Weeklies 10/27/08


Be an ACLU Activist Scholar UCSD Communications Position


McCain’s Use of “Gook” Volunteers for Election Monitoring Needed


United Against Casino in Philly Asian American Activism Today


Absolutely Nothing to Do with ECAASU

Become an ACLU Activist Scholar

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is offering 16 of the nation's most committed, young civil liberties activists $12,500 each toward their first year in college.

Winners will also become part of an elite class of scholar-activists who will be invited to participate in ongoing activities with the ACLU, including activist trainings at the ACLU offices in New York City and Washington DC.

To qualify for the scholarship you must

* Have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism

* Be a high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student

* Have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of graduation

* Not be a current ACLU or NYCLU plaintiff or witness in a legal case

To be considered for the ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship, the NYCLU must nominate you for consideration. Visit http://www.nyclu.org/scholarship.

Please contact the Youth Scholarship Coordinator at the NYCLU, Danny Sternberg at dsternberg@nyclu.org or 212.607.3374 for details about the scholarship.

Activists who complete the application forms will be judged on the following standards (in order of importance):

* The strength and depth of the candidate's contributions to civil liberties

* Demonstrated leadership

* The likelihood of the applicant continuing commitment to civil liberties in the future

* Commitment to academic excellence

* Demonstrated financial need

Past scholarship winners were recognized for a wide variety of civil liberties activism including:

* Founding a student-led coalition to expand the student non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity, expression, and appearance

* Giving dozens of presentations to high school students about critical reproductive health services

* Organizing student protests against censorship after the school banned several controversial books from the English curriculum

* Mobilizing the media and politicians to respond to the discrimination of HIV-positive students in the public school system

* Starting a high school Gay-Straight Alliance in the face of strong opposition from the community and the local school board

* Creating a civil liberties-themed documentary to be used as an educational tool in high school classrooms

If you are passionate about protecting, and fighting for, the Constitutional rights of everyone contact the NYCLU and apply for the ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship!

Deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 17.


UCSD Communications Position

The University of California, San Diego Department of Communication announces a tenure track position in social, cultural and critical theory and practice of media production at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2009, pending budget approval. The position includes participation in our interdisciplinary undergraduate and Ph.D. programs.

Qualifications: The department seeks a candidate with a Ph.D. or MFA or equivalent qualifications who can provide an imaginative blend of creative work and scholarly research in new or traditional media with a focus on documentary media or forms that challenge the distinction between fiction and non-fiction. Video, non-fiction multimedia, audio/radio, software-based practices or other media will be considered. We especially encourage candidates who work with Pan Pacific Asian or Asian American issues or topics to apply, though the position is open to candidates working on all areas and topics.

Review of applications will begin on November 22, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a statement of current research and media practice, curriculum vitae, samples of creative work and of critical or scholarly writing, statement of teaching interests, sample course syllabi and names of referees and will be accepted electronically at http://communication.ucsd.edu under the "Faculty Recruitment" link. Applicants are also invited to submit a summary of leadership efforts, especially those that contribute to diversity. Samples of creative work can be submitted in the form of a web link or on CD or DVD to Faculty Recruitment, Department of Communication (0503), University of California, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0503. Salary is based on published UC pay scales. UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Applicants are invited to preview campus diversity resources and programs at http://diversity.ucsd.edu. Further inquiries should be addressed to Zeinabu Davis, Search Committee Chair, by e-mail at zdavis@weber.ucsd.edu.


McCain’s Use of “Gook”

This is not a partisan message but pure fact. It is all up to you how you want to respond to this.

Sen. Obama’s opponent, Sen. John McCain, who in 2000 once said, “I hate the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live” (to a reporter on his campaign bus, no less), hasn’t received half the scrutiny for an out-and-out racial slur that he uttered on the record. Though he eventually apologized for the anti-Asian remark, it appears to have had little negative effect on his campaign and is all but forgotten now.

But as Huffington Post writer Raymond Leon Roker notes in his Oct. 20 column, the next president of the United States would have to engage in dialogue with a dozen Asian countries. Under a McCain presidency, open-minded interaction may prove difficult if, as the original San Francisco Chronicle story quotes McCain as saying, “gook is the kindest appellation [he] can give.” So why hasn’t the slur been better documented by the press?

To read more, see the Hyphen article: http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/content/view/108/1/


Volunteers for Election Protection and Poll Monitoring Needed!

In past elections, Asian Americans have faced a series of barriers in exercising their right to vote.  In addition, candidates and the news media have often overlooked the Asian American vote.  In response, OCA-Northern Virginia Chapter (OCA-NOVA) is working with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund to monitor the elections for compliance with the federal Voting Rights Act, which mandates bilingual ballots and forbids anti-Asian voter discrimination, and conducted a non-partisan multilingual survey of voters to document Asian American voting patterns.

In the 2004 elections, 1,200 volunteers polled almost 11,000 Asian American voters in eight states.  Volunteers are needed to administer a multilingual voter survey in 3-hour shifts and document voting problems on Election Day.  Polls are generally open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

There will be a one-hour training session for all volunteers in various locations.  All volunteers must be non-partisan during the time they help.  To sign up and for a training schedule, go to www.aaldef.org/vote2008 or complete the registration form attached or/and pasted below.  Please let them know about your affiliation with OCA-Northern Virginia (OCA-NOVA).  Thank you!


United Against Casino Action in Philly

Dear AAU Friends:

By now, we hope you've been following coverage of Asian Americans United's latest campaign to stop a casino from being built at the Gallery/Market East, less than half a block from Chinatown's borders. We're currently mobilizing for action next Saturday when the city will hold public hearings on the question of re-zoning the area for gambling:

PUBLIC HEARING ON THE GALLERY CASINO Saturday, Nov. 1st, 2008 9 a.m. - gather at the Chinatown gate, 10th & Arch Sts. 9:30 a.m. - march to City Hall 10 a.m.-3 p.m. - public hearings Please contact Councilman DiCicco's office: brian.abernathy@phila.gov if you want to testify.

This public hearing is where City Council can hear our opposition to re-zoning the Gallery at Market East as a casino district (or Commercial Entertainment District-CED).  AAU and many residents, businesses, and organizations from Chinatown and across the city strongly oppose this casino and are working to stop this.

Earlier this month, a town meeting drew hundreds of residents, community members, civic organizations and concerned citizens for both a dramatic and emotional three-hour session with city officials. The focus of testimony was largely about protecting Chinatown residents and its children from gambling and gambling addiction.  There are many things we need for our community to be healthy: gambling is not one of them!

We are asking others to join us to make a strong stand against the Gallery Casino.  We need your help!

Proposed for the Gallery at 10th and Market: ·    a slots house at the Gallery, less than 50 feet away from the first homes in Chinatown ·    open 24 hours a day 365 days a year ·    state law permits unlimited free alcohol service 24 hours a day

City Hall is trying to pass legislation when they have: - no cost-benefit analysis - no economic or social impact studies - no traffic studies - no plan

What's the rush? We want a fair process: -public input -open processes and no backroom deals -time for real studies and careful consideration -the option to reject the plan

November 1st is an opportunity for all of us to unite and help fight against this legislation that has the potential to endanger the identity, safety, and future of our Chinatown community as well as Philadelphia.


Asian American Activism Today

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Vietnamese Americans of New Orleans staged a startling comeback. They were among the first to return to and rebuild the devastated city. But no sooner had they returned than the mayor of New Orleans ordered the dumping of thousands of tons of Katrina debris in a makeshift landfill located in the Vietnamese American community. The residents fought back, staging a bold campaign to successfully close the dumpsite, bringing an end to an environmental injustice heaped upon one of the worst ecological catastrophes in American history. What can these activists teach us about the future of Asian American activism?

On October 30, join us for a conversation with James Bui, Gulf Coast Regional Director of NAVASA and Tuyet Le of the Asian American Institute of Chicago. Bui, a leader in the organizing efforts in the post-Katrina Gulf Coast, will discuss the multigenerational and multiracial effort that led to the closing of the controversial landfill. He will also talk to students about how they can get involved in the rebuilding of the gulf coast. Le will provide parallel insights on the state of Asian American activism in Chicago.

Thursday, October 30, 4pm

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

University of Illinois at Chicago

800 S. Halsted




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