In this issue:
Korean Immigrant Workers Recover Over $30k in Unpaid Wages
In Palisades Park, New Jersey, AALDEF recovered over $30,000 in unpaid wages for three Korean immigrant restaurant workers. The three sushi chefs, who often worked more than 12 hours a day and rarely had breaks, contacted AALDEF because one of them had worked with us before on another campaign. He then organized two of his fellow workers who were owed back wages by the same employer, and AALDEF helped to secure their back wages without going to court. For more information, please click here.
AALDEF and Civil Rights Groups To Lead Voting Rights Rally
On Saturday, December 10, UN Human Rights Day, AALDEF will join the NAACP, ACLU, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and over 150 other civil rights and community groups in the "Stand for Freedom" march and rally in New York City. The rally is in response to the recent national sweep of proposed voter identification laws that are likely to disenfranchise Asian Americans and other voters of color. To read more, please click here.
New Federal Diversity Guidance Benefits Asian Americans
The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice jointly issued new guidance on how schools and colleges can take proactive measures to increase diversity and avoid racial isolation, rescinding the Bush Administration's 2008 policy. AALDEF asserts that the greater diversity encouraged by the new policy will help mitigate problems faced by Asian American K-12 students, such as bullying and language access, as well as college students, who are often denied equal education opportunities. To read more, please click here.
AALDEF Opposes Guantanamo Bay Military Commissions
AALDEF has joined civil rights groups in filing an amicus brief in the D.C. Circuit case U.S. v. Hamdan opposing the military commissions in Guantanamo Bay because they target only non-citizens (U.S. citizens have the benefit of either a federal criminal trial or an ordinary court marital for the same crimes). Historically, discriminatory measures first applied to non-citizens have laid the groundwork for the government to violate the rights of citizens, such as during the Japanese American WWII incarceration and the McCarthy era. We do not want the Guantanamo Bay commissions to have the same effect. To read more, please click here.
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SAVE THE DATE! AALDEF's 2012 Justice in Action Awards and Lunar New Year Gala, honoring Fareed Zakaria, Jean Koh Peters, and Parkin Lee, is on Feb. 8, 2012. Please click here for ticket information.
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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