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POPE BENEDICT XVI ARRIVES IN MEXICO FOR A 3 DAY VISIT

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SILAO, Mexico —Pope Benedict XVI was greeted by  Mexico’s president, Felipe Calderón, his wife, and thousands of Roman Catholics from all over Mexico, who came to show their love and admiration waving flags,  and cheering after waiting for hours in the sun.
 The pope said he has come “as a pilgrim of faith, hope and love.” He also added “With this brief visit, I wish to greet all Mexicans and to include all the people of Latin America, represented here by many bishops.” The pope is expected to give an outdoor Mass on Sunday in Guanajuato,  before traveling to Cuba, where he will head Monday for the second and final leg of his short journey to América.  Catholics and mexicans in general,  are worried and preocupied over the deaths of  more than 50,000 people since Calderon´s government’s initiated a war against the drug cartels  late in 2006 (a president term in México is for 6 years).  Pope Benedict made emphasis,  that Mexico’s violence has been caused by greed. The church, he told repor…

FIXING CALIFORNIA AND OUR NATION DRUG PROBLEM

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Por Tony Franco California's criminal justice system is overcrowded and out of money. Let's get real about drug policy: possessing a small amount of drugs for personal use should NOT be a felony offense. Locking people up for personal low-level drug use wastes jail space and tax dollars, and does nothing to cure addiction or stop the kinds of crime that go along with it. State Senator Mark Leno is urging his fellow legislators to abandon the "lock 'em up" mentality when it comes to low-level drug users with a new bill: SB 1506. SB 1506 would treat possession of drugs for personal use as amisdemeanor instead of a felony, and reduce the maximum penalty from three years to one year. Urge your state senator to reduce the penalty for possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use. California voters want this change: a March 2011 poll showed that a whopping 72% of California voters support reducing the penalty for possession of a small amount of illegal drugs for pe…

MALDEF MOURNS THE LOSS OF JOHN A. PAYTON, PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR COUNSEL OF THE NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATIONAL FUND

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Legendary Civil Rights Leader Leaves a Legacy of Brilliant Advocacy LOS ANGELES – Today, MALDEF President and General Counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, issued the following statement in response to the passing of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s President and Director Counsel, John A. Payton: "It is with deep sadness that we express our heartfelt condolences to the family of John Payton and to our colleagues at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The measure of this unexpected and tragic loss to the civil rights community is simply incalculable. Ever since LDF President Jack Greenberg provided indispensable assistance to MALDEF's founding in 1968, MALDEF and LDF have enjoyed a special relationship. That continued under John's inspired leadership. John was always out front in drawing the connection between our nation's current anti-immigrant atmosphere and the long term civil rights struggle. John was a friend and ally who brought his incredible intellec…

MALDEF, the nation’s leading legal civil rights organization, hosted the "2012 Latino State of the State: Discussion on Law, Policy, and Civil Rights in California."

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MALDEF Brings Latino Issues to Forefront in California Capital with "2012 Latino State of the State" Leading Legal Civil Rights Organization Hosts Public Discussion on Key Issues Affecting Latinos SACRAMENTO, CA – On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, MALDEF, the nation’s leading legal civil rights organization, hosted the "2012 Latino State of the State: Discussion on Law, Policy, and Civil Rights in California." The event served as a convening of leaders and experts addressing issues and policies affecting California’s Latino community.  Held at The California Museum in Sacramento, the Latino State of the State featured a cross-section of top experts and leaders on a range of issues facing the Latino community, including state revenue and the California budget, school discipline and other education-related issues, criminal justice, labor rights and immigrant rights. Thomas A. Saenz, MALDEF President and General Counsel, stated "California has a real opportunity to cont…