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Superbloom Anza Borrego Desert State Park After a record drought and record rains, record crowds see the flowers.

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LDF Statement Oppose Judge Neil Grosuch for US Supreme Court

The City Project joins our sisters and brothers at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in opposing the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court.

This is the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marhsall’s swearing in as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court.
Justice Marshall was LDF’s first Director-Counsel
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Read a PDF of LDF’s statement here.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund Releases Comprehensive Report on the Civil Rights Record of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, Nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States

LDF Opposes Gorsuch Confirmation and Requests a Delay of his Confirmation Hearing

With confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch set to begin next week, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has released an in-depth report analyzing his civil rights record. Based on the report’s comprehensive analysis, LDF opposes Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Our opposition to his confirmation is based on our review of the available judicial record. However, Judge Gorsuch’s overall record is, unfortunately, incomplete. Thus, we also request that the committee delay Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing to allow sufficient time to review and consider outstanding documents from the period in which Judge Gorsuch served at the Department of Justice, which may reveal additional matters that should be examined by the Senate Judiciary Committee in advance of any hearing.

“LDF is committed to protecting the central role courts play in the enforcement of our nation’s civil rights laws and the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, and our extensive report is an integral part of this process,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of LDF. “Judge Gorsuch’s ten-year record of judicial decision-making offers no clear demonstration that he understands the importance of courts in vindicating the rights of those most dependent on the promise of equal justice under law. To the contrary, his record reflects a propensity toward minimizing equality protections across various areas. For these reasons, LDF must oppose the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.”

We do not reach this conclusion lightly. In fact, LDF does not take a position on every Supreme Court nominee. However, a hard and careful review of Judge Gorsuch’s record raises serious concern about how he will approach cases involving civil rights issues of great import to the communities we serve. Without question, the findings also suggest that he is deeply ideological and conservative. Across different issues, including when race is directly and indirectly implicated, Judge Gorsuch has regularly favored the interests of the privileged and powerful—whether the government, corporations, or wealthy individuals—at the expense of equality and inclusion.

While serving on the bench, Judge Gorsuch has expressly praised the legal philosophy of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose opinions took a hostile position toward civil rights issues, including Justice Scalia’s adherence to a judicial philosophy—originalism—which by its very nature and in practice, has embraced a cramped view of the civil rights of racial minorities and other marginalized individuals. In fact, we have found Judge Gorsuch’s record mirrors and, in some areas, may exceed, the conservativism of Justice Scalia, most prominently in his opposition to the longstanding Supreme Court precedent on the role of federal agencies.

Specifically, the report lays out LDF’s research and concerns in the following areas:

a. Administrative Law

b. Access to Justice

c. Capital Punishment and Criminal Justice

d. Employment Discrimination

e. Education

f. LGBTQ Equality

There remain outstanding questions about Judge Gorsuch’s record, including issues that he hasn’t addressed as a judge, and his work as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General at the Department of Justice. Access to information about Judge Gorsuch’s tenure at DOJ has been limited. DOJ did not respond to the Judiciary Committee’s bipartisan request for material until it produced 144,000 pages of documents on March 8. And even that production has proven incomplete, as Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein described in a March 14 letter requesting additional material related to Judge Gorsuch’s work at DOJ. LDF believes the committee should delay Judge Gorsuch’s hearing so that it may fully review the documents that were just produced and receive the additional documents described in Senator Feinstein’s letter.

With the release of this report, LDF reminds the Senate that a strong and independent judiciary is critical to the functioning and legitimacy of our democratic government and the rule of law and urges the Senate to fulfill its Constitutional responsibility to thoroughly examine the complete record of Judge Gorsuch.

Read LDF’s full report.

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LAUSD Financiación Equitativa: Una conversación comunitaria 20 de Marzo

Por favor, únase con el Partnership for Los Angeles Schools y LAUSD para una conversación comunitario sobre financiación equitativa y la actualización del presupuesto del Plan de Responsabilidad y Control Local (LCAP). Durante esta reunión discutiremos las inversiones del LCAP y del Distrito en programas que apoyan a los estudiantes con las mayores necesidades. También discutiremos los esfuerzos de abogacía para aumentar la financiación equitativa y animar a los participantes a seguir participando. Todos los estudiantes, padres, educadores, socios y miembros de la comunidad son bienvenidos.

RSVP en http://bit.ly/LCAPChat

Lunes, 20 de Marzo, 2017

4:30 p.m. a 6:00 p.m. (botanas a las 4pm)

Mendez High School Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
1200 Plaza del Sol E. Los Angeles, CA 90033

LAUSD Equitable Funding: A Community Conversation March 20

Please join the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and LAUSD for a community conversation about equitable funding and the Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) budget update. During this conversation we’ll discuss the LCAP and the District’s investments into programs that support students with the greatest needs. We’ll also discuss advocacy efforts to increase equitable funding and encourage participants to continue to stay involved. All students, parents, educators, partners, and community members are welcome!

Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/LCAPChat

Monday, March 20th, 2017
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (appetizers available at 4pm)

Mendez High School Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)
1200 Plaza del Sol E. Los Angeles, CA 90033

GreenLatinos Cafecito Mark Magaña & Robert García. #Solidarity. #Resist.

I was fired from my position as U.S. Attorney SDNY Preet Bharara Solidarity and Resistance

I am proud to have served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Preet Bharara upholds the highest traditions of the Office to do justice.

“Today, I was fired from my position as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Serving my country as U.S. Attorney here for the past seven years will forever be the greatest honor of my professional life, no matter what else I do or how long I live. One hallmark of justice is absolute independence, and that was my touchstone every day that I served. I want to thank the amazing people of the Southern District of New York, the greatest public servants in the world, for everything they do each day in pursuit of justice. They will continue to do the great work of the Office under the leadership of Joon H. Kim, the current Deputy U.S. Attorney, who will serve as Acting U.S. Attorney.”

Mr.. Bharara continues a tradition of speaking truth to power in the SDNY. John Martin, who hired me, resigned as a judge of the federal District Court for the SDNY in 2003 because “of the distress I feel at being part of a sentencing system that is unnecessarily cruel and rigid. . . . I no longer want to be part of our unjust criminal justice system.”

Robert Morgenthau initially refused to resign after Richard Nixon was elected. His 1969 resignation statement was blunt: “I hope that my fight for independence will make it easier for my successor to withstand the harsh, narrow partisan views on law enforcement currently in favor at the Department of Justice in Washington.” Nixon later resigned rather than face impeachment, and his attorney general John Mitchell served prison time.

Other former AUSAs have disgraced the traditions of the Southern District – Jim Comey clouding the November 2016 election with public statements about a candidate, and Rudy Giuliani before and after that election, spring to mind.

If there is a “credible whiff that justice has been politicized,” Mr. Bharara told Thе New York Times in 2014, “there’s nothing worse than that.”

President George Washington appointed the first U.S. Attorney for the SDNY in 1789. The Office continues to do justice and will after the present administration is over.

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225th Anniversary with more than 700 current and former AUSAs for the SDNY at the Plaza Hotel 2014. “You leave with a tremendous sense of an obligation to do the right thing,” said a former Assistant.

“Generations of Lawyers Gather for a Reunion Like No Other” New York Times . . .

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AUSA Robert García trial before Judge Edward Weinfeld SDNY 1985 Sentry Armored Courier theft

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Social Equity and Green Justice in California Replicable Stories of Success and Forging a Path Forward

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National Environmental Justice Conf 2017

 

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