I just about moved back to the ‘burbs when I found out that the voting rights lawyer for the Democrats (Chad Dunn) led the legal effort to change the way elections are held in the Lone Star College System.
The way they have been held in the past definitely bothered me during my decade in the ‘burbs since Latinos could never get elected, and only a couple of African Americans ever won. Even when an anti-immigrant, right-wing Hispanic (Martin Basaldua) was appointed, his own political party didn’t help him get re-elected (he lost).
The agreement includes a new voting map based on the 2010 Census that will take effect next year. The map divides the college system into districts each represented by a single elected board member.
In addition, board elections will be moved from May during odd years to November during even years to maximize voter participation, court documents state.
As suburban as the college system is, it is fast becoming quite diverse. The diversity had previously been centered at its North Harris campus; however, the face of all of the campuses is much different, now.
About 30 percent are Hispanic, 16 percent black and 46 percent Anglo, the lawsuit said.
I’m looking forward to seeing the new map to see how these districts are mapped out.
My great neighbors at the Meyerland Area Democrats have announced that they will hold yet another informative meeting. The war on the Voting Rights Act is definitely in progress and MALDEF is among the groups defending against those who would deny American citizens the basic right of voting.
Here are the details of the event. I hope to see you there! Click on the link to RSVP.
Meyerland Area Dems:
Our August 19th meeting will feature Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund Counsel Celina Moreno. Special guest State Sen. Sylvia Garcia will also appear to give a brief overlay of the war on voting rights in Texas (should special session matters dictate she may not make it).
Moreno will discuss the most critical issue facing minorities and all of us in Texas: the right to vote. She will explain the current landmark court case MALDEF is part of in federal court in San Antonio. This lawsuit seeks to remedy the maps from redistricting which currently deprive minority voting strength. She will explain the new landscape for the Voting Rights Act, as the Roberts court has struck down the heart of this essential law, and what MALDEF is doing to protect voters. Most importantly Moreno will inform us of new tools we will be able to use to stop disenfranchisement.
Attorney Celina Moreno analyzes legislation and advocates for the protection and promotion of Latino civil rights in the areas of political access, education, immigration, employment and access to justice for that Region. Ms. Moreno has testified in numerous state legislative hearings on issues ranging from public school finance reform to immigrant rights. Prior to joining MALDEF, Ms. Moreno served as an attorney and Equal Justice Works Fellow at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), where she directed the organization’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, seeking to obstruct the forces channeling students from schools into the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
Celina Moreno received a Bachelor’s of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a law degree from the University of Houston, and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts PROMPTLY at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend, but attendees pay for their own food and drinks. We meet at Fadi’s Grill, 4738 Beechnut Houston Tx 77096!
See all you of you there,
Pres, Meyerland Area Dems