George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin as other officers watched.
Like most people paying attention, we are filled with horror, grief, and anger. This is not an isolated incident but rather a long-standing and accepted practice used against our black sisters and brothers. IT MUST END NOW!
We, the Latino Consortium for Action (LCA), stand in solidarity with all who organize against and resist ANY and all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia and intolerance.
We commit to do our part to hold individuals and institutional structures that allow the perpetuation of these violent acts accountable.
We commit to continue to engage in local actions that link to national struggles that seek just societal change.
We hope our allies are with us. If you are unsure or need time to think – step aside – we will not wait.
If you are ready to work to end racial injustice and join in collective struggle, welcome. The time to act is now.
We all have a role, from grass-roots work to policy changes to political involvement to listening and supporting community leadership.
No more police brutality.
No more children in cages.
End profiteering in our criminal justice system.
Veronica Figueroa, executive director, UNIDOS
Brenda Gonzalez, Latino Health Council
Fabiola Hamdan, co-chair, Latino Children and Families Council
Teresa Tellez-Giron co-chair, Latino Children and Families Council
Armando Ibarra, Voces de la Frontera – Madison
Juan Jose Lopez, board chair, Wisconsin Latino Economic Development Center, Inc.
Oscar Mireles, executive director, Omega School
Sandy Morales, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County
Norma Gallegos, president, Latino Professionals Association of Greater Madison (LPA)
Patricia Tellez-Giron, co-chair, Latino Health Council
Karen Menendez Coller, executive director, Centro Hispano of Dane County
Julia Arata-Fratta, Alder, City of Fitchburg
Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, co-chair, Latino Health Council
Fernando Cano, Latino Health Council
Salvador Carranza, founder and past president of the Latino Education Council
Justice Castaneda, executive director, Common Wealth Development
Jessica Cavazos, president and CEO, Latino Chamber of Commerce
Baltazar De Anda Santana, executive director, Latino Academy of Workforce Development, director, Orgullo Latinx LGBT+ od Dane County
Lupita Montoto, La Movida Radio
Joanna Cervantes, The Sunshine Place