June 23rd is the anniversary of the death of Vincent Chin. In 1982, Two white autoworkers bludgeoned Vincent Chin, a Chinese American man, to death with a baseball bat because he represented "Japanese" automobiles. Because of the local justice system, the two white workers never went to jail or paid more than a few thousand in fines. However, it sparked a nationwide campaign for civil rights for Asian Americans.
A reader has written in about a racist party that is being hosted at St Louis nightclub. The theme of the party is calls for people come dressed as their favorite Asian. The party is tonight!
The reader has been trying to educate the people on facebook, but his links have been taken down. They’ve even reported him to facebook for harassment. He plans on protesting at the club on friday night. If you’re in the St. Louis area, please join him.
A few days before Christmas, the Michigan State Bar and the city of Ferndale installed two plaques commemorating the case of the killing of Vincent Chin and the campaign that resulted. The State Bar's Legal Milestone Plaque, “From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry,” recognizes the legal changes that have come about because of the Vincent Chin case. These includes such practices as minimum sentencing guidelines, victim’s impact statements, and the importance of sentencing hearings.
A number of New York Asian American groups including Nodutdol For Korean Community Development, BAYAN-USA, DRum and CAAAV are joining in a Sept. 11 March to support Muslims in their effort to build a Muslim Community Center in that city.
The march is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 1:00 p.m. The rally begins on the east side of City Hall. There has been strong support from the Islamic community, including from the the Islamic Leadership Council, representing 50+ mosques and community centers around the city. Publicity has been widespread so a large march is expected.
On March 11th, a Sacremento jury found a white, middle-aged couple with a history of racial hatred guilty in Sacramento federal court of a hate crime. They were convicted of interfering with the right of an Indian American man to be in a public area at South Lake Tahoe because of his ethnic origin and the color of his skin.
A jury deliberated approximately 90 minutes before delivering its verdict against Georgia Silva, 52, and husband Joseph Silva, 56.
Chevron Corporation’s multi-million dollar “Human Energy” advertising campaign touts how much Chevron values people. Chevron’s website promotes the “Chevron Way” – the company’s commitment to complying with the law and placing “the highest priority on the health and safety of our workforce.”
A Cook County judge sentenced John Haley, the killer of Vietnamese fisherman Du Doan. to ten years in prison. Haley had engaged in a series of acts pushing Asian dock fishermen into the waters of Lake Michigan. When he pushed 62 year old Du Doan, the father of three, Doan drowned.
Though Haley had previously attacked other Asian-American fisherman, the offense was not termed a hate-crime. Haley was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Though involuntary manslaughter calls for a sentence of probation to five years, Judge John Kirby sentenced Haley to ten years.
Administrators held a closed meeting at South Philadelphia High School with parents, police and community represesntatives. Fifty to seventy-five people attended the meeting in a large classroom. Another meeting is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Additional information were that seven Asian students required treatment from the attacks, and many African American students, while expressing sympathy for Asian students, feel that they are all being blamed for the actions of a small part of their community.
In the FBI's latest hate crimes reports, police departments reported nearly 9200 hate crimes nationally, a slight increase over 2007 but significantly lower than the 9600 hate crimes reported nationally in 2006 by the FBI’s collection methods.
Vietnamese Americans in San Jose, CA are organizing against several recent incidents of police brutality. The most notorious, thanks to YouTube, is the beating and tasering of a Vietnamese American student, Phuong Ho, while Ho was prone and unarmed.