Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Records

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Survey Conducted: Wed, 2011-05-11
Creator: Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA)

 Dedicated to the needs and concerns of Asian Pacific American (APA) workers the foundations for the creation of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) were laid in 1990 when a number of APA labor activists presented the AFL-CIO with a proposal to better address a continued under-representation among APA workers in the labor movement by forming a national APA labor organization. Following the lessons learned from the examples of APA labor leaders in history, they understood the necessity of forming labor alliances, and sought to get more APA workers into unions, especially, those working in historically important industries such as garment factories and restaurants.The founders recognized that, in addition to traditional issues like fair wages, health care, and dignity, APA workers faced other challenges and workplace discrimination. Despite the popularity of a ‘model minority myth’ about Asian Pacific Americans, there are many misunderstandings about the ability of many Asian Pacific Americans to achieve economic security and prosperity. While the median income of APA workers is higher than the national average, there is tremendous difference between specific ethnic groups – some experience high rates of poverty and others have incomes that are substantially loser than the national average. Other disadvantages related to immigration status, discrimination, language ability and education force many Asian Pacific Americans into low-paying and insecure jobs, often accompanied by exploitation, discrimination and harsh conditions.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) Records

Date Range: 19742005
Creator: Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

 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.

 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
Arrangement: other
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University
Bibliographic Control: finding aid
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Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) Records

Date Range: 20032010
Survey Conducted: Thu, 2010-05-06
Creator: Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA)

History: The Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) is decidated to combating discimination against people with HIV/AIDS, preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and providing care and treatment for Asian and Pacific Islanders living with HIV/AIDS. The organization’s main programs compose of medical services (including primary care, specialty HIV care, and comprehensive sexual heath services), STD screening and HIV testing, support services for people living with HIV/AIDS (including bilingual case management, acupuncture, emergency financial assistance, care coordination, and food and nutrition services), HIV prevention (in the form of educational sessions for groups or individuals, outreach, and peer education), an LGBT program (which includes the Men’s Project, EquAsian, and Project Connect), the Women’s Program, and an Infoline. Currently, APICHA serves over 262 people living with HIV or AIDS, providing cultural specific support in many Asian languages.

Asia Pacific Forum Records

Date Range: 19982011APF logo
Survey Conducted: Fri, 2011-01-28
Creator: Asia Pacific Forum

 Broadcasting on WBAI 99.5 FM and streaming live on the web every Monday from 9-10 pm, Asia Pacific Forum (APF) is “a progressive pan-Asian radio show” based in New York City focusing on culture and politics. APF’s broadcasts cover underreported stories from Asia and Asian America and explore topics including activism, civil and human rights, foreign policy, immigration, history, labor, literature, pop culture, and the performing arts. WBAI is part of the Pacifica Foundation, a non-commercial and listener-sponsored national radio network founded in 1946 with about 50 additional affiliates in Houston, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Washington, D.C., and other cities across the United States.
APF has operated as a collective since its founding. Current core collective members are Zhaleh Afshar, Saara Azadi, Olivia Canlas, Mijounga Chan, Michelle Chen, Aniruddha Das, Naved Husain, Danny Kim, Aruna Krishnakumar, and Hyun Lee.

Karl Ichiro Akiya Papers

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Survey conducted: Thu, 2008-12-04
Creator: Akiya, Karl Ichiro (1909-2001)

History: Labor and community activist Karl Ichiro Akiya (1909 – 2001) was born in San Francisco and at the age of six, sent to be educated in Japan. In 1927 he entered Kwansei Gakuin University (also known as Kansei Gakuin Daigaku), a Methodist school for preparation in secondary school teaching, where he studied Japanese and English language literature. During these years, Akiya fully immersed himself in extracurricular student life. He converted to the Methodist faith, was elected class chairman and participated in the movements opposing compulsory military training for college students and the increasing militarization of Japan. His political activities brought him into association with the union movement and the Japanese Socialist and Communist Parties. He became a member of the Communist Party and changed his first name to Karl after Karl Marx.After graduating college in 1932, Akiya returned to the United States to avoid being drafted into the Japanese Army. Having relocated to San Francisco, where his father operated a hotel, Akiya landed his first job as a staff writer for the Japanese North American Daily. He later worked for the San Francisco branch of the Sumitomo Bank. In his spare hours, Akiya continued his activist work, joining the Japanese American Citizens League, which was becoming active in the fight against racial discrimination. In the late 1930s, he was involved in recruiting Asian Americans as an organizer for the Congress of Industrial Organizations and National Maritime Union. He also joined the U.S. Communist Party.

AFL-CIO New York City Central Labor Council Records

Date Range: 19332005
Survey conducted: Thu, 2008-12-04
Creator: AFL-CIO New York City Central Labor Council Records

 Formed in 1959 from a merger of the American Federation of Labor-affiliated Central Trades and Labor Council and the New York City Congress of Industrial Organizations, The New York City Central Labor Council is an organization comprised of nearly 400 local union affiliates. According to its constitution, its purpose is to further the rights of workers to organize in unions and bargain collectively; to advocate legislation which is beneficial to workers and oppose that which is not; to correct abuses and to insure the workers their just rights. It also has the broader purposes of helping all workers to improve their working conditions and raise their standard of living; to preserve workers’ rights to act together for mutual aid and advancement; to further the cause of trade unions; and to strengthen civil rights. It acts as the central body of the City’s labor movement, providing assistance and education through its various committees and councils. The regular activities of the New York City Central Labor Council are directed by its executive officers, Executive Board, and Delegates’ Council meetings. The planning and execution of programs and conferences is the province of a number of standing and special committees. These committees are composed of members from affiliated local unions, and each has its own officers and advisory staff and is responsible for conducting specific programs and conferences.
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