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01.16.2020

JOB: Paid Canvasser

Job Posting: Paid Canvasser


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

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago is hiring paid canvassers to support our census outreach efforts.

Pay is $15-17/hour, based on experience. The position is classified as an independent contractor and does not include benefits. We are very flexible with schedule and looking for individuals to work 10 – 25 hours/week. Evening and weekend availability is preferred.

We are looking for individuals to start immediately and work through the end of April.

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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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09.05.2019

KINETIC Art Gallery: November 15, 2019

2019 KINETIC ART GALLERY

 

SAVE THE DATE: Friday, November 15

Hairpin Arts Center
2810 N. Milwaukee Ave.

 

This year’s KINETIC art gallery, “Re: Title – Alone Voices Fear To Belong, Alone Voices Together Are Strong,” will showcase art and performances by immigrant and refugee youth as a form of powerful storytelling to reclaim the narratives placed onto them and their families, and shift the narrative to show our power and build solidarity. The gallery will also explore the topic of Title VI which prevents discrimination on language basis and origin, while providing an opportunity to learn and get involved with KINETIC’s language justice campaign work.

Re: Title will touch upon the concepts of the many titles that we are given in our community and how the youth are taking an initiative to change the perspective and re-title them.

Join us for the gallery opening on Friday, November 15. If you know any immigrant and refugee youth artists, forward them the Call For Art.

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