This is an abridged press release from the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress
The Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR) and the UCLA Asian American Studies Center (AASC) invite the community to celebrate the publication of the book, “NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations.” Edited by the NCRR Editorial Team, led by Lane Hirabayashi, UCLA Emeritus Professor and published by the UCLA Asian American Studies Press.
The students of Cal State University Los Angeles are fighting for the iife of its Asian American Studies program. Recently, the Dean of its college announced that he intended to suspend the program, despite its minimal cost of $4,000 a year. Students have created a website, garnered support from the academic and student community throughout the U.S., and initiated an on-line petition to support continuing the program.
A recent study of low-wage workers indicated how a large percentage of them are routinely cheated out of mandated pay. Based on over 4000 worker surveys in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, the study found that these low-wage workers, many of them Asian, were exploited in a number of ways. These include working off-the-clock, earning less than the minimum wage, not being paid overtime, lack of meal breaks, falsified records, and retaliation for speaking up for their rights.
After years of struggle, including a multi-year boycott, community protests, daily picket lines and a series of settlement talks, Assi supermarket workers in Los Angeles’ Koreatown received their checks from a settlement with their employer. The checks began to arrive early this year. The payments affect over a hundred Latino and Korean workers, who will receive checks averaging five to six thousand dollars
by Lynda Lin, Assistant Editor from Pacific Citizen Published October 19, 2007
On Yelp.com, a popular social networking and user review site, the online chatter about the best eateries and coffee shops was recently interrupted with an important message: save Los Angeles' Little Tokyo.
Attendees of the South Asian Students Alliance's (SASA) annual conference, held over the Martin Luther King weekend, were awoken to chants of protest as young South Asians from around the country stood in solidarity with boycotting hotel workers at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.