LJP Update: Announcing 2016 Gala Honorees, Supporting the End of “Prison Gerrymandering” and more

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Announcing Honorees for our 2016 Gala – Forging a Powerful Future

Join 400+ of our supporters, sponsors and partners as we honor:

Lucero, David Arroyo, Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs/Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Scripps Networks Interactive
Corporate Leader - Mercer
Community Champion - Cesar D. Vargas, Co-Founder, Dream Action Coalition
Vanguard - Debo Adegbile, Partner, Wilmer Hale

This year’s Gala theme, Forging a Powerful Future, speaks to the growing influence of Latinos nationwide. As we shape civic, political and social movements, Latinos must come together to exercise their voices and votes to ensure equality, access and justice for decades to come. For more information, click here.

LatinoJustice files brief supporting End to “Prison Gerrymandering” in Cranston, Rhode Island School and City Council Districts

LatinoJustice PRLDEF (LJP), the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) and O’Melveny & Myers LLP on August 31, 2016, filed an amicus curiae brief (link to brief here) with the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Davidson v. City of Cranston urging affirmance of earlier federal district court decision finding that the City of Cranston, Rhode Island’s practice of artificially inflating the population of a particular ward by enumerating the people incarcerated there as “residents” of that ward constituted a violation of the one person, one vote requirement of the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause. The underlying 2014 federal lawsuit challenged a redistricting plan adopted by Cranston in 2012 for its City Council & School Committee which counted incarcerated people in their prison location as if they were all residents of Cranston.

The brief filed on behalf of Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE) and Voice of The Ex-Offender (VOTE) supports the district court’s finding that Cranston’s prison gerrymandering was a racially discriminatory practice. The brief also cited to an August 22, 2016 Reply Comment letter LJP (link to Comment here) submitted to the U.S. Census Bureau concerning the Bureau’s proposed rulemaking for the 2020 census which advocated for the Census Bureau to value the lives of Latino & Black families and communities with incarcerated family members equally and on par with other populations. LJP Legal Fellow Rebecca Ramaswamy who worked with Associate Counsel Joanna Cuevas-Ingram on the amicus brief and Census comment letter recently authored an opinion editorial at the Huffington Post, entitled “Being Counted at Home: Do Black and Latino Community Ties Matter to the U.S. Census Bureau?” directly addressing how the U.S. Census Bureau’s recent initial proposed rule would not only exacerbate systemic racial inequality in prison gerrymandering, but how the U.S. Census Bureau itself may be placing less value on the lives, families and community ties of incarcerated people, many of whom are disproportionately Black and Latino.

Read Rebecca’s Op-Ed in HuffPo, LJP’s comment letter here, the press release here, and the Davidson Brief here.

LatinoJustice Seeks Senior Counsel

The Senior Counsel develops, leads and manages existing cases pending in state and federal court, and oversees all facets of the litigation process. Under the supervision of the Deputy General Counsel and as part of the Senior Counsel team, the Senior Counsel is accountable for the output of his or her team and for developing strategies to achieve litigation goals in emerging areas of community interest. The Senior Counsel will travel nationally, with particular focus on the east coast, in connection with organizational projects and needs.
More information here. Deadline: Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis.

Events and Notices

  • Cada Voto Cuenta: LatinoJustice's Nonpartisan Cada Voto Cuenta Election Monitoring Voter Protection Initiative, affiliated with the National Election Protection Coalition, is recruiting bilingual Spanish-speaking legal volunteers. Please find our Cada Voto Cuenta Pro Bono Voter Protection Volunteer Recruitment Flyer for circulation to interested law students, graduates, lawyers, legal professionals and community advocates, here, and sign up to volunteer today, here.
  • NLLSA’s 20th Annual Conference and Moot Court Competition will be co-hosted by Boston College Law School, Suffolk Law School, and Harvard Law School from September 29th – October 1st, 2016 in Boston! The 2016 Conference theme, “Identidad y Colaboración,” focuses on the role of Latina/o students emerging in the legal field. In an increasingly globalized world, the need for diverse attorneys in the legal field is greater than ever. The Conference will feature interactive panels, a moot court competition, networking events, engaging lectures, and an opportunity to give back to our community through pro bono work. Registration for the conference, moot court information, speakers’ information, and traveler and hotel information is available here link to our conference. We look forward to seeing you in Boston in September 2016!
  • Body Camera Survey - In order to ensure that the NYPD’s body-worn camera program responds to the interests and concerns of the community it serves, the NYPD has asked the Policing Project at New York University School of Law to gather public input on how the cameras should be used. You can fill out the survey here.
  • 34th Annual Law Day takes place on Saturday, October 8th, at New York Law School. Interested in meeting law school representatives from across the country (including the NY tristate area) that are interested in YOU? Mark your calendars for this free event and look for preregistration information coming in early August.
    When: October 8th Where: New York Law School

Juan Opina

  • Populous, Multi-Racial And Ignored: Latinos And Police Shootings
    The police officer who shot and killed Philando Castille in Minnesota, Jeronimo Yanez, was Latino. That shooting added to the narrative of yet another white officer killing a black man. In Dallas one police officer killed with four others by Micah Johnson, was also Latino, Mexican-American Patrick Zamarripa.
  • Luchamos por la justicia, no asesinatos
    En Dallas, Texas, cinco miembros de la policía fueron asesinados en un motín que empezó pacíficamente para denunciar la muerte de dos afro-americanos por la policía unos días anteriores.

Twitter Highlight

  • Undocumented immigrants are making sure their voices are heard in #Election2016 link here by @meeshellchen
  • A8: 24% of US pop under 18 is Latinx. Future gen deserve right to vote, free from voter discrimination #VRAChat #RestoretheVRA #VotingRights
  • #VoterID laws such as TX and NC were shown to be racially biased. We must remain vigilant for racially biased laws. link here

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