Luis Ramirez's death is a tragedy and the acquittal of his killers an outrage. If our elected leaders remain silent at times like these, we can expect more stories like Luis’— not just in Shenandoah, but across the country. Please join us in demanding that Governor Rendell speak out about what kind of justice immigrants should expect in his state, and ask your friends and family to do the same.
Here is the statement we’ll send Governor Rendell on your behalf. You can also add a personal comment in the box provided below.
Dear Governor Rendell,
The death of Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, PA, and the acquittal of his killers on all serious charges sends a chilling message to communities throughout Pennsylvania and across the country. Crimes like these reflect a rising tide of bigotry and violence towards immigrants and Latinos. According to the FBI, hate crimes against Latinos increased 35% from 2003 to 2006. Until our elected leaders speak up, we can expect this type of hate to spread not just in Shenandoah, but across the country.
As Governor, it’s imperative that you make clear that what happened to Luis Ramirez is not consistent with your vision for justice in the State of Pennsylvania. You should speak loudly and clearly about your commitment to the safety of all residents of Pennsylvania, no matter their country of origin or immigration status. A strong statement like this is essential to begin the process of healing in Shenandoah, and to make sure this never happens again.