As the year draws to a close, I can’t help but think ahead to 2020, which will be a profoundly important year for Latinxs, for immigrants and other marginalized communities and for justice writ large. I refer to a confluence of 2020 civic processes that will have a resounding and long-lasting impact for decades to come – the decennial Census and the Presidential Election.
"There is an urgent need today … to analyze the intersection of police reforms, changes in the penal system and drug policy in this country. In reality, Latinos are disproportionately and negatively affected by police and criminal system practices that discriminate against them but rarely involve them in forging solutions."
One of the nation’s leading voices on equality and nondiscrimination, Constitutional and Civil Rights Attorney Juan Cartagena inspires change to systems that marginalize communities of color. As a public speaker, El Diario columnist, and Rutgers University lecturer, Juan focuses extensively on Puerto Rican and Latino rights issues, including the community impacts of mass incarceration.
Juan is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Columbia University School of Law and is the recipient of multiple recognitions, including Dartmouth College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award, and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute’s Cesar Chavez Community Service Award. Juan lives in and represents the State of New Jersey, having previously served as a Municipal Court Judge in Hoboken and as General Counsel to the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.
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This op-ed was originally publish in The Hill and you can see it here.
On July 24, Puerto Rico proved the power of protest. We can never underestimate it. This was the power that changed a government — decidedly, nonviolently and permanently.
On behalf of LatinoJustice PRLDEF I thank Representative Fudge and the members of the Subcommittee on Elections for inviting me to testify on the important subject of voting rights in the State of Florida. While it is safe to say that full compliance with voter protections in any State, including Florida, is always a timely and critical endeavor, this topic, and indeed this hearing, is coming at an opportune time for democracy in this State.
As 2018 winds down, LatinoJustice continues to focus on the road forward.
While we broke bread with our families this past weekend, we processed images of children and their parents fleeing violence in their homelands only to be met with tear gas and hostility at the U.S. border. It seemed all too easy to fall into despair. But yielding to terror tactics is not the answer.
By Denise Collazo and Juan Cartagena
If you’ve had an opportunity to visit and peruse our newly redesigned website, you may have noticed a few key changes. As teased in my earlier message a few weeks ago, LatinoJustice has gone through a rebranding process that includes:
The violence in Charlottesville shows how the silent of one man has the power to inflame more hate.