Righting Wrongs -- September 17, 2013

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Survey: 50% of NYC Asian Students Report Bullying
imageAALDEF and the Sikh Coalition's new report reveals that 50% of the Asian American students we surveyed in NYC public schools said they had been bullied. "I was called names like Osama and rag-head," said a Bronx junior. "These seem like just words but they make you feel...like you're not human." Our report showed that NYC schools are making efforts to increase awareness of bullying, but back-to-school still means back-to-bullying for Asian Americans, and it's time to do something about it. Continue reading...
Our Testimony at Obama's Election Commission
imageThe Presidential Commission on Election Administration was established to recommend ways to improve the voting process across the country. This month, AALDEF testified at a hearing in Philadelphia, citing data from our exit poll of over 9,000 Asian American voters in 14 states. Continue reading...

More Trouble at the Polls in NYC Primaries
imageOur monitoring of over 50 poll sites during NYC's mayoral and city council primaries showed broken voting machines and inadequate language access at several polling places. At PS 85 in Astoria, Queens, for example, one poll inspector said that he believed all voting information should just be in English because "all the idiots should learn English." Continue reading...
The Unfinished Business of Civil Rights
imageAugust 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. AALDEF blogger Emil Guillermo interviewed one Asian American who marched fifty years ago and again this year. It was a reminder of the important work that remains in the fight for civil rights. Days after this anniversary, AALDEF and APABA-PA filed an amicus brief challenging Pennsylvania's voter ID law that discriminates against Asian Americans. Continue reading...

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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