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The Donald at the Merkel presser didn’t like being questioned by the Germans.  Just wait till next week when his Obama lie about wiretapping is formally exposed. There is no there there. Just the Donald’s own fake news to distract us from the real issues of Jeff Sessions pre-election actions, and his assault on the poor and middle class through budget cuts and health care decimation.

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On the travel ban 2.0’s rejection by a federal judge in Hawaii.

The  Justice Dept. is appealing the rejection by a Maryland judge to get it before a different appeals court in Virginia. The whole thing will likely go to the Supreme Court.

Also. an interview with Jenn Fang of reappropriate.co, on Kuchibhotla and whether the South Asian’s killing is a Vincent Chin moment for all Asian Americans.

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Emil Guillermo: Has Trump’s Outrageous Finger-pointing backfired?

Donald Trump continues to set a new low in America.

After hurling a damning allegation with zero evidence against Barack Obama– that the former president wiretapped Trump Towers—Trump now says he wants a Congressional investigation.
This is serious stuff. Evidence on no evidence.
But it may backfire.
A call for an investigation may actually expose Trump to far worse.
Rep. Ted Lieu of California released this statement on Sunday: “I fully support the White House’s request for Congressional investigations into President Trump’s explosive claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped. If the claim is true, such a wiretap would mean that an independent FISA Court Judge—appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts—reviewed evidence and found probable cause there were agents of a foreign power at Trump Tower.”

And that of course, would circle back to the reason Trump was trying to distract us all in the first place, that the Trump campaign had contact with the Russian government during the campaign.

Lieu continued: “The American people need to know if Donald Trump or his associates colluded with the Russian government during the election last year. A special prosecutor is clearly needed to immediately review what was learned from any possible wiretaps and any other potential evidence of collusion between Team Trump, Vladimir Putin and his agents. If the wiretapping claim is true, then Congress also needs to investigate if President Trump violated laws related to the leaking of classified information when he disclosed the existence of a secret wiretap via his Twitter account.”
“President Trump’s wiretapping claim points to a serious counterintelligence investigation of him and/or his associates. The multiple lies by Trump and his associates denying contacts with the Russians; the making of a false statement by Attorney General Sessions under oath to Congress about his Russian contacts; and now the explosive revelation of a potential wiretap at Trump Tower suggests that we could be looking at a situation far worse than Watergate.”

Only Trump knows what was behind his Obama wiretap allegations.

Was it a talkshow host’s claim that Trump simply believed and repeated, though again without evidence?

Was it based on a FISA court decision?

None of it is good for Trump, nor our democracy.

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Emil Guillermo: Snowed in? This is why God created binge-watching. Opportunity to be snowbound with Rachel Bloom in hot pursuit of Vincent Rodriguez III in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Really, when was the last time you saw a Filipino American male treated like an object of desire on TV?

Not since my perm days as a local TV guy in San Francisco, right?

But Vincent Rodriguez III, born in San Francisco and raised in the Filipino enclave of Daly City, California, wouldn’t have his chance on network TV without Rachel Bloom.

Bloom is seen her taking  stage as her name is called for the Critics Choice Award for best  actress in a comedy series, CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

But I’d name her best executive producer for insertion of a Filipino American story line in a network series.

 

Read my Column about the show and Vincet Rodriquez III and you’ll see why I have this obsession about this show (at least this season).

http://aaldef.org/blog/emil-guillermo-vincent-rodriguez-iii-rachel-bloom-cws-crazy-ex-girlfriend-is-my-kind-of-show.html

Then go to my Q and A with Vincent (edited transcript) on NBCNews.com:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/diversity-authenticity-dinuguan-how-crazy-ex-girlfriend-changing-tv-n501486

And you get to see the great performance of Amy Hill, who plays the Filipino mom. One of the original cast members from Margaret Cho’s “All American Girl,” Hill has endured the scene with her comic genius intact.

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To watch “Crazy Ex-Girl Friend” for free (at least until Monday): You can start from the beginning, but my favorite is the Thanksgiving show.

http://www.cwtv.com/shows/crazy-ex-girlfriend/my-first-thanksgiving-with-josh/?play=b9e6091b-84f9-4b56-9656-058268f72a0c

If you’re still snowbound, there’s one good reason to move from east to west—to  Daly City, California, West Covina North.

 

Emil Guillermo: Remembering the Delano Grape Strike and the Filipino American leader who forged the way, Larry Itliong

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Fifty years ago on Sept. 8, the Filipino farm workers in Delano, Calif., began the historic Grape Strike that brought the civil rights movement to the fields.

Workers  had been used to working for less than a dollar an hour, but now demanded  a fair wage–$1.40 an hour. Or else.

A unanimous strike vote was taken on Sept. 7 in Delano’s Filipino Community Hall. On the next day, the workers were set. Two-thousand or so men and women  of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AFL-CIO) walked off the job.

Click here to read more about their leader.

Cesar Chavez?

Nope.

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Emil Guillermo: Owner of closed Filipino bakeries in LA speaks about the shutdown, and on the lawsuit that has rocked her business and family life.

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In a direct communication with Emil Guillermo Media, Ana Moitinho de Almeida,the daughter of Juan B. Santos, and the co-owner with her husband Gonzalo Moitinho de Almeida of two recently closed California bakeries, admitted that millions of their joint assets were sold recently—not to protect or hide assets—but to fund their expensive legal battle against 11 former employees.

The Almeidas were socked this spring with a $1 million dollar civil suit alleging labor trafficking, labor rules violations, and immigration violations at their L’Amande bakeries in Beverly Hills and Torrance.

But in the last few months, the Almeidas have been liquidating and re-positioning assets, including their bakeries,real estate investments, and Los Angeles area home.

“We needed to find funding somewhere,” Almeida answered in response to my questions via e-mail. “Closure of the bakeries? How can a business survive when …charges, augmented by aggressive press, has descended without mercy, or fair investigation?”

It is the first time the Almeidas have made direct public comments on their asset situation.

Almeida insisted it wasn’t to hide or keep money from the suit, but an attempt to fight what she calls are unfair charges being made by E-2 visa workers whom she sponsored in an “investor visa program.”

Almeida has been posting pictures of her former employees showing that the workers’ allegations are trumped up charges and don’t reflect how they were being treated while working for the Almeida bakeries.

When I asked her why she has been quiet on the matter, she said: “How could I not have declined at that time when the mother load of a lawsuit just hit us? We are a small bakery. We did not have lawyers standing by to help us.”

I’ll have more from Almeida. In the meantime, here’s my  piece on the Almeida’s sale of assets, as I first reported  in the Philippine Inquirer, Manila’s top daily.

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Emil Guillermo: Back from a short respite–Here’s my interview with ABT’s Stella Abrera

stellaabreraportraitThe first American Filipino to be named principal dancer at ABT, Stella Abrera’s story is more than one of a great artist. It’s a story  of dedication and courage.

When I interviewed her recently, she spoke of how a bad back and calf injury nearly ended her career.

But she never gave up.

Read it here on the NBCNews.com website

And check out my latest on the AALDEF blog. 

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