An Unsung Hero in the Story of Interracial Marriage – The New Yorker
Hon. Denny Chin, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, alerted us to this article just published in The New Yorker that talks about the landmark US Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia which struck down as unconstitutional anti-miscegenation laws. The article brings out the little known role played by William Marutani, who argued on behalf of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), an amicus curiae in the case.
Marutani was later appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania to the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia, becoming the first Asian American judge in Pennsylvania.
Our own trailblazer, Hon. Marilyn Go, clerked for Judge Muritani. She shared with us this link to the oral argument in Loving v. Virginia. You can both hear and read the transcript, including Judge Marutani arguing for JACL. It comes from oyez.org, a multi-media archive project of Chicago-Kent College of Law, with a mission to make the “Supreme Court of the United States accessible to everyone.”
With the approaching Thanksgiving holiday, we here at AABANY are truly blessed and grateful to have our esteemed jurists, Judge Chin and Judge Go, remind us of the contributions made by Asian American lawyers to the development of civil rights law in the United States. Let us not forget the struggles and triumphs of our trailblazers and predecessors for their role in paving the way to greater equality and justice for all. We need to follow and build on their example because the struggle continues.
Pro Bono General Counsel Program – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
The NAPABA Pro Bono General Counsel Program seeks to provide organizations serving the Asian Pacific American (APA) community with access to high-quality, pro bono legal advice and counsel that they cannot afford. The program is intended to help APA-serving organizations promote good governance practices and comply with relevant laws and regulations. The General Counsel’s activities might include advising clients about maintaining tax exempt status, reviewing contracts, and ensuring compliance with fundraising regulations. We provide these services through the generous pro bono services of volunteer attorneys.
Interested organizations and volunteer attorneys should complete the designated application forms. Applications will be submitted to the database, and organizations will be provided an opportunity to interview and hire a volunteer attorney.
An Open Letter from the MinKwon Center
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2016
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Dear Friends, Allies and Community,
For decades, the MinKwon Center has fought for those oppressed and marginalized in society. Today, our mission to empower our community takes on an unprecedented urgency.
- Legal services and consultation for immigrants regarding their status will continue. If you are undocumented, contact us immediately to see if you are eligible for a visa or other form of relief. This includes anyone currently with DACA.
- DACA recipients with expirations in the next 6 months should contact us immediately, to process a renewal. We have begun offering additional clinic days to process these applications.
- We are preparing know-your-rights workshops on protecting yourself when approached by immigration enforcement officials.
- The Asian American Dreamers Collective, our undocumented young adult group, is convening special meetings and events for Dreamers to share a space of grief, pain and to respond together.
- MinKwon is strategizing with our allies in the non-profit, government and philanthropic world on how to respond to a federal government hostile to immigrants in a way not seen in generations.
We are here to help, assist and empower the community. As an organization committed to immigrants, the MinKwon Center is renewed in its sense of mission to serve the urgent needs of the vulnerable, and to give a voice to the undocumented, low-income, limited English proficient, and Asian Americans who are now at even greater risk.
This is not a time to stay silent, nor to accept what is happening to our family members, friends, neighbors, or co-workers. It is a time for action, and we invite you to join us.
Contact us if you have questions, need assistance or would like to volunteer. Our number is 718-460-5600.
Affiliate Grant Program – National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
NAPABA recognizes the importance of affiliates and national associates at the local level as a support network for Asian Pacific American attorneys and communities and those interested in Asian Pacific American legal issues. The NAPABA Affiliate Grant Program was established to support affiliates and national associates in carrying out activities to further their missions and goals. The program offers affiliates and national associates the opportunity to receive funding up to $3,000 annually for projects related to membership development and pro bono activities.
Deadline: Dec. 20 – apply now!
In times of sweeping changes facing our nation, Americans of all backgrounds must come together to move this nation forward — not backwards. NAPABA condemns the comments about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II made by Carl Higbie, a spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC.
During an interview with Megyn Kelly on the Nov. 16, 2016, taping of Fox News’ “The Kelly File” regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s plan for a Muslim registry system, Higbie argued in favor of a plan modeled after the highly controversial National Security Entry-Exit Registration System implemented after 9/11. In so doing, Higbie stated, “We’ve done it based on race, we’ve done it based on religion, we’ve done it based on region. We’ve done it with Iran back — back a while ago. We did it during World War II with [the] Japanese.”
These offensive and incendiary remarks invoked the distrust and xenophobia that led to the unjustifiable imprisonment of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II, a time that is considered to be one of the darkest moments in American history, in order to justify current policy proposals. This is unacceptable and such intolerance has no place in our country. After a divisive election, we must move forward as one and not instill fear into our nation’s citizens.
The lesson of incarceration is that we cannot engage in discriminatory conduct and must oppose policies that profile and target the Muslim American community with hate and bigotry at its core.
We must work together to unite our membership and our nation and to find common ground for a better path forward. We must refuse to act based on fear and intolerance. As history has shown, such actions do not make our country safer and reject the basic tenets of what it means to be Americans.
For more information, the media may contact Brett Schuster, NAPABA communications manager, at 202-775-9555 or [email protected].