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Court Action Thursday TO Attack AZ Racial Profiling

 PHOENIX- On Thursday, July 22 at 10 a.m. PST MALDEF and a coalition of civil rights organizations will argue in a federal court in Phoenix that Arizona’s racial profiling law, known as SB 1070, should be blocked while their lawsuit against the unconstitutional measure is being litigated. Immediately after the hearing, the coalition will be available for questions from the press. The U.S. Department of Justice will also ask the court to block SB 1070 in a hearing at 1:30 p.m. PST on the same day.

The civil rights coalition filed its lawsuit challenging the extreme law on May 17, charging that it interferes with federal law, invites racial profiling, and violates various constitutional guarantees including the First Amendment, equal protection, and the right to travel.

The coalition includes the MALDEF, ACLU, National Immigration Law Center (NILC), Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC, a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice), ACLU of Arizona, National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The law firms of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Altshuler Berzon LLP are acting as co-counsel in the case.

 

WHAT:

 

Court hearing on Friendly House, et al. v. Whiting, et. al and press availability with lawyers from the civil rights coalition. Clients represented by the coalition will also be available for interviews.

 

 

WHO:

Nina Perales, Southwestern Regional Counsel, MALDEF and Omar JadwatStaff Attorney, ACLU will present argument at the hearing.

 

Karen Tumlin, Managing Attorney, NILC

Lucas Guttentag, director, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF

 

 

Co-counsel from APALC, ACLU of Arizona, NDLON, and Munger Tolles; and plaintiffs from Friendly House, et al. v. Whiting, et al. will be available for press questions outside the courtroom.  .

 

 

WHEN:

 

Hearing at July 22 at 10 a.m. PST

 

 

WHERE:

 

Courtroom 200 (Special Procedures Courtroom)

Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse 
401 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona

 

 


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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