The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) today announced Thomas A. Saenz, Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as its new President and General Counsel. Saenz will join MALDEF in mid-August. (Tom has been an extraordinary ally and supporter of EJS for many years. We congratulate him and wish him much success … Continue reading Thomas A. Saenz, Counsel to Los Angeles Mayor, Named MALDEF President and General Counsel
Community and peace advocate and Executive Director of Homies Unidos in Los Angeles, Alex Sánchez was arraigned last week in federal court, accused of conspiracy under the RICO statutes for crimes he allegedly committed over the past 15 years. He was denied bail on June 30th despite an outpouring of support from the community. These … Continue reading Violence Prevention Advocate Alex Sánchez Arrested by FBI Under Questionable Circumstances
The Oklahoman newspaper printed on Tuesday a racist, sexist and outright offensive "editorial" cartoon. It depicts Judge Sotomayor strung up by a rope, likening itself to lynching images or a piñata, with President Barack Obama wearing a sombrero, holding a stick and asking a crowd of elephants (Republicans) "Now, who wants to be first?" The … Continue reading Editorial cartoon on Judge Sotomayor has subtext of lynching, stereotypes Latinos
We experienced last week several gut-wrenching and rejoiceful moments. On Tuesday, May 26, President Barack Obama announced his historic nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. On the same morning, the California Supreme Court ruled against marriage equality by upholding Prop. 8. The following day brought news that a preeminent scholar on our … Continue reading Bittersweet Week: Judge Sotomayor, Prop 8 Upheld, Ron Takaki Passes; Launching ConfirmSotomayor.org
President Barack Obama today nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to succeed David Souter as an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Obama said Sotomayor has more experience as a judge than any current member of the high court had when nominated, adding she has earned the "respect of colleagues on the bench, the admiration of many … Continue reading Obama Nominates Sotomayor for Supreme Court
All of us at EJS were ecstatic when we learned earlier this year that Tom Saenz was under consideration for Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice. Tom would have brought to that position an extensive and celebrated background as a champion for civil rights, social justice and progressive values. We were surprised … Continue reading Why Did the Obama Administration Renege on Its Offer to Tom Saenz?
Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, today expressed profound disappointment today that distinguished civil rights attorney Thomas Saenz is no longer a candidate to head the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. … Continue reading NCLR Expresses Profound Disappointment with Saenz Decision
ACS will tomorrow give a sneak preview of "A Class Apart," a documentary film chronicling the landmark 14th Amendment case, Hernandez v. Texas. The Thursday, February 12, event is at Landmark Theatres Embarcadero Center Cinema, One Embarcadero Center, Promenade Level, San Francisco, starting at 7 p.m. with doors open at 6:30 p.m. A discussion takes … Continue reading ACS Sneak Preview of Documentary Film ‘A Class Apart’