Archives for 2017

The unintended consequences of hate

This story was reported using data from ProPublica’s Documenting Hate Project. This project is collecting reports to create a national database of hate crimes and bias incidents for use by journalists and civil-rights organizations. If you’ve been a victim or a witness, use the form below to tell us your story. SAN JOSE, Calif. — […]

U.S. appeals court hears arguments on revised travel ban

Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Hawai’i argued before a federal appeals court May 15 about whether the panel should consider President Trump’s campaign comments when deciding on the constitutionality of his revised travel ban. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard the arguments in Seattle […]

Mass killer pleads no contest to seven counts of murder

OAKLAND, Calif. — One Goh pleaded no contest May 2 to seven counts of first-degree murder and three counts of premeditated murder for killing seven people in a shooting rampage at Oikos University in Oakland five years ago. Goh, 48, also pleaded no contest to the special circumstance allegations of committing a murder during a […]

U.N. panel calls for revising Japan-S. Korea ‘comfort women’ deal

GENEVA — The U.N. Committee against Torture called on Japan and South Korea to revise their 2015 deal to settle the long-standing row over women who were forced into wartime Japanese military brothels. The agreement should be modified to “ensure that the surviving victims of sexual slavery during World War II are provided with redress, […]

Calif. Civil Liberties projects announced

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program announced in a statement May 2 that 29 California groups will receive funding for projects to remember the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans, as well as “present-day civil liberty issues.” The State Library has awarded more than $922,000 has been awarded by the State Library […]

Palo Alto: Data analysis company agrees to $1.6M settlement of bias allegations

PALO ALTO, Calif. — A Palo Alto-based data analysis company has agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to settle a U.S. Department of Labor charge that it discriminated against Asian applicants for software engineering jobs. Palantir Technologies Inc. provides software and data analysis services for government agencies and private industry. It received $340 million […]

Massive crowd gathers to celebrate workers’ immigrants’ rights

Chanting, “We want justice for our people,” waving signs and cheering, more than 1,000 people gathered peacefully in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood May 1 in honor of May Day and in support of immigrant rights. A broad coalition of groups joined in the tenth annual observance of International Workers Day by Oakland Sin Fronteras, a labor […]

API community mourns death of civil liberties champion Mike Lowry

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published by the International Examiner. Former Washington Governor Mike Lowry, an early champion of redress payments for Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II and a passionate supporter of universal health care, passed away on Monday at the age of 78. Lowry was a much admired friend of the […]

RABBIT RAMBLINGS: Let’s get into the struggle

What a year this is turning out to be. There is so much uncertainty that I feel at a loss for words to address the situation that our country is in. One thing is becoming clear: Americans are alarmed, taking to the streets and speaking up in surprising ways. And we Asian Americans are also […]

OBITUARY: Yuri Shiono

SHIONO, YURI, 97 was a fun-loving and cheerful woman who loved being with her family and friends, hosting and going to parties, and cooking and eating good food. She was a sharp card player who would chatter the night away while winning hand after hand with friends. She died April 29, 2017. Yuri was born […]

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