Category Archives: Latinos

Plaintiffs in Kern County School Lawsuit Ask Court to Hold the State of California Accountable for School Discipline Problems

The plaintiffs in a lawsuit to stop ethnically and racially discriminatory student discipline practices in Kern County high schools have filed an appeal against the State of California, which was excused as a defendant by the trial court. Attorneys on behalf of Latino and African American students in the Kern High School District maintain that the State of California is responsible for addressing discriminatory practices in state public schools.

EJS Joins CRLA, MALDEF, GBLA, in Lawsuit Against Kern High School District

Lawsuit seeks end to school district’s discriminatory disciplinary policies and practices that disproportionately impact students of color UPDATE: News coverage of the case: – The Center for Public Integrity (nonprofit news organization) – KQED – KBAK, CBS Affiliate – The Bakersfield California BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2014) — A coalition of civil rights legal advocates, […]
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Meeting with Bakersfield Community on Disproportionate Suspensions and Expulsions of Black and Latino Students

Eva Paterson, Allison Elgart, and Luke Edwards of the Equal Justice Society participated in a community meeting on June 18 in Bakersfield, California, to discuss the disproportionate suspensions and expulsions of Latino and Black students. Photo via Faith in Action.

EJS Files Letter Brief in Case Related to Voting Rights

On June 12, 2012, EJS filed a letter brief with the California Supreme Court urging the Court to grant the petition for review and issue a prompt decision in All of Us or None, an important case that involves the voting rights of 85,000 Californians. In December 2011, California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen issued […]
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Commentary by EJS’ Eva Paterson and Reggie Shuford in New America Media

The following op-ed by EJS President, Eva Paterson, and Director of Law and Policy, Reggie Shuford, appeared yesterday in New America Media. A recent decision handed down by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals raises this important question: Can victims of contemporary forms of discrimination and disparity find justice in our courts? The court […]
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