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Monday, February 9, 2009

"A Class Apart"- Mexican Americans and Civil Rights

As the new Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), I am excited about this legislative session and the growing role that MALC will play in Texas politics and the Hispanic community. This Tuesday, February 10, we are hosting a special screening of a new documentary about the landmark Supreme Court case, Hernandez V. Texas, which ruled that Hispanics have equal protection under the 14th Amendment.

This was the first time a Mexican American appeared before the Supreme Court and the lawyers on the case decided on a daring but risky legal strategy, arguing that Mexican Americans were “a class apart” and did not neatly fit into a legal structure that recognized only black and white Americans.

The documentary entitled "A Class Apart" was made by filmmakers Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller and is the first major film to bring to life the struggle of Mexican Americans and the Jim Crow-style discrimination targeted against them in post-World War II society. The film dramatically interweaves the story of its central characters - activists and lawyers, returning veterans and ordinary citizens, murderer and victim- within the broader history of Latinos in America during a time of extraordinary change.

Please join MALC Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at the Texas Capitol for a special advance screening of "A Class Apart". A reception will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Member’s Extension Lounge (E2.1002) and the screening will being at 6:30 p.m. in the Extension Auditorium (E1.004). Please R.S.V.P. to 512.236.8410 or