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M.E.Ch.A de UCSC in Solidarity with the city of Salinas!
"We, as Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) de La Universidad de Santa Cruz California...stand with our fullest solidarity with the people of Salinas City and Community Organizers who are demanding a 4-point request to the Salinas City Council."
We, as Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A) de La Universidad de Santa Cruz California, a student run and student led organization that is committed to the advancement of civil and human rights of la Raza people, strives for the educational, gender, cultural, sexual orientation, economic, political, racial and social equity of the community; and who supports the struggle of other progressive movements in our communities stand with our fullest solidarity with the people of Salinas City and Community Organizers who are demanding a 4-point request to the Salinas City Council.
The community of Salinas is calling for the creation of a civilian committee to respond to citizen complaints against the police; a federal investigation into the Salinas Police Department, including officer-involved shootings over the past three years; a review of police training materials, open to the public; and that officers involved in Tuesday’s shooting remain on unpaid administrative leave until an external federal investigation is completed.
Our black and brown communities are continuously criminalized-with the perpetual worry that there is a gang problem manifesting. Well there is a gang problem in our cities, our towns, our county’s, our communities: they wear uniforms and badges and are called the police! In the City of Salinas alone, there have been three recent police brutality shootings that have led to the murders of three Latino men; March 20- Angel Francisco Ruiz (42), May 9th-Osman Hernandez (26), May 20th- Carlos Mejia (44).
This is not an isolated incident within the confines of the Salinas community. The killings of black and brown bodies, of police brutality against people of color and communities of color is a struggle throughout the United States. There is an abundance of injustice occurring between law enforcement and people-to a point where we cannot stay silent. WE SAY NO MORE! YA BASTA! End black and brown killings! The Streets of Salinas are talking, and we stand with them!
-Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlan