Righting Wrongs -- May 18, 2012

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AALDEF to Monitor Elections in 10 States
imageAsian Americans are the fastest growing population in the U.S., yet many mainstream surveys have routinely overlooked Asian American voters, leading elected officials to neglect our community. That's why AALDEF has monitored the voting rights and political opinions of Asian American voters in every major election since 1988. For the 2012 elections, AALDEF will be conducting an exit poll in Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. We need your help! Continue reading...

Violence Against Women Act Under Attack
imageOn May 16, 2012, the House of Representatives reauthorized a version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that stripped away life-saving protections and services needed by immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. AALDEF contends that the purpose of VAWA has always been to protect victims, rather than an immigration policy measure that puts any women further at risk. Continue reading...
Join Us for a Film Screening and Reception!
imageOn May 24th, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and the AALDEF Young Professionals Committee (YPC) invite you to a screening of Sing Your Song, a stunning documentary on singer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Susanne Rostock and AALDEF staff attorney Jerry Vattamala on the legacy of Belafonte's 1960s activism and the challenges we face today. RSVP by May 21 to julie.alfin@cwt.com.
Asian Americans and Affirmative Action
image"Should race-neutral policies replace affirmative action? More than anything else, it's the single biggest threat to the notion of an Asian American community. And it's brought out the opportunists who want to use Asian Americans to break up the solidarity on the issue among people of color. Any real solution needs to address all of us, not split us apart. But there are those who have lost that community feeling and can only see public policy as it applies to me, myself and I." Continue reading at Emil Guillermo's AALDEF blog...

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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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