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        Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice

        'The video clips used in this lesson are from the film, Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice, a biography that follows Cruz Reynoso as he rises from humble beginnings to fight discrimination and inequality as a lawyer, judge, and teacher.  In this lesson, students will study what their state is doing to ensure fair elections. They will first watch a video clip about an investigation into voting complaints in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. Students will then discuss issues related to fair elections, research what their state is doing to improve its election administration, and summarize their findings.

        Addressing Issues of Voting Rights

        This clip features the investigation by the United States Commission on Civil Rights into voting complaints in Florida during the 2000 presidential election. Corresponding viewing guide and activity can be found under "Support Materials".

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        Path to a Legal Career

        This clip explores Cruz Reynoso’s path from his humble beginnings as an agricultural worker in orange groves to becoming the first Latino Supreme Court Justice in California.

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        Politics and the Judiciary

        This clip describes how Reynoso and two other California Supreme Court justices were unseated by a majority of the state’s voters. The video explains how the justices did not fight back against a vigorous campaign for their removal because they thought it would affect their ability to make independent rulings.

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        Get Up and Go At It Again

        Cruz Reynoso “stands for persistence, diligence and knowing that these battles in our lives will knock us down once in a while, but it’s important to get up and go at it again.” This clip shows how Reynoso rebounded after being unseated on the California Supreme Court.

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