Asian Students and School System Still At Odds as DOJ Supports Student Claims of Harassment

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter at the end of August to Philadelphia School District supporting Asian American claims of systemic racial injustice at South Philadelphia High School. They found merit in the claims of Asian students who said they were abused at South Philadelphia High School. The DOJ advised school officials to settle the matter.

Family Unity Campaign to Stop Cambodian American Deportations

From Deported Diaspora

ICE has been conducting targeted raids across the US over the past few weeks.  They started to hit Massachusetts last week. We are in touch with four of the families picked up here in MA and two others picked up in Maine. ICE is targeting Cambodian Nationals with prior "orders of removal." All of the detainees are fathers and husbands to US-citizen children and spouses and have been the main income provider for their families including their elderly parents.

Presentation on South Philadelphia High School and Anti-Asian Violence

Presentation by Cecilia Chen of Asian American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, July 24th at Program co-sponsored by API Movement

Overview of Anti-Asian Harassment in Schools Throughout the Country

Anti-Asian Harassment in Schools is a problem that is commonly overlooked but affecting Asian American students in schools throughout the country.

Basic statistics on harassment in schools is difficult to find, but in New York City, a survey of approximately 1,000 public school students showed:  

Toxic Wastes More Likely To Be Near Latinos and Asians, SoCal Study Finds

A New UC Irvine (UCI) study found that Latinos and Asians in Southern California are disproportionately exposed to toxic waste sites.

Looking at 3000 census tracts in six heavily populated, ethnically diverse Southern California counties between 1990 and 2000, researchers found that neighborhoods with a higher percentage of Latinos or Asians were more likely to be near toxic waste sites than those populated by more whites or African-Americans.

Coalition Denounces AZ Chinese American Candidate Proposing "Cut off Utilities to Immigrants"

Joint Letter from Asian American Groups

Asian Americans Denounce Anti-Immigrant Proposals

    Recently, Barry Wong, a Chinese American candidate for the Arizona Corporation Commission, told reporters that, if elected, he would require regulated utilities to check the immigration status of customers. The Corporation Commission regulates utility companies providing electricity, gas, water, and telephone services in the state.

CA Asians Divided but Favor AZ Law in Poll

A poll taken this month In CA showed that majorities of white, African-American and Asian-American voters all approve of the Arizona anti-immigrant law, SB1070. Latinos oppose it. Fifty-eight percent of white voters, 53 percent of African-Americans, and 50 percent of Asian-Americans back the law. 43 percent of Asian Americans oppose the law, while 71 percent of Latino voters oppose it and 24 percent support it.

The poll was multi-lingual with four Asian languages/dialects - Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Korean - alongside English and Spanish.