Friday Fuckery: Judge Upholds Alabama’s Extreme Anti-Immigrant Law

photo: Robert Sutton/AP
On Wednesday, federal judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn issued an opinion striking down parts of Alabama’s newly-enacted anti-immigrant law HB 56, which has been dubbed “SB 1070 on steroids”.  The opinion blocked several of the law’s provisions, including one that would have made it a crime for undocumented immigrants to work, a provision that would have made it illegal to house or give a ride to an undocumented immigrant, and a provision that would have prevented lawfully present refugees and asylees as well as undocumented students from enrolling in universities.
Judge Blackburn
However, Blackburn’s ruling rejected the Department of Justice’s challenge to other pieces of HB 56, by upholding a provision of the law requiring K-12 public schools to determine and track the immigration status of public school students, and to report the number of undocumented students in their district to the state.
Blackburn also upheld a portion of the law that makes any business contract held by an undocumented immigrant un-enforceable, and makes it a felony offense for undocumented immigrants to apply for a business license, driver’s license, or license plates. And — this is huge — like Arizona, Alabama law enforcement officers will have the unprecedented power to act as immigration agents and question and detain anyone they “suspect” may be an undocumented immigrant (aka legalized racial profiling).
photo: Campus Progress
Advocates have been fiercely protesting since HB56 was first proposed, and The DOJ filed an appeal to Blackburn’s ruling today. DOJ also requested an injunction to halt the enforcement of HB 56, both on the basis that immigration law is a federal matter that cannot be determined by states.
As it stands, HB 56 is even more harsh and radical than SB 1070, and could create a crisis worse than seen in Arizona last year. Reportedly, Latino and immigrant families are already packing up and leaving the state, which is not only devastating for communities, but bad for business as well.
HB 56 is outright intimidation and harassment against immigrant families and people of color — against educating their children, contributing to the local economy, or even driving and traveling without fear of detention. HB 56 could also encourage even more copycat laws from anti-immigrant politicians trying to get votes, as well as normalizes racial profiling and furthers a culture of hate against immigrants. This is Fuckery and Foolery of the highest order. Is that what we want America to stand for?
source: WHNT 19, Think

Super Bass Super Lip Sync

I’m a fan of the infectious Nicki Minaj song “Super Bass”, and this lip sync by Rhian Ramos, Moymoy Palaboy, and Roadfill totally gives the glo-in-the-dark original music vid a run for its money. And check out the videobombers in the back. I could watch this all day, and not just because Rhian Ramos is the Mayor of Babesville.

via Buzzfeed

Jane Lui Covers DuckTales

If you’re a child of the ’80s/’90s, you might have spent every day after school parked in front of the TV with a bowl of Top Ramen/microwaveable mini burgers, inhaling as much Disney Afternoon through your eyeballs as possible before your parents got home and made you do shit.

DuckTales was just one of the animated offerings on the delectable Disney Afternoon line-up, but definitely the one with the catchiest theme song and most jammin’ bassline in all of TVLand.

Teaching kids to be money-grubbing capitalists via adorable, pants-less ducks!

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jane Lui (whose latest record Goodnight Company was nominated for Best Local Recording in this year’s San Diego Music Awards) has done an equally fun cover that’ll guarantee you’ll be screaming “whooo-ooh!” for days and losing/gaining a few friends in the process.


You got nothing to do this Sunday? Wanna go to the greatest party east of the Mississippi? Come see the greatest Filipino DJs from the Bay (and one Salvadoran dude who’s aight) at the Social Club in NYC on September 25. RSVP and get in for $15, courtesy of BicoastalBitchin: (actually everyone can get in for $15).

BREATHIN’: The Eddy Zheng Story

It’s no secret that the US immigration system can be deeply unjust, with one of its major flaws being the deportation of individuals who have already served their time for past offenses  — or committed very minor/no crime at all (check out Sentenced Home to learn how this issue has impacted the Northwest Cambodian American community specifically). Usually, these individuals have deep roots in America and no familial, cultural, or language ties to the “home country” they are being deported to. These punitive immigration policies also go hand-in-hand with American’s expanding multi-billion dollar prison industry, which has a built-in incentive to pack jails with “criminal” immigrants in order to grow profits.

This contemporary human rights issue is well demonstrated in the case of Eddy Zheng, a beloved Bay Area youth advocate and leader who is under threat of deportation, after serving 19 years for a crime committed when he was 16. A documentary called BREATHIN’: The Eddy Zheng Story is being made to raise awareness not only of Eddy’s inspiring history, but around the larger issue of the criminalization of immigrants and people of color. According to the film’s Kickstarter page:

The U.S. currently imprisons over 2.3 million people, making it the world’s leading jailer. Contrary to notions of a “model minority,” the Asian and Pacific Islander American prison population grew 250% between 1990 and 2000.  Unfortunately for many immigrants, all “non-citizen aliens” who commit an aggravated felony or crime of moral turpitude are mandatorily deportable, even if they immigrated to the U.S. legally or with refugee status. Between 1998 and 2006, there was a 61.6% rise in total deportations of people of Asian nationalities. Despite the growing trend of incarceration and deportation for many Asian Americans, these individuals have largely remained invisible in public policy, media, and in their own communities.

Recently released from prison after serving over 20 years for a robbery he committed at age 16, Eddy Zheng is now at risk of deportation to China. By exploring Eddy’s personal journey from incarcerated prisoner to a valued community leader in the Bay Area, BREATHIN’ seeks to uncover important social and political issues concerning the rising number of imprisoned Asian Americans, many of whom will be deported after completing their prison sentences. Using intimate interviews with Eddy and his family, friends and colleagues, the film aims to draw viewers into Eddy’s world and challenge assumptions they may have about immigrants, prisoners, and deportees.

Definitely a worthy project to support. The filmmaker and producers have only 12 days (until Oct 1st) and about $4,000 left to raise towards their goal of $15,000. The film will only be funded if this amount is pledged. Help them reach their goal and tell Eddy’s story here.

Thanks Lanlian!

Friday Fuckery: Southeast Asian Cuisine by Chipotle

photo by Jamie R. Liu/DCist

Chipotle, the national burrito chain seen across the street from every frickin’ college campus, is expanding its model into Southeast Asian food. Its new venture (with the first location in DC) is called ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. And like its father company, ShopHouse will feature quick, viewable, assembly-line preparation.

Jamie R. Liu/DCist

From a DCist review:

Diners can choose between two entree styles: bowls ($6.59-7.50) and banh mi ($6.14-7.05). The protein selections include grilled chicken satay, pork and chicken meatballs, grilled steak or organic tofu. For those who select bowls, this is nestled atop your choice of jasmine rice, brown rice or rice noodles. This is then accompanied by a vegetable, sauce, garnish and topping. The banh mi in its baguette is topped with green papaya slaw, mint and crushed peanuts. You can then drink up on BeerLao, Singha, Chang, and Dogfish Head 60 Minute or the usual selection of granola-y ginger ales, iced tea or young coconut water.

Jamie R. Liu/DCist

Looks like another establishment is trying to hop on the banh mi bandwagon ($7 bucks?! Seriously? Even the banh mi at Michael Bao Huynh’s fancy-schmanse NY-based Baoguette are $5 to $8).

And maybe I’m being a total snob, but I never got into Chipotle and its cafeteria-like, causal-cum-healthy dining approach. I know it uses “naturally-raised meats” and shit, but I’d rather just go to a local taco truck or family Mexican joint (or shit, even Taco Bell if my system demands fast food). Likewise, I think I’d rather support a better, cheaper (and Asian-owned) Viet deli or restaurant than a company that reminds me of Subway.

via Gothamist and DCist