Feminist Spotlight: LATINAS

LATINAS is a newly formed organization of religious, labor, political, and community organizers to center Latina issues in local and national politics. As part of their efforts they are oganizing a committee to evaluate the promises for the first 100 days in office of all of the major candidates for president which they will announce at the DNC. They are also working to get Latinas registered and educated about the issues in the upcoming national election as well as forming local chapters to keep Latinas informed about local issues and active in ensuring that Latina rights are covered.

They are committed to immigration reform, the end of NAFTA, and active voice in the US government and its laws.

WE ARE A NEW GENERATION. WE ARE THE FUTURE OF THIS NATION. WE WILL NOT TOLERATE INJUSTICE OR HATRED IN THAT FUTURE.

Their most recent action was this past Monday in Pottsville Pa to protest the fatal beating of Luis Ramirez and ensure proper charging of the 4 football players accused of the crime. They stood outside the courtroom chanting for justice.

 

The judge later dtermined that Walsh 17 and Piekarsky 16 would be tried for third degree murder and ethnic intimidation (which implies hate crime), Donchak 18, will be tried with aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation. Like in the death of Satender Singh, the defense is claiming it was “a street fight” and that Ramirez’s attempts to defend himself constitute “both sides throwing punches.” Also like the Singh case, friends of the defendents are claiming Ramirez said “something intimidating in Spanish” but admit none of them speak Spanish. Their “witness testimony” has been completely undermined by another witness who said:

“We made up a plan that we we’re going to tell the cops that nobody kicked him, that there were no racial slurs, there was no booze, and Brian got hit first.”

On Aug 22nd they will protest outside ICE offices in Chicago as part of the national demand for a moratorium on the war on immigrants and the criminalization of immigration.

 

If you are Latina and are interested in being part of their important political work, please contact somosLatinas@gmail.com

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article consulted: Chicago Tribune and La Nueva Raza

 

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