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"Mendez is Still With Us. . . ."

September/October 2010 issue of Poverty & Race

The issues raised in Mendez v. Westminster are still with us, albeit in different form. For follow-up, these are useful resources:

Patricia Gándara and Gary Orfield, “A Return to the ‘Mexican Room’: The Segregation of Arizona’s English Learners” (20 pp., July 2010), available from the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, 310/267-5562, www.civilrightsproject.

Patricia Gándara, The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies (Harvard University Press, 2009).

PRRAC Board member José Padilla ( has information on related litigation and other work of California Rural Legal Assistance.

PRRAC Board member Cathi Tactaquin’s ( organization, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, focuses on general concerns re impact/implications of educational access for immigrant children due to various state initiatives and immigration enforcement actions.

PRRAC Board member Maria Blanco’s ( recent article for the Immigration Policy Center, “The Lasting Impact of Mendez v. Westminster in the Struggle for Desegregation,” was published in IPC's latest Perspectives on Immigration, and can be accessed at

Nancy McArdle, Theresa Osypuk & Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, “Segregation and Exposure to High-Poverty Schools in Large Metropolitan Areas: 2008-09,” available at

Natl. Women’s Law Ctr. and MALDEF, “Listening to Latinas: Barriers to High School Graduation” (2009),

The UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles also has current information on the Horn v. Flores case (Arizona Education Equity Project, education of ELL students) and the 9 reports prepared for the case. Reports can be found at, or contact Laurie Russman (, 310/267-5562).

G. Orfield, G. Siegel-Hawley, J. Wang (forthcoming), “Intensifying School Segregation in the Epicenter of the U.S. Latino Community: Deepening Inequality in Southern California,” from the UCLA Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles—part of a comprehensive look at segregation and inequality in the megalopolis that spans So. Calif. and Baja—a series of working papers will be released soon. Inf. from Genevieve Siegel-Hawley,

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