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  • Leila Pine
    Hi All, Thanks for your positive feedback. Kat Rodriguez of Coalición de Derechos Humanos en Tucson said that if you click on “Click here” in the last
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 13, 2008

      Hi All,


      Thanks for your positive feedback.  Kat Rodriguez of Coalición de Derechos Humanos en Tucson said that if you click on “Click here” in the last sentence of the DH e-mail below, you will find copies of the letters from Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association to Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, including legal citations and lists of prejudicial terms and more neutral alternatives.  Their letter head lists Lizzette Alameda Zubey as the current president of Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, and Salvador Ongaro as the president-elect.  Their office is in Phoenix, the state capitol:  PO Box 813, Phoenix, AZ 85001.  Their phone number is (602) 476-1981, and their website is www.losabogados.org.  Perhaps LUChA can contact them and then organize a working group of Latino lawyers around the state and the Latino Law Student Association at UW-Madison to look into this for Wisconsin.  Once again, the article that said their chief justice agreed to their request was incorrect; she is just passing the letters on to other judges and justices and hasn’t committed one way or another yet.  I will be leaving for the border on Dec. 15 but can still be reached by e-mail there.  If there is a Latino Bar Association in Milwaukee, I imagine Christine Neumann-Ortiz can give you their contact information.


      Saludos y buena suerte,



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      From: Coalición de Derechos Humanos [mailto:kat@...] On Behalf Of Coalición de Derechos Humanos
      Monday, November 10, 2008 6:21 PM
      To: lpine@...
      Subject: Judge Bans Use Of “Illegal” and “Aliens”



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      ningun ser humano es ilegal


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      Judge Bans Use Of "Illegal" and "Aliens"

      Thu, 11/06/2008 - 17:10 - Judicial Watch Blog

      Arizona's Supreme Court chief justice has agreed to enforce the Hispanic Bar Association's demands of banning the terms "illegal" and "aliens" in all of the state's courtrooms.

      Claiming that the terms are inflammatory, the president of
      Arizona's Hispanic Bar Association, (known as Los Abogados) has asked state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor to stop using them at trials or hearings because they create perceptions of judicial bias.

      In a strongly worded letter to the chief justice, Los Abogados' president says attaching an illegal status to a person establishes a brand of contemptibility, creates the appearance of anti-immigrant prejudice and tarnishes the image of courts as a place where disputes may be fairly resolved.

      It further points out that no human being is illegal and that a national Hispanic journalism association has roundly criticized the reference for dehumanizing a segment of the population. The letter goes on to criticize the state's High Court for using the term "illegals" in at least two opinions and the term "illegal aliens" in dozens of others.

      It concludes with a list of acceptable and unacceptable terms relating to illegal immigration. Among those the group wants banned are; immigration crisis, immigration epidemic, open borders advocates, anchor babies and invaders. Among the acceptable terms are foreign nationals, unauthorized workers and human rights advocates.

      Click here to see the entire list as well as Chief Justice McGregor's promise to enforce the requests.

      Read the article online


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