Occupy Chicago Protests--- Burning Voter... →
Hey all, I hope everyone’s been good with school and what not! So some Occupy Chicago people have been burning their voter reg forms in front of Obama’s headquarters to protest the electoral system. Now, while I would agree that there’s a lot of corruption in government and the system, I just don’t agree with their method of protest. Burning voter registration cards? That...
How to tell your friends from the Japs’ in TIME,... →
My friend sent me this link the other day of the comparison between two articles published almost 70 years apart about religious/cultural distinctions between groups based on physical appearances for the purpose of telling categorizing people. I found it extremely interesting that the article about Sikh men, after the shooting in a WIS Sikh temple occurred, was published - regardless of the intent...
Your life is your message to the world. Make it inspiring.– Lorrin L. Lee
My voice is beyond shot, but last night was totally worth it. Thank you all for creating one of the most memorable and impactful summers for me. As the Title says, you all better call me and keep in touch! No Maybes on this. Seriously. Call me. #JayboonsLovesIFP
The Maleness of Mass homicide
Heyo! Joan here. In light of this Dark Knight Aurora shooting, a lot of opinions from psychologists, politicians, and other people have been voiced throughout the media. Who do you listen to when everyone is talking? I’ve read dozens of articles on the internet, have listened to multiple radio talk shows, and have seen reports on the tv about this incident. All of these things spoke of...
I really liked the mural that the kids at Hamdard Center’s day care made, Each flag represents different countries of the community of the Hamdard Center. —Hira
Governor Quinn signs HB 4510 tomorrow at CASL
Hi All, http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/BillStatus.asp?DocNum=4510&GAID=11&DocTypeID=HB&LegId=64185&SessionID=84 My supervisor, Theresa Mah, is especially proud of this because she has been working on getting this passed for a year. Amends the State Employment Records Act. Provides that each State agency shall include in its annual report a description of the agency’s...
reactions to Colorado
Hi peeps, So I’m curious what your reactions are to similar articles. I don’t know how I feel about this yet, but I’m interested to hear what you think! Love, Anna http://thedeansreport.com/item/38-terroristcolorado http://nextgenjournal.com/2012/07/the-system-has-failed-us-a-response-to-batman-shootings-aurora-tragedy/
How a great-great-granny could settle the voter ID... →
State laws requiring identification cards for voters have raised big issues that will carry into fall election season, as three key rulings are expected at the same time the presidential election heats up. And in one case that has Supreme Court ramifications, it might be a great-great-grandmother’s testimony that could settle the voter ID issue in a key swing state. Viviette Applewhite, 93, is the...
John McCain Calls Michele Bachmann’s Insane... →
So i just heard about this story and it was crazy and awesome at the same time. So pretty much what happened was Michelle Bachmann accused Huma Abedin, Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton, of having family members in the Muslim Brotherhood and Senator McCain spoke up against Michelle Bachmann and defended Huma. -Gary Cho
I really like this quote regarding the SB 1070 ruling Hira
Comfort Women →
I borrowed my grandpa’s copy of the Pacific Citizen today so forgive my numerous posts about articles in that paper but I learned so much just from reading through it. I actually couldn’t put it down. If you’re unfamiliar with the term “comfort women” read this article! It’s a touchy subject to explain so just read and I promise you’ll learn something!
Florida Voting Provisions
Heyo! Joan here. There is this really interesting article found on Colorlines about Florida’s voting provisions and the underlying impact it has on its voters: its a preventative force for those of color. The article states, “As its sponsor, State Senator Mike Bennett, made clear when the bill passed last year, its intent is to make voting more difficult. ‘I don’t have a problem...
"We have a word for minority--it's called... →
“We have a word for minority — it’s called American.” “Regardless of what some might say, what you see there is not about the deficit; it is about some people being very uncomfortable with the way the country is changing. It’s about polarization, bitterness and extremism that clearly is not helpful to the country moving forward.” With the shifting and...
CNN article about Asian American Congressional... →
Guys, guys, guys. This is super exciting. This article came up on my twitter timeline and it’s really promising. Apparently there were 30 Asian American candidates throughout this election process and while some have been eliminated via the primaries, this is still an increase since 2010. It’s great that this article also does talk about stereotypes in politics as well. Hope you had a...
LEP data →
Hi everyone! I’m currently doing (more) research on the Limited English Proficiency populations in the United States so I figured I’d send you this link in case you’re interested. Basically, around 9% of the American population over the age of 5 is LEP and Illinois houses the fifth biggest LEP population in the nation. Puts things in perspective, eh? Love, Anna
Why Illegal is not entirely appropriate? →
Hey guys, This is a response to Ruben Navarrette’s article, “Illegal immigrant is the Uncomfortable Truth.” Just wanted to share this with you guys. I believe she presents her arguments well. What do you all think? “The fact that people resort to marginalizing and castigating some immigrants as “illegal” only goes to show that they aren’t interested in rule and...
Diversity and Chicago
As I read Becky’s post, I thought of a class I took at UIC ironically from Professor Dick Simpson. One of the topic was how diverse Chicago is and how diverse it is not. It’s diverse in the sense that Chicago has many ethnic and racial residents. But at the same time it’s not diverse in the sense that each different ethnic and racial groups have their own neighborhoods or niche. ...
My presentation about Smartphone Security @ KACS
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Voter Registration Banner
Heyo! Joan here. Hira and I are trying to design a banner that can be used to announce voter registration. AAI wants to have it for future use, and is letting us use it for our event next week. However, neither of us are super graphic-savvy, so all of the ideas for the banner are pretty much bland (i.e. Powerpoint templates :P). Can any of you guys give us ideas, or possibly help out with a...
Ideas for GOTV
Heyo! Joan here. As I said last Friday, Hira and I are currently working on a voter registration drive at the Hamdard Center. We are creating a pamphlet that will be handed out at the event. It’s an informational pamphlet that is meant to encourage the reader to go out and vote. In the pamphlet, we have included information entitled “How Does Voting Work?,” “How Your Vote...
“California cannot afford to become another...
Here are are 2 links explaining The California TRUST act which has been nicknamed The “Anti-Arizona” bill. All of this information can be found in the links but here is a short summary of the bill. This bill will prohibit local law enforcers from referring a detainee to ICE officials from deportation unless that person has been convicted of a violent or serious felony. It has been...
"Illegal Immigrant:" Slur or Not A Slur?
Heyo! Joan here. “Illegal Immigrant-” what’s your opinion on the term? CNN has published two very intriguing articles on two takes on the term “illegal immigrant.” Both of the articles are written in different and respectively interesting styles. So I would encourage you to read both of them and hear their arguments. Charles Garcia wrote an article on how the phrase...
Are Asian-Americans An Untapped Voting Bloc? →
So us fellows at CASL have been working on planning voter registration drives and I came across this piece from NPR. After reading through this and going out canvasing I’m starting to realize that there could be another reason why Asian Americans are very apathetic when it comes to voting. A lot of times politicians do ignore the Asian American population and if they are ignored enough they...
Fun (and powerful) times at KRCC!
Today marks my third day at work here! Woohoo. On my 2nd day, FYSH members began participating in a boot camp organized by MCYP’s Steve Moon. It’s intended to build on our organizing skills by changing the way we view the world around us. Pretty cool, right? Getting directions from Steve! What kind of crazy stuff is he going to make us do?! Or maybe at this point we were just...
Elevator Pitch Workshop!
Mansi and I have been preparing a workshop for Indo-American Center this whole week! This is a preliminary flyer I created for our Elevator Pitch program on the 18th. Hope you all are having a wonderful and productive week. Can’t wait to hear about what you guys are doing! -Shirley
AAPI White House Youth Summit
Hey Everyone, So tomorrow I’ll be attending the White House AAPI Youth Summit. I’m a combination of nervous and excited. Nervous because I am the only student from the Midwest on the panel… and most likely, one of the few Midwesterners, it is my first time traveling alone :( , and I just generally get nervous when public speaking or meeting new people. I am excited because I...
Asian American groups criticize voter-ID law →
“Pennsylvania’s new voter-ID requirements threaten to disenfranchise a significant number of Asian Americans…” -Noah