Letter to Black Lives Matter and The Black Community from Latinx Civil Rights Organizations

 Community   Thu, June 04, 2020 10:11 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Dear Black Lives Matter Movement & the Black Community, 
We write today in mourning of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other Black people that have been killed at the hands of our country’s white supremacist justice system. 
Our collective organizations have fought for civil rights and social justice for Latinx and other marginalized groups for decades, including our on-going battle against the colorism and racism in our own community. Part of that fight includes standing with the Black people of this country against racism, hate, police brutality, and systemic oppression. We stand firm in our message: tu lucha es mi lucha. 
Today, our organizations refuse to be silent and instead are recommitting to centering antiracism and anti-hate in our collective social impact work. As Dr. King and his closest aides and successors became strong supporters of the United Farm Workers movement and Cesar Chavez, we are standing with the Black community and Black Lives Matter. 
Together, the Latinx and Black communities, along with allies, can fight for progressive, systematic change and equity. We urge Congress, Mayors, Governors, former Presidents, University Presidents, Religious Leaders, Foundation Heads, Business Leaders and Union Leaders to stand up and take action in supporting the Black Community. 
In Solidarity,
Brenda Victoria Castillo 
President & CEO 
National Hispanic Media Coalition
Dolores Huerta 
Founder & President 
The Dolores Huerta Foundation 
United Farm Worker
Mónica Ramírez
Founder & President
Justice for Migrant Women 
Marco Davis 
President & CEO 
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 
C. LeRoy Cavazos-Reyna
V.P., Gov. & International Affairs
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
Antonio R. Flores
President & CEO 
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 
Helen Iris Torres
Chief Executive Officer
Hispanas Organized for Political Equality
Rafael Agustín
Executive Director
Latino Film Institute | LALIFF