Latinos face hotbed of hate in N.Y. county :)

Latinos face hotbed of hate in N.Y. county   🙂
This Action, on Change.org, the url   🙂
Latinos in NY county   🙂
 
Sept. 2, 2009
Last November, Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant, was brutally murdered in the town of Patchogue, N.Y., by a group of teens who were prowling the streets looking for Latinos to attack. They called it "beaner jumping."
Today, as you may have seen in the news, we released a report, Climate of Fear: Latino Immigrants in Suffolk County, N.Y.,
showing that Lucero’s murder was not an isolated hate crime.
Instead, it was part of a shocking pattern of violence and intimidation against Latinos in that community. Things are so bad there that Latino parents often won’t let their children play outside.
The truly frightening thing about the Lucero case is that it could have happened anywhere. The high school students who killed him weren’t members of hate groups. Instead, they were average kids who had been inundated with dehumanizing, poisonous messages about "illegal" immigrants from pundits and politicians.
You know the kind of rhetoric I’m talking about. You hear it on the radio and television all the time.
When I look at the pictures of Lucero’s killers, I actually feel sorry for them. I just wish that some caring adult had gotten hold of them before it was too late — before Marcelo Lucero, a legal immigrant in our country, lay dying in the street.
That’s why we started our Teaching Tolerance program — to give teachers across the nation the tools they need to combat the poisonous rhetoric that we all too often hear, to help young people understand that we are all human beings, worthy of respect.
It’s a message that can’t be repeated too often in this day and time.
Thank you for making our work possible and for all that you do to promote the cause of justice in your community.
Sincerely,
J. Richard Cohen
President, Southern Poverty Law Center
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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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