Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Monday, April 30, 2007

May Day 2007

Tomorrow is May Day, and you can show your support for immigrants (Asian American and otherwise) everywhere by joining a rally or march. Check out a partial calendar here.

A recap of what we're fighting for when we say "immigration reform":
-strengthen family reunification
-a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
-restoring due process and ending the raids
-fair labor standards

Here are some selected news clips from around the country in honor of the event:

Edison, NJ - Asians a political force in Edison
Remember Korean American Mayor Jun Choi? His election has gotten a bunch more APIAs involved in local politics, some running on opposing slates.

Boston, MA - Proposal for Non-Citizen Vote Could Affect Boston’s Asians
Sam Yoon and other progressive Boston City Councilors proposed a bill that would allow green card holders to vote in municipal elections. If passed, that could translate into as many as 20,000 more Asian American votes, which would dramatically alter the city's political landscape.

Wash, DC - Immigration bill triggers Asian American uproar
Filipinos with close relatives in the United States now have to wait from five up to 20 years for immigrant petitions to push through. But now, the White House wants to scrap the practice altogether, triggering a howl of protest from the immigrant community here.

President Bush will reportedly move for the elimination of all family based immigrant visas as part of "draconian measures" to reform the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA).

That's all for now folks. Tomorrow promises to be excellent weather, so go out and support your parents, friends, neighbors, and co-workers by marching for justice.

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