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|Hijos de La Guerra Screening at UCSC|
|Date||Wednesday April 14|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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|Namaste Lounge, UCSC|
JUSTICE FOR ALEX SANCHEZ!!
On Wednesday April 14th at 7:00pm in the Namaste Lounge we will be screening the film "Hijos De La Guerra" followed by a Panel Discussion on Alex Sanchez facilitated by Nane Alejandrez of Barrios Unidos and the wearealex.org Bay Area Committee
Hijos De La Guerra-
("Children of the War") is a documentary about the worlds largest and most violent street gang the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13. The Mara Salvatrucha was formed in Los Angeles during the late 1980s by teenage refugees from the Salvadoran civil war, as a means of protecting themselves from the crossfire of ethnic rivalries. The gang channeled the widespread trauma that a genocidal civil war had wrought on an entire generation of orphaned and militarized kids into fanatical violence. This, among many other reasons, has lead the FBI to declare the MS-13 to be the fastest-growing and most violent street gang in the United States.
Alex Sanchez's family migrated from El Salvador in the 1970s. He was a former MS-13 gang member who turned his life around becoming an internationally recognized peacemaker and co-founding Homies Unidos in Los Angeles in 1998. On June 24, 2009, Alex was arrested and named in a federal indictment based on weak evidence charging him, among a group on 23 others, as an active gang member. He is currently out on bail but is far from free as he is under strict probation and awaiting his trial in October. But Alex and his supporters continue to fight for his freedom.
*****We want to host this event to not only inform the community on the issues but in hopes of getting people involved with the We Are Alex campaign and also to *FUND RAISE* for his case. We will be selling T-Shirts (15$), Prisoner Artwork (5-10$), Post Cards (2-5$) and accepting donations of any amount, so please come with a some funds if it is in your capacity to do so.*****
Sponsored by the College Nine & College Ten CoCurricular Programs Office and the Chicano/Latino Resource Center (El Centro)
We wish to make this event accessible to all, for accommodations please contact Rachel Ogata at rogata [at] ucsc.edu