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"Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday morning signed into law a controversial voting bill aimed at curbing access to ma...
05/06/2021
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signs restrictive voting bill

"Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday morning signed into law a controversial voting bill aimed at curbing access to mail-in voting in the state...

In signing the bill...the Florida Governor highlighted provisions of the bill including stricter voter ID requirements for voting by mail, creating limits on who can pick up and return a voter's ballot, and banning private funding for elections." via CNN

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday morning signed into law a controversial voting bill aimed at curbing access to mail-in voting in the state, joining a host of other GOP-led states pushing new limits in connection with former President Donald Trump's baseless claims of fraud in the 20...

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice are kicking off #AAPIH...
05/06/2021

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice are kicking off #AAPIHeritageMonth with a brand new webinar series!

Join Lorraine Bannai (Seattle University School of Law), Deepa Iyer (Building Movement Project), Tim Ma (Lucky Danger), John C. Yang (Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC), and Paul M. Igasaki (ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice) for a discussion on the history of Asian progress in America, including the creation of “Asian” as a racial construct, the history of scapegoating Asian communities, and the legal approaches used to justify exclusion and violence.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3xLrj66

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice are kicking off #AAPIHeritageMonth with a brand new webinar series!

Join Lorraine Bannai (Seattle University School of Law), Deepa Iyer (Building Movement Project), Tim Ma (Lucky Danger), John C. Yang (Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC), and Paul M. Igasaki (ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice) for a discussion on the history of Asian progress in America, including the creation of “Asian” as a racial construct, the history of scapegoating Asian communities, and the legal approaches used to justify exclusion and violence.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3xLrj66

"The move is preliminary and will not guarantee the global patent rules are lifted right away. But the Biden administrat...
05/06/2021
US supports vaccine patent waiver proposal at World Trade Organization

"The move is preliminary and will not guarantee the global patent rules are lifted right away. But the Biden administration's signal of support amounts to a major step that aid groups and Democrats had been pressing for.

"The Administration believes strongly in intellectual property protections, but in service of ending this pandemic, supports the waiver of those protections for COVID-19 vaccines," US Trade Representative Katherine Tai wrote in a statement.

President Joe Biden and Tai had been weighing the issue after calls from global advocacy groups and progressives to support waivers on World Trade Organization rules that had been proposed by India and South Africa. Biden as a candidate promised to support such waivers, but had been under pressure from pharmaceutical companies to keep them in place." via CNN

The Biden administration, in a major decision Wednesday, said it would support easing patent rules on Covid-19 vaccines after intense internal debate and strong pushback from American drugmakers, potentially expanding the global supply and narrowing the vaccination gap between rich and poor nations.

Join us on 5/10 at 1:30 p.m. ET for our #free webinar, “The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Communities of Color in the...
05/05/2021

Join us on 5/10 at 1:30 p.m. ET for our #free webinar, “The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Communities of Color in the Wake of COVID-19.”

In this webinar, Jarrett Adams – Attorney at Law, The Law Office of Jarrett Adams, PLLC; Izuo-Ere “Mimi” Digifa – Founder, FLOLANGO, Cohort 2 Fellow, Georgetown University Pivot Program; Michael Pinard – Francis & Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Co-Director, Clinical Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; and Melanie E. Bates – Principal, Melanie Bates Consulting, LLC, Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, will address the current effects of mass incarceration on communities of color during the #COVID19 pandemic and discuss the lives of returning citizens.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3gOUyiz

Join us on 5/10 at 1:30 p.m. ET for our #free webinar, “The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Communities of Color in the Wake of COVID-19.”

In this webinar, Jarrett Adams – Attorney at Law, The Law Office of Jarrett Adams, PLLC; Izuo-Ere “Mimi” Digifa – Founder, FLOLANGO, Cohort 2 Fellow, Georgetown University Pivot Program; Michael Pinard – Francis & Harriet Iglehart Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Co-Director, Clinical Law Program, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; and Melanie E. Bates – Principal, Melanie Bates Consulting, LLC, Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, will address the current effects of mass incarceration on communities of color during the #COVID19 pandemic and discuss the lives of returning citizens.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3gOUyiz

“A federal judge on Wednesday vacated a nationwide freeze on evictions that was put in place by federal health officials...
05/05/2021
Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium

“A federal judge on Wednesday vacated a nationwide freeze on evictions that was put in place by federal health officials to help cash-strapped renters remain in their homes during the pandemic.

The ruling was a win for a coalition of property owners and realtors, who brought one of several challenges against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) eviction moratorium, which was put in place under former President Trump and later extended through June.” via @The Hill

A federal judge on Wednesday vacated a nationwide freeze on evictions that was put in place by federal health officials to help cash-strapped renters remain in their homes during the pandemic.

TODAY @ 1:00 P.M. ET: It’s not too late to register for today’s webinar about the causes and consequences of domestic vi...
05/05/2021

TODAY @ 1:00 P.M. ET: It’s not too late to register for today’s webinar about the causes and consequences of domestic violence. In response to the rise in domestic violence cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, our panel will present an overview of relevant international legislation and domestic remedies to address the difficulties faced by survivors.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3sQxjba

TODAY @ 1:00 P.M. ET: It’s not too late to register for today’s webinar about the causes and consequences of domestic violence. In response to the rise in domestic violence cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, our panel will present an overview of relevant international legislation and domestic remedies to address the difficulties faced by survivors.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3sQxjba

Today is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This day of observance calls att...
05/05/2021

Today is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This day of observance calls attention to the disproportionate number of missing, abducted, and murdered Indigenous women and girls who have yet to receive justice.

During the 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting, the American Bar Association adopted a policy urging federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to acknowledge and prioritize responding to the #MMIWG crisis and urging Congress to enact legislation prioritizes accurate data collection, interjurisdictional protocols for tracking and responding, and provides resources to respond to the crisis.

Learn more here: bit.ly/3elo0uN

Today is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. This day of observance calls attention to the disproportionate number of missing, abducted, and murdered Indigenous women and girls who have yet to receive justice.

During the 2020 ABA Midyear Meeting, the American Bar Association adopted a policy urging federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to acknowledge and prioritize responding to the #MMIWG crisis and urging Congress to enact legislation prioritizes accurate data collection, interjurisdictional protocols for tracking and responding, and provides resources to respond to the crisis.

Learn more here: bit.ly/3elo0uN

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05/05/2021

Timeline Photos

The National Indigenous Women's Resource Center has organized a National Week of Action, calling the nation and the world to action in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).

We encourage all individuals and organizations to take action by participating in these virtual events and organizing additional actions in your communities. Native families, advocates, and Indigenous nations continue to rise up to challenge the silence, tolerance, and inaction in response to the crisis of #MMIWG.

For a list of ways you can take action, visit: http://bit.ly/mmiwgweek

Join us on 5/7 at 12:30 p.m. ET for the kickoff to our #AAPIHeritageMonth Webinar Series, “History & the Law: Asian Amer...
05/04/2021

Join us on 5/7 at 12:30 p.m. ET for the kickoff to our #AAPIHeritageMonth Webinar Series, “History & the Law: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Context.”

In this webinar, Lorraine Bannai – Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Professor of Lawyering Skills, Seattle University School of Law; Deepa Iyer – Strategic Advisor, Building Movement Project, Director, Solidarity Is; Tim Ma – Co-Founder, Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate; Chef, Lucky Danger; John C. Yang – President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC; and Paul Igasaki – Former Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, will explore the history of Asian progress in America, including the creation of “Asian” as a racial construct, the history of scapegoating Asian communities, and the legal approaches used to justify exclusion and violence.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3xLrj66

Join us on 5/7 at 12:30 p.m. ET for the kickoff to our #AAPIHeritageMonth Webinar Series, “History & the Law: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Context.”

In this webinar, Lorraine Bannai – Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Professor of Lawyering Skills, Seattle University School of Law; Deepa Iyer – Strategic Advisor, Building Movement Project, Director, Solidarity Is; Tim Ma – Co-Founder, Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate; Chef, Lucky Danger; John C. Yang – President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - AAJC; and Paul Igasaki – Former Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, will explore the history of Asian progress in America, including the creation of “Asian” as a racial construct, the history of scapegoating Asian communities, and the legal approaches used to justify exclusion and violence.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3xLrj66

"U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday seemed skeptical that low-level crack cocaine offenders can benefit under a 2018...
05/04/2021
U.S. Supreme Court skeptical of expanding crack cocaine reforms

"U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday seemed skeptical that low-level crack cocaine offenders can benefit under a 2018 federal law that reduced certain prison sentences in part to address racial disparities detrimental to Black defendants.

The nine justices heard their final arguments of the court's nine-month term that began last October in a case involving a Florida man named Tarahrick Terry that tests the scope of the First Step Act signed into law by former President Donald Trump.

The provision in question made retroactive a 2010 law called the Fair Sentencing Act that reduced a disparity that made sentencing for crack cocaine crimes more severe than for powder cocaine crimes." via Reuters

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday seemed skeptical that low-level crack cocaine offenders can benefit under a 2018 federal law that reduced certain prison sentences in part to address racial disparities detrimental to Black defendants.

“President Biden on Monday reversed himself and said he would allow as many as 62,500 refugees to enter the United State...
05/04/2021
In Another Reversal, Biden Raises Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed Into the U.S.

“President Biden on Monday reversed himself and said he would allow as many as 62,500 refugees to enter the United States during the next six months, eliminating the sharp limits that President Donald J. Trump imposed on those seeking refuge from war, violence or natural disasters.” via The New York Times

The action comes about two weeks after President Biden announced that he was leaving the Trump administration’s limit of 15,000 refugees in place, prompting a swift backlash.

“School leaders may be acting in the interest of safety, but advocates say that removing students from in-person classes...
05/04/2021
Schools are disciplining kids with virtual classes. Advocates say that could violate their rights.

“School leaders may be acting in the interest of safety, but advocates say that removing students from in-person classes because of their behavior may violate those students’ rights, especially if they have disabilities. Federal law requires public schools like Zeta to provide all students with the support they need to succeed in the most appropriate classroom for them, which could mean bringing in a counselor or working with parents to improve a child’s behavior.

Advocates say the students they’ve seen removed from in-person classes this year are the same ones who’ve been traditionally more likely to be removed from class: children with disabilities, who have a harder time following some rules, and Black or Latino children who are more likely to be punished for their behavior than their white classmates.” via NBC News

“This is the new face of denial of access to public education,” one advocate said. “Now it’s just easier and covered under the guise of Covid protection."

“Some of the wealthiest and most influential Asian-American business leaders are mounting an ambitious plan to challenge...
05/03/2021
Asian-American Business Leaders Fund Effort to Fight Discrimination

“Some of the wealthiest and most influential Asian-American business leaders are mounting an ambitious plan to challenge anti-Asian discrimination, rewrite school curriculums to reflect the role of Asian-Americans in history and collect data to guide policymakers.

The group has pledged $125 million to a newly formed initiative, the Asian American Foundation. The foundation has raised another $125 million from organizations like Walmart, Bank of America, the Ford Foundation and the National Basketball Association.

It is the single largest philanthropic gift devoted to Asian-Americans, who comprise about 6 percent of the U.S. population but receive less than 1 percent of philanthropic funding.” via The New York Times

A new foundation is launching with $250 million in backing from influential executives and major companies.

WEDNESDAY @ 1:00 P.M. ET: With the rise of domestic violence cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, survivors face challeng...
05/03/2021

WEDNESDAY @ 1:00 P.M. ET: With the rise of domestic violence cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, survivors face challenges such as fear of the perpetrator, loss of income if an action is instituted, and codependence on the perpetrator. In our webinar, our panel of experts will address these difficulties, analyze existing legislation, and propose remedies for protection, implementation, and enforcement.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3sQxjba

WEDNESDAY @ 1:00 P.M. ET: With the rise of domestic violence cases during the COVID-19 pandemic, survivors face challenges such as fear of the perpetrator, loss of income if an action is instituted, and codependence on the perpetrator. In our webinar, our panel of experts will address these difficulties, analyze existing legislation, and propose remedies for protection, implementation, and enforcement.

Register HERE: bit.ly/3sQxjba

“The Environmental Protection Agency will propose a rule Monday aimed at sharply cutting the use and production of a cla...
05/03/2021
Biden administration to propose first rule requiring cut in climate pollutants

“The Environmental Protection Agency will propose a rule Monday aimed at sharply cutting the use and production of a class of powerful greenhouse gases used widely in refrigeration and air conditioning. The proposal marks the first time President Biden’s administration has used the power of the federal government to mandate a cut in climate pollution.” via Washington Post

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed on Monday a rule that would sharply cut the use and production of hydrofluorocarbons, powerful greenhouse gases used widely in refrigeration and air conditioning. The proposal, a phase down of 85 percent over the next 15 years, marks the first time the Bi...

TODAY @ 5:00 P.M. ET: Calling all new, returning, and prospective members! We invite you to our May CRSJ 101!Learn about...
05/03/2021

TODAY @ 5:00 P.M. ET: Calling all new, returning, and prospective members! We invite you to our May CRSJ 101!

Learn about the benefits of Section membership, our projects and initiatives, committee activities, and opportunities to get involved or be published.

Register HERE: bit.ly/30LYQOz

TODAY @ 5:00 P.M. ET: Calling all new, returning, and prospective members! We invite you to our May CRSJ 101!

Learn about the benefits of Section membership, our projects and initiatives, committee activities, and opportunities to get involved or be published.

Register HERE: bit.ly/30LYQOz

“The Biden administration will reunite four migrant families separated during the Trump administration this week, while ...
05/03/2021
Biden admin to reunite four migrant families separated under Trump

“The Biden administration will reunite four migrant families separated during the Trump administration this week, while its reunification task force estimates that over 1,000 families remain separated, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday.

The four families include at least one child who was separated from his or her parent at age 3 and at least two women who were separated from their children in late 2017 — part of a pilot program for former President Donald Trump's 2018 ‘zero tolerance’ policy.” via NBC News

The Biden family reunification task force estimates that more than 1,000 migrant families separated during the Trump administration still need to be reunited.

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