is representing 22 former workers of Chinatown's Jin Hua Restaurant, including waiters, waitresses, bussers, and dim sum workers, who had been denied minimum wage, overtime, and in some cases, their entire paycheck. But after Jin Hua closed, its corporate owner claimed it wasn't responsible - leaving the workers no recourse. AALDEF went to court, and the judge ruled for the workers: AALDEF can now seek over $100,000 in damages on their behalf. To read more, click here.
NY's Congressional Redistricting Map is Revealed
imageA three judge panel approved NY's new Congressional redistricting map! AALDEF has been involved in every stage of the Congressional redistricting process, and our efforts paid off. The new map, which closely resembles our Unity coalition map, is a big step forward in keeping Asian American communities together. There is now an open Congressional seat in Queens -- where there is a significant Asian American population. To read more (and see a timeline of AALDEF's work to date in the Congressional redistricting battle) click here.
It's Time for the New York DREAM Act
imageAsian undocumented youth hold an abundance of potential for our country and their families. But without an equal chance at financial aid, many of them may not be able to pay for college. That's why AALDEF supports the NY DREAM Act -- and is working to launch a youth group with NY and NJ undocumented youth who want access to higher education. Read our testimony urging the New York City Council to support the NY DREAM Act here.
Justice Department: Investigate the NYPD!
imageThe NYPD's racial profiling and surveillance of Muslim Americans has stretched across the Northeast, to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. This is now a national civil rights crisis. AALDEF has joined over 100 civil rights organizations in asking the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division to investigate. To read more, click here.

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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