LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actresses Eva Longoria, America Ferrara and greater than 200 different Latino artists and civil rights leaders on Friday penned a letter of assist to the Latino group in america after a mass capturing in Texas and immigration raids in Mississippi.
FILE PHOTO: Family and friends encompass the casket of Juan Velazquez, six days after a mass capturing at a Walmart retailer in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 9, 2019. REUTERS/Callaghan O’Hare/File Photograph
Musicians Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Lin-Manuel Miranda gave their backing to the letter, which known as on these outdoors the Latino group to “communicate out loudly in opposition to hate.”
“In case you are feeling terrified, heartbroken and defeated by the barrage of assaults on our group, you aren’t alone,” stated the letter, addressed to the Querida Familia Latina (Pricey Latino Household) and printed within the New York Instances, La Opinion and different newspapers.
The letter adopted a capturing within the predominantly Latino border metropolis of El Paso, Texas on Aug. three that killed 22 folks and is believed to have been racially motivated, in addition to the arrest of 680 folks in immigration raids final week on seven agricultural processing vegetation in Mississippi.
Each adopted accusations that U.S. President Donald Trump has stoked racial divisions along with his rhetoric and his crackdown on immigration on the U.S. border with Mexico.
“We is not going to be damaged. We is not going to be silenced. We’ll proceed to denounce any hateful and inhumane therapy of our group. We’ll demand dignity and justice,” the letter stated.
It known as on allies of the Latino group to “communicate out
loudly in opposition to hate, to contribute your sources to organizations that assist our group, and to carry our leaders accountable.”
Former “Determined Housewives” star Longoria stated in an announcement that the U.S. is going through “an ethical disaster … and we selected to make use of this second to lift our voices and communicate up.”
The letter was signed by lots of the main Latino voices and activists in United States, together with veteran labor chief Dolores Huerta, novelist Sandra Cisneros and Voto Latino political group president Maria Teresa Kumar.
Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Enhancing by Steve Orlofsky