Thursday, May 10, 2007

Program on Civil Rights
and the Latino Community

Save The Date: Thursday, June 7, 2007

Civil Rights and the Latino Community:
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Mendez v. Westminster decision, and a review of current civil rights issues impacting Latinos

United States Courthouse
Southern District of New York
500 Pearl Street
New York, NY
Brieant Conference Room, 8th Floor
6:00-8:30 p.m.

In 1946, the Mendez and other families challenged California's segregated public school system, which provided separate, inferior schools for Latino students. The US District Court decision held that the segregated school system was unconstitutional, and its decision was affirmed in 1947 by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, seven years before the US Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education.

The program will feature a viewing of the Emmy award winning documentary, Mendez v. Westminster: For the Children, with remarks by Sandra Robbie, its creator. Additional remarks by Sylvia Mendez, a daughter of the plaintiffs who testified at trial; Jenny Rivera, Special Deputy Attorney General for Civil Rights, NYS Attorney General's Office; and Norma Ramos, Esq., Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and West Harlem
Environmental Action (WE ACT) Board Member.


The Dominican Bar Association
The Hispanic National Bar Association, New York Region
The Latino Lawyers Association of Queens County
The Puerto Rican Bar Association
The West Harlem Environmental Action

Light food and beverages to follow program.

Please RSVP at rglebron@aol. com

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