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Asian-American Advocates Blast Trump Decision to End DACA Program

NBC News - Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) groups are among those slamming the Trump administration for its decision to end an Obama-era executive action that allowed undocumented…

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What's Next For The Founder Of The Slants, And The Fight Over Racial Slurs

NPR - On a Monday morning in June, Simon Tam woke up at his home in Portland, Ore., to 753 notifications blowing up his phone. “At that point, I knew something had happened,” Tam said. The…

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Globe's poll omission leaves Asian-Americans invisible and unheard

Boston Globe - Asian-Americans don’t expect much coverage in the mainstream media, but recent Globe stories from its poll on politics and race relations left me scratching my head. In reporting…

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Why the Slants Took a Fight Over Their Band Name to the Supreme Court

New York Times - On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a law denying federal trademark protection to names that are deemed disparaging is unconstitutional. “It offends a bedrock First…

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The Split At The Heart of Chinese America

Frontera News - Affirmative action used to be about black and white. But new Chinese immigrants have “scrambled that traditional thinking,” and clashed with the so-called Chinatown…

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Fifth Circuit to hear AALDEF lawsuit appeal

Houston Chronicle - This happens today. Amid last-minute efforts to overhaul the state’s voter identification law in light of an ongoing legal fight, the Texas Legislature gaveled out without…

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Building the Political Voice of the AAPI Voting Community

Morning Consult - Even as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders celebrated Heritage Month throughout the month of May, we received reminders that AAPIs are under siege by President Donald…

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Election Protection Launches

My High Plains - Today, ahead of Texas municipal elections this Saturday May 6th, Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition, is launching the…

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Required Reading

Hyperallergic - Originally formed at the edges of downtowns, Chinatowns held on as such commercial and residential areas expanded. Collectively, they represent more than 150 years of immigrant…

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Asian American study of '16 polls shows Fil-Ams' conservative streak

Inquirer - “We aren’t Asian American!” a friend of mind said to me not long ago. ”We’re Filipino.” Indeed, we are. My friend would say “Filipino…

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Asian American study of '16 polls shows Fil-Ams' conservative streak

Inquirer - “We aren’t Asian American!” a friend of mind said to me not long ago. ”We’re Filipino.” Indeed, we are. My friend would say “Filipino…

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Japanese Latin American Delegation Receives Favorable Hearing

Rafu Shimpo - Isamu Carlos “Art” Shibayama and the Campaign for Justice: Redress Now for Japanese Latin Americans! delegation appeared to have received a favorable hearing before the…

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Chinatowns Across The Country Face Off With Gentrification

NPR - On a Friday evening in January, people spilled out of a storefront into an alleyway in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Neighborhood business owners, parents with young children, and artists in…

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Judge Gorsuch failed our family

San Francisco Chronicle - When Judge Neil Gorsuch ruled against our family member battling cancer, Grace Hwang, almost three years ago, his decision was heartless. It removed the human element from…

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Asian American civil rights group hits Trump's new travel ban

Asia Times - A major Asian American civil liberties group has condemned President Donald Trump’s revamped March 6 travel ban blocking citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries from entering…

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New York in violation of “Moter Voter” and the Voting Rights Act

Asian American Press - Attorneys for Hispanic Federation, Voto Latino, Chhaya CDC, MinKwon Center for Community Action, and New York resident William Towbin sent a pre-litigation notice letter…

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Indian American civil rights activist Deepa Iyer receives Justice in Action Award

Indian Panorama - Indian American civil rights activist and attorney Deepa Iyer receive Justice in Action Awards from The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDF) at its 2017 Gala on…

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Women's politics unrelated to traditions

Global Times - Back in October - before the presidential election - I was invited to be a guest speaker at a local TV station, talking about minority voters’ preferences. The host asked many…

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Civil Rights Groups Threaten to Sue New York Over Voting Rights Violations

NBC News - Asian-American and Latino civil rights groups are among those threatening to sue New York state over allegations that its Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) failed to send voter…

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Deepa Iyer awarded 2017 Justice in Action Award

News India-Times - Civil rights attorney and author Deepa Iyer was awarded the 2017 Justice in Action Award by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund on March 2, during the…

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