Friday, April 19, 2019

Latino Leaders and Activists Urge President Obama to Nominate Labor Sec. Tom Perez for Attorney General

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda are among the many Latino leaders urging President Obama to nominate Labor Secretary Tom Perez as the next U.S. attorney general. Leaders and activists cite Perez’s proven record of leadership and commitment to serving diverse communities as signs that he would be an ideal candidate […]

Arizona Court Upholds Law Banning Mexican-American Studies

An Arizona court ruled last week that a state law banning the Mexican-American Studies (MAS) curriculum is constitutional. The ruling was perceived as a partial defeat for groups advocating in favor of the curriculum and those who had hoped the court would overturn the 2010 law. “I was really surprised at the decision,” said Jose Gonzalez, […]

Arizona Governor Receives Backlash from Denying Licenses to Undocumented Youth

While Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is no stranger to controversy, her latest immigration-related decision is causing more backlash than praise. Brewer is known as having one of the toughest stances on immigration in the nation, making her a popular target of lawsuits from civil rights groups and the federal government. As recently as last week, […]

President Obama to Announce the Establishment of the César Chávez National Monument

President Obama will travel to Keene, California on October 8th to announce the establishment of the César Chávez National Monument on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz. The location chosen is recognized worldwide for its historic link to civil rights leader César Chávez and the farm worker movement, and it is […]

Healthcare Discrimination Protection and Privacy Informational Webinars hosted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights

In an effort to ensure the wide dissemination of information to protect and promote Latino and immigrant communities’ and individuals’ fundamental rights to nondiscrimination in health care and social service programs, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is hosting a webinar series throughout the month of August. […]

President Obama’s Gay Marriage Support Re-Invigorates Immigration Activism

President Barack Obama’s recent announcement supporting gay marriage has unveiled a growing alliance between young Latinos and gay activists. Since President Obama’s announcement supporting gay marriage last week, Latinos across the country have come forward attempting to dispel the idea that Latinos are less tolerant of homosexuality than the general public, while hoping to take […]

Alabama’s controversial immigration law has made its way to the UN

A coalition of union and civil rights groups have filed a complaint with the United Nations International Labor Organization alleging that Alabama’s harsh anti-immigrant law violates international norms. “By signing this bill into law, Brewer has just authorized violating the rights of millions of people living and working here,” said Alessandra Soler Meetze, Executive Director […]

Alabama’s Anti-Immigrant Law Backfires, Creating a New Civil Rights Movement

Alabama’s show-me-your-papers law, HB56, threatens to turn the clock back to a time when hardworking men and women were persecuted because of the color of their skin. The law legitimizes racial profiling, terrorizes people of color throughout the state, frightens children, and harms the state’s economy. Sound familiar? Alabama’s past — post emancipation years characterized […]

Connecticut Police Officers Arrested for Targeting Latinos

Four East Haven, Connecticut police officers accused of systematically targeting Latinos with unlawful search and seizures, traffic stops, and physical abuse were arrested on Tuesday. The FBI has accused Police Sergeant John Miller, Officers David Cari, Jason Zullo, and Dennis Spaulding, known within the East Haven Police Department as “The Miller Boys,” of intimidating both […]

Obama to hold White House American Latino Heritage Forum

President Barack Obama will hold an event in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in Washington, D.C. today. The White House American Latino Heritage Forum will be a series of meetings bringing together prominent members of the Hispanic community, including civil rights leader Dolores Huerta and Medal of Honor Recipient Leroy A. Petry, to focus on […]