Righting Wrongs -- October 25, 2012

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New Report: Asian American Voting Barriers
imageWith less than two weeks until the November elections, AALDEF has released a new report on the voting barriers that Asian Americans continue to face. Across the country, we documented serious translation errors in ballots, offensive remarks from poll workers, missing interpreters, and Voting Rights Act violations. We sent complaint letters to local election officials and to the Department of Justice. Continue reading...

Mosques Blocked in NJ and CT
imageIn Norwalk, CT, AALDEF and several co-counsel, including Wilmer Hale, have stepped in to represent Al Madany, which contends that its proposal for a community center and prayer space was rejected due to religious discrimination. In Bridgewater, NJ, AALDEF, with Arnold & Porter, Archer & Greiner, and the Brennan Center, filed a preliminary injunction against a zoning ordinance that would prohibit the Al Falah Center's proposed mosque.
NYC Gastropub Settles Suit with Korean Chef
imageEdward Kim, a former employee at the Manhattan gastropub Spitzer's Corner, alleged he was told by the restaurant's former chef, Michelin-awarded Sung Park, that he was being hired as his "apprentice." Instead, the aspiring cook wound up performing menial labor over 90 hours a week for as little as $3 an hour. AALDEF staff attorney Shirley Lin, who represented Mr. Kim, said: "The parties have reached an amicable agreement, and the entirety of the matter was settled to the satisfaction of all parties." Continue reading...
Watch the 2012 Election Results with AALDEF!
imageAALDEF's Young Professionals Committee is hosting an Election Day viewing party at NYC's Manhattan Proper on November 6! Our special guests are the amazing team of past and present AALDEF election protection volunteers, who have helped us monitor the elections and conduct non-partisan exit polls to protect the Asian American vote. Come join us as we witness history and watch the election results unfold. RSVP on Facebook or to ypc.aaldef@gmail.com.

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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