Righting Wrongs -- November 20, 2012

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Asian Americans Back Obama in Record Numbers
imageDespite the fact that only 41% of Asian Americans tend to vote Democratic, Obama scooped 72% of the Asian American vote - the highest of any racial group after African Americans - due to economic, immigration, and health care policies. The power of the Asian American vote became a national news story. Continue reading...

Discrimination Reports from the Polls
imageWhile Asian Americans made their voices heard in the election, AALDEF's critical election monitoring uncovered troubling incidents at the polls. In Virginia, Korean American voters were told to stand in a separate line as some white voters cast their ballots first. In Michigan, Bengali materials were severely mistranslated. In Georgia, Asian American voters struggled with discriminatory new proof of citizenship laws. In New York, Chinatown poll workers did not know the new rules for voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy. AALDEF is investigating every voter complaint. Continue reading...
Asian Americans in the Diversity Debate
imageThe Asian American perspective on affirmative action has taken center stage as the Supreme Court prepares to issue a decision in Fisher v. UT-Austin. In response to a NY Times story on the role of Asian Americans in the debate, AALDEF's letter to the editor was published setting the record straight on affirmative action's benefits for Asian Americans and our community's continued support for policies that promote equal opportunity. Continue reading...
The 2013 Justice in Action Awards!
imageWe are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2013 Justice in Action Awards - Congressman John Lewis, Jose Antonio Vargas of Define American, and Simone Wu of Choice Hotels International, Inc. AALDEF has presented the Justice in Action Award to exceptional individuals for their efforts in advancing social justice and human rights for Asian Americans since 1987. Join us to honor the recipients at our annual Lunar New Year Gala on February 19, 2013, at PIER SIXTY, Chelsea Piers in New York City. Click here for ticket information.

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Congratulations to AALDEF Board member Nick Chen for winning the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association's (NAPABA) 2012 Trailblazer Award! Chen, managing partner of the Pamir Law Group, was co-founder of groups including AALDEF, NAPABA, East Coast Asian American Student Union, and the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association.

 

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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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