Saturday, May 9, 2009

MALDEF: 25,000 Voices and Counting Demanding justice for Luis Ramirez; join us!

SENT BY: Cynthia I.

Luis Ramirez: Sign the Petition Today
25,000 people have signed the Luis Ramirez Petition in the last 72 hours.

From every state and territory in the country someone just like you has spoken out against the discrimination, racism, and violence that claimed the life of 25 year old, Luis Ramirez and for this we thank you.

In addition to our efforts to ensure justice for Luis Ramirez’ family, we have also been working closely with the Shenandoah Latino community. They are grateful for the outpouring of support from people of all backgrounds throughout the country in this time in which they feel especially vulnerable and are seeking equality and peace in Shenandoah. We ask that you continue to stand in solidarity with those suffering from this tragedy in the spirit of peace and justice.

In addition to signing and forwarding the Luis Ramirez petition, you can support the Ramirez family and local community by raising consciousness in your own community with these messages of justice, peace, and equality.

In the Luis Ramirez case, the Department of Justice recently announced the launch of an investigation into his death. This is a critical first step and we will continue to press forward so that federal hate crime charges are soon filed against the assailants who killed Luis Ramirez.

Everyday, our dedicated attorneys and staff work to defend the civil rights of the Latino community and ultimately hope to prevent the violent acts that took the lives of Marcelo Lucero, Jose Sucuzhañay, and Luis Ramirez, all victims of brutal hate crimes. For example, after many efforts with our partner organizations, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 was just passed by Congress with a vote of 249-175 and has now moved to the Senate.

Thank you for your continued support and for standing with MALDEF and the co-sponsors of this campaign Democracia Ahora, LULAC, NALEO, NCLR, Voto Latino, and MATT.


Henry Solano
Interim President and General Counsel

P.S. By forwarding this email you help spread the word and get others to sign as well. We are relying upon you to help bring justice to Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.
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1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

Thanks to Cynthia for posting this necessary article.

For Months I have posted dozens of pages denouncing the Murder of Luis Ramirez and now the Absurd Acquittal of the Murderers. I approve all actions for Justice.


Happy Latina Mother's Day.
Honoring Our Mothers and Wives.
Honoring All Women
The Strength of Women

To my Friend
"Dee" from Texas
She wrote this beautiful piece about Latina Mothers :

"Latina Mother's Day: Consider the Blessed Children! They are the Lilies of the Field!"

in her blog "Immigration Talk with a Mexican American"

Dear Dee :

The Latin American Culture is very Feminine as is apparent in your article.

Catholic Religion in Latin America is extremely Feminine. The Virgin is always dressed in the richest attires with pearls, gold, silver, jewelry, brocados, velvet, etc ..

And Christ is always in agony ( kneeling or in four legs ) with lots of bleeding wounds, after heavy flogging, and with a crown of thorns. The Humiliated Male.

But we are here to honor feminine things and not to criticize and ridicule them.

It is true that Latin America is "machista", with guys that have several women and "natural" children ( out of wedlock ).

But some people like me live inside a Comic "Bringing Up Father" or "Educando a Papá" and that is why that comic of George McManus has always been one of the most popular in Latin America.

In that Irish-American Comic Women are the stronger. Your husband is Irish, you have told us that publicly, so you may know a little about the Irish. Perhaps you are a Maggie "Ramona" to your Jiggs "Pancho". Those are the characters of that comic.

I consulted this website :

Excerpts from the page of the "Bringing Up Father" Comic.

"According to McManus, he began an intermittent daily strip in November 1911 (though it may have been later, McManus seems to have had a problem with dates) that included some characters who eventually became Jiggs and Maggie, but it wasn't until January 2, 1913 that the strip formally became known as Bringing Up Father. And it wasn't until 1916 that the strip began appearing as a daily on a regular basis, with Sunday strips following on April 14, 1918.

Bringing Up Father told the story of Irish-American Jiggs, a former bricklayer, and his wife Maggie, an ex-laundress, who achieved sudden wealth, supposedly by means of a lucky ticket in the Irish Sweepstakes (though McManus was a bit vague about their means of wealth in the strip, and the Irish Sweepstakes didn't come into being until 1930). While the snobbish Maggie and beautiful daughter Nora (referred to various times as Katy and Mamie in the strip's early days) constantly try to "bring up" Father to his new social position, Jiggs can think of nothing finer than sitting down at Dinty Moore's restaurant to finish off several dishes of corned beef and cabbage, followed by a night out with the boys from the old neighborhood. The clash of wills that ensued often resulted in flying rolling-pins, smashed crockery, and broken vases, all aimed in the general direction of Jiggs's skull.

In creating Bringing Up Father, McManus was heavily inspired by his recollections of a touring production of The Rising Generation that he had seen performed several times as a youth when it had played at the Grand Opera House in St. Louis, where his father served as manager. The Rising Generation, a musical comedy written by popular librettist William Gill, told the story of Martin McShayne (played by comedian Billy Barry in the production witnessed by the young McManus), an Irish-American bricklayer who becomes wealthy as a successful contractor. As McManus remembered the play, McShayne's socially ambitious wife and daughter were ashamed of his uninhibited naturalness and couldn't abide his old pals, which forced McShayne to sneak out whenever he wanted to meet the boys for a game of poker."


I identify myself very strongly with Jiggs "Pancho" and sometimes I feel like having a Maggie "Ramona" at home.

But to tell you the true, I am happy and would never consider divorce. I am too lucky of having married a Great Latina Lady.

Marriage is the Revenge of Women against Men -- But I like my condition. I would not like to be a lone sad dog walking the streets.

Note : My comment is not 100% true. This is for entertainment. My Maggie may hit me if she finds that I wrote this.

Vicente Duque