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Jul 21, 2010   Cases lining up to challenge Ariz. immigration law

Associated Press Writer

Lawyer Nina Perales, who represents the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said a lawsuit filed by that group and the ACLU, goes further than the federal case by claiming racial profiling. "It's coming from a different and maybe complementary perspective," Perales said. "We're really coming from the perspective of individual people."

Jul 20, 2010   MALDEF Planning Concert To Promote Truth About Immigration

Terra

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund or MALDEF is planning a huge concert this fall to help build awareness around it's educational campaign to spread truth about immigration in America. Featuring performances by Los Lobos and Los Tigres del Norte, the concert will be held in the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on September 28, 2010.

Jul 20, 2010   Scenarios: What could happen with Arizona's immigration law

Reuters

"The government's challenge only focuses on immigration ... but at the same time, the MALDEF and ACLU suit does challenge the day laborer provisions," he said, referring to challenges by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and American Civil Liberties Union.

Jul 19, 2010   Redistricting battles to start as Census draws to close

The Monitor

But the real work won’t begin until the U.S. Census Bureau releases its 2010 population counts that determine how many seats that Texas will gain in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Luis Figueroa, a legislative staff attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a Latino advocacy group that’s a key player in the redistricting process.

Jul 19, 2010   DC Superior Court To Swear in New Associate Judge

The Associated Press

Demeo also was a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in Washington and the Justice Department's civil rights division. In addition, she worked at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a national Latino civil rights group.

Jul 19, 2010   'Outing' illegal immigrants: Utah grapples with 'listgate'

The Christian Science Monitor

“I hope this meeting can achieve a mutual understanding that neighbors reporting on neighbors illegally is not the kind of country we are – and that we can avoid the stumbles that Utah and Arizona have made and adopt a better immigration policy,” says Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel for The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Jul 16, 2010   Lawyers debate merits of SB 1070

Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services

On July 22, Bolton will hear arguments in two related cases that challenge other aspects of SB 1070 - one by the U.S. Department of Justice and one by a coalition of the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Immigration Law Center and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Jul 15, 2010   MALDEF and GALEO join lawsuit in order to defend voting rights act

MALDEF and GALEO join lawsuit in order to defend voting rights act Read more: RN-T.com - MALDEF and GALEO join lawsuit in order to defend voting rights act

“This lawsuit seeks to strip away vital protections for minority voters,” explained Nina Perales, MALDEF Southwest Regional Counsel and lead lawyer for GALEO in the intervention. “MALDEF will continue to oppose discriminatory voter registration procedures, and also defend the Voting Rights Act, a law that has provided the Latino community with greater access to the political process.”

Jul 15, 2010   24 Hour Fitness Sued For Discrimination

24 Hour Fitness Sued For Discrimination

Charging the world's largest fitness chain with discriminating against minority and women employees in California on the basis of race, color, national origin and gender, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the Oakland law firm of Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker & Jackson, P.C. filed a class-action lawsuit, Fulcher v. 24 Hour Fitness, on Tuesday. The suit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday. There are 24 Hour Fitness clubs throughout the San Fernando Valley and LosAngeles.

Jul 13, 2010   Latino civil rights group: Gym chain discriminates

Latino civil rights group: Gym chain discriminates

The suit was filed by MALDEF and a law firm in Alameda County Superior Court. It claimed the fitness club violated state anti-discrimination laws and seeks class-action status, which would allow it to represent an estimated 10,000 California employees of the fitness chain.

Jul 12, 2010   Experts: SB1070 unlikely to survive

Experts: SB1070 unlikely to survive

"It's one thing for MALDEF (Mexican American Legal defense and Educational Fund) or the ACLU to say this (Arizona law) interferes with federal policy. It is quite a different thing when the federal government goes to court and says it," said Jack Chin, a University of Arizona law professor. "The clear rule has been that states do not have the power to regulate immigration."

Jul 8, 2010   Arizona Challenge Does Not Focus on Profiling

Lawyers in the other five lawsuits against the law that play up the potential for discrimination shrugged off their opponents’ glee, saying the government shrewdly chose not to “throw the kitchen sink” at the state, as Thomas A. Saenz of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund put it. They were happy the government stepped in and did so forcefully, even raising arguments, like the potential effect on diplomatic affairs, that others had not emphasized.

Lawyers in the other five lawsuits against the law that play up the potential for discrimination shrugged off their opponents’ glee, saying the government shrewdly chose not to “throw the kitchen sink” at the state, as Thomas A. Saenz of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund put it. They were happy the government stepped in and did so forcefully, even raising arguments, like the potential effect on diplomatic affairs, that others had not emphasized.

Jul 7, 2010   Federal government sues to block Arizona immigration law

Federal government sues to block Arizona immigration law

"The DOJ is telling the court in Arizona that immigration policy isn't a nightstick to be waved in the face of every Latino walking down the street," said Foster Maer, an attorney with LatinoJustice, a Hispanic civil rights group. Several prominent legal groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, already have sued to block the law. Yet Maer said there is no substitute for the U.S. government. "It's much harder for a judge to say no to them than to private parties," he said.

Jul 6, 2010   Elena Kagan unlikely to get bipartisan support

Elena Kagan unlikely to get bipartisan support

Thomas Saenz, president of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said senators did not ask the nominee enough questions to try to elicit her views on immigration and other issues that are significant to Latinos. He said that his "general inclination" is to recommend that his group take no position on Kagan. "It means the record is pretty much devoid of strong indication of ... (her) views."

Jun 28, 2010   Ottawa Co. coughs up $13,350 in suit over Hispanic couple’s right to marry

Ottawa Co. coughs up $13,350 in suit over Hispanic couple’s right to marry Mexican American Legal Defense Fund overturns county policy on Social Security I.D.

State Rep. Dave Agema of Grandville is planning legislation to stop illegal immigrants from getting a marriage license. The upcoming bills would require marriage license applicants to show two forms of identification. That could include state-issued ID cards, Social Security cards, birth certificates or other proof of residency. A person who isn’t a citizen could get a marriage license using a visa, passport or other proof of being in the U.S. legally. VanEssen said it took just one meeting to settle the lawsuit, which was filed by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He said the settlement took care of the problems created by the county’s policy, which is based on federal law. “This is the law of unintended consequences,” he said. “It became a direct issue of concern for illegal immigrants.”

Jun 28, 2010   Civil rights organizations question nominee Elena Kagan's record on race

Civil rights organizations question nominee Elena Kagan's record on race

Mary Frances Berry, at the time chairwoman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, recalled Kagan as "argumentative and smart," often taking "a skeptical attitude about the arguments people made. . . . On the Civil Rights Commission, her first kind of question would be, 'Why do we need one?' " Berry, along with some of the activists combing Kagan's public record, say they are uncertain of the nominee's personal views. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, for instance, is trying to interpret a note by Kagan in which she dismissed as "lots of legal gobbledygook" arguments about how to treat Central Americans displaced by Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

Jun 24, 2010   Exclusive Premiere: New Ry Cooder Single

Exclusive Premiere: New Ry Cooder Single

"Quicksand" will be available on iTunes on June 29, along with original artwork from painter Vincent Valdez. It also features Cooder's son Joachim on drums, with backup vocals by Lucina Rodgriguez and Fabiola Trujillo of the Mexican roots band Los Cenzontles. All proceeds will go to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Jun 23, 2010   Mexico enters immigration law battle

Mexico enters immigration law battle

Mexico joined the fight against Arizona's controversial immigration law by filing an amicus brief Tuesday with the U.S. District Court asking that SB1070 be declared unconstitutional. The Mexican government joins civil liberties groups such as the ACLU, MALDEF and the National Immigration Law Center in the case of Friendly House, et al. vs. Michael B. Whiting, et al., which urges the Southwest state to recognize "the human and civil rights of its citizens when they are present in Arizona," according to the Foreign Ministry.

Jun 17, 2010   ‘Summer of Siqueiros’ Kicks Off Friday: Top Latino artists and historians explore the life and work of Mexican Muralist

EGP News Report

Panelists will discuss the artist’s lasting impact on Chicano artists in Los Angeles, who first rallied to restore the censored work during the cultural awakening of the 1960s. Two other panels are scheduled in the summer series: “Artist Warrior” on July 16, also at the Mexican Cultural Institute, and “Freedom of Speech and Censorship” on August 20, at the offices of MALDEF, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Jun 16, 2010   County settles Mexican American Legal Defense Fund lawsuit

The Holland Sentinel

A settlement was reached between the county and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, which sued the county and Ottawa Clerk Dan Krueger in May for denying marriage licenses to people without Social Security numbers.

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