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CA Fwd: How insufficient election funding can hold back voter turnout

Jun 20 2016

A recent post-election panel held by The Future of California Elections (FoCE) to assess the state’s recent primary election revealed a number of issues.

FoCE is a collaborative statewide group funded by the James Irvine Foundation and dedicated to modernizing elections and increasing voter participation.

As one might expect, the voter experience varied widely across the state but a number of problems related to potential disenfranchisement were called out including some confusion among poll workers and voters.

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Hartford Courant: Arts & Ideas Panel Tackles Millennials, The Election, The American Dream

Jun 16 2016

Political engagement is essential in any election year. The 21st century, however, presents new challenges. Millennials — hard-hit by the economic downturn — are increasingly pessimistic. How can this enormous demographic be roused to political engagement? And in an age where people get most of their information on the internet and initiate their social interactions online, how has the nature of political engagement changed?

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NBC News: We 'Finally Feel At Home': How DACA Has Changed Lives Across America

Jun 15 2016

Four years after President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, more than 728,000 young undocumented immigrants have been approved for the program.

"I'm as productive and as much of a part of this community, part of this country, as anyone else who have come here with nothing and tried their best to make the best of themselves," Ivy Teng Lei, 25, told NBC News.

Read more » Trafficked Filipino bakery workers in Calif. hail $15M award

Jun 14 2016

LOS ANGELES — ”I don’t care if there is no customer or if the customer is a fly or a mosquito, you are not allowed to take a break to eat.”

This was one of the incidents with one of the defendants related by Gina Pablo-Grossman, one of the 11 plaintiffs in the successful lawsuit against the owners of L’Amande bakeries, as she and others met June 9 with the community and media here to celebrate their landmark legal victory.

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Rappler: Trafficked OFWs in California win $15M in damages

Jun 13 2016

MANILA, Philippines – A California District Court recently granted 11 trafficked overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) a default judgement of $15.2 million (P700 million) in damages and fees.

The workers were trafficked to the United States to serve as domestic servants and kitchen staff to high-end bakeries owned by defendants Analiza and Goncalo Moitinho de Almeida. They were subjected to abusive conditions, including 17-hour workdays and $3 (P138.23) per-hour wages.

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ABS-CBN News: Trafficked Pinoy bakery workers celebrate visa victory

Jun 11 2016

LOS ANGELES - With their families by their side, along with Congressman Ted Lieu and the Asian Americans Advancing Justice, eleven Filipino bakery workers celebrated a sweet victory receiving their trafficking visas.

"The joy we felt after all these years of stressful situation is indescribable," said bakery worker Armie Dela Cerna.

"They're now able to have some relief for at least three years and we really have appreciated their courage to stand up," Stewart Kwoh of Asian Americans Advancing Justice said.

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Can Mua: Beverly Hills bakery accused of labor abuse by workers on visas

Jun 10 2016

The Filipino workers say they were recruited by the bakery owners with a promise: Join us as we launch a new business in the United States, and we'll double — or even quadruple — your pay. But when the first workers arrived in Southern California in 2012 under a little-known visa program for foreign...

The Filipino workers say they were recruited by the bakery owners with a promise: Join us as we launch a new business in the United States, and we'll double — or even quadruple — your pay.

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Asian Journal: Filipino bakery workers win $15.2-M case against employers, awarded T visas

Jun 10 2016

FILIPINO workers, who prevailed in a yearlong legal battle against the owners of a French bakery in Southern California, now have temporary authorization to live and work in the US.

After winning a $15.2 million case against the owners of the now shuttered L’Amande Bakery (which had locations in Torrance and Beverly Hills), the 11 plaintiffs have been awarded T visas, which allow victims of human trafficking to temporarily live and work in the United States.

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