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We Cannot Continue To Live Like This

Juan Cartagena | Posted 07.07.2016 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

We live in America, and today we cannot stop until justice is done for the family of Alton Sterling. We cannot continue to live like this.

Questioning Judicial Integrity

Juan Cartagena | Posted 06.09.2016 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

It started with another sporadic trumpism directed at Mexicans and their descendants. Students at the now shuttered Trump University allege they were...

The Concomitant Plight of Latinos Under a Broken and Racialized Criminal Justice System

Juan Cartagena | Posted 11.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

A national convening of Latino organizations and activists took place on November 18 to coordinate that collective response. Sponsored by LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and the Drug Policy Alliance the strategic conversation discussed the proposed reforms to policies that criminalize Latino communities.

I Am Puerto Rican and Black Lives Matter

Juan Cartagena | Posted 11.09.2016 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

I have been a civil rights attorney for more than 30 years, and I still will never be able to totally comprehend what it must be like being a Black man in the middle of a police encounter in this country. So I say, emphatically, that black lives matter.

Rosie Pérez: Images and Wisdom

Juan Cartagena | Posted 04.05.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

Despite the demographic explosion of Latinos in the country, there are still many glass ceilings that need to come down for them in TV and in Hollywood. It is within this context of implicit bias and decades of stereotypes that denigrate Latina wisdom.

Garner's Legacy Can Only Be Grand Jury and Prosecutorial Reform

Juan Cartagena | Posted 02.03.2015 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

The role of the prosecutor in America is a powerful one perhaps unequaled in both power and envy. They execute their duties with almost unbridled discretion and their decisions to charge or not are exercised with virtually no immediate accountability save the ballot box.

Parallels Between DR and the Antebellum US

Juan Cartagena | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

The sovereign right of every nation to define its citizenship is inalienable. On that score the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic is on solid ground. But the retroactive application of the decision is another thing entirely.

Arizona's Bullying of Latinos Takes Another Hit

Juan Cartagena | Posted 08.18.2013 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

The Supreme Court this week halted Arizona's attempt to thwart the will of Congress when it established national norms for voter registration in federal elections with the National Voter Registration Act of 1995.

The Other Big Voting Rights Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court

Juan Cartagena | Posted 05.20.2013 | Latino Voices
Juan Cartagena

Before the National Voter Registration Act, citizens had to "earn" their right to vote by hurdling unnecessary state barriers to voter registration. While the NVRA has definitely helped, America's worldwide standing among democracies for both voter registration and turnout is still embarrassing.

Sotomayor's "Wise Latinas"

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

Informed initially by their own experiences, these Latinas galvanized efforts to effect societal change that produced results far beyond identity politics. Each could serve as a worthy role model for Latina and non-Latina professionals.