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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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Undocumented Students Find Solace, Support in Community Hubs Started by Educators

Apr 15 2016

When Anna first walked into the DREAM Center at Los Angeles’ Lincoln High School, she was a shy teenager who could barely speak up. Today, Anna says she feels like she has the power and confidence to one day become a leader in the fight for immigration reform.

Anna is just one example of the tremendous impact the Paula Crisostomo DREAM Center has had on thousands of undocumented students in California.

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Los Angeles Asian Groups Launch Big U.S. Citizenship Drive

Apr 13 2016

LOS ANGELES — Advocacy groups serving various ethnic communities launched a new program April 6 to increase the number of Asians and other minorities applying for U.S. citizenship.

Congressional District 27 Representative Judy Chu (Dem-California) enumerated four reasons why citizenship is important: “First you can protect yourself, second, you can protect your family, third, you can have a better life, and fourth, you can vote!”

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New Campaign Encourages Asian American Immigrants to Apply for Citizenship

Apr 7 2016

Non-profit organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, in partnership with community-based organizations and local government, on Wednesday, April 6, announced new campaign to encourage and boost the number of Asian American immigrants applying for US citizenship.

The campaign, “Endless possibilities. Citizenship Now!” is a coordinated effort of more than 10 organizations, government agencies, and offices of elected officials.

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California’s Asian Voters Could Deliver Poll Wins–Study

Apr 5 2016

LOS ANGELES — Asian Americans could deliver election victories to campaigns and candidates who understand what motivates Asian American voters, says a poll done by an influential Asian American organization.

The California-wide poll released March 30 was conducted by Advancing Justice-LA Demographic Research project headed by Daniel Ichinose, M.A., who reported: “It’s issues, not party affiliation, that drive how we vote.”

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New Poll Finds California's Asian American Voters are Shifting to the Left

Mar 30 2016

While conservative on some issues, Asian American voters in California have long been known to lean Democratic. But new polling data shows that the electorate may be shifting further to the left.

Dan Ichinose, demographic research project director of  the civil rights group Asian Americans Advancing Justice LA, led a phone poll of over 3,500 registered voters conducted between October and March.

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Chinese Daily News Workers Win Settlement

Mar 19 2016

LOS ANGELES — A diverse crowd of workers, advocates and journalists gathered at the UCLA Labor Center to celebrate a class action victory for more than 200 employees of Chinese Daily News.

After more than a decade of hard fought litigation, they obtained a $7.8 million settlement against one of the leading Chinese language newspapers in the country. This class action victory represents one of the largest wage justice settlements in Asian American history.

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