By H. Nelson Goodson
November 8, 2014
New York, New York - On Friday in the case of Eduardo LeGuerre v. LULAC, a travesty of justice seems to prevail as time and days continue to expire and keeping Magdalena "Maggie" Rivera from taking office as the newly elected LULAC National President for 2014. A federal court judge ordered for respondents to submit why the case of Eduardo LeGuerre v. LULAC should remain in the New York court system or be moved to Texas as the challenging petitioners have filed. The dateline to submit evidence by respondents is November 25. But unfortunately for Rivera, the next hearing will be March 22, 2015 when the federal judge would rule on the case whether to keep the case in the NY court system or allow a transfer to Texas.
Taking note, in February a new slate of candidates for the LULAC National Board will begin to emerge once again, meaning that Rivera has been denied the right to be elected as the first woman from Illinois to serve as National President. In LULAC's 85 years of existence, no member has ever been elected national president other than from Texas where LULAC originated. Is it discrimination or greed among state members from Texas who don't want to relinquish ownership of said non-profit organization, some might believe.
In reality, the organization's current termed-out national heads are a disgrace to its existence and founding father. LULAC had a reputation of fighting for justice, the right for individuals to vote and participate in elections, but within its national board, they do deny the same basic rights to their own membership. It seems that the termed-out LULAC National President, Margaret Moran and her supporters, including personal legal advisers wanted to keep her in the job (career) a bit longer and to continue to collect more than $60K in salary per year and benefits.
Will the organization survive, indeed it will, but the recent 85th National Board elections and scandal in NY last Summer has tarnished its reputation and might also keep major corporations from donating to LULAC.
Why would any major corporation donate funds to an organization that basically denies its own membership the right to elect their own choice of national board members? Major reform is strongly needed at the top-level of the LULAC national organization.
All the principal parties involved in the case were contacted by Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) for comment.