Thursday, August 16, 2007
Last night, the Baldwin Park City Council voted to repeal its anti-day laborer ordinance after the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) filed a lawsuit on behalf of day laborers that claimed the ordinance was an unconstitutional restriction on the First Amendment free speech rights. The Council members approved the settlement last night and rescinded the ordinance. The City Council had adopted the ordinance in June, and it went into effect July 6. United States District Judge Edward Rafeedie issued a preliminary injunction in the lawsuit, known as Jornaleros Unidos de Baldwin Park, et al., v. City of Baldwin Park. MALDEF filed the lawsuit on behalf of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and Jornaleros Unidos de Baldwin Park.