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Thu Nov 19 2009 (Updated 11/27/09)Oakland Vigil in Honor of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado
Thu Nov 19 2009 (Updated 11/27/09)Gay Puerto Rican Teen Murdered, Suspect to Use “Homosexual Panic” Defense
On Sunday November 22nd, a vigil in honor of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado will be held at the intersection of MacArthur Blvd., Lakeshore, and Grand Ave. in Oakland. Mercado, a very well known person in the gay community, was found dead on November 14th, in Cayey, Puerto Rico. Mercado was partially burned, decapitated, and dismembered. The police investigator handling the case said in a public televised statement that "people who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen."
On November 16th, a suspect was arrested who confessed to the killing, saying that he murdered Marcedo who he thought to be a woman, after discovering that he was a man. According to the Puerto Rico police, the suspect will likely use a “homosexual panic” defense, arguing for a plea of temporary insanity.
Pedro Julio Serrano, from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a founder of Puerto Rico Para Todas said in a statement: “This is a terrible, terrible crime. While we are pleased that law enforcement has acted promptly in making an arrest, it is vital that the hate crimes angle be investigated. This horrendous killing of a young gay man shows no compassion or respect for the dignity of a human life. As someone who grew up in Puerto Rico and has been very active in its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, this is a heart-wrenching moment. Our hearts and sympathies go out to all of Jorge Steven López’s loved ones at this difficult time. Justice must prevail.”
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Solidarity with San Quintín Farmworkers at Driscoll’s Distribution Center in Aromas, CA Monday Oct 17th 10:03 AM
Greca Asfaltos Distribuidora de Propinas S/A (1 comment) Sunday Oct 16th 6:07 PM
Standing with San Quintin Farmworkers & Boycott Driscoll's 10-15-2016 Sunday Oct 16th 1:15 AM
Puerto Rico Governor Submits Fiscal Plan to Oversight Board Friday Oct 14th 7:46 AM
El Boicot de Driscoll's Sigue, Haré una manifestación enfrente de un empaque en Aromas, CA Tuesday Oct 11th 1:06 PM
Driscoll's Boycott Campaign Continues, Demonstration Planned at Packing House in Aromas, CA Tuesday Oct 11th 1:00 PM
Puerto Rico: Colonialism and the Debt Crisis /Colonialismo y la Crisis de la Deuda Thursday Oct 6th 8:10 PM
San Francisco Delegation to Join Border Convergence to Protest Border Wall and TPP Tuesday Oct 4th 9:43 PM
Bay Area Rallies Held on International Day in Solidarity with People of Haiti Friday Sep 30th 10:52 PM
Puerto Rico Oversight Board Holds First Meeting Thursday Sep 29th 7:50 AM
Rally and Protest at Driscoll's Berry Store and Distribution Center (1 comment) Saturday Sep 24th 10:25 PM
Familias Unidas por la Justicia Announce Next Steps after Historic Win Thursday Sep 22nd 8:26 PM
Thousand of Activists Call for Protection of Silky Sharks at U.N. Wildlife Conference Wednesday Sep 21st 11:17 AM
We Clarify and Reiterate the Driscoll’s Boycott is in Full Force Tuesday Sep 20th 12:30 PM
Aclaramos de Manera Reiterada Que el Boicot a Driscoll’s Sigue Con Más Fuerza Tuesday Sep 20th 12:22 PMMore News...