MALDEF


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.

Below you can read about an important appellate argument related to a particularly egregious anti-immigrant local ordinance, about important post-election testimony regarding voter suppression, and about an ongoing trial seeking an increase in equal educational opportunity for Latino students. The activity of the last several weeks in all of our programs -- education, employment, immigrants' rights, and voting rights -- has been significant and arduous but hardly atypical. We already know of key legal challenges in 2013, including critical cases affecting the Latino community before the United States Supreme Court in education and voting, an important opportunity to enact progressive immigration reform that recognizes the rights and contributions of so many unprotected Latino families, and an omnipresent need for vigilance in defending the rights of Latino workers in all areas of the economy.

Indeed, I expect January 2013 to be at least as busy as December 2012, with as many critical legal issues to address. Whether you are reading this on the last day of 2012 or on one of the first days of 2013, please know that your ongoing support and partnership is making a real difference through the continual dedication and hard work of all of our MALDEF staff. We wish them and all of you a most prosperous and successful 2013!



Sincerely Yours,


Thomas A. Saenz
President and General Counsel
MALDEF


VOTING RIGHTS - MALDEF Vice President of Litigation, Nina Perales, Testifies Before the Senate Judiciary Committee

Nina Perales, MALDEF Vice President of Litigation, testified on December 19th, 2012 before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing titled, “The State of the Right to Vote After the 2012 Election.” Ms. Perales joined Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz, and South Carolina State Representative Gilda Cobb-Hunter. Her comments focused on attempts in some states to limit the voting strength of minority voters.

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IMMIGRANT RIGHTS - MALDEF Argues Before The Eighth Circuit Court Of Appeals In Continued Challenge to Fremont, Nebraska Anti-Immigrant Ordinance

On December 13, 2012, MALDEF Chicago Regional Counsel, Alonzo Rivas, argued before a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Paul, Minnesota, in a continued battle to block the remaining provisions of an anti-immigrant housing ordinance in Fremont, Nebraska.

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EDUCATION EQUITY - MALDEF At Trial Once More Seeking Equity in Texas School Finance

For the first eight weeks of a Texas school finance trial that began on October 22, 2012, and will continue after the New Year, MALDEF presented over a dozen witnesses who testified about the inadequacy and inequity of the Texas educational system.

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MALDEF Secures Release of Unredacted Records in Ruben Salazar Case

On December 4, 2012, 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. MALDEF represents Phillip Rodriguez, a noted documentary filmmaker, who requested the documents as part of his research for the documentary film that tells the story of the life and mysterious death of the prominent civil rights era journalist.

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