by Max Brantley
The League of United Latin American Citizens has decided to challenge the Little Rock School Board's recent redrawing of school board zone boundaries. The map diminished the influence of the district's growing Latino population to the advantage of three of the four black members of the Board, who voted together for the map 4-3.
An e-mail from the local LULAC leader, Terry Trevino-Richard, explains:
Dear LULACers and friends of the Latino community - we have decided to legally challenge the LRSD School Board map approved by the LRSD this past week.
There are several reasons to challenge the vote taken but the key to this legal action is that we will be stuck with this map for TEN years. Those who voted for this map on the School Board failed to look at the burgeoning Latino population in SWLR and did not take into consideration the disproportionate number of Latino children in the schools located in that section of town. In fact they carved up this district and diluted the power of Latinos in the primary zone that Latinos made up a significant minority - Zone 6.
For this reason - we need to take action for the benefit of the children and the parents. Angie Schnuerle is our lawyer and is deliberating which actions will serve our community best. In order to pay for these legal services - I am asking all of our members to sacrifice $50 to be placed in an account to serve as the retainer for Angie to file the legal papers. If you can contribute more than $50 - that will be held in case the legal process becomes more involved. If we are able to move to mediation or a friendlier decision - any extra monies will go into LULAC 750 Inc. for scholarships.
Please heed this call - make a check for $50 or more to LULAC 750 with a note at the bottom listing LRSD Legal expenses. The address is LULAC 750 P O Box 55103 LR AR 72215
This is a time to take action... no more crying about injustices - this is the moment for LULAC to stand tall and confront these issues.
Too often we have complained then backed away - this is an issue that will haunt us for ten years if we let this stand.
Si se puede - para nuestra comunidad! And take heart - there were strong voices on that school board who heard our voice but were simply ignored.