Michelle Rhee, the education celebrity who rocketed from obscurity to Oprah
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.
Michelle Rhee’s organization, naturally.
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 by9-11, 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.
· 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.
For more information, contact:
Shirley Lin at 212-966-5932 x220 or email@example.com
Thomas Mariadason at 212-966-5932 x223 or firstname.lastname@example.org
* * *Please do NOT email applications to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.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:
As a friend at Advancing Justice said,
Just ‘cause we have the same color skin don’t mean they’re our kin.
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.
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.
“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.
In the spirit of the President’s commitment to engaging the American public, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is proud to announce that we will be hosting a weekly web chat/conference call with the community every Wednesday from 3-4pm EST. This is your opportunity to interact with officials from across the Administration, ask questions, and share your concerns and ideas on how our government can effectively work with you. In addition, you will receive information on how to better access federal programs and services.
To kick off the series, please join a conference call/web chat on Obama Administration Efforts to Alleviate Student Debt on Wednesday, February 1 at 3 PM EST.Hear from officials from the White House, Department of Education, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to learn about federal income-based repayment programs, college cost comparisons, federal student financial aid, and other programs.
WHAT: Conference call/ Web chat on Initiatives to Alleviate Student Debt
WHO: Chris Lu, Assistant to the President, White House Cabinet Secretary, and Co-chair of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Zakiya Smith, White House Domestic Policy Council
Phil Martin, Department of Education
Rohit Chopra, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 3PM EST
HOW: Email WhiteHouseAAPI@ed.gov with “RSVP for 2/1 Call” in the heading by Jan. 31 at 12PM EST. Call-in details will be emailed to registrants.
This call is hosted in partnership with the White House Initiatives on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.
Additional topics include but are not limited to the following:
February 1, 2012 Financial Literacy: Alleviating Student Debt
February 8, 2012 Immigrant Rights: How Federal Policies Impact the AAPI Immigrant and Refugee Community
February 15, 2012 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Listening Session: Tell Us Your Priorities
February 22, 2012 Small Business Administration Educational Series: Government Contracting
February 29, 2012 Youth Engagement: Internships
March 7, 2012 Financial Literacy: Making Home Affordable
March 14, 2012 Language Access: Updates, Tools, and Resources for the Community
March 21, 2012 Women’s Issues: Labor & Health
March 28, 2012 Small Business Administration Educational Series: Access to Capital
April 4, 2012 Civil Rights: Harassment and Discrimination
April 11, 2012 Civil Rights: Voting Rights for the AAPI community and LEP individuals
April 18, 2012 Financial Literacy: Social Security benefits
April 25, 2012 Health: Affordable Care Act
May 16, 2012 Education: Higher Education
May 23, 2012 Health: AAPIs and Diabetes
Information on how to join each week’s web chat will be provided in the Initiative’s Weekly Highlights. To join our distribution list and receive the Weekly Highlights, please email email@example.com.
Are there additional topics you would like to see? Post on the White House AAPI Facebook page or tweet us at @WhiteHouseAAPI with topic suggestions or issues you would like to discuss!