Righting Wrongs -- March 29, 2013

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Groundbreaking New Report on NYPD Surveillance
imageAALDEF and American Muslim civil liberties groups released a new report in March, "Mapping Muslims," on the devastating impacts of the NYPD's surveillance program. AALDEF volunteer attorney Nermeen Arastu, co-author of the report, introduced the findings at a rally to deliver the report to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. Within a week of the release, the tragic shooting of Kimani Gray, and the start of a federal trial challenging stop & frisk policies, the NYC Council began taking steps to create oversight of the NYPD. Read the report...

Asian New Yorkers Back Immigration Reform
imageWith Senator Schumer of New York and the "Gang of 8's" upcoming immigration proposal, AALDEF released detailed findings from our multilingual exit poll on Asian American support for immigration reform in New York. We polled 4,089 Asian American voters in the 2012 elections -- the largest survey of its kind in the nation - and found 67% support immigration reform. Continue reading...
SCOTUS Hearing on Voter Suppression in Arizona
imageLast week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Arizona v. ITCA, a case challenging the legality of a discriminatory proof of citizenship law. Many states that have adopted such laws have histories of explicit anti-Asian discrimination. During WWII, Arizona incarcerated over 13,000 Japanese Americans in camps. Kansas's Alien Land Law, which banned Asian immigrants from inheriting property, was only repealed in 2002. AALDEF's Glenn Magpantay explains why we are standing up for Asian Americans against voter suppression here...
The New Affirmative Action Case
imageAs we await the decision in Fisher v. UT-Austin, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up another case implicating the use of affirmative action in college admissions, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. Find out what is at stake in the case in AALDEF's statement 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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