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MALDEFian - Endorsement on Oregon's Ballot Propositions


MALDEF POSITION ON OREGON BALLOT PROPOSITIONS

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. Oregon has a number of significant measures on the ballot. As you can read further below, MALDEF has reviewed the measures and urges you to vote YES on Measures 86, 88, and 89. In particular, MALDEF endorses a YES vote on Measure 88, a measure placed on the ballot by opponents of immigrant integration. I hope that the position endorsements and brief explanations set forth below help you in deciding how to vote on these three important ballot measures. But, however you decide, what is most important is that every eligible voter take the time to decide and VOTE. 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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