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AALDEF to Proceed with 14-State Election Monitoring and Exit Polling of 10K Asian American Voters After Hurricane Sandy

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) will dispatch over 800 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers to 14 states to document voter problems on Election Day. AALDEF will also conduct a nonpartisan multilingual exit poll in 13 languages to get a snapshot of Asian American voting preferences.

AALDEF Poll Monitoring Shows Violations of Asian American Voting Rights in NY, NJ, VA, PA, GA, MA

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice urging the Attorney General to assign attorneys and appoint federal observers to monitor the elections on November 6, 2012, for practices that may infringe on the ability of Asian Americans to exercise their right to vote, as well as to ensure the full force of the nation’s voting protections under federal laws, according to a press note.

New Report: Asian Americans Face Voting Barriers in Upcoming 2012 Elections

With large numbers of first-time voters, Asian Americans have faced numerous barriers to voting. AALDEF's report, Language Access for Asian Americans under the Voting Rights Act in the 2012 Elections, documents violations of the Language Assistance Provisions (Section 203) Voting Rights Act and Help America Vote Act (HAVA), as well as other incidents of Asian American voter disenfranchisement in 13 jurisdictions in 10 states: IL, MA, MI, NJ, NV, NY, GA, PA, TX, and WA.

AALDEF and Muslim Advocates File Lawsuit to Uncover Details of NYPD Spying Program

"This case brings to light fundamental civil rights issues," said Samaa Haridi, partner at Weil. "We appreciate the goals of AALDEF and Muslim Advocates to protect civil rights of the American Muslim community."

Unity Map for NYC Council Redistricting Presented by Civil Rights Groups

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), LatinoJustice PRLDEF, National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP), and the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) of Medgar Evers College have released the NYC Council Unity Map, a joint proposal for new City Council districts that reflects New York City's changing demographics and protects the voting rights of Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans.

Asian American Groups Urge PA Supreme Court to Strike Down Discriminatory Voter ID Law

New York, NY, August 29, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association (APABA) of Pennsylvania filed an amicus "friend of the court" brief in the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s restrictive voter ID requirement in Applewhite v. Pennsylvania, according to a press note. The amicus brief was prepared by AALDEF and pro-bono counsel White & Case LLP.

Asian American and Latino Workers Sue NY Korean Restaurant for Labor Violations and Get Temporary Restraining Order

New York, NY, August 21, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Asian American and Latino employees of a Korean restaurant, Kum Gang San, obtained a temporary restraining order yesterday barring the restaurant owner from retaliating against them for asserting their labor rights, according to a press statement from Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF).

AALDEF Files Amicus Brief Urging Supreme Court to Uphold Race-Conscious Admissions at the University of Texas

UT Austin Tower lit entirely in orange to cele...

UT Austin Tower lit entirely in orange to celebrate a significant athletic victory or campus-wide accolade (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New York, NY, August 13, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) filed an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to uphold the University of Texas at Austin's (UT-Austin) race-conscious admissions policy that promotes equal opportunity and diversity for Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), according to a press release. Eighteen AAPI education and youth-serving organizations and 52 higher education faculty and officials have joined AALDEF as amicus curiae.

"AALDEF has supported affirmative action and equal opportunity for Asian American students for over three decades," said Margaret Fung, Executive Director of AALDEF. "Race-conscious admissions policies, such as UT-Austin's, benefit Asian Americans, especially Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders from disadvantaged backgrounds. Diversity in higher education has educational benefits for all Americans."

The Supreme Court ruled that diversity in higher education is a "compelling interest" in the case Grutter v. Bollinger, so long as a race-conscious admissions policy only considers race and ethnic origin as one modest factor among many others.

AALDEF's amicus brief demonstrates that UT-Austin's individualized review of applicants is narrowly-tailored to achieve diversity. Under UT-Austin's admissions policy, the vast majority of freshmen are admitted based on GPA alone.  Fisher v. UT-Austin only challenges the "individualized review" process used for the small remainder of applicants, which considers a wide variety of individual characteristics to determine each applicant's merit. These are "an applicant's culture; language; family; educational, geographic, and socioeconomic background; work, volunteer, or internship experiences; leadership experiences; special artistic or other talents, as well as race and ethnicity."  Race or ethnicity can benefit any applicant.

Filipino Immigrant Worker Obtains Default Against Emirati Colonel for Human Trafficking Violations

New York, NY, August 15, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) announced in a press release that a Rhode Island federal judge has granted default judgment against an Emirati colonel in its human trafficking civil suit on behalf of a Filipina immigrant worker, Ms. Ballesteros. In April 2011, Ms. Ballesteros filed a civil action against Colonel Arif Mohamed Saeed Mohamed Al-Ali, a former student at the U.S. Naval War College™'s International Program from the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), for violating federal laws against human trafficking.

Vishal Dadlani thanks the Delhi High Court for Rejecting Public Interest Litigation (PIL) Against "Bharat Mata Ki Jai" Song

Vishal DadlaniMumbai, June 6, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Shanghai is not only a dream but a name which has been in news for quite some time for several reasons. The song ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, from the movie is one song which has been adapted as the new anthem. But as the human law speaks, “Some like it and some don’t!” In the case of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’, it is a song which is a favorite amongst the majority. To an extent that people nationwide are using ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ as a quote of revolt against anything that is wrong.

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