Luis Ramirez and Every Mother’s Sons and Daughters : Seeking Justice by All Means Necessary

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in 1991, in the rapidly changing immigrant community of Corona, Queens, NYC 19 year old son of Dominican immigrants, Manny Mayi Jr. was beaten to death.

Last year, Marcelo Lucero was killed.

At the start of the new year Wilter Sanchez was nearly killed.

In February of this year Jose SucuzhaƱay, an Ecuadorian immigrant was beaten to death.

Speaking Spanish can get you beaten.

And most recently, Luis Ramirez was beaten and killed and those accused got away with murder.

I could go through recent and not so recent history and clearly see a pattern and practice of hate that has been growing. A pattern and practice of racism, nativism, fueled by the media and government, eaten up by the mainstream public.

People in Shenandoah celebrated, went out into the streets and rejoiced after an all-white jury found Brandon J. Piekarsky, 17, and Derrick M. Donchak, 19, guilty of lesser charges and acquitted them of criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

And then people have the nerve to ask why are more Latinos not more active in the fight for immigration change?

This is not just about laws, this about lives.

So what do we as a community do?


In the case of Marcelo Lucero, the Feds have stepped in to investigate a pattern and practice of hate crimes against Latinos while local law enforcement did nothing.

The Feds are considering opening an investigation into the 18 year old killing of Manny Mayi jr.

18 fucking years.

Federal investigations and federal hate crimes legislation will not bring sons and daughters like Angie Zapata back. Civil rights statutes do not equal justice against individuals and a society that sends the message that our lives are worth less because of what we look like, how we speak, and where we come from. Pero, they are weapons people can get behind in addition to other strategies.

MALDEF has a petition that all people should get behind. It asks that the United States Department of Justice to intervene and conduct an independent and comprehensive investigation of the brutal murder of Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.

It is not the answer. It will not save our lives and the lives of our children. That HAS to happen on multiple fronts that include direct action, legal action, media strategies and education.

Think of all the mothers without their children this coming Sunday, Mother’s Day.

Sign the petition . Our lives cannot wait.

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  4. You say that people ‘rejoiced in the streets’ after the verdict came down. Well that is a bold-faced lie. Two cars beeped their horns. Two. That’s it.
    No one in this country should have more rights than anyone else. There was no evidence with which to find the boys guilty, so a not guilty verdict was given. It’s simple, really.

  5. who said anything about getting more rights? how about when a person is killed and people know who did it, they should be punished? Isn’t that the same thing that the “boys” would ask for should a group of mexicans beat them to death?

    And when you have blood on your hands–do you really get to be called a “boy”? They are grown men, not “boys”–the 13 year old latino kid that was falsely imprisoned for 16 years? *that* was a boy. An 18 and 19 year old? Grown men.

    It’s simple, really.

  6. One horn honking in celebration is one horn too many. Even if I were to take the approach that the two young men (not boys as la Macha said) had their due process, anyone thinking the honking a horn to celebrate while a father/son is still dead is flat out wrong.

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