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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
September 2017




“The draconian use of legislation and executive orders to criminalize and marginalize immigrant communities reveals the inherent xenophobia of this administration. From bans to walls to raids to this current focus on slashing green card numbers, there is a concerted effort to purge immigrants from our nation.”

–  Lakshmi Sridaran, director of National Policy and Advocacy at South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), responding to President Trump’s support of a Senate bill that would curtail family-based immigration.  







“We are fighting to hold onto progress we’ve made in nearly every arena of American life, from economic security to strong public education to health care to immigrants’ rights to criminal justice reform to voting rights. Indeed, we are fighting for the soul of our nation right now.”

– Civil rights advocate Vanita Gupta, receiving the William Robert Ming Advocacy award at the NAACP’s annual convention in Baltimore, Maryland. (India Abroad)









“I became an actor because of my family, and because I got the opportunity, and the thing is you don’t really get credit for your success because everyone just looks down upon your success.”

– Actor Ranbir Kapoor, speaking about nepotism in Bollywood on the comedy group All India Bakchod’s (AIB) podcast. (IANS)









“I think today’s society doesn’t encourage women enough to enter those (STEM) fields, and I think women should have more opportunities available to them and seek them out.”

– Eighteen-year-old Neha Arora of Madison, Mississippi, who won two scholarships worth $3,500 at the Distinguished Young Women of America 2017 pageant and has joined Emory University this fall, hoping to eventually become a pediatrician. (Jackson Free Press)








“We couldn’t stand to watch Nikki’s hopes and dreams be crushed because a group of adults didn’t accept her for who she is.”

Jaspret Brar, who is suing a private school in Orange County, California, for allegedly forcing his eight-year-old transgender daughter, Nikki, to dress and identify as a boy. (Orange County Register)

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
[Comments? Contributions? Please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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