A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Anthony Wiener’s resignation plays right into the demographic reality that New York’s congressional delegation will be two people short in next year’s Congress and the demographic boon that Latinos are the prime engine for New York City’s unprecedented growth in the last decade.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF was one of a group of top civil rights organizations that filed a motion in New York Supreme Court asking to intervene to help defend New York’s new law allocating people in prison to their home communities for redistricting and reapportionment.
Experts predict that less than half of Latinos will definitely participate in this year’s census. For every 100 people that go uncounted in the census, a community stands to lose $1.2 million dollars in federal funding over the next decade.
It looks increasingly like a court-appointed special master will have to draw the new map for New York’s congressional districts. Will that plan reflect reality as well as federal law?
In a letter sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo late last week, LatinoJustice and the National Institute for Latino Policy called on the Governor to veto the legislative redistricting lines that were expected to come out this week.
LatinoJustice PRLDEF proposed the "Unity Map," a joint effort with The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Institute for Latino Policy, and the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College. The map redraws district lines to take into account New York City's Asian-American, Latino, and black populations.
Activists seeking a majority Hispanic district for the Orange County Commission predicted Tuesday they will file a lawsuit after county commissioners roundly rejected the districting plan they favored.
When the 2010 Census results came in, Latinos seemed poised to exert more political influence in the U.S. than ever before. In the past 10 years, the Hispanic population grew by 43 percent, more than quadruple the 9.7 percent growth rate for the country overall.