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Asian Students from South Philly High Testify at the School Reform Commission Meeting on Wednesday, December 9th

Asian Students from South Philadelphia High School at the School Reform Commission Meeting on Dec 9, 2009

On Wednesday, December 9th, 2009, more than 200 people packed the school board in the wake of racial assaults on Asian immigrant students at South Philadelphia High School. Dozens of students from South Philadelphia High, who have been boycotting the school, addressed the SRC about their experiences and demanded immediate action and a full investigation by the District. As well, community leaders, including AAU’s Executive Director Ellen Somekawa, spoke out about the failure of school and district leadership as well as negligent staff conduct which contributed to the attacks. Click the play button on the sound bar below to listen to Ellen’s testimony. More testimony audio clips coming soon.

And read Targeted because we’re Asian: South Philly students speak out about racial assaults by Helen Gym on the Young Philly Politics site.

Download the written testimonies of:

  • Asian Students from South Philadelphia High School (pdf)
  • Community Advocates (pdf)
    • Ellen Somekawa, Executive Director of Asian Americans United
    • Xu Lin, Community Organizer of Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation
    • Tram Nguyen, Community Organizer and Victim Advocate at Victim/Witness Services of South Philadelphia
    • Nancy Nguyen, Branch Manager of Boat People SOS-Delaware Valley Branch
    • Cecilia Chen, Staff Attorney of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, New York


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