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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. ” – César Chávez, UFW

9 year-old Murder Victim, Brisenia Flores, Gets Justice

Verdict Moves Latinos to Continue Watching Those Who Provide a Platform to Hate and Prejudice Latinos across the nation state: “No te olvidaremos / We will not forget you”

Feb. 15, 2011

WHAT: Press Conferences in light of guilty verdict of Minuteman Shawna Forde for murdering 9 year-old Brisenia and her father Raul Flores.

WHEN: Today, Tuesday February 15, 2011

WHERE: Tucson, AZ:
El Tiradito Shrine, (Cushing and Main Streets), Tucson, AZ

11am MST
Local contact: Coalición de Derechos Humanos: 520.770.1373

Chicago, IL:
Casa Michoacan, 1638 S Blue Island Ave, Chicago IL 60608

1pm CST
Local contact: Claudia Lucero 773.858.5345

Tucson, Arizona – Yesterday, Latinos across the United States applaud the guilty verdict of two counts of first-degree murder rendered by the Pina County jury on the trial of Shawna Forde, a leader of the hate-group Minuteman American Defense (MAD) who was found guilty of murdering 9 year-old Brisenia Flores and her father Raul Flores. Local civil and human rights leaders from across the nation join forces with Presente.org, an online advocacy group that seeks to strengthen the political voice of Latino communities, to salute the Flores family in its efforts to achieve justice for Brisenia. Advocates state that verdict sends a strong message that hate-crimes will face the full force of the law and, at the same time, call on the media to be socially responsible by reporting the linkages between Forde’s proven extremism and that of extremist groups she represents.

On May 2009, Forde and two accomplices – MAD Operations Director Jason Bush and local MAD member Albert Gaxiola – broke into the Flores’ home in the border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Without compunction, they shot Raul Flores, his wife Gina Gonzalez and their daughter Brisenia who screamed, “Please don’t shoot me!” before being shot twice in the head; Gonzalez survived the incident.

The two Press conferences will take place today Tuesday February 15 in Tucson and Chicago.