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December 16, 2013   MALDEFian - MALDEF LAUNCHES 2013-2014 LAW SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Today, MALDEF announced the winners of the 2012-2013 Law School Scholarship, including five rising legal stars and one legal star who is posthumously honored. Since MALDEF's founding, the civil rights organization has awarded scholarships to law students who will further MALDEF's mission of advancing the civil rights of the Latino community in the United States. In recent years, MALDEF has annually awarded 5-10 scholarships of $5,000 each.

December 14, 2013   MALDEFian - GIVING LIBRARY

The Giving Library (www.givinglibrary.org), an online video archive that connects donors to nonprofits, is kicking off a $100,000 "Share to Give" campaign. This is a way for you to support The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) without spending any money this holiday season.

December 12, 2013   MALDEFian - GRACE CONFERENCE

Next week, I will participate in an important policy conference, "California's Crisis: Ending Child Poverty" co-convened by GRACE and The California Endowment on Monday, December 16th. This is an important opportunity to come together with leading experts, elected officials, advocates and providers to begin reaching consensus on how to reduce child poverty in California.

December 1, 2013   MALDEFian - GIVING TUESDAY

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday . . . . You have undoubtedly already received dozens of messages, emails, and advertisements about each of these post-Thanksgiving occasions. In candor, this is yet another such message. Simply put, MALDEF depends on your financial assistance to pursue our mission to promote the civil rights of all Latinos living in the United States.

October 30, 2013   MALDEFian - ENDORSEMENTS ON NEW JERSEY BALLOT QUESTIONS

Last November, the Latino community and its allies exercised a substantial and oft-remarked impact on the presidential election, resulting in renewed federal interest in addressing the policy priorities of the Latino community. At the same time, the growth of the Latino voting community has caused some to introduce and implement practices to deter and even prevent voter participation.

September 6, 2013   MALDEF LEADS THE WAY FORWARD FOR LATINOS AT 2013 LATINO STATE OF THE STATE IN TEXAS

Three weeks ago, MALDEF hosted its first Latino State of the State -- Texas issues discussion in San Antonio at the iconic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. The historic event came 45 years to the month after MALDEF opened its doors, in San Antonio, as the first legal organization dedicated to protecting the rights of the Latino community nationwide.

August 13, 2013   Watch LIVE online: MALDEF'S 2013 Latino State of the State of Texas

On Thursday, August 15, 2013 from 5:00-6:30 pm CDT, MALDEF will Livestream the Latino State of the State-Texas: a Roundtable on Law, Policy, and Civil Rights. Interested viewers can go to https://www.facebook.com/MALDEF/app_142371818162.

June 10, 2013   MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT & GENERAL COUNSEL: IMMIGRATION REFORM

As a result of the exemplary participation and impact of Latino voters in November 2012, this year presents the first real opportunity to enact immigration reform in some time. Several weeks ago, a bipartisan group of eight United States senators introduced S.744, their agreed bill to accomplish comprehensive immigration reform. The bill includes a roadmap to citizenship for most of the millions of undocumented immigrants who have contributed over many years to our economy and our society without full legal rights and protections.

March 15, 2013   MALDEF JOINS IN CALLING ON PRESIDENT TO SUSPEND DEPORTATIONS AS CONGRESS DEBATES IMMIGRATION REFORM

MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, joined representatives from other immigrant rights groups in a telebriefing for the press earlier this week to urge President Obama to immediately suspend deportations of those potentially eligible for legalization while Congress deliberates on immigration reform.

March 11, 2013   MALDEF MOURNS THE LOSS OF MEXICAN AMERICAN LEADER RAYMOND L. TELLES

MALDEF mourns the loss of Mexican American leader and pioneer Raymond L. Telles. Telles was the first Mexican American mayor of a major city and is credited with opening the path to high political offices for other Latinos nationwide by running the city of El Paso successfully during his two terms.

March 1, 2013   EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: CARMEN LEIJA

In many ways, Carmen M. Leija reflects the very corazón of MALDEF – quite appropriate given the fact that she joined the organization on Valentine’s Day in 1983.

February 26, 2013   KCETLINK PARTNERS WITH MALDEF TO PRODUCE PROGRAMMING DEDICATED TO ADVANCING LATINO SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE U.S.

National independent public transmedia company KCETLink, and MALDEF, the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization, have announced a partnership to curate and produce programming that spotlights key social justice issues and cultural narratives of the U.S. Latino experience to a national audience on KCET and Link TV.

February 7, 2013   MALDEF, TUCSON STUDENTS TRIUMPH AFTER NEARLY 40 YEARS IN HISTORIC DESEGREGATION CASE

Yesterday Judge David C. Bury ruled in favor of Latino plaintiffs in the longstanding desegregation lawsuit against the Tucson Unified School District (“TUSD”), filed by MALDEF in 1974 in federal district court in Tucson, Arizona.

February 4, 2013   MALDEF SECURES COURT VICTORY ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN IN TEXAS SCHOOL FINANCE CASE

After more than three months of testimony, Travis County District Court Judge John K. Dietz announced his ruling from the bench, holding that the Texas public school finance system is arbitrary, inequitable and inadequate under the Texas Constitution and that low-wealth school districts lack local control over their tax rates.

January 29, 2013   MALDEF RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SPEECH ON IMMIGRATION

MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s speech on immigration today:

January 28, 2013   MALDEF REACTS TO BIPARTISAN SENATE FRAMEWORK AS POSITIVE STARTING POINT ON NEEDED IMMIGRATION REFORM IN 2013

MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, issued the following statement today in response to today’s announcement of a bipartisan framework for immigration reform:

December 31, 2012   MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT & GENERAL COUNSEL

I know that you have all been inundated with end-of-year requests for support from numerous worthwhile causes. While our work at MALDEF also requires ongoing support and we always welcome your donations, this email is not primarily a request for money. Instead, I wanted to provide some key examples of our recent and ongoing critical work, even in the holiday-consumed last weeks of calendar 2012.

December 16, 2012   RONSTADT GENERATIONS Y LOS TUCSONENSES RELEASES "MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS," A COLLECTION OF HOLIDAY SONGS WITH PART OF PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT MALDEF

MALDEF is proud to support the release of "Memories of Christmas," a new collection of holiday songs recorded in Mexican musical styles by the group Ronstadt Generations.

December 7, 2012   MALDEF SECURES RELEASE OF UNREDACTED RECORDS IN RUBÉN SALAZAR CASE

On Tuesday, MALDEF settled its lawsuit against Sheriff Lee Baca and the County of Los Angeles challenging the Sheriff's attempt to withhold unredacted records regarding the 1970 killing of prominent journalist, Rubén Salazar.

November 27, 2012   MALDEF - Giving

Justice is really a great gift, for both giver and the reciever.

November 21, 2012   MALDEF - Thank YOU!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! As we celebrate this most American of holidays and reflect on this momentous year for Latinos and for the entire country, we express thanks for all of you.

November 12, 2012   MALDEF JOINS IN FILING DRAFT PLAN TO DESEGREGATE AND IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT FOR LATINO STUDENTS IN TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

On November 9, 2012, MALDEF joined in filing a draft plan with the federal District Court in Fisher, et al., Mendoza, et al. v. Tucson Unified School District (TUSD), that is a blueprint for improving educational outcomes for Latino students and is intended to resolve a longstanding desegregation lawsuit against the District.

November 4, 2012   MALDEF Combats Vote Suppression in Lead-Up to Election Day

In key states, Latino voters are confronted with illegal voting barriers that threaten their ability to cast ballots on Election Day. MALDEF is fighting to ensure that Latino and other eligible voters are able to participate in the November 6 election without interference or attempts to suppress their vote.

November 2, 2012   MALDEF Announces Positions and Endorsements on Select Ballot Propositions in Key States

Over the last three weeks, MALDEF has released state-by-state endorsements on ballot measures to subscribers from each state. Below, we release nationally all of the positions MALDEF has taken for the upcoming November 6 election.

November 1, 2012   MALDEF Continues the Fight for Affirmative Action in U.S. Universities

Nine years ago, when the Supreme Court upheld the limited use of race in university admissions, the majority opinion in Grutter v. Bollinger indicated that the decision was expected to stand for 25 years. At that time,

October 31, 2012   LA POSTURA DE MALDEF SOBRE PROPUESTAS ELECTORALES DE CALIFORNIA

Este noviembre enfrentamos una elección crítica en la que los niveles altos de participación por todas partes pueden mandar un mensaje poderoso sobre la importancia de la comunidad Latina y su opinión política.

October 31, 2012   MALDEF POSITIONS ON TWO MONTANA REFERENDUMS

This November, we face a critical election, in which high levels of participation by Latino voters and their allies everywhere can send a powerful message about the importance of the Latino community and its policy views.

October 29, 2012   MALDEF POSITION ON MAINE BALLOT QUESTION

This November, we face a critical election, in which high levels of participation by Latino voters and their allies everywhere can send a powerful message about the importance of the Latino community and its policy views.

October 29, 2012   MALDEF POSITION ON OKLAHOMA BALLOT QUESTION

This November, we face a critical election, in which high levels of participation by Latino voters and their allies everywhere can send a powerful message about the importance of the Latino community and its policy views.

October 26, 2012   MALDEF POSITIONS ON TWO MINNESOTA AMENDMENTS

This November, we face a critical election, in which high levels of participation by Latino voters and their allies everywhere can send a powerful message about the importance of the Latino community and its policy views.

October 26, 2012   MALDEF POSITION ON WASHINGTON REFERENDUM MEASURE

While the referendum developed long ago as a "progressive" reform, it is too often used by those who oppose progressive legal change to challenge positive measures adopted by the legislature.

October 15, 2012   MALDEF POSITIONS ON MARYLAND BALLOT PROPOSITIONS

While generally categorized as a progressive reform procedure, too often the referendum is used by those who oppose progressive legal change to challenge positive measures adopted by a legislature.

October 11, 2012   MALDEF POSITIONS ON CALIFORNIA BALLOT PROPOSITIONS

This November, we face a critical election, in which high levels of participation by Latino voters everywhere can send a powerful message about the importance of the Latino community and its policy views.

Sep 21, 2012   MALDEF Urges You To Call Governor Brown to Sign the TRUST Act

Call Governor Brown today at 916-445-2841, and urge him to sign AB 1081 as a critical step to saving money, ending community disruption, and ensuring public safety.

Sep 16, 2012   MALDEF launches “America, Our Home”; short film commemorating Latino patriotism

MALDEF is releasing a compelling short film featuring The Star Spangled Banner from a new collection of American patriotic songs recorded in Mexican musical styles by the group Ronstadt Generations, also titled “America, Our Home.”

Sep 13, 2012   MALDEFian - Recent Victories

Two weeks ago, the federal court in Washington, D.C. delivered two important victories for democracy in Texas.

Aug 16, 2012   MALDEFian - Equal Educational Opportunities...

Nine years ago, when the Supreme Court upheld the limited use of race in university admissions, the majority opinion in Grutter v. Bollinger indicated that the decision was expected to stand for 25 years.

Jul 27, 2012   MALDEF Mourns the Loss of Legendary Mexican American Actress, Lupe Ontiveros

Today, MALDEF is saddened at the passing yesterday of pioneering Mexican American actress, Lupe Ontiveros.

Jun 25, 2012   MALDEF; Media Spin Cannot Obscure Failure of SB 1070 and It's Ilk, Says MALDEF President

Many of the proponents of Arizona's notorious SB 1070, including Governor Jan Brewer, have attempted to spin today's 5-3 Supreme Court decision striking down three provisions and leaving a fourth with high obstacles in front of implementation, as a victory for the purveyors of such legislation.

Jun 25, 2012   MALDEF; Media Spin Cannot Obscure Failure of SB 1070 and It's Ilk, Says MALDEF President

Many of the proponents of Arizona's notorious SB 1070, including Governor Jan Brewer, have attempted to spin today's 5-3 Supreme Court decision striking down three provisions and leaving a fourth with high obstacles in front of implementation, as a victory for the purveyors of such legislation.

Jun 25, 2012   MALDEF Responds to Supreme Court Decision in Arizona Case

Resounding Defeat for Arizona and Brewer Still Leaves Dangerous Possibility of Racial Profiling

Jun 15, 2012   MALDEFian - Thomas A. Saenz Responds to the President's Decision to Provide Relief to Undocumented Youth

Today, MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, released the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to provide relief to undocumented youth who have lived in the United States for most of their lives.

Mar 23, 2012   MALDEF Latino State of the State and Ceremony Recognizing the Forced Removal of Mexican Americans During the Great Depression at LA Plaza

Leading Legal Civil Rights Organization Hosts Public Discussion on Key Issues Affecting Latinos

Mar 16, 2012   Redistricting Message from the President & General Counsel of MALDEF...

This year's MALDEF Latino State of the Union marked the 5th annual roundtable on law, policy, and civil rights with national leaders and experts convened in Washington, D.C.

Mar 12, 2012   Thomas A. Saenz participates in a Moot Court discussion on the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act sponsored by The California Endowment

Tomorrow evening, MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz will join other leaders of bench and bar in serving as judges in a "moot court" event around the constitutionality of a critical portion of the health care reform act.

Feb 17, 2012   Watch the 2012 MALDEF Latino State of the Union!

This year's MALDEF Latino State of the Union marked the 5th annual roundtable on law, policy, and civil rights with national leaders and experts convened in Washington, D.C.

Dec 30, 2011   Message from the President & General Counsel of MALDEF...

As we come to the end of 2011, the Latino community looks eagerly to 2012.

Dec 21, 2011   MALDEF Suit to Stop Indiana's Unconstitutional Anti-Immigrant Law Addresses Previously Unchallenged Provisions

Yesterday, MALDEF filed suit on behalf of La Union Benefica Mexicana, a Latino community and civic organization in Northern Indiana, against the State of Indiana to strike down two previously-unchallenged provisions of the State’s anti-immigrant law known as Senate Bill 590 (SB 590).

Dec 19, 2011   MALDEF Announces Winners of the 2010-2011 Law School Scholarship Program / Extends Deadline for the 2011-2012 Law School Scholarship Application!

MALDEF is also pleased to announce the 2010-2011 MALDEF Law School Scholarship Winners!

Dec 2, 2011   MALDEF Mourns the Loss of Education Advocate Raul Borbon

Admired leader well-known for increasing Latino parent engagement in education

Nov 23, 2011   Court-Released Map Promises Important MALDEF Victory for Latinos in Texas

Court supports increased Latino electoral opportunity throughout the State

Nov 19, 2011   Latinos Make Forward Progress in New Texas House Redistricting Plans

MALDEF successfully litigated for new Latino opportunity districts

Nov 8, 2011   MALDEF Mourns the Loss of Civil Rights Leader Harry Pachon

From NALEO Co-Founder and Executive Director to Admired Professor at USC School of Policy, Planning and Development

Oct 11, 2011   2011 California Legislation Aids Immigrant Integration and Further Contrasts California From Neighboring Arizona

MALDEF Lauds Successes and Commits to Further Efforts in 2012

Sep 16, 2011   Ninth Circut Court Ruling Sets Positive Precedent for Day Laborer Rights

9-2 decision holds restrictions on day laborer speech unconstitutional

Sep 2, 2011   State Court Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against New Mexico's Anti-Latino Driver's License Re-Certification Program

Judge orders New Mexico Secretary of Tax and Revenue to halt Governor Martinez's program

Aug 12, 2011   MALDEF Mourns the Loss of One of its Most Recognized Voices, Tillie Rodriguez

Rodriguez served Latino community for over twenty years

Aug 5, 2011   MALDEF: Secure Communities Changes Pose Danger; Fatally Flawed Program To Continue Unchecked by United States

Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel Statement: Government's decision is "severe threat to civil rights in our nation"

Aug 1, 2011   REDISTRICTING ACTION ALERT: Call Your Los Angeles County Supervisors to Draw a Second Latino District

Let Them Know They Need to Respect the Federal Voting Rights Act and Avoid a Potentially EXPENSIVE Lawsuit the County is Guaranteed to Lose.

Jul 29, 2011   RICHARD E. CHAVEZ: Memorial Services for Iconic United Farm Worker Leader

This announcement is sent at the request of Dolores Huerta

Jul 8, 2011   Redistricting Lawsuit in Texas, Sanctuary Cities Bill, Immigration Town Hall, Awards Gala, Film on Children Farmworkers

MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz joined with actor, activist and board member Eva Longoria, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34) and others to host a press conference on Capitol Hill to advocate for greater protections for farmworker children.

Jun 20, 2011   MALDEF Response to Secure Communities Program Changes

On Friday, June 17, 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced long overdue yet still inadequate changes to the Secure Communities program.

May 11, 2011   MALDEF Calls on Community Leaders, Parents to Advocate for Equity in Implementation of Common Core State Standards

An important initiative is catching on nationwide to assure that public schools everywhere provide education on the same set of core skills and knowledge. Still, there remains much work to be done in ensuring that implementation of common core state standards is completed in the best way to serve all students.

Apr 7, 2011   MALDEF'S "Latino State of the State" Signals Return of National Latino Organization to Full-Time Advocacy in Sacramento

On March 23, MALDEF, the nation's leading legal civil rights organization, hosted the inaugural "Latino State of the State: The 1st Annual Roundtable on Law, Policy and Civil Rights in California." The event served as the first major convening of MALDEF's Sacramento Policy Office since it reopened in 2010.

Mar 9, 2011   We Invite You To Endorse, Register and Book Your Hotel Today to Attend the 5th National Latino Congreso!

Register and pay the attendance fee for full privileges of sending one voting delegate and ten observers to the 2011 National Latino Congreso. Endorsing organizations will receive 1 voting Delegate Pass and 10 Observer passes. This gives access to Strategy Sessions and Workshops/Plenaries/Caucuses/any meals/Hospitality suites/Inauguration and Welcome Reception.

Mar 4, 2011   MALDEF, Latino Officers Charge City of Westminster Police Department with Employment Discrimination

On March 2nd, MALDEF held a press conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the City of Westminster, as well as two former Police Chiefs of the Westminster Police Department, for discrimination against Latino police officers on the basis of their national origin.

Mar 1, 2011   Latino State of the Union, Education Equity and Excellence Commission, Redistricting, Oppose Anit-Immigration Laws

On March 2nd, MALDEF held a press conference announcing a lawsuit filed against the City of Westminster, as well as two former Police Chiefs of the Westminster Police Department, for discrimination against Latino police officers on the basis of their national origin.

Feb 25, 2011   Thomas A. Saenz and Jesse Ruiz Appointed Members of U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission

United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has appointed MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, and MALDEF board member, Jesse Ruiz, among twenty-eight members of the Department of Education’s newly created Equity and Excellence Commission.

Feb 21, 2011   The Lopez Foundation Pledges Proceeds to MALDEF From Arizona Concert

George Lopez, comedian, actor and host of late-night talk show "Lopez Tonight," pledged $20,000 to MALDEF from the proceeds of his January 29 concert in Phoenix, Arizona. The generous pledge from The Lopez Foundation will allow MALDEF to continue to realize the organization's mission of serving as the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization.

Feb 18, 2011   Watch the 2011 MALDEF Latino State of the Union!

The 2011 MALDEF Latino State of the Union featured an engaging discussion between MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz and other nationally-recognized leaders about major issues that will be of significant concern to the Latino community this year.

Feb 4, 2011   MALDEF Wins Ninth circuit Decision Upholding Verdict Against Arizona Vigilante for Attack on Immigrants

MALDEF welcomed the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Vicente v. Barnett, upholding an Arizona jury verdict against a vigilante rancher operating along the Arizona-Mexico border. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the jury’s decision that the vigilante was liable for assaulting a group of immigrants he found on public land.

Feb 3, 2011   MALDEF Appoints Nina Perales, Nationally-Recognized Civil Rights Attorney, as Director of Litigation

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, announced important developments in the leadership of the MALDEF national litigation team. Longtime senior MALDEF attorney Nina Perales has become the Director of Litigation. In this capacity, she will oversee MALDEF litigation efforts throughout the country.

Jan 28, 2011   MALDEF Condemns Radical Attempt to Erode Long-Settled Amercial Citizenship Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel of MALDEF, issued the statement below in response to a radical proposal by Republican Sens. David Vitter (La.) and Rand Paul (Ky.) that flies in the face of the Fourteenth Amendment’s grant of citizenship to those born in the United States of America. The constitutional right of citizenship at birth, rooted in the hard-fought American values of fairness and equality, should not be subject to political and discriminatory whims.

Jan 7, 2011   Civil Rights and Civic Engagement Organizations Issue Joint Statement on Reapportionment Data

Today, MALDEF, along with other civil rights and civic engagement organizations, issued the following statement regarding the recently released reapportionment data: The organizations listed below are civil rights and civic engagement organizations that intend to have significant involvement in the state and local redistricting processes to be undertaken in 2011 and 2012.

Dec 21, 2010   MALDEF Responds to New Census Apportionment Figures

Today, the United States Census Bureau released its state-by-state total population results for the 2010 Census, and with them the number of seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives under reapportionment for the 113th Congress, which convenes in January 2013.

Dec 20, 2010   MALDEF and NEA: Joint Report Aims to Improve Minority Parental Engagement in Children's Schools

For the past year, MALDEF and the National Education Association (NEA) have worked together to refine a report that will help parents and communities across the country more easily overcome the challenges facing minority students in our schools. We are now pleased to announce a report jointly created by our two organizations entitled "Minority Parent and Community Engagement: Best Practices and Policy Recommendations for Closing the Gaps in Student Achievement."

Dec 18, 2010   MALDEF Responds to Senate DREAM Act Vote

Moments ago, by a vote of 55-41, the U.S. Senate voted against cloture of debate to permit a majority of senators who support the DREAM Act (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act) to join the House of Representatives and pass this significant legislation.

Dec 13, 2010   MALDEF, NDLON, Jose Jose, Dolores Huerta and Dream Act Students Organized Phone-Banking Outreach Event to Urge Passage of Dream Act in Senate

This past Saturday, MALDEF partnered with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) as well as Dolores Huerta, José José and students from DREAM Team LA and the Orange County DREAM Team to organize a phone-banking outreach event to urge passage of the DREAM Act in the Senate.

Dec 10, 2010   MALDEF Supports dolores Huerta, Arizona students on Eleventh Day of Fast in support of DREAM Act Outside Senator McCain's Office

Dolores Huerta, civil rights icon and co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America, has recently joined the group’s water-only fast in support of the DREAM Act. She joined students Dulce Juarez and Celso Mireles, as well as the mother of a DREAM Act student Rosa Marta Soto.

Dec 8, 2010   MALDEF Responds to House Passage of DREAM Act

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the latest version of the DREAM Act (the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act). The final vote was 216-198 in favor of passing the DREAM Act.

Dec 2, 2010   A Message From Thomas A. Saenz

As we come to the end of 2010, the Latino community could not be faulted for breathing a collective sigh of relief. This year saw an unprecedented level of vitriol targeted at the Latino community, and in particular at Latino immigrants, as a central part of too many candidate campaigns leading up to the November election.

Nov 15, 2010   MALDEF Lauds California Supreme Court Ruling Upholding AB 540, Waiver of Out-of-State Fees for All Qualified Students

Today, MALDEF applauded the California Supreme Court's ruling in Martinez v. Regents, upholding the California law known as AB 540. AB 540 provides a waiver of out-of-state tuition fees at California's public colleges and universities for students - regardless of immigration status - who have completed three years at a California high school and have attained a high school diploma, or the equivalent thereof.

Nov 12, 2010   MALDEF Honors Three Pioneers at 2010 Los Angeles Awards Gala; Special Guests Included Musicians Raul y Mexia, "Todos Somos Arizona" to Benefit MALDEF's SB1070 Lawsuit

On Thursday, November 4, 2010, MALDEF hosted its 2010 Los Angeles Awards Gala at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. At the Gala, MALDEF paid tribute to three pioneering individuals for their long-standing commitments to public service, civil rights and Latin American music and culture respectively.

Oct 29, 2010   MALDEF Wins Ninth Circuit Decision Overturning Onerous Arizona Voter Registration Law

MALDEF welcomed the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Gonzalez v. State of Arizona, striking down an Arizona law that restricted voter registration. MALDEF had challenged 2004 law, also known as Proposition 200, as unconstitutional and in violation of federal law because the law forced voters to meet onerous new identification requirements at the polls and imposed unnecessary paperwork requirements on those seeking to register to vote.

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