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laist.com: LA's Top Asian American Advocacy Group Cuts Its Staff — And Services Will Suffer

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Staff at Asian Americans Advancing Justice march outside the Wilshire Boulevard headquarters to protest layoffs.

(Josie Huang/KPCC)Major layoffs at L.A.’s top Asian American civil rights organization will affect thousands who use the non-profit for everything from voting assistance to immigration services.

The layoffs coincide with labor negotiations between management and staff, who unionized more than a year ago.

AFSCME leaders marched in solidarity with AAAJ staff in and out of the non-profit’s headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard during lunch.

“To me, it’s really hypocritical that an organization that employs labor rights lawyers would go on to say that no you can’t advocate for your rights,” Vu said.

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