Sunday, February 15, 2009

Humanitarian Group "Border Angels" Pray for Peace and Healing in Shenandoah, site of Hate Crime Murder of Luis Ramirez

The Humanitarian Group "The Border Angels" and their famed Humanitarian Founder, Enrique Morones, visited the town of Shenandoah, Pennsylvania on Valentine's Day to honor the memory of Luis Ramirez. Ramirez was the victim of the "Kick in the Head" Hate Crime Murder last August.
The Border Angels and local residents came together to pray for Peace and an end to all Hate Crimes in their Community and across the U.S.
Tom O’Neill, son of Thomas F. O’Neill, who was the mayor of Shenandoah at the time the beating occurred, attended the vigil and spoke to the crowd.“This was tragic for the entire town. The whole town right now needs to heal. If they want change, they’ll have to bring it about on their own,” he said.
Change is exactly what Hazleton resident Dr. Agapito Lopez was looking for Saturday. Lopez came to the Shenandoah vigil in solidarity with the Border Angels mission and with Ramirez’s family.“This was an example of a Mexican immigrant murdered by teens that belonged to the football team. More and more Latinos are becoming victims of hate crimes,” Lopez said. “We’re doing this on Valentine’s Day because we need to stop the hate.”
Standing just feet from where Ramirez was beaten, two Philadelphia immigration activists said the sadness was palpable.“I can’t even begin to describe how sad it makes me to think this happened here,” said Simone Bennett, a Border Angels supporter. “This kind of awareness-raising needs to happen more in our communities.”
Border Angels’ founder Enrique Morones stood in front of a group of sign-toting supporters from states including California, Virginia, Illinois and Pennsylvania to speak about the Ramirez incident and the state of immigration law in the U.S.
We want humane and comprehensive immigration reform,” Morones, who wore a T-shirt bearing the phrase, “Who would Jesus deport?” told a small crowd Saturday. “It’s time for President Obama to come through with his campaign promises. We need to stop the raids, the walls, and we need immigration reform.”
Morones explained the Border Angels are in the midst of a 27-state tour to spark a change in immigration laws. Their visit in Shenandoah precedes similar vigils in New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C.
“What happened here represents the worst of the American spirit,” Morones said. “We want to show love for Luis Ramirez, for his family, and even for the people who killed him. They are human beings — misguided human beings — but human beings as well.”

The Border Angels started their cross country March on Wednesday, February 2, 2009 at Friendship Park in San Diego. March organizers head to Washington, D.C., Feb. 17-19 to begin lobbying for immigration reform. They will meet with former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who is now the secretary of Homeland Security.

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

This is a murder that has impacted us very hard.

A good man, a Love Story, a hard working man helping a woman with three children.

And he is cowardly beaten and kicked to death by a gang of Terrorist Cowards.

I admire Crystal Dillman, the wife of Luis Ramirez so brutally and sadistically murdered.

The Shenandoah Town in Pennsylvania has been a boiling pot of Hatred, Hate and Bad Behaviour after the Cruel Death.

Instead of trying some consolation and reparation they have taken the Brutal Murder as an opportunity to increase Hatred, Racism, Fanaticism and Bigotry.

We should never forget Luis Ramirez, Crystal Dillman and the three children.

That is why I am so glad to learn in your site that the Humanitarian Group "Border Angels" prays for Peace and Healing in Shenandoah Pennsylvania.

And we should make company to the "Border Angels", even if we can not be present at the vigils or marches.

I will make some research on the Border Angels.

I keep a roster of Hate Crimes against minorities, including Murders. Also the History of Racism and Hatred :

Vicente Duque

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