Tom Saenz

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Template:TOCnestleft Thomas A. Saenz

National Leading From the Inside Out Alum

Tom Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF, was a 2012 Rockwood Leadership Institute National Leading From the Inside Out Alum.[1]

"Progressive Agenda"

Signers of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's May 12, 2015 launched The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality included Tom Saenz, MALDEF.[2]

Anti Prop. 209 rally

Wong appeared at an October 22, 1998 anti-Prop. 209 rally with the estimable likes of Rev. Jesse Jackson, ‘60s radical and then-State Senators Tom Hayden and Richard Polanco, and Tom Saenz of the Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund.

At the rally, Wong told the crowd of 500, “Affirmative action has made UCLA a stronger institution,” and scolded, “When they talk about eliminating affirmative action, they’re talking about rolling back all our gains from the civil rights movement.” Then, reflecting on UCLA affirmative action’s role in launching the careers of his PCL classmates Antonio Villaraigosa and Gilbert Cedillo, Wong declaimed, “They got in because of affirmative action. And [people] will tell you they weren’t qualified? Give me a break!”[3]