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Walnut's English-only proposal goes to Justice Department for review

Jul 17 2012

89.3 KPCC

The Department of Justice is checking out a new proposal from the City of Walnut that would require people who address the City Council to speak in English or bring an interpreter.

The idea came from a resident who attended a City Hall meeting and said she couldn’t understand a couple of speakers who addressed the council in Mandarin.

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Lives that speak loudly

May 4 2012

Asian Journal

“NON-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of Mankind. It is the supreme law.  By it alone can mankind be saved.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“Generations to come, it may be, will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.” - Albert Einstein

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APALC Files Amicus Brief in Challenge to Arizona Anti-Immigrant Law S.B. 1070

The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) legal challenge to Arizona’s sweeping anti-immigrant law S.B. 1070, which requires state and local law enforcement officers to detain and investigate residents based on the suspicion that they are undocumented.  It also purports to authorize state and local law enforcement officers to make warrantless arrests for alleged violations of immigration laws independent of federal authority to do so.    

APALC Obtains Favorable Discovery Rulings and Sanctions Award

In our January 2012 litigation newsletter, we introduced you to the case of Ms. Sakina Begum who both suffered sexual harassment on the job and was sued by her former employer, Desh Management, its owners and the supervisor who sexually harassed her for defamation because she sought help to end the harassment.  The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) and pro bono counsel Caldwell Leslie continue to pursue Ms. Begum’s case, including her affirmative sexual harassment and wage and hour claims.  They recently were successful in obtaining favorable discovery rulings against the plaintiffs in Los Angeles County Superior Court. 

Civil Rights Groups File Briefs Opposing Anti-Immigrant Law

Apr 12 2012

India West

More than 100 civil rights organizations, members of Congress, and former immigration officials last month sent 22 amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court opposing Arizona’s controversial SB 1070 legislation, one of the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant measures.

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