News Conference: Responding to Hate at “Stay at Home” Protests
Richmond Region LULAC proudly joins the national office in defending the rights of Illinois residents who have come under attack for following COVID-19 safety guidelines. The can just as easily happen be happening in the Commonwealth and we want to make sure that all communities across the nation are protected from needless harm.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on Monday joined with a broad cross-section of civil rights, faith-based and social justice organizations in a virtual press conference to defend residents in Illinois who have come under attack for following COVID-19 safety guidelines.
“Recent protests in Illinois have taken on a very personal and ugly tone filled with antisemitic, racist and even extremist statements that inflame emotions against diverse communities that are observing the stay-at-home order and which can easily trigger violence against them,” said Sindy Benavides, National Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time, people need to remember that Latinos have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus in part because five out every six Latino workers cannot do their jobs from home and in fact, many of them are considered essential workers who must instead venture out to earn a living. For us, our actions are governed by necessity not political statements,” she added.
Listen to the press conference here!
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