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  Congress Praised for Moving Forward on Reauthorization of Voting Rights Act; Passage Critical to Protect the Rights of All Americans to Vote
"We applaud the House Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of Chairman James Sensenbrenner, for beginning hearings today on the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA), which guarantees that millions of Americans have the right to vote.

While we are encouraged by expressions of bipartisan support for reauthorizing key provisions of the VRA that are set to expire, also at issue is whether Congress will act to renew and restore several pivotal provisions during the reauthorization process.

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Leading Civil Rights Groups Denounce Proposition 77: Voting Rights Advocates Join Together in Calling Upon Californians to Vote No on Redistricting Initiative in Favor of True Redistricting Reform
Los Angeles and Sacramento, California – The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), the League of Women Voters of California (LWVC), and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) announced today their joint opposition to Proposition 77, the redistricting initiative that calls for mid-decade redistricting, shifts the responsibility for drawing legislative district boundaries from the state legislature to a panel of three retired judges, and requires passage of a statewide ballot measure before new district lines can become permanent every decade.
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LULAC National Executive Board Unanimously Opposes Roberts Nomination to the Supreme Court-John Roberts' Record Is Antagonistic Toward Immigrant Rights, Voting Rights, Education, and Affirmative Action Among Others
The National Executive Board of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) unanimously voted to oppose the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court. Although he does not have an extensive public record, what exists suggest that Roberts' ideological positions may not allow him to be a fair and impartial judge, respectful of the important role of the Supreme Court.
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  MALDEF Disappointed By President Bush’s Failure To Nominate A Latino To The U.S. Supreme Court
(LOS ANGELES) MALDEF (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) today expressed disappointment that President Bush failed to nominate a well-qualified Latino to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
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NAACP Mourns the Death of Rosa Parks, Longtime Alabama NAACP Worker and Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement
Bruce Gordon, President and CEO, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, today said the death of Rosa Park, 92, on Monday marked the sad end of an era.

“Rosa Parks served as an inspiration to generations of African Americans and all people of good will,” said Gordon. “More than an icon, Mrs. Parks is symbolic of the thousands of courageous NAACP workers who fight for civil rights in their communities.”

Julian Bond, Chairman, NAACP Board of Directors, said: “Rosa Parks was truly the mother of the modern civil rights movement. She was NAACP Secretary in Montgomery when she sat down in order to stand up for civil rights, and her quiet example demonstrated to millions new ways to confront the evil of segregation.”
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Washington, DC – [Today Janet Murguia, President and CEO, National Council of La Raza (NCLR); Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League (NUL); Bruce Gordon, President and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Karen Narasaki, President and Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center (AAJC); and Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) released the following statement on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.]
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