Announcing our Spring Youth Leadership Summit Cohort!

Since 2014, Advancing Justice | AAJC has convened college students for its signature youth program, a multi-day leadership development program for young advocates that is focused on advocacy, communications, and civic engagement around policy issues impacting our communities. Through this annual convening, we provide a unique opportunity for young advocates from across the country to learn from and network with policy advocates and national leaders. In addition, students are able to build and strengthen their own networks of student leaders across the country. …

Reflections on Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Power Station’s “Count On Your Census” podcast and how it told the stories of advocates working to get out the count in tumultuous times.

By Anne Pasmanick

When Michelle and I discovered our shared love of podcasts in the way-back world of 2019, we imagined what we might create together. I had just interviewed John C. Yang, President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC, for Power Station, my podcast about power-building nonprofits. John spoke about the diversity of AAPIs, whose 50 subgroups experience starkly different levels of educational attainment…

One year out from Census Day 2020, we reflect upon how we leaned on one another to improvise, adapt and overcome the challenges of the 2020 Census, while looking toward what we need to accomplish for the 2030 Census. (Photo: Advancing Justice — AAJC census team in 2019)

By Terry Ao Minnis

The year 2020 always promised to be a busy — even hectic — year, with both a decennial census and presidential election happening in the same breath. As much as groups such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC planned years in advance for a flurry of activity to engage and mobilize our communities, there was nothing that could have prepared us for what 2020 had in store. The COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty the previous administration introduced uprooted the taking of the census and the elections and resulted in the complete overhaul of many of…

A group of high schoolers interested in studying stress among their peers. Then, the pandemic hit.

By Arushi Gupta, Elina Parekh, Rishi Kumra, Samika Saste, Sanchi Kohli, and Sanya Gupta. Edited by Trisha Satish.

Saahas Youth is the youth chapter of the non-profit organization Saahas for Cause which has the mission of educating, empowering, and enabling the South Asian American community. We drafted a survey with questions about family, friends, school, relationships, and health-related stressors. During our research project, we were able to see how high school stress changed before and during the pandemic.

Mental health issues don’t just pertain to high school students, of course, but to all ages. From young children to senior citizens…

Left to Right: Rev. Al Sharpton, head of National Action Network and co-organizer of the 2020 March on Washington and John C. Yang, President and Executive Director of Advancing Justice — AAJC

By John C. Yang

As I think about Black History Month, I reflect back six months, when I stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial 57 years to the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” Speech.

I was there to be part of the 2020 March on Washington called The Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks. It was a day that I am proud to have been a part of and proud that Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC was the only Asian American organization invited to speak at the…

By Anika Raju

2020 was a major year in the fight for racial justice. Following former President Donald Trump’s scapegoating of China and Asian individuals for the COVID-19 pandemic, hate incidents against Asian Americans increased considerably. At the same time, there were several unjust murders of African Americans by law enforcement, one of which included an Asian American police officer at the scene of the killing. Most recently, there have been attacks against elderly Asians in California, New York, and Illinois. As Asian Americans have called for the perpetrators to be held accountable — some of whom are from communities…

The new Congress must cut the prison-to-deportation pipeline before it causes life-long pain to more Asian American refugees and immigrants.

By Daishi Miguel-Tanaka

As we usher in a new year and new Congress, the time has come to permanently end America’s mass immigrant incarceration and detention crisis. On January 26, Representatives Jesús “Chuy” Garcia (IL) Pramila Jayapal (WA), Ayanna Pressley (MA), Karen Bass (CA) led the reintroduction of the New Way Forward Act alongside more than 30 original cosponsors including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib. The New Way Forward Act, first introduced in 2019, would end the…

Combating misinformation and disinformation is vital to countering White supremacy among Asian Americans and other communities that speak languages other than English

By Emily Chi

In the days following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, many tech platforms and private companies stepped up to take more drastic actions to ban accounts and moderate harmful content. But even in attempts to combat White supremacy and nationalism, tech companies’ scopes remained White-centric.

Unfortunately, we saw plenty of Asian faces and flags among the violent White supremacists and Confederate flags during the insurrection. It is a jarring reminder that some…

Naturalization should be accessible and affordable to all aspiring Americans, and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities have a lot to lose under the new changes to the citizenship exam.

By John C. Yang

As Asian Americans Advancing Justice — AAJC looks forward to working with the Biden Administration on meaningful immigration reform, we face the Trump Administration’s final attempts to deter immigrants from establishing roots in America. In December, the Administration established yet another unfair and unnecessary obstacle for those seeking to become Americans. This time, it targeted the nearly nine million lawful permanent residents who are eligible for U.S.citizenship. The tactic: suddenly overhauling the citizenship civics test.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rolled out a test that is much more complex and based on contested…

Advancing Justice | AAJC’s Top 10 Highlights of 2020

Everyone has been dramatically impacted by the events of the past year, and we want to acknowledge the hardships, struggles, and range of emotions that you have experienced in the past year. Through the ups and downs, we are grateful for the opportunities to work even harder for our Asian American communities across the country. We were able to stay connected virtually, work together on the census and elections, and fight back against anti-Asian/Asian American hate. …

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