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Latino Redistricting Conference, the SEIU and the Department of Justice

Posted on February 8 2011 3:04 pm
J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer and former attorney in the Voting Section at the Department of Justice. He blogs about elections and the laws which affect them at
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Over the weekend, a conference was held about how to leverage theVoting Rights Act to maximize Latino political power.   The conference itself was “made possible by the generous contribution of their meeting facilities by SEIU 32 BJ and donations by an anonymous member of friends of the NiLP.”  With redistricting approaching, these meetings provide energy, coordination and muscle behind efforts to maximize political spoils using the Voting Rights Act.  The participants are worthy of mention:


The meeting opened with remarks by Cesar Perales, President and General Counsel of LatinoJustice PRLDEF. . . . Political scientist Angelo Falcón, President of the National Institute for Latino Policy, followed with a presentation on “Latinos and Redistricting . . . The next presentation was on “Redistricting Legal Standards and the Latino Community 2011,” by civil rights attorney Juan Cartagena, General Counsel and Vice President for Advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York. . . .  John Garcia, Redistricting Coordinator with LatinoJutice PRLDEF; Myrna Perez, Staff Attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University; and Robert Berman, Deputy Chief of the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. . . . Thomasina Williams, Program Officer at The Ford Foundation, informed the meeting of the resources available on the website of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation, and resources available through the Community Census and Redistricting Institute of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice. 


And if you don’t have a place to have a big conference, why not turn to organized labor? 

The Northeast Latino Redistricting Meeting was made possible through the generous contribution of their meeting facilities by SEIU 32 BJ and donations by an anonymous member of the Friends of NiLP and of meeting participant Tony Affigne. 

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