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02.19.2020

Asian Americans Advancing Justice statement on discrimination and the coronavirus epidemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a group of five civil rights organizations issued the following statement and call to action about the coronavirus:

We are disappointed and disturbed by the discriminatory sentiment aimed at Asian Americans in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic in Asia. In order to prevent xenophobia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice calls on the media to be conscious of how they frame stories around the coronavirus and for social media platforms to dispel the spread of misinformation. We also urge the public to refrain from targeting Asian Americans. Common sense needs to prevail where people understand and focus on the facts of the virus.

No amount of fear can excuse prejudice and discrimination against Asian Americans. Throughout history, Asian Americans have been wrongly targeted due to mass hysteria, from the use of the racist term “Yellow Peril” to refer to East Asians as a danger to Western civilization to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Every Asian American has the right to go to school, work, and other public places without being subjected to racial discrimination. 

We encourage individuals who have experienced a hate incident or other racist actions tied to the coronavirus outbreak to report it to StandAgainstHatred.org.

Contact:
Megan Singson, (312) 271-0899, msingson@advancingjustice-chicago.org

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation’s members are: Advancing Justice | AAJC (Washington, DC), Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and Advancing Justice | Chicago.

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02.13.2020

Night at the Theater: Dhaba on Devon Avenue

Join Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago for a night at the theater! Victory Gardens is partnering with us for a special showing of their play Dhaba on Devon Avenue leading up to our annual celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Tickets include a cocktail reception and full performance Dhaba on Devon Avenue, as well as an after-show discussion about the play and how it relates to the work at Advancing Justice | Chicago.

Not only will you be able to enjoy a spectacular production, but you will also be supporting our mission! Proceeds from the tickets enable us to continue working towards racial equity in Chicago and beyond.

Click here to purchase tickets

 
Date: Friday, April 17, 2020

Location: Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Program:

5:30 PM Doors Open
6:00 PM Cocktail reception and raffle
7:30 PM Dhaba on Devon Avenue performance (90-minute performance, no intermission)
9:00 PM Post-show Discussion

Cost: $75 (or $50 for monthly recurring donors – check your email for the code)

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02.03.2020

JOB: Director of Development

BACKGROUND AND MISSION

For over 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and empower them to create change in their communities.  In 2017 we finalized a five-year strategic plan and are now guided by a new mission statement:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.

Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to its grassroots community organizing. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, a fierce accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Asian Americans have a unique experience and voice that can make an even more significant contribution to the progressive movement.

Together, we equip the community with the knowledge and resources to regularly engage with power-brokers and decision-makers at all levels of society for the advancement of social justice, equal rights, political representation, and human dignity. Simultaneously, we align, convene and collaborate with like-minded organizations to advocate for laws and policies that promote social, economic, political, and racial equity including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, hate crimes and discrimination.

As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.

Whether locally, regionally, or nationally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is building a powerful Asian American voice for racial equity.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

At this critical time in our nation’s history, when the rights of immigrants and other communities have been questioned by our government and white nationalism seeks to destroy communities of color, Advancing Justice | Chicago continues to be a leader in protecting the rights of Asian American and immigrant communities in our city, state and region.  This is also a critical time for our organization, and we are now positioned, both financially and strategically, to open a powerful, new chapter in Advancing Justice | Chicago’s history.

The Director of Development position presents a unique opportunity for a strategic and proactive individual to advance this organization’s mission, expand the organizations brand awareness, grow and diversify our funding base, amplify our work, and attract new supporters.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

Advancing Justice | Chicago is a highly collaborative organization made up of capable leaders who excel at their jobs. As a senior-level manager you will have three direct reports: Development Associate, Grant Writer, and Communications Specialist. The department is efficient and effective, and thrives on a highly operationalized approach to the work in order to maximize ROI. This role requires strong management skills, a creative mind and approach to fundraising, and the ability to serve as a public-facing representative of the organization that can speak with confidence on our work, our mission, and current affairs that impact our community on a local, state, and national level.

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12.10.2019

New Bill Restores Due Process Protections for Immigrants With Criminal Records

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Bill Restores Due Process Protections for Immigrants With Criminal Records

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, SEARAC Applaud
Introduction of New Way Forward Act

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) applaud the introduction of the New Way Forward Act by U.S. House Representatives Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Pramila Jayapal, Karen Bass, and Ayanna Pressley.

The New Way Forward Act advances the national conversation on immigrants with a criminal record by restoring due process protections for all immigrants, including immigrants in deportation proceedings. Key components of the bill include the below provisions:

    • Eliminating mandatory detention
    • Ending deportations based for certain convictions
    • Restoring judicial discretion for immigration judges
    • Creating a five-year statute of limitations for deportability
    • Establishing an opportunity to come home for certain deported individuals or non-citizens in deportation proceedings

In particular, the restoration of judicial discretion for immigration judges would help individuals like Cuong Nguyen, a Vietnamese individual who arrived in the United States at 11. Nguyen is a nail technician and nail salon owner with a 3-year-old son who was Hub detained for over two years in ICE detention and faces deportation for a 13-year-old criminal conviction.

“For the last two years, my loved ones have been living in fear of my deportation. After serving a 24-month prison sentence for my mistake, a decade later I was suddenly separated from my family, missing my son’s first birthday and forcing my wife to be a single parent and manage our business alone without knowing when I would return. That is why the New Way Forward Act is important to me. By restoring judicial discretion to immigration judges, they can finally look at my case, see my family and my contributions to my community, and hopefully provide me and others in my position the relief we so desperately need,” said Nguyen. (more…)

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09.24.2019

JOB: NAPABA Law Foundation Legal Fellow

Job posting: NAPABA Law Foundation Legal Fellow


BACKGROUND AND MISSION

For over 25 years, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago has worked to bring together the Asian American community and empower them to create change in their communities.  In 2017 we finalized a five-year strategic plan and are now guided by a new mission statement:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.

Advancing Justice | Chicago is deeply committed to its grassroots community organizing. In order to strengthen our work and transform the inequities in our city, state, and Midwest region, we work with multiracial coalitions that emphasize racial equity, a fierce accountability to those most impacted, and an infrastructure of grassroots leadership. Asian Americans have a unique experience and voice that can make an even more significant contribution to the progressive movement.

Together, we equip the community with the knowledge and resources to regularly engage with power-brokers and decision-makers at all levels of society for the advancement of social justice, equal rights, political representation, and human dignity. Simultaneously, we align, convene and collaborate with like-minded organizations to advocate for laws and policies that promote social, economic, political, and racial equity including initiatives in the areas of voting rights, language access, hate crimes and discrimination.

As part of the national Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation, Advancing Justice | Chicago is a leader in the nationwide Asian American movement. Regionally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is prioritizing the Midwest, and collaborating with partners across the Midwestern states to tackle common struggles and build power.

Whether locally, regionally, or nationally, Advancing Justice | Chicago is building a powerful Asian American voice for racial equity.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

At this critical time in our nation’s history, when the rights of immigrants and other communities have been questioned by our government and white nationalism seeks to destroy communities of color, Advancing Justice | Chicago continues to be a leader in protecting the rights of Asian American and immigrant communities in our city, state and region. This is also a critical time for our organization, and we are now positioned, both financially and strategically, to open a powerful, new chapter in Advancing Justice | Chicago’s history.

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Law Foundation’s Community Law Fellowship was created to encourage young attorneys to engage with the community on policy advocacy, impact litigation, and legal services to vulnerable communities. Advancing Justice | Chicago is seeking applicants interested in gaining firsthand experience in legal and policy-based advocacy on civil rights issues significant to Asian American communities to sponsor for a fellowship with the NAPABA Law Foundation or other post-graduate fellowship. (more…)

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