Creator: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
History: Founded in 1974, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans. By litigation, advocacy, education, and organizing, AALDEF works with Asian American communities across the country to secure human rights for all.
Currently, the organization focuses on economic justice for workers, immigrants’ rights and post 9/11 civil liberties, voting rights, language access to services, affirmative action, youth rights and educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of hate violence, police misconduct and human trafficking.
Summary: The collection consists largely of litigation files from AALDEF’s cases, dating from 1970 to 2005. These include immigration, affirmative action, and workers’ compensation cases; suits against restaurants such as Jing Fong, New Silver Palace, East River Chinese Restaurant; suits against the City of New York; and suits against other employers. General subject files contain clippings, correspondence and other information about immigration, labor, and housing, including the first Chinatown Labor Fair. These range in date from 1978 to 1992.
Total Size: 27.0 linear feet
APA-related Size: 27.0 linear feet
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University
Bibliographic Control: finding aid
Finding Aid Link: http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/tamwag/tam_321/
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