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Rally for Exploited Filipino Teachers of Prince George County

This information comes to us via Jo Quiambao of the Filipino advocacy group, Katarungan.

There will be a rally TODAY (8/9/11) from 2 - 5pm in front of the White House to support the Filipino teachers of Prince George County that have had their wages stolen and are now faced with deportation.

MTA to Cut Service to Flushing during Lunar New Year

New York's subways are one of the world's oldest, which makes renovation, replacement and other maintenance necessary, typically on weekends and late nights.  The 7 train, which runs from Times Square to Flushing, Queens is "quirky" on most days, yet it serves as the lifeline of several Queens neighborhoods.

Replacement of signals and other equipment along the line led the MTA to shut down weekend service on the Queens-Manhattan link (Queensboro Plaza to Times Square) for three months, starting last Friday and ending on the weekend of March 22-25.

ECAASU's Artist Raffle Features DANakaDAN

The East Coast Asian American Student Union has launched a monthly feature that both raises funds and promotes rising Asian American stars features on non-traditional media.

This month's featured artist is DANakaDAN from afterschoolspecial and tickets are only $2.  For more information, consult the flier attached to the post.

The url to buy tickets for this month and future raffels is: http://www.ecaasu.org/site/artist-raffle/

Meng, Shinagawa Win Primaries in New York State

Grace Meng and Nathan Shinagawa have both been declared the victors in their respective primaries Tuesday night, winning with commanding leads to represent the Democratic Party in two Congressional elections in the fall.   Both candidates will be running to represent very different districts, though both candidates are also expected to make a strong showing against the presumptive Republican nominees.

Several congressional districts were redrawn across the state and the primaries occurred substantially earlier than normal, inevitably leading to very light voter turnout.

APAP Liveblog for the State of the Union Address

Tonight, President Barrack Obama outlines his vision for the final year of his first term and makes his case to the American people for releection.  Among the issues to be discussed tonight, progressive taxation and the President's economic policies is rumored to take center stage.  

Thanks to all of our bloggers and guests that tweeted tonight.  Stay tuned to apapforprogress.org for reactions to the State of the Union Address.

To liveblog with us, end your tweet with #apapsotu

Republican New York City Councilman Peter Koo to become Democrat

Unsurprisingly, Chinese American Republican Peter Koo, who pulled off a surprising upset in the 2009 City Council elections, will leave the Republican Party on Monday, citing the limits of the party to work in the City Council and a "lack of outreach" by the party toward Asian American communities, particularly Flushing.

Join APAP for State of the Union Address Viewing Parties

As you may be aware, the President's final State of the Union address of his first term will be delivered on January 24th, 2012 at 9pm.  Most of us will be waiting to hear the President's policy goals and plans for dealing with Congress in the months leading up to the 2012 elections.  Be sure to visit APAP's blog after the SOTU for reactions to the speech, live blogging and analysis from the progressive perspective.


Statement of Asian Pacific Americans of Conscience on the Impending Execution of Troy Davis

The following is a statement written by Angela Oh and signed by Helen Zia, Maxine Hong Kingston, K.W. Lee, Jessica Hagedorn and Don T. Nakanishi on the impending execution of Troy Davis.  We at Asian Pacific Americans for Progress support this message and urge you to stand with Amnesty International.


What is the Role of Multiculturalism in America?

“At the beginning of the 1960s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country," said Ms. Merkel at the event in Potsdam, near Berlin. "We kidded ourselves a while. We said: 'They won't stay, [after some time] they will be gone,' but this isn't reality. And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side by side and to enjoy each other ... has failed, utterly failed."

-       Andrea Merkel, reported by the Christian Science Monitor on October 17 2010

Greetings to All of Our Readers

Hello readers and fellow bloggers, my name is Calvin Prashad.  I am a recent graduate of SUNY-Binghamton where I was the editor of our Asian Outlook Magazine and I regularly blogged for APAP.  Starting this week, I will be taking over as Editor of APAP's website.  I am excited to be a part of the team that revitilizes this organization heading into the important 2012 elections.