Friday, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigrants’ Rights Project, and the ACLU of Texas filed a complaint in federal court, alleging that Farmers Branch Ordinance 2952 violates the U.S. Constitution and federal and state statutes. Ordinance 2952, which requires all renters in Farmers Branch to register their presence with the City and obtain an occupancy license, is the City’s third effort to restrict residency in Farmers Branch.
Today, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) joined with national civil rights organizations from the Asian Pacific American and African American communities in a letter to leadership in the United States House of Representatives and Senate.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino legal organization, joins the nation and Latinos everywhere in mourning the loss of Dionicio Morales, a beloved leader of the Latino civil rights movement.
The U.S District Court of Arizona today blocked the town of Cave Creek, Arizona from enforcing an anti-solicitation ordinance that infringes on the free speech rights of day laborers in that town.
In the most comprehensive legal decision concerning the civil rights of English language learners in the last 25 years, U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice ruled today that Texas is failing to overcome language barriers for tens of thousands of Latino students in secondary programs.
Hoy, el Fondo Mexicano Americano para la Defensa Legal y la Educación (MALDEF), la organización de defensa legal líder de los latinos, celebró la introducción del “Acta de 2008 para el Fortalecimiento de las Comunidades a través de la educación y la integración”; introducida por la senadora Hillary Clinton (D-NY) y el representante Mike Honda (D-CA), respaldada por la representante Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) y representante Rubén Hinojosa (D-TX).
Today, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization, welcomed the introduction of the “Strengthening Communities through Education and Integration Act of 2008.”
Today, five individuals and Somos America, a Latino community-based coalition, sued Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office (MCSO) and Maricopa County, charging that they or their members were unlawfully stopped and mistreated by law enforcement because they are Latino.
In response to the brutal murder of Luis Ramirez, a Mexican immigrant who was beaten to death by up to six white teenagers last weekend, MALDEF is calling upon the United States Department of Justice to open a federal civil rights investigation and to send civil rights monitors to Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.
Today, a three-judge federal district court rejected an attack on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit against the Act was brought by a municipal utility district in Austin, Texas, that asked the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to declare that certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act no longer applied to the district or that the Act should be ruled unconstitutional.
Today, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas (ACLU) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) succeeded in invalidating Ordinance 2903, an anti-immigrant ordinance enacted by Farmers Branch, Texas.
Today, attorneys and plaintiffs from the May Day class-action lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) held a press conference to mark the one-year anniversary of the police assaults against peaceful families who marched in support of comprehensive immigration reform last year.
Today, the Supreme Court issued a decision upholding a state law in Indiana requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls on Election Day.
Today, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization, filed an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief in an appeal of last year’s federal court decision that struck down Hazleton, Pennsylvania’s anti-immigrant ordinances. MALDEF was joined in their effort by 25 national civil rights and Pennsylvania-based Latino and immigrant advocacy organizations.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) strongly supports a state judge’s decision to permanently block two anti-immigration ordinances in Valley Park, Missouri. Last year, a coalition of private lawyers, law schools and civil rights organizations, including MALDEF, filed suit against the City on behalf of a group of residents, business owners, and a fair housing agency claiming that the ordinances violated federal law and fair housing protections.
Monday, the United States District Court for Arizona denied a motion filed by the Maricopa County Community College District, its Chancellor and Governing Board (MCCCD) to end a class action lawsuit brought against them by Latino employees. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), which represents the plaintiffs in the case, urged the federal court to deny the motion because there was sufficient evidence to show that MCCCD failed to remedy a hostile work environment at the District.
– This week, the Arizona Court of Appeals denied the appeal of border vigilante Roger Barnett who was found liable by a jury after assaulting a family of Latino U.S. citizens while they were hunting on state land in southern Arizona. MALDEF, which represents the plaintiffs in the appeal, urged the appellate court to reject Barnett's request for a new trial and argued that the jury had rightfully found Barnett at fault for his vicious attack upon the family.
One week after six Gulf War veterans asked a federal court to temporarily halt the State of Texas’s exclusion of certain veterans from receiving college tuition exemptions available under the Hazlewood Act, the Attorney General Greg Abbott withdrew his Opinions restricting the Hazlewood program.
Today, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino legal organization, presented its argument on behalf of LULAC and the GI Forum before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to defend the statewide school desegregation decree and ensure that public school desegregation efforts are not impeded.
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino legal organization, will intervene on behalf of LULAC and the GI Forum to uphold transfer provisions for Texas school districts in order to ensure that desegregation efforts are not impeded.
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