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Support APALSA's Korematsu Fellowship

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Fred Korematsu was a Japanese American who objected to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II by not obeying an order to relocate to an internment camp. In the infamous case, Korematsu v. United States, 323 U.S. 214 (1944), the Supreme Court held that internment camps were constitutional during times of war to prevent espionage by Japan. While the decision was ultimately overturned, Fred Korematsu’s legacy as a civil rights advocate lives on.

This fellowship is a reflection of APALSA's commitment to civil rights and provides financial support to CUNY Law students who demonstrate a strong dedication to Korematsu’s legacy of civil rights, social justice, and solidarity with other impacted communities. This fellowship is made possible by the generosity of our community.

Your donation will greatly help future attorneys committed to the advancement of Asian American / Pacific Islander communities, the public interest field, and social justice advocacy.

Mission: The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) at CUNY Law is a multi-ethnic Asian American political group that seeks to provide spaces for identity exploration, political education, community building, advocacy, and solidarity building with other students of color. Through anti-racist, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist lens, we seek to address the multi-dimensional ways Asian and Asian American people confront systems of power at the intersections of law, race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, ability, migration history and citizenship and immigration status. We strive to empower students and support their law school experience, providing mentorship and organizing events such as panel discussions, teach-in’s, and celebrations. 

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