Monday, May 18, 2009

The story is about a Latino man--Luis Ramirez--killed because he was a Mexican immigrant. Luis' murder is part of a growing trend of hate-based violence against Latinos, and most elected officials have been unwilling to even acknowledge it.
Just over a week ago, two of Ramirez's killers were acquitted of all serious charges by an all white jury, with the jury foreman making it clear that justice for Ramirez had no chance in the small town of Shenandoah, PA.

Thanks to the hard work of MALDEF and others, the Department of Justice is now looking into Ramirez' death.

But that's only part of what's needed. Where are the leaders in the State of Pennsylvania? Why has the governor had nothing to say? His silence is shameful.
Our friends at are calling on the governor of Pennsylvania to break his silence, now.
Please join them to create a level of public outcry that can't be ignored--and please invite your friends and family to do the same:
Thanks and Peace,
-- James, Gabriel, William, Dani and the rest of the team
A 2006 Anti-Defamation League (ADL) report revealed that the immigration issue has revived and emboldened right wing extremist groups. Racists ranging from neo-Nazis to Klansmen to racist skinheads have co-opted the anti-immigrant movement, turning immigrants, primarily Hispanics, into the prime target of their venomous speech and behavior. Examples include:
"Slowly but surely we are headed toward the solution that I have been advocating for years: KILL ILLEGAL ALIENS AS THEY CROSS INTO THE U.S. When the stench of rotting corpses gets bad enough, the rest will stay away." – New Jersey Racist radio talk show host Hal Turner, October 31, 2005.

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