Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Asian American Civil Rights Groups Condemn Racist Behavior During World Series and Welcome Punishment for Anti-Asian Gesture and Slur

During game three of the 2017 World Series, Houston Astros’ player Yulieski Gurriel made a racist gesture and slur after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher, Yu Darvish, who is Japanese and Iranian. Gurriel was filmed pulling back the corners of his eyes and calling Darvish “Chinito”, a Spanish term Gurriel acknowledged was offensive to Asians. After the incident sparked a firestorm of criticism, Major League Baseball (MLB) faced great pressure to take action. It responded the following day, suspending Gurriel for five games in 2018 and ordering sensitivity training in the off-season.   

American Muslim and Civil Rights Groups Respond to U.S. District Court Injunction Against Muslim Ban 3.0

LOS ANGELES, CA - Today, the U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson granted a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking the latest version of President Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory Muslim Ban, which barred travelers, refugees, and immigrants from the Muslim-majority countries of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, and Somalia. 

Advancing Justice Condemns President’s Pardon of Arpaio and Directive to Implement a Transgender Ban

On Friday, August 25, President Trump continued to side with racists and bigots by pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio — who had been convicted of criminal contempt in a case involving racial profiling of Latino immigrants — and continuing with a military directive to implement a transgender ban. While the White House also announced the departure of controversial advisor Sebastian Gorka, who promoted white supremacist views, the other actions on Friday indicate this administration is charging ahead with its divisive agenda.

How Do You Explain Hate?

For the past month, the students in my citizenship class have been learning about American civics in preparation for naturalization. In particular, they learned about all of the wars the U.S. has been a part of and the lessons that we have learned from them. They learned about the Civil War and the importance of equality when the northern states defeated the south and abolished slavery. They also learned about World War II and how entire nations had to come together to fight against hate and the Nazis in Germany.


Advancing Justice Condemns the Acts of Terror and Hate Displayed By White Supremacists

The world witnessed a domestic act of terror and an ugly display of hate as white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. Yesterday, white nationalists turned their violent message into action as a driver plowed into a crowd of anti-racism counter protesters, killing one person and injuring several others.

Advancing Justice Condemns Administration's Use of DOJ's Civil Rights Division to Further Its Anti-Civil Rights Goals

Washington, D.C. —  The White House is preparing to commit resources of the U.S. Department of Justice’s civil rights division to investigate and sue universities over their affirmative action policies. The Trump administration’s new project will threaten decades of progress in civil rights, which have provided tremendous benefits to Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other minority groups.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice), an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, issues the following statement:

Advancing Justice Calls Latest Trump Move Targeted Discrimination

Advancing Justice Calls Latest Trump Move Targeted Discrimination
America Should Have Pride in Transgender Service Members

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 27, 2017 – Today, the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) affiliation responded to the latest developments in the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will ban people who are transgender from the military.  

Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, issued the following statement:

Asian Americans Support Xi Family Lawsuit Over False Spying Charges

Asian Americans in California and across the country are joining together in support of the family of Professor Xiaoxing Xi, a renowned American scientist and the former chair of the physics department at Temple University who was falsely accused of spying for China. This week, family members of Professor Xi have joined his lawsuit against the FBI and government for their unlawful actions. Asian Americans are calling for an end to the growing numbers of wrongful prosecutions against American scientists of Asian descent who are being targeted as threats to national security because of their race and ethnicity. 


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