Attorney David A. Perez wrote about the underlying problem for Slog two weeks ago. Now, the ACLU is taking aim at one part of the status-quo-protecting system that makes it difficult for Latinos to get elected to local office in eastern Washington.
In Yakima, Perez pointed out, "although Latinos constitute 41% of the city’s population, a Latino has never been elected to the city council. Not even once." According to the Yakima Herald-Republic:
Yakima City Council elections would be overhauled to ensure the representation of Latino residents if a lawsuit filed against the city by the American Civil Liberties Union holds up in federal court, those behind the lawsuit promised Wednesday.
The Herald-Republic comments are interesting. From the first one: "The ACLU needs to go home and stop stiring trouble where there is no trouble."