Voting Rights News

LatinoJustice & Dēmos File Amicus in Supreme Court Case Challenging Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law under the Voting Rights Act

LatinoJustice PRLDEF (“LatinoJustice”) and Dēmos submitted an amici curiae brief to the U.S. Supreme Court today in support of a petition for certiorari challenging Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager Law, Public Act (PA) 436, arguing that laws which remove governmental authority from locally-elected officials in municipalities that have disproportionately large minority populations are discriminatory and subject to scrutiny under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, and that the Sixth Circuit ruled in error below by failing to examine the statute under Section 2’s totality of circumstances test. The amici are represented by Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Landmark Settlement in Census Bureau Employment Discrimination Hiring Case Approved

A New York federal court has approved the settlement of a landmark class action in which African American and Latino job applicants alleged illegal background check policies and practices at the U.S. Census Bureau denied them access to more than a million temporary jobs for the 2010 decennial census. On September 20, 2016, Magistrate Judge Frank Mass of the Southern District of New York approved Plaintiffs’ proposed nationwide settlement agreement with the Census Bureau in Gonzalez et. al v. Pritzker, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. After six years of complex litigation, Plaintiffs’ motions for class certification, attorneys’ fees and costs, and $10,000 service awards for each of the class agent plaintiffs, were approved without objection.

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

We are excited to announce our 2016 Gala Honorees! Make sure you get your tickets soon! You can also read about how we are challenging how the Census counts people who are incarcerated.

Supreme Court Rejects Redistricting Challenge that Would Have Disenfranchised Latinos

WASHINGTON –– The Supreme Court unanimously ruled today in Evenwel v. Abbott that a state or locality is allowed to draw its legislative districts based on total population alone. The Supreme Court found that as constitutional history, precedent, and practice demonstrate, a state or locality may draw its legislative districts based upon total population rather than utilizing a voter-population baseline.

News and Events: Gala Honoree Profile, Right To Be Counted and more

Get to Know Junot Diaz, Community Champion for the 2015 Gala. Then, find out about the latest Supreme Court case that could change the redistricting process as we know it. This and much more is covered in this week's bi-weekly news and events update.

News and Events; Puerto Rico, NJ Education and More

This is a copy of the newsletter that we sent out on July 23rd and it highlights the latest news and events from LatinoJustice. It focused on recapping LAWbound, NJ education policy, Puerto Rico Crisis and more

Civil Rights Groups Announce Unity Map for NYC Council Redistricting

LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), National Institute for Latino Policy (NILP), and the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) of Medgar Evers College have released the NYC Council Unity Map, a joint proposal for new City Council districts that reflects New York City’s changing demographics and protects the voting rights of Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans.

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