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Civil Rights Organizations Applaud Dismissal of Federal Lawsuit Challenge to the California Voting Rights Act

POWAY, CA - Civil rights advocates applaud the Southern District Court of California for dismissing a lawsuit that sought to overturn the City of Poway’s election system and challenge the constitutionality of the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA). 
 
MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund), Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA ), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice - ALC) issue the following statement: 
 
“We commend the court’s decision. Today’s ruling recognizes that a general dissatisfaction with the protections afforded by civil rights statutes and the access those statutes provide to our democracy for minority communities do not give someone the opportunity to run to a court to have those statutes struck down. 
 
The CVRA was created because at-large election systems all too often deny minority community members and others access to meaningful representation by allowing the majority vote to override minority voters’ preferred candidate. This landmark civil rights law upholds the belief that democracy is stronger when everyone has a voice and should be replicated in other states, not wiped from the books. ” 
 
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jessica Jinn, Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, [email protected], (213) 241-8817 
Christina So, Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, [email protected], (415) 848-7728 
Tony Marcano, MALDEF, [email protected], (213) 629-2512 x128
Contact: 
Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice. Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus was founded in 1972 as the ​ ​ nation's first legal and civil rights Asian American organization. Recognizing that social, economic, political, and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, we are committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society, with a special focus directed towards addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant, and underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Founded in 1968, MALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the “law firm of the Latino community,” MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access. For more information on MALDEF, please visit: www.maldef.org
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Monday, February 26, 2018
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