Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Appointment of Latino to CA Supreme Court urged

NALEO Urges Appointment of Latino to California Supreme Court

LOS ANGELES, CA --The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) today expressed its strong support for the appointment of a highly qualified Latino or Latina from the legal profession to replace retiring Justice Carlos R. Moreno on the California Supreme Court. Justice Moreno is only the third Latino to serve in the court’s nearly 150-year history, and the first in more than a decade.

“A Latino or Latina Supreme Court Justice will bring a unique perspective and life experience to the California Supreme Court. As the highest court of the state, it is necessary that this body reflect California’s diversity,” wrote NALEO Executive Director Arturo Vargas in a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown. “Inclusion of Latino decision makers in our legal institutions is necessary for the continued growth and progress of our state.” 

NALEO wishes to express its deep appreciation for Justice Moreno’s service. When he was sworn-in to serve on the state’s highest court in 2001, Justice Moreno chose to relinquish a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court in order to serve his native state. We are indebted to Justice Moreno and wish him well in his future endeavors. 

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials is the leadership organization of the nation's more than 6,000 Latino elected and appointed officials.

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  1. Arizona University Professor explains why the Brown People will survive and prosper in AZ : Strong support and consideration by the Rich Elites - Strong Grassroot Democratic Organizations - Support of Intellectual Elites

    This article implies that Corruption, Racism and Classism will be slowly eroded in Arizona, and that those events in the Future may bode well for American Democracy and History.

    Note : Not all Latinos are brown, not all brown people are latinos : many may be Native American Indians, South Asians, Mixed Races and People, etc ...

    Kasama Project
    Corruption and Class Struggle
    What It’s Like to Live in Arizona Right Now
    January 13, 2011

    By Joel Olson
    Joel Olson has lived in Arizona for over 25 years. He is a member of the Flagstaff Repeal Coalition and teaches political theory at Northern Arizona University.


    Some excerpts :

    These working-class struggles suggest a new Arizona. They suggest a world in which working people decide the fate of the community, not the rich. They suggest a world in which democracy rather than white privilege decides how to allocate resources. They suggest a world in which borders are tools of the bosses rather than walls that “defend sovereignty” or “prevent terrorism.”

    This class will not win for a while. The elites and the white middle classes are yet too powerful. This coming year, Arizona politicians will gut the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of birthright citizenship, defund public education until it barely operates, and do many more stupid things. But as elites and the white middle class continue to bicker, the Arizona working class continues to learn lessons, develop leadership, practice grassroots democracy, and make demands that seem “unreasonable” today but might tomorrow become as obvious as the multiplication table.

    Corruption, elite domination, and white favoritism are the most important factors in understanding Arizona’s strange political history, including this latest episode. But class struggle against it is key to understanding why the nation’s strangest state may soon be in the vanguard of struggles for real freedom. Those involved in such struggles stand like saguaros in this beautiful state, even as the snakes and scorpions scurry about us.