LJP Update: Hurricane Recovery, Gala Fast Approaching and Latinx CJReform Facebook Live

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Join us at TODAY for a Facebook Live about Latinx Voices on Criminal Justice Reform! You can watch the Facebook live here at 12pm.

Assisting in Hurricane Recovery

People across the United States witnessed news reports about the damage Hurricane Irma did to Florida, and how the residents reacted to this terrible storm. But LatinoJustice, along with many other organizations across the state of Florida, was on the ground making sure no community was left behind. Volunteers from organizations such as Organize Florida and Florida Rights Restoration Coalition along with LatinoJustice provided water, food, ice, and put together community cookouts so that families without electricity could have a hot meal. LatinoJustice worked with a coalition of local partners in central Florida. And together, we helped feed over 3000 people without power in low-income neighborhoods like West Orlando, Oak Ridge, Kissimmee, Sanford, Apopka and Altamonte Springs.

2017 Gala Fast Approaching

Leaders from all over the country will celebrate with LatinoJustice our 2017 honorees’ accomplishments and commitment to diversity and justice. The Gala theme, Standing Resolutely for Justice, is embodied by our honorees. Our Honorees are:

  • 2017 Community Champion Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, who has doubled down on his efforts to champion civil rights
  • 2017 Lucero Award recipient Kim M. Rivera, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, HP, Inc., and a stellar example of the leadership potential of Latinas nationwide
  • 2017 Corporate Leader Award recipient JPMorgan Chase, which has made a strong and practical commitment to foster diversity within its corporate ranks.

To learn more about our honorees and join us, click here.

LatinoJustice Joins Lawsuit Challenging the President’s Election Integrity Commission

LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund joined the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. in filing an amended complaint last month challenging the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The amended complaint adds seven additional organizational plaintiffs including the Hispanic Federation, Mi Familia Vota, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement The lawsuit seeks to permanently enjoin the Commission which plaintiffs contend was created by the White House to facilitate discriminate against voters of color.

“We are concerned that the voter registration information requested by the Commission would likely be used to target and purge Latino voters by using error-prone databases with outdated information to discriminatorily suppress and harm communities of color,” Juan Cartagena, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, said. “The ultimate irony here is the creation of a Presidential Commission on 'Election Integrity,' which actually seeks to undermine the very integrity of the elections that it purports to protect."

Law Day

On October 7th, LatinoJustice PRLDEF will hold the 35th Annual Law Day, at Pace University in NYC. If you are interested in law school or you know someone who is, this is the ideal event to kickstart the law school admissions process. There will be panels of preadmissions experts and practicing attorneys in different legal fields. There will be a pizza lunch, and an afternoon law fair, where you can meet law school representatives from across the country. Click on the link here to register online for this one-of-a-kind diversity recruitment event.

LJP Welcomes Sesilia Valdez Diaz, our new Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow Sponsored by the Florida Bar Foundation

Sesilia Valdez Diaz who was awarded a two year Equal Justice Works Fellowship sponsored by the Florida Bar Foundation has joined LJP’s legal team in our Southeast Regional Office in Orlando. Her Central Florida Workplace Justice Initiative (CFWJI) will provide legal advocacy and representation for low-wage Latina workers in the hospitality industry experiencing wage theft, discrimination, harassment and other employment issues.

Need Addressed By Project

The hospitality industry in Orlando, Florida is extensive and a substantial employer, especially for Latina workers. Their discrimination and inequity in employment may stem from an intersectional framework of race, gender, socioeconomic status, and at times, document status. You can read more about Sesilia and her fellowship project here.

Upcoming LJP Events

  • El Color de la Justicia: Raising Latinx Voices for CJ Reform, Public Welfare Foundation, Washington, D.C. 9/21/2016 12:00pm to 2:00pm

    Please join us for a provocative lunch conversation with leaders in the criminal justice field as they highlight invisible and unaddressed policies and practices that have a striking impact on Latinx individuals and communities across the country. How can we make a difference and tackle this insidious problem together? Watch live on Facebook here, you can also engage on social media with #LatinxCJR
  • Latino Heritage Month Networking Reception, Bourbon Street Bar and Grille New York, NY, 09/28/2017 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Join the LJP Lideres for a Latino Heritage Month Networking Reception. This will be a chance for you to meet the #LJPLiders board as well as the rest of the #LJPFamilia. RSVP here.
  • Voting Restoration Amendment Educational Panel, Taft Community Center, Orlando, FL, 09/30/2017 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Join us as two of our top leaders discuss why the Voting Restoration Amendment is important. RSVP Here.
  • Law Day 2017, Pace University New York, NY, 10/07/2017 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
    Law Day introduces law schools to a diverse pre-law constituency. This day-long event attracts hundreds of students and over 100 law schools from across the country. RSVP here.
  • 2017 Gala - Standing Resolutely, New York City, NY, 11/08/2017 6:00 PM
    LatinoJustice PRLDEF's Annual Awards Gala is an opportunity for our supporters to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and of those who work to ensure justice for the Latino Community. RSVP here.

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