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MALDEFian - Endorsement on Illinois' Ballot Proposition


MALDEF POSITION ON ILLINOIS' BALLOT PROPOSITION

Although midterm elections too often receive less attention than presidential elections, this November, voters nationwide will cast ballots to elect significant state and national leaders. In addition, important ballot measures will be decided by voters in a number of states. Illinois has a number of measures on the ballot. As you can read further below, MALDEF has reviewed and urges you to vote YES on one of these measures -- the Illinois Right to Vote Amendment. I hope that the position endorsement and brief explanation set forth below help you in deciding how to vote on this key ballot measure. But, however you decide, what is most important is that every eligible voter take the time to decide and VOTE on November 4. Thank you.



Sincerely Yours,


Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel
MALDEF


IMMIGRANT WORKERS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE IN NEW DOCUMENTARY OPENING IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH

Food Chains, executive produced by MALDEF Board member Eva Longoria and others, is a ground-breaking documentary film that exposes some of the abuses in farm labor and reveals the forces behind that exploitation through the narrative of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), an group of tomato pickers in Florida battling the 5 trillion dollar global supermarket industry - and winning.

MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz is one of those interviewed in the film. The film is narrated by Forest Whitaker.

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Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the "Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America" MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. For more information on MALDEF, please visit: www.maldef.org.

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