The issue isn’t as much hazing as it is identity. Many of us no longer know, or never knew what it meant to be Greek, the oaths we took.

If our letters were really a set of responsibilities, a set of promises, then let’s award them upon your graduation. That is, a certain GPA, that is if you’ve served on the boards of at least one campus organization, that is, if you can prove to the community you’ve made a real impact and dedicated yourself to the pursuit of something greater. In that sense our entire undergraduate experience would be a pledging process, and the word “pledge” would be restored to its original meaning, that is a promise - for academic achievement, for philanthropy, cultural awareness and family. Something to be truly earned. This is much harder than eight weeks of torment and misery. My fellow charters can attest to this. Let’s stop making excuses and reflect on how we’ve arrived at this point. This is no longer about damage control, it’s about how we can make things right, for the sake of those countless future generations of Greeks to come.

My heart goes out to his family and those we’ve hurt. My sincerest regret for those who expected better of us.

— Will Xu, former Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, Inc. National President and former National APIA Panhellenic Association Secretary on the tragedy that occurred this week in which a freshman pledge died during a ritual for Pi Delta Psi
Join us for a talk on Growing Up in Transnational Worlds: A Comparative Look at Chinese and Dominican Americans, by Vivian Louie, on Friday, December 13, 2013, from 6pm to 8pm, at 25 West 43rd Street, 10th Floor, Room 1000, between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan. This talk is free and open to the general public.
 Transnationalism refers to the phenomenon of immigrants maintaining connections to their country of origin, and employing a dual frame of reference to evaluate their experiences and outcomes in the country in which they have settled. How does transnationalism matter in the identities among the second generation, e.g., individuals who were born in the United States, or migrated by late childhood? In this presentation, Dr. Vivian Louie examines this question among second generation Dominicans and Chinese who have grown up in strong transnational fields and had parents who want them to participate in the homeland imaginary. The focus is on transnational orientations and/or practices among second generation individuals with particular attention to generational status, class, ethnicity, gender, and race.

Vivian Louie is the 2013-2014 CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor at Hunter College. Dr. Louie received her Ph.D and M.A. from the Yale University Department of Sociology, M.A. from the Stanford University Department of Communication, and A.B. from Harvard University. She  has previously worked as a newspaper journalist, journalism teacher and youth magazine editor, and an associate professor in education and lecturer in sociology at Harvard. 

Dr. Louie studies immigration, education, and identities with a focus on the contrast between lived experience in urban and suburban neighborhoods. Dr.  Louie’s two books, Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education, and Opportunity Among Chinese Americans(Stanford University Press, 2004) and Keeping the Immigrant Bargain: The Costs and Rewards of Success in America (Russell Sage Foundation, 2012), reveal how academic success is achieved in similar ways among working class Chinese, Dominicans and Colombians, even though they belong to groups typically framed at opposite ends of academic success (the Asian American high achiever and the Latino American low achiever). Dr. Louie is also an editor of and contributor to Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (University of California Press, 2011).


To RSVP for this talk, please visit www.aaari.info/13-12-13Louie.htm. Please be prepared to present proper identification when entering the building lobby. Can’t attend? Watch the live webcast on our website homepage, starting at 6:15PM EST, or access the streaming video and audio podcast the following week.  



New York City: 6 CUNY Students Violently Arrested Protesting Ex-General David Petraeus

Six students were arrested Tuesday evening in an unprovoked police attack against a peaceful protest lead by City University of New York (CUNY) students and faculty decrying the University’s appointment of former CIA chief and ex-General, David Petraeus as an adjunct professor to the Honors College. Students were punched, pushed against parked vehicles and thrown to the pavement by police captains and officers after the NYPD forced them off the sidewalk and into the street. Tuesday’s demonstration was called for by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY.

“As students were chanting ‘War Criminal Petraeus Out of CUNY Now,’ I was shocked to see several police officers grab and brutalize one of the demonstrators,” said City College student Yexenia Vanegas. “This was completely unprovoked, as demonstrators made [it] clear that they were there to defend our university in a peaceful protest.”
The arrested students were arraigned Wednesday evening, September 18, at the Manhattan Criminal Court located at 100 Centre Street. The courtroom was flooded with supporters ranging from activists, to fellow students, to CUNY faculty outraged at the NYPD’s response to their student’s attempts to peaceably assemble.

The attack occurred in front of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, where Petraeus has been appointed to teach a class on public policy. “Protestors were marching in a circle on the sidewalk and chanting, but the police forced them into the street and then charged. One of the most brutal things I saw was that five police officers slammed a Queens College student face down to the pavement across the street from Macaulay, put their knees on his back and he was then repeatedly kneed in the back,” said Hunter student Michael Brian. “The student was one of those pointed out by ‘white shirt’ officers, then seized and brutalized. A Latina student was heaved through the air and slammed to the ground.”

(the following video depicts the NYPD confrontation beginning at 1:56)

A broad range of CUNY students, faculty and staff members, have been carrying out a campaign of “protest and exposure” against the Board of Trustees’ appointment of Petraeus, whose documented actions as Iraq/Afghanistan war commander and CIA chief include drone strikes on civilians, the use of “enhanced interrogation” centers and the use of white phosphorus weapons in Fallujah, despite international restrictions on their use.

CUNY organizers state that this “blatant use of police brutality against peaceful protestors will not intimidate or deter those who expose the truth about the actions of David ‘Death Squad’ Petraeus and oppose attempts to turn the City University into ‘a war college.’”

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BP Scott Stringer co-sponsors Immigration Reform Roundtable on June 29

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Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
African Services Committee, African Advisory Committee, Asian American Federation, Casa Puebla, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano Inc., Chinese American Planning Council, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Dominican Sunday, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Manhattan Immigrant Rights Task Force, New York State Office for New Americans, Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrants Rights, New York Council of Imams

Invite You To A

Immigration Reform Roundtable:
What New Yorkers Need To Know
-A Community Forum and Resource Fair-

Hear From and Speak to Experts About:
- Efforts to Establish Federal Immigration Reform 
- How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Immigration Fraud 
- Knowing Your Rights (Law Enforcement & Deportation Matters) 
- Resources and Services Available to the Immigrant Community 

Saturday, June 29, 2013
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
8:30 AM Doors Open/Breakfast
Program 9:30 AM Sharp
46 W. 116th Street (Lenox and 5th Aves.)
New York, NY 10026

Chinese, French and Spanish interpretation services will be provided. 

RSVP to Kate Spaulding at kspaulding@manhattanbp.org or 212-669-2094

This event is free and open to the public. 

Special thanks to Metroplus Health Plan Inc., for generously underwriting this event.

In Collaboration With: Representative Charles B. Rangel, Representative Jerrold Nadler, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, State Senator Bill Perkins, State Senator Jose M. Serrano, Assembleymember Herman D. Farrell, Assembleymember Robert J. Rodriguez, Assembleymember Gabriela Rosa, Assembleymember Keith L. T. Wright, Councilmember Inez E. Dickens, Councilmember Robert Jackson, Councilmember Melissa Mark Viverito, Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, Africa Business Community, African Hope Committee Inc., African Livery Driver & Base Donor Association, Inc., African Services Committee, African Sun Times – Radio Sunu Afrik on WPAT 930 AM, Asian American Federation, Bailey House, Inc., Black Institute, Casa Puebla, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano, Inc., Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Community Board 7, Community Board 9, Community Board 10, Community Board 11, Community Board 12, Council of African Imams in America, CUNY Citizenship Now!, Dominican Sunday, East Harlem Business Capital Corporation, Hispanic Federation, HOPE Community Inc., Legal Aid Society, Little Sisters of the Assumption, Malian Community Association, Manhattan African Advisory Council, Manhattan Legal Services, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), New York African Chorus Ensemble, Inc., Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, PALANTE Harlem, Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RIF), Senegalese Association, Union of Ivorians of New York, Violence Intervention Program, Inc.

“For the cost of this benefits package the city could give 4,385 students full, four-year scholarships to CUNY or hire 1,458 new teachers or pay for 350,000 GED test-prep programs or launch a micro-lending program for minority and women entrepreneurs.

“The EDC has not clearly justified why this much money should be used to subsidize this company. This subsidy seems to give away too much in exchange for the jobs and economic development it promises, despite the rosy numbers provided by the EDC.

As some of you know, I am extremely involved with the higher education campaign (especially in New York). The organizations I work with most, Save Our SUNY and New York Students Rising, focus on the public education systems in New York City and New York State. When I was at the White House AAPI Initiative briefing earlier this month, I asked the higher education panel about how the failures of America’s higher education institutes affect the APIA community. The response I mostly received was that “higher education is an American issue, not solely an Asian American issue”. 

I don’t think that’s right. As I replied back to the panel, the issues of college affordability, program cuts, financial aid, and the quality of the education we receive  is very much an APIA issue. By blanketing problems as “American problems”, the crucial factors of how race and ethnicity play into the situation are ignored.

Let’s think back on this year: we’ve had students deliberately not marking ‘Asian’ in order to get into college. We’ve had anti-affirmative action bake sales. We found out that Asians are statistically the most bullied in schools. Asian American studies programs are being cut nationwide. 

Speaking on what I know best, the fight to preserve funding for New York’s state schools is just as much about preserving an accessible education for communities of color. By raising tuition in an institution (City Universities of New York for example), blocks out potential students from low income communities. CUNY, which used to be free, was and is sometimes the only chance for people to go to college. The same can be said for California’s CSU system. 

Education is a right, not a privilege. It shouldn’t be something that we have to fight for, but reality shows that the road to education access is long and hard. We have great legislation like the DREAM Act that challenges existing notions of who “deserves” an education and fights for our people. 

So now let me turn this question to you: do you think higher education is purely an American issue? 

Open your eyes. Learn, get involved, and MOVE.