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Friday, March 6th, 2015

LBJ Linked Latinos, Civil Rights In ‘Selma’ Speech

*This makes sense, given that LBJ began his teaching career in a predominantly Mexican-American shool in Cotulla, Texas. The fight for civil rights in the U.S. has been entwined between the Latino and black communities for decades. VL By Russell Contreras, Associated Press/NBC News Fifty-years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked a joint session of

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Texas GOP’s secret anti-Hispanic plot: Smoking gun emails revealed

*Meanwhile … away from the border and the crisis that’s nudged all other issues important to Latinos to the sidelines, a precedent setting lawsuit began toady in Texas. At stake is the right of Latinos voters to...

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Voting Rights Still “Under Siege,” Says New Coalition for Redistricting Reform

*Voting rights is a central issue for the Latino community. The fact that MALDEF is part of this coalition underlines it’s importance. After the Shelby v Holder decision the idea of a re-vamp of redistriciting practices and...

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. Now a bipartisan gang wants to put it back together.

By Dylan Matthews, The Washington Post It’s rare that you can get Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) to agree on much of anything. The former, after all, introduced the USA PATRIOT Act to the House,...

Friday, July 26th, 2013

North Carolina legislature approves restrictive voting measures, Latino groups worried

By Adriana Maestas, NBCLatino The North Carolina Senate passed HB 589, one of the most restrictive voter ID measures in the nation. It permits only permits 7 kinds of ID – such as a valid in-state DMV issued...

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Decisions, Decisions at the Supreme Court

By Mario Hinojosa, Latino USA The Supreme Court ruled its last batch of decisions on several cases that directly impact Latinos and other people of color. Among these, a decision that invalidates one of the most important...

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

SCOTUS and the VRA: “Tossing the umbrella in the rain”

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco You knew the dark clouds were gathering last February when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that extending Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act was a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” Looking back...

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

VRA on Life Support

Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco Today Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg accused the majority of the court in Shelby County of using the Voting Rights Act’s provisions to kill the act itself.  Today the majority of the court led...

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

The Supreme Court, Voting Rights and the Roberts Legacy

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco This week, with Justice Scalia writing the majority opinion, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), rejected the Arizona state law, Prop 200, that required voters to provide documentary proof of citizenship...

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Supreme Court to Rule on Civil Rights Cases in Coming Weeks

Victor Landa, NewsTaco The U. S. Supreme Court will be handing down its decisions on two important civil rights cases soon, one possibly as soon as Monday, May 13. Both cases could have a lasting impact in...

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Will the Supremes Axe the Voting Rights Act?

By Dr. Henry Flores, NewsTaco Last week the Supreme Court listened to the arguments in a case titled Shelby County, AL v Eric Holder and it was a challenge of the constitutionality of Section 5 of the...

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Voting Rights Law Draws Skepticism From Justices

By Adam Liptak, New York Times WASHINGTON — A central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 may be in peril, judging from tough questioning on Wednesday from the Supreme Court’s more conservative members. If the court overturns the...

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Is It Time for a New Voting Rights Act?

Victor Landa, NewsTaco For all of the anticipation leading up to the Voting Rights challenge at the U. S. Supreme Court there are a couple of things that bubbled to the surface and that are worth noting...

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Supreme Court to Hear Voting Rights Challenge Today

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco We circled today’s date on NewsTaco’s calendar several months ago. Today is the day that the U. S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) hears arguments in the case that will decide the future of the...

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