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CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship Applications Due June 30

The CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship is funded by an endowment established by the City University of New York in recognition of Dr. Thomas Tam’s contributions as a former member of the CUNY Board of Trustees, founding Executive Director of the Asian American / Asian Research Institute, and leadership in the Asian American community. The Scholarship awards $1,000 to an individual qualified undergraduate student that is currently enrolled at any of the twenty-one colleges within CUNY, Asian or non-Asian, who has demonstrated creativity in the communication of the concerns of the Asian American community in areas such as Health, Education and Culture.

For full application guidelines and to view past winning projects, please visit www.aaari.info/tomtamscholar.htm

Equal Voice SoCal - General Survey

I’m an intern at AAAJLA (Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles) & we’re part of a coalition called Equal Voice for Southern California Families Alliance

So, for the first time in over a decade, California has a budget surplus, that means we have an abundance of money. & Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend that money on the Prison Industrial Complex, paying off the state debt, and saving the money for an emergency. But, the thing is, California has the highest poverty rate of the nation (23.5% of Californians are living in poverty). So we need that money now! Equal Voice’s campaign is to redirect the $4.1 billion into education, prevention programs, and safety-net programs (CalWorks, UC/CSU funding, IHSS services, SSI/SSP, youth jobs/centers, & childcare) to lift ourselves up out of poverty.

I’m asking you to take a few minutes out of your evening to complete this survey. It’s a survey that allows us to include the people, the community, in our planning process so when we approach our gov’t with our budget proposal, it has the community’s wants/needs.

Thank you so much! & if you have any questions, I’ll be more than glad to answer it through email: mdao@advancingjustice-la.org.


Did you know that 8.7 million Californians live in poverty? That’s almost a quarter of our state’s population, which means California has the highest percentage of poor people in the nation. But, even though so many in our communities are struggling to meet their basic needs, our state has CUT billions of dollars of funding to public programs like Medi-Cal and CalWORKs—the kind of programs people need to survive and move out of poverty. It’s clear that our state’s leaders need a wake up call.

That’s why we’re fighting for an EQUAL VOICE for Southern California families. EQUAL VOICE is a united alliance of community organizations waging a campaign for an equitable state budget that puts enough money into the programs our communities need to move out of poverty.

Will you join us to ensure an EQUAL VOICE for the 8.7 million?Help grow the EQUAL VOICE campaign by completing this survey. The information you provide is confidential, and will only be used for the purposes of developing the EQUAL VOICE campaign and network.

Prefer to take this survey in Spanish? Click here.

koreamjournal:

Michelle Rhee, the education celebrity who rocketed from obscurity to OprahWashington Post

In camera-ready red, Michelle Rhee started the week on the set of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The next night, she was the subject of an hour-long documentary on “Frontline.” In several weeks, she’ll tour the country to promote her new memoir, “Radical.”
In the two years since her short and stormy tenure as chancellor of the District’s public schools, Rhee has transformed herself into an education celebrity, the likes of which the country hasn’t seen before.


She is certainly NOT an education celebrity, she’s a villain. One of the worst advocates “for students” ever. Privatization is not the answer, blaming teachers and punishing teachers are not the answer, charter schools are not the answer.

koreamjournal:

Michelle Rhee, the education celebrity who rocketed from obscurity to Oprah
Washington Post

In camera-ready red, Michelle Rhee started the week on the set of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” The next night, she was the subject of an hour-long documentary on “Frontline.” In several weeks, she’ll tour the country to promote her new memoir, “Radical.”

In the two years since her short and stormy tenure as chancellor of the District’s public schools, Rhee has transformed herself into an education celebrity, the likes of which the country hasn’t seen before.

She is certainly NOT an education celebrity, she’s a villain. One of the worst advocates “for students” ever. Privatization is not the answer, blaming teachers and punishing teachers are not the answer, charter schools are not the answer.

The Higher the StudentsFirst grade, the lower the academic performance | Join the Future

teachandtutor:

Michelle Rhee’s organization, naturally.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund Summer Internship 2013

internshipsforaapis:

ASIAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND
2013 SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.

LEGAL INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Internships for the summer of 2013 are available in the following program areas:

Anti-Trafficking Initiative - legal research and writing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as outreach, community education, and advocacy on the rights of exploited and abused workers.

Community Health Care Initiative - legal research, community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access.

Economic Justice for Workers - legal research, advocacy and direct representation on behalf of Asian immigrant workers experiencing wage-and-hour, retaliation, and workplace safety violations in the restaurant, nail salon, domestic worker, and other low-wage industries.   

Educational Equity - legal services, policy work, community education, research and litigation concerning educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.

Housing Justice Project - community outreach/education, community planning, research, and litigation on housing and land use issues affecting low-income Asian immigrant communities.

Immigrant Access to Justice: litigation, legal services, and organizing/outreach with communities impacted by
9-11, including special interest detainees, special registration, voluntary interviews by the government, the 9-11 absconder initiative, and local and state enforcement of immigration laws. 

Voting Rights - legal research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings.

Description of Summer Internship Program:  The summer program is ten weeks, from approximately June 3 through August 9.  Interns work full-time and are supervised by attorneys in specific program areas.  Depending on the program area, interns will work on litigation, legal and policy advocacy, community outreach and education, or client intakes; each program area differs in emphasis.  Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding.  Academic credit can be arranged.

To Apply:
·   Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to be received by AALDEF on or beforeMonday, January 7, 2013 at the address below.  Please indicate in your cover letter the top three preferred program areas.  Only law students qualify for AALDEF’s legal internships.  Applications may be faxed or emailed.

·   Any bilingual ability should be stated in the application.  Bilingual ability is helpful but not required.  Gujarati, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian and Urdu-speaking applicants are especially urged to apply. 
·   Applications will be reviewed upon receipt until the January 7, 2013 deadline.  Interviewing will take place on a rolling basis.  Only applicants who have been granted interviews will be notified of their advancement in the application process. 

Summer Internship Search (Legal)
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013-2815
Fax: 212-966-4303  Email: info@aaldef.org

For more information, contact: 
Shirley Lin at 212-966-5932 x220 or slin@aaldef.org
Thomas Mariadason at 212-966-5932 x223 or tmariadason@aaldef.org 


* * *Please do NOT email applications to slin@aaldef.org or tmariadason@aaldef.org * * *

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UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Summer interns attend weekly brown bag lectures on a range of public interest legal topics along with interns from other legal defense funds and civil rights groups.  The summer program is ten (10) weeks, beginning approximately June 3rd through August 9th.  The position is unpaid.  However, in previous years many AALDEF interns have been successful at securing independent funding and work-study funds may also be available.  Academic credit can be arranged.

Community Health Care Initiative:  community education and outreach in the areas of immigration, government benefits, language rights, and health care access.

Educational Equity Intern: Responsibilities include community outreach and presentations with Asian American youth groups, public education policy research, assistance with client intakes and general support for projects on educational equity, juvenile justice, affirmative action, student free-speech and police surveillance, and anti-Asian harassment.

Housing & Environmental Justice Project: Responsibilities include community outreach and research on land use, community planning, and anti-displacement issues. 

Office Assistant: Responsibilities include data entry, organizing press clippings, answering phones, doing mailings, assisting with fundraising and other events, and performing general clerical duties.  Other responsibilities include providing support for community education and outreach projects and acting as an interpreter/translator.  Computer experience with databases, graphics and web programs is helpful.   

Voting Rights Intern: research and fact development under the Voting Rights Act and Equal Protection Clause challenging anti-Asian voter discrimination, advocacy on bilingual ballots, and the redrawing of local, state and federal district lines; produce reports and organize public forums; assist in organizing legal trainings; help prepare for election monitoring of the 2013 Mayoral Elections; conduct voter registration drives.

Requirements: Candidates must be detail-oriented and possess strong writing skills. Spoken and written knowledge of Korean, Bangla, Chinese, or another Asian language is a plus. Qualified applicants should indicate which internship they are applying for and send a resume and cover letter by Monday, February 11, 2013 to:

Summer Undergraduate Intern Search
Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
99 Hudson Street, 12th floor
New York, New York 10013
fax: 212.966.4303 or email: info@aaldef.org  

For more information, contact Jennifer Weng at 212-966-5932, ext. 212 or jweng@aaldef.org.

Books (with Prometheus Brown aka Geologic of Blue Scholars)
Bambu

egana:

imthattypeofnigga:

Bambu || Books (with Prometheus Brown aka Geologic of Blue Scholars)

Best song about books I’ve ever heard! haha.

I really need to read some books.

On repeat. Get Bambu’s new album!

Oct 2

Michelle Rhee is is a one-person PAC.

As a friend at Advancing Justice said,

Just ‘cause we have the same color skin don’t mean they’re our kin.

Here is the 2011-2012 Scholarship List (regardless of immigration/residency status)

Attention DREAMers! Here's a scholarship for you!

MALDEF now offers a scholarship to support the nation’s college and graduate student leaders who have been outstanding advocates for the DREAM Act and all immigrant rights. In 2012, MALDEF will offer scholarships of up to $5,000 each to deserving DREAM Act student activists. All current college and graduate students are eligible to apply. Students seeking to enroll in college or university for the first time (or to re-enroll following a leave of absence) are also eligible to apply if they will be enrolled in a college or university before the end of 2012. All applications must be postmarked by Monday, July 2, 2012. Students will be notified of the results in the fall of 2012.

Mar 8

Minority Student and Education Report Ignores Asian Americans

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said on Monday that “minority students across America face much harsher discipline than non-minorities, even within the same school”after the release of a study breaking down student racial demographics and suspension rates. The study also shows that APAs are suspended at extremely low rates. Unfortunately, Secretary Duncan’s comment implies that APAs are not minorities.