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Census confidentiality concerns worry activists

As the Census Bureau prepares for its 2020 count, concerns about new plans to question respondents about their citizenship status have taken center stage. But now, civil rights activists and others focused on the importance of ensuring a full and accurate tally of everybody living in the United States are also worried that current administrators […]

SF: Mayor Ed Lee remembered on 1-year anniversary of death

San Francisco city officials celebrated the life of the late Mayor Ed Lee with a lively ceremony Dec. 12 at City Hall on the one-year anniversary of his death. Standing at the mayor’s balcony inside City Hall, the same spot where Lee himself delivered countless speeches, Mayor London Breed described Lee as a humble leader. […]

Community celebrates ‘Frida Kahlo Way’ street signs at City College of S.F.

Community members gathered Dec. 7 to celebrate the unveiling of the Frida Kahlo Way street signs in San Francisco, according to the office of Supervisor Norman Yee. Frida Kahlo Way is not a new street, rather the new name for Phelan Way, the address of City College of San Francisco. The street is changing names […]

Faith group vows to hold monthly vigils to denounce deportations

Immigration activists crowded along the sidewalk outside the San Francisco U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office Dec. 14 to kick off what they said will be monthly vigils demanding an end to detentions and deportations. Members with the group Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, which is made up of faith leaders, activists, and the families […]

Research shows third citizen isolation center, at Tulelake

During World War II, the United States government had established three, not two citizen isolation centers as previously thought, according to groundbreaking research being conducted on an upcoming book on the Tule Lake War Relocation Authority (WRA)/Segregation Center by Roger Daniels, emeritus history professor and pioneer scholar in Japanese American history and Barbara Takei, an […]

Kansas stops issuing license plates with offensive term for Japanese

LOS ANGELES — The Kansas Department of Revenue has ceased issuing vehicle license plates that contain the letters “JAP” after a Californian man complained about a plate carrying the word, which was popularized as a derogatory term for Japanese during and after World War II. “The Division of Vehicles is restricting the use of ‘J […]

S.F.: Jury finds man who tried to rape teen inside Fillmore parking garage guilty

A San Francisco jury found a 20-year-old man guilty of trying to sexually assault a teenage girl and then claiming to be his twin brother when officers tried to arrest him, prosecutors said Nov. 21. The jury found Rayvoughn Smith guilty of assault with intent to commit a sex offense with an underage person, child […]

S.F.: Police arrest five for child pornography-related offenses

San Francisco police have arrested five people on suspicion of child pornography-related offenses, police said Nov. 20. The arrests were made either in November or in October following investigations beginning earlier this fall. Police said that in mid-November, investigators arrested a pastor of a San Francisco Lutheran church on suspicion of possessing child pornography, possessing […]

A nationwide movement for justice

In celebration of the publication of “NCRR: The Grassroots Struggle for Japanese American Redress and Reparations,” members of Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, along with activists from the Redress Movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, held a series of book parties in the Bay Area Oct. 27 and Oct. 28. During the Oct. […]

Trump effect: Mid-terms a turning point for Asian American voters

The 2018 mid-terms marked the pivotal moment when Asian Americans made a difference — as voters, candidates and historic winners. An Ethnic Media Services survey of Asian American voter turnout and growing involvement in the political process reveals the surging significance of these major ethnic groups’ participation in elections in various states. With a history […]

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