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2016
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Census Bureau releases list of counties requiring Asian-language assistance under the Voting Rights Act

This week, the Census Bureau released an updated list of counties that are required by the federal Voting Rights Act to provide translated ballots and voting materials for specific language minority…

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AALDEF Asian American Exit Poll reveals new data on Muslim voter discrimination and Republican crossover for Clinton

Poll shows bipartisan Asian American support for gun control and police reform New York City…New data shows an Asian American electorate whose members reacted to the racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric…

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After the 2016 presidential election, the fight for DACA and immigrant rights will continue

After the Nov. 8 presidential election, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) remains as committed as ever to fight for the rights of Asian American and Pacific Islander…

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American Muslim voters faced extra hurdles at poll sites in Michigan and New York in the 2016 Elections

New York City…American Muslim voters were specifically targeted by poll workers with requests for additional identification at poll sites in Michigan and New York. In Michigan, some poll workers…

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In AALDEF’s Election Day exit poll of close to 14,000 Asian American voters, Clinton favored over Trump by wide margin

New York City…Preliminary AALDEF exit poll findings of close to 14,000 Asian Americans on Election Day reveal that voters in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, and Nevada strongly…

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Despite high voter turnout, Asian Americans face barriers to voting on Election Day

New York City…Many Asian American voters across the country, especially new citizens and first-time voters, encountered barriers and discrimination at polling places, including improper requests for…

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AALDEF to poll 10,000 Asian American voters and document voting problems in 14 states on Election Day

New York City…The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), a 42-year old national civil rights organization, will dispatch more than 800 attorneys, law students, and community…

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NY voter registration deadline of 10/14/16 extended for certain group of new citizens

In New York State, the deadline to register in order to vote in the Nov. 8, 2016 elections is Friday, Oct. 14. It is also the deadline to register in a political party or change your party…

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Volunteers needed to defend Asian American voting rights in Election 2016

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote, including segregated “Asian” voting lines. When the news media reported on election results, Asian…

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AALDEF criticizes Fox News for racist Chinatown segment on “The O’Reilly Report

AALDEF criticized a racist segment that appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Report” on Oct. 4, 2016, featuring interviews of people in New York’s Chinatown by Fox commentator Jesse Watters.…

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AALDEF statement on NY Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan

New York City…AALDEF executive director Margaret Fung spoke at a rally and press conference at City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to support New York Supreme Court Justice Doris Ling-Cohan, who is facing…

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Asian American groups, White House Initiative on AAPIs hold NYC media roundtable on DACA

On Thursday, September 1, 2016, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), CUNY Center for Community and Ethnic Media (CCEM), Asian American Federation (AAF), MinKwon Center for Community Action,…

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Federal court blocks Texas law restricting language assistance to voters

Asian American voters entitled to interpreters of their choice under Voting Rights Act The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) applauded a federal court order blocking the Texas…

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Aug. 14 & 23: Candidates forums for NYS Assembly District 65 & Senate District 16

Two candidates forums wlll be held in Manhattan and Flushing, where Asian American candidates are running in Assembly District 65 (Manhattan/Lower East Side) and Senate District 16 (Flushing,…

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Remembering Grace Hwang, 1956-2016

On June 21, 2016, Grace Yachueng Hwang–attorney, teacher, community activist, and Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Board member–died at the Good Shepherd Hospice House in Manhattan,…

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National Asian American and Pacific Islander Organizations Applaud U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Affirmative Action Case

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) applaud the U.S.…

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Despite setback in Supreme Court’s U.S. v. Texas ruling, the fight for immigrant rights will continue

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) joined civil rights and pro-immigrant advocacy groups in criticizing today’s U.S. Supreme Court opinion in United States v. Texas as a…

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Williamson County, Texas and AALDEF settle voting rights lawsuit on interpreters at polling places

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), Williamson County, and the Williamson County Elections Department have settled a federal voting rights lawsuit challenging the Texas state…

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AALDEF Exit Poll: Chinatown Voters Support Clinton, Trump in NY Presidential Primaries; 65th AD Special Election Results

New York, NY — Asian American voters in New York’s Chinatown strongly supported Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the April 19 presidential primary elections, according to preliminary results of a…

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