MALDEF announced yesterday that it has sent – on behalf of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) – the first wave of demand letters to a dozen municipalities across California threatening legal action if they fail to repeal laws limiting the right to solicit employment, business or contributions in public areas. While applicable to everyone, these laws have generally targeted day laborers seeking work. Several similar laws have been challenged and struck down by courts over the last decade. More than 50 cities have enacted legislation that fall under the prohibition outlined in the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Comité de Jornaleros de Redondo Beach v. City of Redondo Beach (“Redondo Beach”). Redondo Beach is binding precedent throughout the western United States.
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