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Campaigns to qualify new citizens are rolling out across Texas

May 1 2012

The Dallas Morning News

GARLAND — Just in time for presidential elections in November, citizenship campaigns are rolling out for foreign-born residents who want to fully and finally bridge the distance between their birthplace and their adopted U.S.A.

Organizer Connie Choi, a staff attorney with the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, called the illegal-immigration proposals “the modern-day version of the Chinese Exclusion Act” of 1882.

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Beyond May Day and marches, an evolving immigrant rights movement

May 1 2012

89.3 KPCC

As an immigrant rights marchers wind their way through downtown Los Angeles this afternoon in one of a series of rallies tied to May Day in L.A. and throughout the country, today marks the sixth anniversary of a historic event that drew hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the city’s streets.

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Riot Victims Remembered at Saigu Memorial

Apr 30 2012


Edward James Olmos speaks at a diverse gathering at a Korean-American church -- one of the most heavily attended events marking the 20th anniversary of the LA riots. The names of people killed appeared on a screen during the event. Toni Guinyard reports Sunday, April 29, 2012.

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Could the LA Riots Happen Again?

Apr 27 2012

New America Media-Asian

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles civil unrest – or Sa-I-Gu (Korean for 4-29) -- the day in 1992 that community outrage erupted hours after a jury’s unjust acquittal of four Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers who severely beat an African American motorist, Rodney King. Fifty-four individuals died during the six days of unrest. Another 2,400 were injured. Businesses were looted and destroyed, resulting in an estimated $1 billion dollars in property damage. About half of the damage occurred to Korean-owned businesses.

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Media Advisory — Census Bureau Hosts Forum on Asian Population

Apr 26 2012

U.S. Census Bureau

The U.S. Census Bureau will host a forum with the Asian American Justice Center on the Asian population at the Rayburn House Office Building. This event will highlight statistics from the American Community Survey and 2010 Census, providing a portrait of the Asian population in the U.S. Following the presentation, an expert panel will discuss the statistics and their implications.


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Considering the Korean American experience in the LA riots

Apr 24 2012

89.3 KPCC

During the riots that followed the acquittal, many Koreans throughout the Los Angeles area rushed to Koreatown after Korean-language radio stations called for volunteers to guard against rioters. Many of the Korean responders were armed with guns and improvised weapons. In the end, five Korean merchants were killed, others were wounded, and several stores were looted.

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Killing Field's Legacy

Apr 23 2012

Contra Costa Times

LONG BEACH - The pain stitches across the face of 91-year-old Sath Um as she recalls the horrors she witnessed and her brushes with death. Roth Prum fingers the leaves of a small plant she holds as she talks about how "I became the cow" when relating her work pulling a plow through rice fields.

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Demand to Include Central Am. Nations on Census

Apr 18 2012

New America Media-Latino

Los Angeles (USA) - Pro-immigrant organizations will ask the U.S. Census Bureau to include Central American countries on the forms of the next decennial Census to identify the origin of residents from that area.

"In late May of this year Central American activists are going to meet with census officials to demand that the 2020 census forms include each of the countries of Central America," said Francisco Rivera, president of the Central American Roundtable (Mesa Redonda Centroamericana).

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April Issue: Why Health Care Reform Matters

Apr 16 2012


More than 2.3 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are now uninsured can gain health coverage from the new law, but many don’t know it.

The Asian American community needs health care reform.

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