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Thousands of California Felons Regain Voting Rights

The ruling restores the right to vote to former inmates on post-release community supervision.

More than 60,000 convicts serving sentences under community supervision in California regained the right to vote Tuesday in a reversal of a decision by a former state official that prevented them from participating in elections.

The decision comes as part of a settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union of California and the state of California, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced Tuesday.

The came just two days before the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, which was enacted into law at the peak of theU.S. Civil Rights movement in 1965.

“Secretary of State Padilla is bucking a national trend in which voting rights are under attack,” said Lori Shellenberger, Director of the ACLU of California’s Voting Rights Project. “We are thrilled that this administration has effectively said ‘no’ to Jim Crow in California, and instead is fighting for the voting rights of California’s most vulnerable communities.”

The lawsuit filed by the ACLU of California and other rights groups accused former Secretary of State Debora Bowen of violating state law when she issued an order to local elections officials to treat those on community supervision or mandatory supervision as if they were on parole.

Despite a judge overturning the policy in 2014 and finding that the order violated California state laws, Bowen ignored the ruling and kept her directive in place. Now, Padilla let the judge's ruling stand.

“Formerly incarcerated people should not be disenfranchised and have to fight for their voting rights. Restoration of these voting rights is long overdue and the League is pleased that California is leading the way to protect voting rights for all,” said Helen Hutchinson, President of the League of Women Voters of California, which was one of the co-sponsors of the lawsuit against the Bowen.

However, lawyers say that rulings similar to Tuesday's could easily be overturned by state governments. In Maryland, Republican Governor Larry Hogan vetoed a bill that would have extended the right to vote to more than 40,000 convicts.

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All Ready for Cuba-Mexico Meet in World Boxing Series

All is ready here for the meet Cuba-Mexico today between the Cuban Domadores and the Guerreros of Mexico, as part of the World Boxing Series.
During the weighting it was made official that the Mexican squad will be formed by Orlando Huitzil (52 kilograms), William Zepeda (60), Héctor Andrés Reyes (69), Ecuadorian Carlos Mina (81) and Edgar Ramírez (over 91).

Meanwhile, Cuba ratified Yosbany Veitía, Lázaro Álvarez, Roniel Iglesias, Julio César La Cruz and Leinier Peró, in that order.

The duel to be held this Friday night at the Ciudad Deportiva colosseum of Havana, the hosts arrive as favorites for being first in Group A and a sure ticket to semifinals of the tournament.

For their part, Mexicans are third in the same group and if they keep that place, they would advance to quarterfinals, to face the second place of the other group.

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Silvio Rodríguez to Sing in Panama Parallel to Summit of the Americas

The Cuban singer and songwriter Silvio Rodríguez will offer a concert in Panama running parallel to the Summit of the Americas informed this Wednesday organizers of an encounter of social movements.

«Silvio Rodríguez’s concert is confirmed for the evening of April 9», said to AFP Olmedo Beluche, one of the organizers of the so called Summit of the Peoples.

The author of Ojala, Sueño con serpientes, Monólogo or Te doy una canción will perform for free for the public at the University of Panama.

The concert of Rodríguez, 68 years old, will take place on the first day of this alternative appointment to the Summit of the Americas that will gather at the Panamanian capital more than 3 000 members of social movements from all over the continent.

«Silvio’s songs have expressed for 40 years the struggle for the independence of Latin America, the solidarity and social justice», said Beluche.

Rodríguez will arrive in Panama with the Cuban delegation that will participate in this alternative meeting. The goal of the members is to demand the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to rescind the decree that qualifies Venezuela a «threat» to the national security of that country.

The Summit of the People is scheduled 9-11 of April, while the Summit of The Americas that gathers the heads of State and Government of the entire continent, will take place from April 10 to 11 of the same month.

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Isla de la Juventud vie Ciego de Avila in Baseball Finale

Surprising Isla de la Juventud Island and Ciego de Avila will go head to head next Friday for the crown of the LIV Cuban Baseball championship, in a seven-out-of-four series.

Isla de la Juventud rewrote history after advancing for the first time to a finale, once they defeated in semifinals four wins to two over Matanzas, while Ciego de Avila eliminated Granma 4-1.

The Isla-Matanzas series was a hard dispute, since three of the six games went for extra-innings.

The last game ended this Wednesday after a five-hour battle at Victoria de Girón Stadium of Matanzas. The game ended with a 15x5 score by the Pirates of Isla de la Juventud, a team that achieved a great feat despite not having star players. On their way to the finale they defeated the powerful teams of Industriales, Pinar del Rio, and Matanzas.

Strong offensive of 20 hits, including a homerun by Julio Pablo Martinez, and a relief of speed pitcher Hector Mendoza, led the final victory of Isla de la Juventud, in one of the most attractive games of the season, although it went one-side at the end of the match.


“We are making history, this it is something truly big for us and in the finale we’ll give our best”, said Mendoza, 20 years old and one of the stars of the Cuban pitching staff.

In the same day, Ciego de Ávila topped off Granma 3x0 in their stadium, José Ramón Cepero, and reached their fourth win in a row in semifinals which they opened with a loss.

Ciego de Avila champions in 2012, classified to the finale for the third time in the last five years.

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In the last game Roger Machado’s boys tipped the balance of the game by scoring early on the bottom of the first inning and twice on the fifth.

Yander Guevara, Cuba team member in the third World Classic, held down the strong offensive of Granma for nine innings, with only three hits allowed, six strike outs and no base on balls.

Ciego de Avila won in 2012 after defeating Industriales in just five games.

The finale will start on Friday at José Ramón Cepero Stadium where they will play also on Sunday, and then they’ll move to Cristóbal Labras Stadium, of Isla de la Juventud, where games are scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday if necessary.

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