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Worker rights attorney Julie Su confirmed as second-in-command at US Department of Labor

Julie Su
Civil rights attorney Julie Su was recently confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.

New position: The Senate voted 50-47 to approve her as the second-in-command of the department on July 13, reported Bloomberg Law.

Her job duties will include overseeing efforts to “rebuild and empower” the Labor Department workers, manage the department’s budgets and execute the priorities of the Secretary of Labor. She will be serving as the department’s de-facto Chief Operating Officer, according to a DOL spokesperson. “Julie has been fighting for workers’ rights from California for nearly three decades. And now, as Deputy Secretary of Labor, she will help our country build a more inclusive economy that works for all Americans as we recover from a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

Job History: Su previously worked as the Litigation Director in Los Angeles for Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) for over 15 years.

Chantale Wong becomes first LGBTQ person of color nominated for director of Asian Development Bank

Chantale Wong

President Joe Biden has nominated several people for key roles, including Chantale Wong as the U.S. Director of the Asian Development Bank, with the rank of Ambassador.

The nomination: Wong has over 30 years of experience in a multi-disciplinary field, including finance, technology and the environment, according to the White House announcement on Friday. She is also a leading authority in international development policy.

Biden Appoints Erika Moritsugu as AAPI Senior Liaison, Deputy Assistant to the President

Erika Moritsugu

President Joe Biden has announced the appointment of Erika Moritsugu as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Senior Liaison on Wednesday.

Vital voice: Moritsugu, who was also appointed as Deputy Assistant to the President, is set to “be a vital voice to advance the President and the Administration’s priorities,” a recent press release issued by the White House noted.

Trump Accused of Calling Kellyanne Conway’s Filipino American Husband a ‘F**king Flip’ and ‘Goo-Goo’

President Donald Trump allegedly used racial slurs to describe George Conway, the Filipino-American husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.

The accusation comes from Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former aide who claimed to have heard Trump calling Conway a “flip” and a “goo-goo” during her White House stint, according to The Guardian.

Man in Pikachu Costume Arrested After Trying to Jump Over White House Fence for YouTube Fame

A man from Somerset, Kentucky was recently arrested for jumping over a restricted area at the White House while wearing a Pikachu costume — all for YouTube fame.

Curtis Combs, 36, was arrested last Tuesday around 9:35 a.m. for jumping over the south side of “The People’s House”, between the South Lawn and Ellipse. A Secret Service agent ordered him to stop climbing the fence, which was marked with “Restricted Area Do Not Enter,” Washington Examiner reported.

Asian Americans Are Banding Together to Stop Trump From Abolishing DACA

An Obama-era program, which provides a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation to certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, is in danger of being revoked by the White House.

Known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the immigration policy founded in June 2012 has so far granted almost 800,000 young immigrants the ability to legally work and get higher education in the United States.

10 Asian American White House Advisors Just Resigned in Protest of Trump

Ten members of White House Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have resigned in protest of Donald Trump’s policies, leaving only four sitting on the board.

The total resignations for the commission now stands at 16 after six others quit on January 20, including Nina Ahmad, Lian Cheun, Diane Narasaki, Shekar Narasimhan, Bo Thao-Urabe, and Paul Watanabe.