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Hundreds of May Day Demonstrators Take to LA Streets

May 2 2016

“And we are quite good for this country”. In Seattle, a march from the city’s central district to downtown was scheduled for the afternoon, and city officials have approved a permit for the event.

Social justice advocates in Durham, New Hampshire, said they would make the rejection of racism, xenophobia and anti-Muslim sentiment the themes of their annual rally.

Many participants Sunday carried signs and flags as they made their way through the city under sunny skies.

Steve Wilske, Seattle Police assistant chief, called the afternoon march “very successful”.

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New Report Shows Older-Adult Asian Americans Face Language, Income, Educational Barriers

Apr 28 2016

Although Asian Americans are widely perceived as the model minority, a new report containing disaggregated data of older adults in the ethnic group paints a completely different picture.

In Los Angeles County, Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders (NHPI) aged 50 and older are the second fastest growing racial group, posting a 56 percent and 50 percent growth rate from 2000 to 2010, respectively. Asian Americans and NHPIs fall only second and third to Latinos, who grew at a rate of 60 percent during the same 10-year period.

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New Report Illustrates Disparities in Elder Asian-American Community

Apr 27 2016

The idea of a rapidly growing Asian-American community may invoke images of a booming youthful culture, but in Los Angeles, a new report reveals a graying community that's less raging and more aging.

Los Angeles County is home to 480,000 Asian-American adults over the age of 50, a number larger than any other county in the nation, according to the findings of a report by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Los Angeles released Wednesday.

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Supreme Court Appears Divided on Arguments Over Obama’s Immigration Orders

Apr 20 2016

The nation’s top court on Monday, April 18, heard oral arguments for the case United States v. Texas, which challenges President Barack Obama’s executive actions to grant reprieve to millions of undocumented immigrants in the country.

Monday’s arguments centered on whether Obama overstepped his authority by authorizing programs in November 2014 that would defer deportation for about four million undocumented immigrants, and whether states had the standing to challenge the administration’s policy.

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Panel Analyzes the Asian American Vote in Elections

Apr 20 2016

The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly hosted the Institute’s fourth and final installment in the “It’s Our Election Too” series Wednesday. Moderators included Unruh Institute Director Dan Schnur and APASA External Community Chair Amy Chau. Panelists included L.A. Councilmember David Ryu, Voting Coordinator at the L.A. branch of Asian Americans Advancing Justice Shelly Chen, and, Sarah Kim, APASA Finance Director, and Aliza Khan, a junior majoring in economics.

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Fullerton City Council Discuss Prospective Electoral District Lines

Apr 20 2016

The Fullerton City Council debated various technicalities of drawing up maps for district elections Tuesday night with the majority of the public expressing support for a map originally drawn up by a resident.

The city, which has at-large elections, may be transforming into a district electoral system after being sued in 2015 for allegedly disenfranchising minority voters. Fullerton voters will decide in November if they will switch to district elections or not, as a part of the settlement.

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Fil-Ams Join Supreme Court Rally for Obama’s Immigration Actions

Apr 19 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Raymond Partolan, a 22-year-old son of Filipino undocumented immigrants, flew in from Atlanta, Georgia, so he could participate in last Monday’s rally in front of the Supreme Court where thousands of others drew attention to the plight of millions of individuals and families who would benefit from temporary immigration relief, like protection from deportation.

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Ahead of Immigration Ruling and Election, Citizenship Finds Increased Importance

Apr 18 2016

The day before her court appearance in 2003, Carlin Sadangsal went to the mall to find something nice to wear.

Her parents, Rebeck and Grace, had been granted a hearing to change their immigration status, and Carlin Sadangsal, a junior high school student at the time, was preparing herself to be called to answer questions about her family.

"I said, 'Oh man, this is pretty serious," Sadangsal told NBC News. "This is not something that you should just forget about. This is something very life-changing."

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