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Sotomayor’s Puerto Rican Defense Fund

Given that Ms. Sotomayor was a member of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund (PRLDEF) from 1980 to 1992, serving in a number of high-ranking positions for the organization, we thought it might be timely to look at the PRLDEF.

So naturally we turned to the invaluable Discover The Networks:

LATINOJUSTICE PRLDF (FORMERLY THE PUERTO RICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND)

Founded by three young attorneys — Jorge Batista, Victor Marrero and Cesar A. Perales — LatinoJustice PRLDF was established in 1972 as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund. (The organization would not adopt its current name until 2007.) LatinoJustice PRLDF says that its 1972 creation came about because Puerto Ricans "had no voice" in public life and "were simply invisible." From its inception, the group’s stated mission was to protect the "civil and human rights" of Puerto Ricans and members of the greater Latino community.

LatinoJustice PRLDF’s first lawsuit, the 1974 Aspira v. New York City Board of Education case, resulted in the groundbreaking Aspira Consent Decree which compelled the city to expand its bilingual education programs and to increase the number of Spanish-speaking teachers in its employ. School districts in other cities soon implemented comparable bilingual programs, and to this day supporters of bilingual education invoke the Aspira ruling. When then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Education Chancellor Harold Levy preferred to focus resources on strengthening English language immersion classes rather than bilingual programs, LatinoJustice PRLDF harshly criticized their approach, even though bilingual programs had been notoriously ineffective in teaching English skills to Spanish-speaking students.

The promotion of Spanish as an acceptable alternative to English in the business world has been a central LatinoJustice PRLDF issue throughout the organization’s history.

In its formative years, LatinoJustice PRLDF filed two class-action suits against the New York City Police Department, resulting in court orders compelling the Department to institute minority-outreach recruitment programs, lower testing standards for minority applicants, and preference for minorities in promotions and career advancement — measures that resulted in an increased the number of Latino officers and sergeants.

An issue that is currently high on the LatinoJustice PRLDF agenda is the quest for amnesty and expanded civil rights for illegal aliens living in the United States. Calling itself "the premier Latino organization fighting for the rights of day laborers throughout the Northeast," LatinoJustice PRLDF supports "immigration reform" that "will contain a path for legalization and citizenship for the millions of undocumented living in the United States."

When the tuition rate for what LatinoJustice PRLDF calls "undocumented students" (i.e., illegal aliens) at the City University of New York increased dramatically in 2001, the organization brought a lawsuit that successfully challenged those higher costs, thus making illegal immigrants graduating from New York State high schools eligible for the same State tuition rates available to legal residents.

A prime objective of LatinoJustice PRLDF is to help develop Latino attorneys who — by forging alliances with civil rights organizations, civil liberties groups, and government agencies — can influence public opinion and the crafting of legislation pertaining to illegal aliens’ rights. Toward this end, in June 2005 LatinoJustice PRLDF launched its LAWbound initiative aimed at "increasing the number of Latinos who successfully stay on the path to law school."

LatinoJustice PRLDF has litigated in numerous districting and redistricting cases. It sponsors training sessions and workshops aimed at increasing the number of race-based redistricting plans that serve to guarantee political election victories for Latinos.

LatinoJustice PRLDF passionately opposed President George W. Bush’s 2003 nomination of conservative Republican Miguel Estrada, a Honduran-born immigrant, to the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia.

LatinoJustice PRLDF receives financial support from the Boston Foundation, the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, the UPS Foundation, the Allstate Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, the New York Times Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Scherman Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the Verizon Foundation.

LatinoJustice PRLDF’s Chairman is Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon, who served as U.S. Ambassador to Chile during the Clinton administration.

Again, just as a quick thought experiment, subsitute ‘white’ for ‘Latino’ and then see how this reads.

A prime objective of LatinoJustice PRLDF is to help develop Latino attorneys who — by forging alliances with civil rights organizations, civil liberties groups, and government agencies — can influence public opinion and the crafting of legislation pertaining to illegal aliens’ rights…

LatinoJustice PRLDF passionately opposed President George W. Bush’s 2003 nomination of conservative Republican Miguel Estrada, a Honduran-born immigrant, to the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia.

Isn’t irony ironic?

Here is a recent example of the PRLDF’s noble handiwork, from their website:

LatinoJustice PRLDEF brings international charges against U.S. for violating human rights of Latinos

The United States is violating the human rights of Latinos living within the country’s borders, according to a petition filed today with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by LatinoJustice PRLDEF. The rarely-used international procedure charges that the U.S. Government is failing to protect its Latino residents.

And their press release concerning same (a pdf file):

National civil rights group brings international charges against U.S. for violating human rights of Latinos

For immediate release: Dec. 17, 2008

Contact: John Garcia (212) 739-7513

The United States is violating the human rights of Latinos living within the country’s borders, according to a petition filed today with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights by LatinoJustice PRLDEF. The rarely-used international procedure charges that the U.S. Government is failing to protect its Latino residents.

Latinos have been targeted, attacked, brutalized and murdered because of their race and ethnicity in incidents with rising frequency and severity throughout the United States.

In the past four months, three Latino men have lost their lives in racially-motivated attacks. Luis Eduardo Ramirez was beaten to death in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, in July when local teenagers attacked him, yelling racial epithets. In November, Marcelo Lucero was assaulted, stabbed and killed by a group of seven young men who had set out to go "beaner jumping" in Patchogue, New York. And, just last week, Jose Sucuzhanay was beaten to death in Brooklyn, NY, by men wielding baseball bats and broken bottles.

"Through our work, we see alarming anti-immigrant and anti-Latino activity and are called upon to respond to violent hate incidents with ever more frequency," said Cesar Perales, LatinoJustice PRLDEF’s President and General Counsel. "The United States government is doing nothing to prevent these attacks or to protect Latinos from these incidents of hate."

LatinoJustice PRLDEF also argues that the United States’ aggressive immigration enforcement policies have fostered an increasingly unsafe environment for U.S. Latinos, regardless of their legal status. These immigration policies—which include midnight raids of private homes by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents – have been undertaken with little regard for the human rights of undocumented and documented immigrants.

By adopting these aggressive policies and by doing nothing to prevent the growing number of bias attacks, the U.S. government is sending a message to the Latino community that says ‘your safety and well-being are not our concern, said Christina Iturralde, a lawyer for LatinoJustice PRLDEF.

The United States has an obligation to ensure the safety of all those who reside within its borders under the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, adopted 60 years ago by the members of the Organization of American States, of which the U.S. is a founding member. Specifically, the Declaration’s Article 1 states that "everyone has a right to life, liberty and security of person."

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is an autonomous organ of the Organization of American States. The commission, based in Washington, D.C., was established to hear petitions against member states for violations of the American Declaration of Human Rights. The IACHR represents all of the member States of the Organization of American States, and has seven members who act independently, without representing any particular country. Any non-governmental organization legally recognized in a member state may file a petition with the commission.

How can anyone belong to such a racist group and not be a racist?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Sotomayor’s Puerto Rican Defense Fund”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    HER WE GO………..ILLEGAL ALIENS RIGHTS………

    What rights? Illegals …… I repeat …….. Illegals are …….her it comes ………..
    I-L-L-E-G-A-L!!!!!!!!
    So now what we have are a group of American lawyers BREAKING the law of the land!! I would not want them to work with the laws we have on the books, nooooooooo. Just break the law and try to sway public opinion.

    Someone tell me ………. why have we not seen any of the openly law breaking attorneys tossed into “crossbar hotel”?

    I hope you now see what is WRONG in America…………and our government!!
    We need a Lawyer rodeo round up and culling for the good of this nation!!

  2. proreason says:

    There are few things I enjoy more than paying for schooling and other benefits for illegal aliens…..unless it’s lowering standards for police and emergency workers so we can have more who speak English poorly and who don’t understand their work.

    So it seems that Red Sonia’s membership in the fine PR Legal Defense Fund meshes perfectly with the overall agenda of the libwits to make our country more stupid and less safe.

    Because that makes it much easier for the tyrannists to gain power, control our lives, and coincidentally, get rich beyond imagination while doing it.

    PAID-off

    Principles are bad – Immigration rules should be followed, not subverted.
    Always fails – Hispanics no longer even want to assimilate into American culture. How does that help anyone?
    Ignored by the leaders – Ms Sotomayer speaks perfect English, does she not? Does she accept lowered standards for her own staff?
    Designed for tyranny – American unity is fractured by fostering racial conflict and discouraging assimilation.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Meanwhile, Worldnetdaily has an article presenting heart-breaking statistics about the US child homicide rate (not including abortion, on which Ms. Sotomayor has yet to provide a clear picture of her views still). But I guess it’s just the government’s job at the threat of international charges to stop these horrible realities only if they’re the result of racial prejudice, right?

    How about we all just plug ourselves into our own fantasy virtual reality where we don’t have to know any pain, any inequality, or any evil? Soto and Bam can tell us what our ultimate fantasies are, too.

    Great work, SG.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    Sigh….I have a latina parent and it still seems as though this woman comes from another planet….she’s totally stuck in race / ethnicity tinted glasses.

  5. preparing4theworst says:

    So, I am guessing that that this fine legal defense organization will also be prepared to help defend american citizens against the crimes committed against them by actual criminal illegal aliens? especially since everyone has a right to life, liberty and security of person…..oops, my bad, wrong reality…note to self, get meds reevaluated…..

  6. electionhangovervictim says:

    Just get the woman appointed already…I’m ready for all the hooplah to be over so I don’t have to see her face anymore! Marty Feldman takes better pictures than she does!


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