Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 8:50AM / Standard Entry
This is text from an email sent by Vincent Pan on Feb. 11, 2014:
This month marks the completion of my eighth year as executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action. We have accomplished a great deal together, but there remains so much more to be done.
I’m excited to be looking forward with eight lucky CAA items to share with you:
- Our campaign to Move City College of San Francisco Forward is hitting its stride. In addition to recent good news from City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s lawsuit (preventing City College from closing), yesterday morning State Senator Mark Leno announced legislation that will stabilize the College’s funding as it addresses accreditation issues. All elected officials must do their part and be accountable for keeping City College open. (read more)
- You are invited to the annual CAA membership meeting next Wednesday, February 19th at 6:15 pm. City College of San Francisco Chancellor Art Tyler is our special guest and we expect to have a frank and candid discussion about City College and its future. (read more)
- To combat obstruction from Republicans in Congress, the community continues to demand compassionate and fair immigration reform. Later this month we will support the Fast for Families campaign as they embark on a national bus tour, and we are also joining the growing calls for President Obama to halt unnecessary deportations that are breaking families apart. (read more)
- Our direct services and leadership development with limited-English proficient residents is helping hundreds of people find employment, access job training, and get assistance with their immigration needs. And this year will be the tenth anniversary of our CAA Parent Advocates spring training program that helps parents become more effective leaders in local public schools.
- CAA has re-launched Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality as a growing network of progressive Asian American social justice groups. In addition to CAA, the network includes the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, APEX Express, API Equality – Northern California, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, Hyphen Magazine, and the Network on Religion and Justice. The new aacre.org will go live in mid-March and coincides with a screening of “American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” which AACRE is sponsoring at CAAMFest.
- Our Sacramento-based advocacy has a new focus to ensure fairness and inclusion in the California State budget. We are thrilled to be working with nearly a dozen new partners from across the State and will be announcing more details soon.
- CAA’s 45th anniversary celebration will be held at the Empress of China restaurant on the evening of June 12th. This year we will be honoring some very special friends and heroes so please save the date.
- We are actively recruiting new volunteers and board members to help with a variety of work. If you are committed to social justice and civil rights and would like to get involved, please let us know and we can explore opportunities together. Email us at [email protected].
It has been my great fortune to work with an amazing community for the past eight years. The CAA staff and board, our partners and allies, and people throughout the community from all walks of life inspire me every day.
Thank you for your continued support and helping to make this upcoming year as great as the past eight.
Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014 8:46AM / Standard Entry
Below is text from an email sent by the Move City College Forward team on Feb. 11, 2014:
City College of San Francisco must remain open for the tens of thousands of students and community members who depend on it to pursue their educational aspirations. The Move City College Forward campaign, launched by CAA last year, now has nearly 10,000 supporters who have signed our petition letter stating our core principles that include putting learning first and valuing every single student.
There have been major steps taken to keep City College moving in the right direction but much more must be done. Thank you for keeping City College a priority for all local elected officials.
A positive sign from the courts. There are several lawsuits against the Accreditation Commission whose actions threaten the ability of City College to remain open. At a San Francisco Superior Court hearing in December, a partial injunction was won by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, which means that City College cannot lose its accreditation until certain lawsuits are complete. This is a positive sign as it legitimizes the need to ask tough questions about the way the Accreditation Commission has done its work while also potentially giving City College more time time to address its issues.
A host of elected officials, including Representative Nancy Pelosi, prominent members of Congress, and the State Legislature are now calling for more scrutiny into Accreditation Commission practices.
Funding to stabilize City College. Yesterday morning, California State Senator Mark Lenoannounced legislation that would stabilize funding at City College of San Francisco. After years of budget cuts, the media surrounding the accreditation crisis at City College has caused student enrollment and future funding tied to it to drop into a death spiral.
Though the Leno legislation will not increase funds to City College, it simply creates a three-year grace period that will allow City College to stabilize its enrollment and the associated funding. With the support of City College administration and faculty, local elected officials from across political camps must rally to ensure this legislation gets passed and then signed by Governor Jerry Brown.
The Move City College Forward campaign will need your help to get every local and state elected official working on behalf of this legislation.
Appealing the accreditation ruling. City College administration and faculty have made tremendous progress to address the concerns of the Accreditation Commission. It is time for the Commission to acknowledge this progress and see that whatever their intentions may have been, they are now doing more harm than good. City College is entering into the formal appeal process with the Accreditation Commission and this and related requests to the Commission must be received favorably. If the Accreditation Commission truly cares about higher education, it time for them to start working with City College instead of against it.
We will be discussing these efforts, as well as important measures to restore local governance to City College and rebuild student enrollment, with City College of San Francisco Chancellor Art Tyler at the annual CAA membership meeting. Please join us at this special event nextWednesday, February 19th by visiting here for more information.
Thank you for your support to keep City College open for all.
Jenny Lam, Vincent Pan, Betty Cao, and Susan Hsieh
Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 5:03AM / Standard Entry
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today announced the appointment of Michelle K. Lee as the next Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Lee currently serves as the Director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley satellite office and will begin her new role at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA, on January 13, 2014.
While Director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley satellite office, Lee has served as the agency’s primary liaison with the innovation community in the Silicon Valley and West Coast, leading the establishment of a temporary office in Menlo Park and working creatively with California’s Congressional, state, and local leadership to successfully secure a permanent office location in San Jose. In that role, she has also been actively engaged in education and outreach initiatives, empowering the USPTO to more effectively develop programs, policies, and procedures to meet the needs of the West Coast innovation community.
Beyond the Silicon Valley office, Lee has also played a broader role in helping shape key policy matters impacting the nation’s intellectual property (IP) system, focusing closely on efforts to continually strengthen patent quality, as well as curbing abusive patent litigation. Prior to becoming Director of the Silicon Valley USPTO, Lee served two terms on the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee, whose members are appointed by the U.S. Commerce Secretary and serve to advise the USPTO on its policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees.
An engineer and attorney by training, Lee has developed a distinguished career over the past 25 years focused on various key facets of patent law, technology, and innovation policy in private practice, industry, and the executive and judicial branches of the federal government.
Prior to joining the USPTO, Lee served as Deputy General Counsel for Google and was the company’s first Head of Patents and Patent Strategy. She also served as a partner at the Silicon Valley-based law firm of Fenwick & West, where she specialized in advising a wide range of high-technology clients from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies on all aspects of patent law, intellectual property, litigation and corporate matters.
Prior to her career as a legal advisor to technology companies, Lee worked in the federal judiciary, serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Honorable Paul R. Michel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before building her legal career, Lee worked as a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories, as well as at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She holds a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering and computer science from M.I.T., as well as a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Upon assuming her role as USPTO Deputy Director, Lee will perform the functions and duties of the USPTO Director, a position that is currently vacant. In accordance with statutory law, she will assume the title of “Acting Director” once President Obama nominates a Director.
Source: Commerce Department
Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 9:24AM / Standard Entry
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) today announced that poll monitoring reports from New York, New Jersey, and Virginia today include reports of a mistranslated ballot proposition, Hindi and Korean interpreter shortages, improper voter identification requirements, and one report of a racist poll worker.
“Continuing language translation violations and improper identification demands of Asian American voters are unacceptable,” said Glenn D. Magpantay, director of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Democracy Program. “Reports of voting violations in these three states with large Asian American populations should not be met with finger-pointing, but with corrective action.”
On Election Day November 5, AALDEF and several cosponsoring organizations (listed below) sent over 300 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers to three states to document voter problems. The elections today included the mayoral election in New York City and the gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia. AALDEF also conducted a nonpartisan multilingual exit poll in six languages to get a snapshot of Asian American voting preferences in these key states in anticipation of next year’s mid-term elections.
All observations were reported to the Board of Elections. A summary of voting rights violations follows:
Mistranslated Ballot Propositions
The Chinese translation of ballot proposition 5 at PS 126 in Chinatown, Manhattan, P.S. 150 in Woodside, Queens, and P.S. 169 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn were mistranslated. Sample ballots at Election District 22/26 in Queens were also mistranslated.
Poll sites had shortages of Korean and Hindi speaking interpreters, including J.H.S. 217, I.S. 125, and St. Sebastian’s School in Queens. Additionally, at P.S. 171 in Astoria, Queens, although the site was not targeted for Korean interpreters, reports indicated that many Korean-speaking voters were in need of language assistance.
Poll Worker Confusion
At Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing, Queens, poll workers told voters that the back side of the ballot was “not that important,” leading voters to not vote on those propositions.
Improper Voter ID Requirements
At Thomas Edison High School in Jamaica, Queens and PS 126 in Chinatown, voters were required to show identification by the information clerk even though they were not first time voters.
At Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Ward 4, District 2 in Englewood, NJ, there were no Korean interpreters or bilingual poll workers, despite large number of Korean American voters.
Racist Poll Workers
At JP Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey, an Indian American voter was prevented from voting because his last name was so long that it was displayed with a space (separating it into two words) in the voter roll. The white poll worker insisted that he was not the same person, and only after appealing to another Indian American poll worker was the voter allowed to vote.
At Mosby Woods Elementary School in Fairfax, Virginia, two elderly Korean American voters were prevented from using their own interpreters inside the polling place. (Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act requires that voters can be assisted by an interpreter of choice, and these assistors may accompany the voters into the booth to translate the ballots for them.)
Improper Voter ID Requirements
At Deep Run High School in Glen Allen, Virginia, an additional form of voter identification — requiring proof of address, was wrongfully required.
- Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
- National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC)
- OCA: Asian Pacific American Advocates
- South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
- State/Local Co-Sponsors:
- Alliance for South Asian American Labor (ASAAL)
- Asian American Society of Central Virginia (AASOCVA)
- Asian Pacific America Legal Resource Center (APALRC)
- Chhaya CDC
- Coalition of Asian Pacific American of Virginia (CAPAVA)
- Minkwon Center
- National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) – DC and NY Chapters
- Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
- Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Greater DC (APABA-DC)
- Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ)
- Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York (KALAGNY)
- Muslim Bar Association of New York (MuBANY)
- National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
- South Asian Bar Association of New York (SABANY)
- South Asian Bar Association of Greater DC
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), founded in 1974, is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By combining litigation, advocacy, education and organizing. AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013 5:12AM / Standard Entry
Cal Poly Philosophy Professor Patrick Lin received a grant of nearly $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for “Safeguarding Cyberspace with Ethical Rules for Cyberwarfare,” a collaborative project with the Naval Postgraduate School and Western Michigan University.
Through the project, Lin and his team seek to address the ethics of cyberwarfare, an issue Lin said is not directly undertaken by policymakers and defense organizations. Though there is a growing amount of literature on cyberspace technology and strategy, Lin noted there is a need to study the ethics of cyberwarfare as a way to guide law and policy.
“Cyberweapons are a technology that have advanced quickly in recent years,” Lin said. “Since much of it is covert work, there hasn’t been a lot of public discussion about how responsible nation-states should conduct cyberwar in a way that respects existing international law and ethical norms.”
Cyberwarfare challenges standard existing legal frameworks governing armed conflict, including the assumption that war must require kinetic or physical attacks. Because military assets are difficult to penetrate, cyberwarfare has great potential to be directed at civilian infrastructure.
“Clear international law and policy can help limit the impact of cyberwar on civilians and safeguard cyberspace itself,” Lin said. The project will aim to discover how cyberwarfare conforms, or can be made to conform, to war principles such as discrimination and deception.
Lin’s collaborators include Cal Poly Lecturer Keith Abney as a senior investigator. The team will release their research findings through a university-level course on cyberspace ethics, a comprehensive report, media outreach and workshops through the duration of the project.
Lin is director of the Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group at Cal Poly and is the author of books, articles and presentations on cyberspace, robotics and related topics. His professional interests include applied and theoretical ethics, social and political philosophy, and other areas as applied to science and technology.
NSF grants are awarded based on criteria of fit, design, intellectual merit of the project and its proposed broader implications. Recipients are chosen by a peer-review board that convenes in Washington, D.C.
The College of Liberal Arts comprises 15 departments and two interdisciplinary programs, offering highly selective programs in the arts, humanities, communications and social sciences. Providing nearly a third of the university’s instruction, the college serves as an essential component of liberal arts education for all students at Cal Poly. The college fosters excellence within its cutting-edge disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses while diversifying, extending and enriching the broader polytechnic environment.
Source: Cal Poly
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