LOS ANGELES - This past summer, Ayano Wolff, Staff Attorney with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA’s Survivor and Family Empowerment (SAFE) Project, was a featured speaker on a panel discussion called “Silencing India’s Daughter: A Look at Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Crimes in India & the U.S.” The event was generously hosted by the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in downtown LA, and was organized by the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County (APABA) and the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC). Nearly fifty individuals attended the event.
California is home to the nation's largest Asian American and second-largest Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. By the November 2016 elections, the Asian American, Native, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community will make up 11% of the state electorate.
On May 14th, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles hosted its annual Family Empowerment Festival at Abraham Lincoln High School, drawing over 800 youth and community members to the Lincoln Heights neighborhood to celebrate the innovative end-of-year capstone projects from our student and community leaders. Attendees included youth and parents representing 13 schools from LAUSD and AUSD and a rich and diverse tapestry of immigrant communities and neighborhoods.
On Sunday, May 21st, more than 50 youth and parents from more than 10 non-profit organizations, all members of the Equal Voice Southern California Families Alliance (EVSCFA), gathered at the Advancing Justice-LA office to board a charter bus headed to Sacramento for the annual Equal Voices Lobby Day--an event organized to allow families to petition lawmakers in support of economic equity for all.
Last Thursday morning we received the uplifting news that the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled 4-3 in favor of the consideration of race as part of a holistic review of an applicant in university admissions processes in Fisher v. University of Texas.
New U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released on Thursday, June 23 show that the Asian American population is the fastest growing racial group nationwide. Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles’ analysis of the data shows that between 2010 and 2015, the number of Asian Americans grew 19%; during this same time period total overall population growth was only 4%.
Governor Jerry Brown has signed the state budget, including two budget trailer bills, SB 828 and AB 1602, that together enact landmark legislation to invest in California’s future by improving college access and readiness for all California students.
On May 21, Advancing Justice-LA co-hosted a Prop 47 and record expungement clinic at the Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus. In partnership with the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles County, the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance, the L.A.
A coalition of prominent Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) civic and civil rights organizations has united to deliver an open letter to MSNBC, CNN and Fox News--the country’s three largest providers of cable news--demanding that the networks address the persistent underrepresentation of the A
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