Families Affected by Border Brutality Joined By Vigils Across the U.S.

Media Advisory For: May 3, 2012

Contact: Ricardo Favela, 760-468-4519
Rafael Noboa y Rivera, 202-455-4673

San Diego, Los Angeles and other U.S. cities – Supporters of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas in 9 U.S. cities are holding events as part of a National Day of Action Against Border Brutality organized by Presente.org and the Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC).

In San Diego, the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium will host a vigil and march to the Hall of Justice with the family of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas starting at 6:00 p.m. at Balboa Park on the corner of 6th and Laurel Streets.

In Los Angeles, the widow of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, Maria Puga, and Shena Gutierrez, the wife of Jose Gutierrez (who survived a brutal beating at the hands of the Border Patrol over a year ago), will meet for the first time to share their stories of how these events have taken a toll on their families and to talk about the next steps in the struggle to bring justice home.

Press conferences, vigils and other actions are planned across the country aimed at bringing the issue of border brutality to national attention. Cities across the border region, from San Diego to Texas as well as across the nation, including Miami, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, among others, will be holding actions. Since 2010, Border Patrol agents have killed at least eight other residents of border communities and have left many others seriously wounded. Presente.org, the Southern Border Communities Coalition and communities across the United States are asking the President to direct the Department of Justice to conduct an open and thorough investigation of the US Border Patrol.

WHAT: National Day of Action demanding justice from the Obama Administration in the case of San Diego resident, Anastasio Hernandez Rojas , who was beaten and tased to death by the U.S. Border Patrol.

WHO: Maria Puga (widow of Anastasio H. Rojas), Shena Gutierrez (wife of Jose Gutierrez), Christian Ramirez (Director of the Southern Border Communities Coalition), Pedro Rios (San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium Chair), and Arturo Carmona (Director of Presente.org).

WHEN: Thursday, May 3: 11:00 am Press Conference in Los Angeles. 6:00 pm vigil and march in San Diego. Contact us for further details.

WHERE: Vigil and march to the Hall of Justice starting in Balboa Park (6th and Laurel Streets), Los Angeles Press Conference: 255 E Temple St Los Angeles, CA 90006. Actions will take place across the nation, including Miami, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Mercedes, TX, San Juan, TX, Las Cruces, NM, Albuquerque, NM.

WHY: To build momentum for the White House and the Department of Justice to respond and conduct an investigation of all the killings by Customs and Border Protection (Border Patrol) since 2010.

For details about each action contact Ricardo Favela 760-659-3620 or Rafael Noboa at 202-455-4673.


Author: Communications Director

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