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Mee Moua
Mee Moua is the president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice. Previously, Moua was a three-term Minnesota State Senator, where she chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee, and had oversight responsibility for all state agencies in matter related to criminal, civil and administrative law and procedures. Born in Laos, Moua immigrated to the U.S. in 1978. She attended Brown University as an undergraduate, earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas-Austin, and a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

Entries by Mee Moua

Asian Americans and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Mapping Out the Next 50 Years

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:14 PM

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we will hear a common refrain: We still have a long way to go toward realizing Dr. King's Dream. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law on July 2, 1964....

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In This Town, Politics Keeps Running

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 9:49 AM

Yesterday marked the beginning of government shutdown, the first one in 17 years. The point of contention was a measure to defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- a law that has literally been tested by all three branches of government. It seems fitting that the same Republican-controlled House of...

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50th Anniversary of the March on Washington: A Renewed Hope for the American Dream

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 4:58 PM

"Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock...
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The Obligation of Balancing Tradition and Reform

(3) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 8:54 AM

Nearly 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy advocated for immigration reform which led to the eventual signing of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This bill, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, forever changed our immigration system and acknowledged the value of family unity for stronger...

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Mother's Day Is All About Families

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 1:15 PM

This Mother's Day I will be spending time with more than just my three children. I will also be spending time with my husband, grandparents, aunts and uncles -- all parts of an extended and closely knit family that is deeply tied through blood and immigration patterns to this country...

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The Time Is Now to Reunite Families

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 1:19 PM

Congress is poised to release a comprehensive immigration reform bill this week, and all but one issue remains outstanding -- fixing the broken family immigration system. Today, thousands convene in Washington, D.C. to rally for comprehensive and meaningful solutions, while millions will make their voices heard with echo events across...

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The Right to Vote, Under Attack

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Weeks after the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that would disenfranchise minority voters (Shelby County v Eric Holder), it hears oral arguments for another case where another state legislature, this time Arizona's, is also trying to block citizens from exercising their constitutional right to vote.

The high court...

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The Case for Family-Based Immigration

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Last week was full of grand ideas, announcements and real promise for a commonsense immigration system. In a recent bipartisan poll, 77 percent of Americans agree that our nation must overhaul the immigration system and include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Across party and racial lines,...

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On Immigration, Will Washington Learn From the Past?

(6) Comments | Posted January 15, 2013 | 8:19 PM

As immigration policy takes center stage on Capitol Hill this year, it is important to learn from our last experience in 2007. Like many civil rights organizations, AAJC remembers the great collapse of 2007 when a divided Congress, despite President George W. Bush's support, failed to pass a comprehensive immigration...

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Can Congress Put Politics Aside and Save the American Family From Falling Off the Fiscal Cliff?

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 9:50 PM

On Nov. 6, the American people overwhelmingly voted for a vision of equity and shared responsibility, and for continuing the progress that we, as a nation, have made. How we got in this economic mess is no longer up for debate. Who leads us toward prosperity is no longer up...

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Asian Americans: The Up-for-Grabs Electorate

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 9:47 AM

On a cold Minnesota day in January of 2002, I was elected as a first-time candidate in a Special Election to the Minnesota State Senate. For the 10 years that I was in office, every year was a campaign year, not just in the three years where my name was...

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