Last year, a group of teenagers brutally murdered Luis Ramirez. As Ramirez lay unconscious at their feet, the teens yelled to a young woman by his side: “Tell your effin Mexican friends to get the eff out of Shenandoah or you’re going to be laying next to him!”
Pretty horrific stuff. Well, just last week an all-white jury found three of the teens “not guilty” of the serious charges of third-degree murder and ethnic intimidation. The ruling was greeted with cheers in the courtroom, and gasps of disbelief from Luis’ grieving fiancée and children.
The Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund (MALDEF) has been working tirelessly with the family of Luis Ramirez since he was brutally attacked and murdered last year in Shenandoah, PA. MALDEF has been on the front lines in PA and is leading the fight for justice in Washington, DC.
Today we’re asking you to join with us and our friends at MALDEF in demanding justice for Luis and his family and that Washington take action on the disturbing rise in hate crimes committed against Latinos in the U.S.
Sign the petition, in collaboration with MALDEF, to the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Demand that they prosecute Luis’s murder as a federal Hate Crime.