Year: 2010

Latinos Leaving East Haven, CT

Latinos Leaving East Haven, CT

The Associated Press just covered our clinic’s case against racial profiling in East Haven, CT.  Here’s the story as published in the Washington Post: Citing police abuse, Hispanics leaving Conn. town — By MICHAEL MELIA The Associated Press Sunday, December 26, 2010; 3:22 PM EAST […]

A Granddaughter’s Letter

A Granddaughter’s Letter

Flowers surrounded the casket, and the casket was open. My grandmother Joginder Kaur looked like a doll-version of herself, a deep-pink chunni draped over still-black hair, her smile serene. We granddaughters spoke in turn, holding one another when tears caught in our throats. I read […]

In Memoriam: Joginder Kaur "Mummy Ji"

In Memoriam: Joginder Kaur "Mummy Ji"

Joginder Kaur Gill, our sweet “Mummy Ji,” died surrounded by all her children and grandchildren at the age of 81 on Friday night. Mummy Ji was born on October 22, 1929 to Hardial Singh and Pritam Kaur in Patiala in Punjab, British India.  She married […]

The 1700% Project

The 1700% Project brilliantly captures the sense of cacophony and disorientation of post-9/11 violence for those who still live it — all in five minutes. Amazing artwork, advocacy, and storytelling rolled into one.  Watch this video: 1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim from Anida Yoeu Ali […]

Week of the Peacemaker

Tonight, I write from Iona College, a small college founded by Christian Brothers in New Rochelle.  Dr. Teresa Delgado invited me as part of Iona’s Week of the Peacemaker “Advocacy: Speaking out for Justice” — a series of talks, films, and teach-ins that inform and […]

The Day of Release of Detainees

The Day of Release of Detainees

Today is Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains around the world.  Many know the story of Diwali in the Hindu tradition: Lord Rama returns home after slaying the demon-king Ravana, and the people joyously light the kingdom with diyas, oil […]

Dream Fragment 1

Sometimes I think of myself as the girl with a thousand eyes, seeing the world through kaleidoscope vision, or fragments of multiple lenses  — legal, ethical, religious, somatic, political, personal. And so, in the effort to say more of “all that unsayable life,” I will […]

Rally to Restore Sanity: "You Go, Then I’ll Go"

Rally to Restore Sanity: "You Go, Then I’ll Go"

It was the most soothing rally I had ever attended.  215,000 people on the mall, standing shoulder to shoulder, pressing in on all sides, and you had never seen a crowd so… calm.  Even blocks away from the main stage, people were exceedingly pleasant to […]

Announcing Our Lawsuit

For the last year and a half, I’ve worked as part of a coalition of church leaders, residents, lawyers and fellow Yale law students to fight against racial profiling in East Haven, CT.  I was proud to join them to announce our next major action: […]

Fighting Back Against Racial Profiling – NYT

We are filing a major lawsuit tomorrow on behalf of clients who have endured racial profiling and police brutality in East Haven, CT.  Our clients’ story just made the New York Times: Latino Immigrants to Sue a Connecticut Police Dept., Asserting Racial Bias By SAM […]